Like many festivals last year, ATX TV Festival was forced to go virtual in 2020. Although, for a festival built around television, this may have worked in their favor. 2020’s ATX TV…From the Couch! saw the Austin-based festival turn to an online model with plenty of panels and screenings of series like I May Destroy You, P-Valley, and Perry Mason.
For 2021, the television festival is (smartly) playing it safe and bringing back its virtual edition for another year. It will feature a mix of daily VOD programming and appointment viewing with an emphasis on community. This year’s attendees can catch reunions from the casts of Oz, Faking It, and Royal Pains. In addition, special events will include a conversation with Ziwe to discuss her upcoming variety show with Showtime and a conversation with Steve McQueen to discuss his new Amazon anthology series Small Axe.
The festival will also feature the premieres of Fox’s Housebroken, an animated comedy from Veep collaborators Clea DuVall, Gabrielle Allan, and Jennifer Crittenden as well as independent short-form comedy series Speech and Debate, written by Kamen Edwards and directed by Cassandra Jean Amell.
Michael J. Fox is this year’s recipient of their Award in Television eXcellence, given to artists whose career reflects the very best that television has to offer. Fox will participate in a career retrospective, discussing his roles on Family Ties, Spin City, The Good Wife, and Rescue Me.
The ATX Television Festival will run from June 11-20 from the comfort of your own home and badges and day passes are currently on sale.