The sixth ATX Television Festival is beginning to roll out its first panels and programming for the fest set for June 8-11 in Austin, TX. Highlights include reunions for groundbreaking comedy series Designing Women and iconic drama Northern Exposure.
To mark the 30th anniversary of Designing Women, ATX’s reunion will feature creator/EP Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, along with stars Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart, Gerald McRaney, Hal Holbrook, and Douglas Barr.
Northern Exposure cast members Rob Morrow, John Corbett, Barry Corbin, Janine Turner, and Darren Burrows are confirmed for that series’ reunion, along with creator Joshua Brand (The Americans), writers Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess, and network executive and producer Cheryl Bloch.
Also scheduled are retrospectives for Bloodworth-Thomason’s other series, Evening Shade and Hearts Afire, with Burt Reynolds and Marilu Henner confirmed for Evening Shade, and Markie Post and Leslie Jordan confirmed for Hearts Afire.
The Black Donnellys and The Middleman will be part of the festival’s “cancelled too soon” track, with creators/EPs/directors Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco, writer Amanda Moresco, and cast member Jonathan Tucker confirmed for The Black Donnellys, and creator/EP Javier Grillo-Marxuach confirmed for The Middleman, along with star Natalie Morales.
Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.
ATX Advisory Board members Glen Mazzara (Damien, The Shield, The Walking Dead) and Beau Willimon (House of Cards) will also return as panelists.
Phil Rosenthal, creator/EP of Everybody Loves Raymond and I’ll Have What Phil’s Having, also will return to reprise his “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having…for Breakfast!” panel.