Austin, Texas, the festival capital of the world!
This morning the ATX Television Festival (June 6-9) revealed exclusively to EW the first wave of programming for its second annual celebration of television’s history and future. Four punch-drunk days of world premieres, unaired pilots, cast reunions, beloved special guests, and trips down the memory lane of Rider Strong’s luxurious bang swoop.
True ’90s nostalgists can assess the aging process of their former small-screen friends at the first-ever cast reunion of Boy Meets World. Rider Strong, Ben Savage, Matt Lawrence, Maitland Ward, and series creator Michael Jacobs will all be in attendance. (Alas,
Topanga Danielle Fishel has a wedding to attend that weekend and can’t be there in person.) “Boy Meets World ripped away my childhood and ruined me as an adult. Wait, reverse that,” said Strong, who played Shawn Hunter. “I’m so happy to be a part of ATX Television Festival. Boy Meets World was a magical time in my life and it’s incredibly satisfying to know that it still resonates with people.”
ATX will also welcome three networks who come bearing premiere programming. AMC will world premiere the pilot episode of its new cop drama Low Winter Sun with several cast members, including Lennie James (The Walking Dead), in attendance. TNT will world premiere the first episode of season 2’s Perception, with series stars Rachel Leigh Cook and Scott Wolf on hand. And IFC will also join the party, bearing the first episode of season 2 of their talk show Comedy Bang! Bang! with host/star Scott Aukerman cracking wise in person.
Did we mention that an episode of Friday Night Lights will air under the stars in a makeshift outdoor theater in the parking lot of the Hotel San Jose? With Scott Porter and Matt Lauria in attendance? Friday Night Lights obsessives, this is our time.
More, you say? The festival’s list of confirmed attendees also includes Veronica Mars man-of-the-moment Rob Thomas, Scandal‘s Joshua Malina and Dan Bucatinsky, and Raising Hope‘s Martha Plimpton. And here is a peek at confirmed programming, with special guests:·
$5.15/hour (unaired pilot)
Richard Linklater, America Ferrera
Animation Domination High-Def (FOX)
Falling Skies (TNT) **
Heat Vision & Jack (unaired pilot + never before seen “making of” documentary)
Hell on Wheels (AMC)
Nomads (unaired pilot from Scott Free Productions)
NTSF:SD:SUV:: (Adult Swim) **
The Mindy Project (FOX)
New Girl (FOX)
Once Upon a Time (ABC)
Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz
Raising Hope (FOX)
Martha Plimpton, Lucas Neff, Garret Dillahunt, Shannon Woodward
The Riches (FTVS)
Sullivan and Son (TBS)**
Steve Byrne, Owen Benjamin, Ahmed Ahmed, Roy Wood Jr., Peter Billingsley
The Vampire Diaries (CW)
Julie Plec, Arielle Kebbel
** Indicates premiere screening
For more information on programming, or to buy a badge for individual events as well as the entire weekend, go to the ATX website.