The second season of the ATX Television Festival kicked off on Thursday, June 6. The festival, which takes place in Austin, Texas brings together shows of the past, present and future for one fantastic weekend of geeking out.
ATX began on Thursday by teaming up with Netflix, a premiere sponsor, for a special screening of the latest season of “Arrested Development.” The weekend will continue with some special treats for fans and industry workers alike.
TV reunions at the festival will start on Friday, June 7 with the big one – the cast of “Boy Meets World!” Starting at 10:00 a.m., the 90-minute session will feature a screening of the series finale and a Q & A with creator Michael Jacobs, and actors Ben Savage, Rider Strong, Lily Nicksay, Maitland Ward, Trina McGee, Matthew Lawrence and Betsy Randle.
That’s not the only session at ATX that “Boy Meets World” fans can look forward to catching. At 3 p.m. a panel called “Conversation with Michael Jacobs” will give fans the opportunity to hear about the creator’s journey in the industry from his time with “Charles In Charge” to the upcoming and highly anticipated “Girl Meets World.”
Other reunions over the weekend include “My So-Called Life,” “Party Of Five” and “American Dreams.”
Attendees will also be treated to a special screening of “Heat Vision And Jack,” a failed series from 1999 about an astronaut named Jack Austin. Written and directed by Dan Harmon (“Community”) and Rob Schrab (“The Sarah Silverman Program”), the pilot followed Jack Austin (Jack Black) who flew to close to the sun --- and became the smartest man on the planet because of the rays. The show featured a talking motorcycle, which was voiced by Owen Wilson.
Another exciting treat in store for TV fans this weekend comes from AMC. The network which brought us “The Walking Dead,” “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” is introducing for the first time its new series, “Low Winter Sun.” Screening attendees will be able to watch the pilot, which is about two cops who murder a fellow cop.
“Walking Dead,” “Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men” and “Hell On Wheels.” AMC obviously knows what they’re doing with TV, which is why we’re so excited for an advanced screening of its new series “Low Winter Sun.” On hand at the festival to answer questions about the show will be executive producer and screenwriter Chris Mundy, along with actors Lennie James (Morgan of “The Walking Dead”) and Mark Strong (“Zero Dark Thirty”).
The ATX Television Festival runs from June 6-9.