ATX Television Festival announces first wave of programming

A 20-year 'Everybody Loves Raymond' reunion panel is planned.
A 20-year ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ reunion panel is planned.

The ATX Television Festival will be back next summer for a fifth year.

The event will run June 9 through 12 at several venues in the downtown Austin area.

Norman Lear, the man behind countless hit shows such as “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons,” will receive the ATX Award at the 2016 festival, organizers said.

“We’re humbled and honored to have the legendary Norman Lear accept our Achievement in Television eXcellence Award, which was created with the intention of acknowledging those who have dedicated their lives to television – participating in its history as well as its future – and there is no one better suited to receive that honor than Mr. Lear,” co-founders Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson said in a joint statement. “We’re also thrilled to begin announcing our programming, as we strive to continue balancing our reunions, niche series, current shows and new series premieres, as well as some of the biggest hits from network, cable and streaming platforms.”

That programming will include a 20-year reunion panel for “Everybody Loves Raymond,” a writers’ room reunion for “The Shield,” a spotlight screening of former FX show “Terriers” and a script reading of the pilot for “Big,” a show that never made air.

Get more details at ATXFestival.com.

Author: Gary Dinges

Gary Dinges covers bars/restaurants, movies, music, radio and TV -- plus a bunch of other fun stuff -- for the Austin American-Statesman.

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