The Austin TV festival kicks off this weekend

By Mary Sollosi
Updated February 09, 2017 at 05:35 PM EST

Your favorite shows may have ended for the summer, but don’t despair, TV fans! One of the biggest television events of the year is back: ATX Festival.

For the uninitiated, the ATX Television Festival is an annual event held in Austin, Texas, that celebrates TV of the past, present, and future. It boasts a packed program of panels, reunions, and conversations with the TV stars, creatives, and executives behind all your favorite shows. The 2016 fest, of which EW is a sponsor, kicks off this weekend and features a star-studded lineup sure to thrill TV fans of all types. We’ve got answers to all your burning questions about the event below!

When is ATX Festival?

The fifth annual ATX Television Festival will begin Thursday, June 9, and last through Sunday, June 12, in Austin, Texas.

Who will be there?

Who won’t be there? The roster of panelists is a veritable who’s who of the world of TV, including writer-creators Aaron Sorkin, Beau Willimon, Darren Star, Jonathan Nolan, and David Simon; actors Sutton Foster, Michael Ian Black, Mae Whitman, John Corbett, Vanessa Williams, and Mark-Paul Gosselaar; and a variety of television executives and journalists — including EW writers and Editor Henry Goldblatt.

The lineup of screenings and series panels — including cast reunions, script readings, conversations with executive producers, and Q&As with casts of your favorite shows — includes Casual, Superstore, Younger, Unreal, an O.C. creatives panel followed by a reading of the pilot script, The Shield writers room reunion, an Ugly Betty reunion event (presented by EW), a West Wing 10-year reunion, and a Friday Night Lights reunion on Panther Field, among many others.

In addition to the series panels, there will be an EW Three Rounds with Shondaland producer Betsy Beers, a master class with Emmy-winning writer and executive producer Howard Gordon, conversations with non-writing producers and first-time showrunners, a “Guide to Fictional America” that will discuss politically themed TV, a conversation between married showrunner-and-actress collaborators Kurt Sutter and Katey Sagal, and an interactive audience dialogue with House of Cards creator Beau Willimon, among other focused discussions. The full lineup can be found here.

Cool! How can I go?

If you already happen to be in the Austin area (or are able to get there fast), you’re in luck! You can still get a badge for the whole weekend, a pass for just a day, or a ticket for a single event here.

I can’t make it to the festival myself. How can I follow what’s happening there?

We’re so glad you asked! If you didn’t aren’t able to attend yourself, you can do the next best thing and follow along on — we’ll be covering the festival from Thursday through Sunday, and bringing you the latest from Austin as it happens. So see you back here this weekend! In the meantime, get yourself pumped for ATX by checking out last year’s Gilmore Girls reunion panel, right here.

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