The fest, which runs June 9-12 in Austin, TX, will mark the 10th anniversary of The West Wing finale with “The West Wing Administration” panel, featuring creator/executive producer Aaron Sorkin and director/executive producer Thomas Schlamme. Cast members committed so far include Bradley Whitford, Dule Hill, Joshua Malina, Richard Schiff and Janel Moloney. The panel “will delve into the series storylines, characters and fandom,” according to organizers, with more details and panelists to come.
John Ales and Bobby Kelly have signed on to a special Rescue Me reunion, with fellow creators Peter Tolan and Denis Leary, along with cast members Callie Thorne, Andrea Roth, Michael Lombardi, James McCaffrey, Lenny Clarke and Larenz Tate. Additional panelists will be announced at a later date. Leary is pulling double duty, also hosting a panel for his new FX comedy Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.
Also scheduled: The O.C. Writers Room reunion with creator Josh Schwartz and the show’s writers, along with a script reading of the pilot episode, presented by CW Seed; a Friday Night Lights High School Reunion on Panther Field, with surprise guests and events; an Everybody Loves Raymond 20-year reunion with cast and producers; The Shield Writers Room reunion with creator Shawn Ryan and the show’s writers; a State of Grace reunion with cast Mae Whitman and Alia Shawkat, along with creators Brenda Lilly and Hollis Rich.
USA Network’s upcoming new series Queen of the South will kick things off on Opening Night with a premiere screening and panel featuring the cast and creators. The reimagined drama, based on the global bestseller La Reina Del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, follows Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga), a woman who is forced to go on the run and seek refuge in America after her cartel boyfriend is murdered.
Other highlights: ATX will host a screening and panel of America Ferrera’s recently renewed NBC comedy Superstore, featuring Ferrera, who stars and produces, with fellow cast members Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nico Santos and Nichole Bloom, and creator/executive producer Justin Spitzer; Starz will host the Season 3 premiere of its comedy Survivor’s Remorse; AT&T Audience Network will hold a panel for its original series Kingdom, produced by Endemol Shine Studios; ATX will screen the upcoming TBS series Search Party, followed by a conversation with Alia Shawkat, along with creators Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers.
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