In June 2016, the ATX Television Festival, in Austin, Texas will, among its many panels and attractions, host three reunions of cancelled/ended TV shows: Everybody Loves Raymond, The Shield, and Terriers.
According to the ATX TV Festival programming page, the Everybody Loves Raymond reunion will feature panelists: Phil Rosenthal (Creator/EP), Mike Royce (Writer/EP), Lew Schneider (Writer/EP), Steve Skrovan (Writer/EP), Jeremy Stevens (Writer/EP), Aaron Shure (Writer/EP), and cast members Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, and Monica Horan. According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), “Additional participants will be announced later.”
Per ATX, The Shield reunion will feature panelists: Shawn Ryan (Creator/EP), Glen Mazzara (Writer/EP), Scott Rosenbaum (Writer/EP), and Sarah Fain (Writer/Producer). THR says, “… additional panelists also expected to be added.”
ATX’s Terriers reunion will feature panelists: Ted Griffin (Creator), Shawn Ryan (EP), and cast member Michael Raymond-James (whom you may recognize as Baelfire/Neal on Once Upon A Time). Ryan, as you’ll note, is doing double duty at the festival (see The Shield reunion, above).
Honorable mention: Although not part of a TV reunion (at least at ATX 2016), acclaimed creator and producer Norman Lear will be honored at the festival.
“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,” said Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson, co-executive directors and founders, ATX Television Festival. “We’re also thrilled to begin announcing our programming for Season Five, 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.”
What do you think? Do you plan to attend the ATX Television Festival? Which of the above reunions most interests you? Please let us know in the comments.