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This week in TV news: The Atx Television Festival announces show panels

28 March 2015 5:30 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Atx Television Festival has announced the currently running shows that will be attending the event in Austin, Texas from June 4th to the 7th. The main highlight of the new entries is the presence of the FX series Justified. The appearance of the creators and castmembers at the Atx Festival will mark their first public interaction since the series finale airs in a few weeks, and will also give the show’s crew one more chance to go around the victory lap. Attendees have not been announced yet, but it has been confirmed that creator Graham Yost will be present.

Yost will also be on hand to discuss the show Boomtown, which he also created, and which will be part of a panel titled “Cancelled Too Soon”. Yost will be joined by numerous individuals involved in the show, including producer Jon Avnet and castmembers Neal McDonough, Mykelti Williamson, and Jason Gedrick. »

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Atx Television Festival Adds ‘Justified’ Farewell Panel to 2015 Lineup

25 March 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Justified” will get its final farewell at the Atx Television Festival in Austin, Texas, this summer.

The annual fest has added more programming to the previously announced “Gilmore Girls,” “Queer As Folk,” “Journeyman” and “Dawson’s Creek” reunions, including panels for FX’s “Justified,” Disney Channel’s “Girl Meets World,” ABC Family’s “The Fosters,” Fox’s upcoming “Wayward Pines,” USA’s “Playing House,”Comedy Central’s “Drunk History,” a premiere screening of Starz’s “Power,” and a discussion with the creator of “Friends.”

Justified” creator and exec producer Graham Yost will take an in-depth look back on his series, which stars Timothy Olyphant (pictured) and wraps this April. Cast members and additional producers are yet to be announced, though in a statement, Yost expressed his excitement “to mark the end of the series [with] the whole cast of ‘Justified'” at Atx this June.

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Justified Recap: A Place in Hell

18 February 2015 12:49 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

I'm worried that Ava Crowder isn't going to survive through the end of Justified. That seems a likely outcome for almost any of the major characters by this point, but the fear is especially acute in her case, because she's being squeezed from every direction, which has forced her to fall back on what pulp novelists of an earlier era would call "feminine wiles." In this week's case, that means forcibly reigniting her chemistry with Raylan, which has lain dormant since season one. The killer final scene of "Sounding," written by Dave Andron and Leonard Chang and directed by Jon Avnet (Fried Green Tomatoes), ends with Ava, who'd fled at the start of the hour, returning to the home she'll reluctantly share again with Boyd — her fiancé and the man on whom she's been informing — as well as hammering on her escort Raylan's chivalrous affectations and internalized guilt about exploiting her. »

- Matt Zoller Seitz

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Justified Review: “Sounding” (Season 6, Episode 5)

17 February 2015 6:45 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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With each episode, the final season of Justified is looking more and more like a high water mark for the series. This is a rare feat for any show, let alone one in its sixth year. While it’s going to be very, very difficult for the show to top its transcendent second season, Justified has been better than any drama in recent memory at making sure its last year is not only conclusive, but inclusive of all the elements of the series that made it great in the first place.

Final seasons of TV are often hard to judge on their own merits, as the task of providing series-wide catharsis is often very different from executing the same old routine that put a finish line in sight to begin with. The remarkable thing about Season 6 of Justified is in how it can have its shine and drink it too, »

- Sam Woolf

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Sundance: Buyers More Cautious But TV, Docs Heat Up

21 January 2015 11:24 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The importance of Sundance’s film marketplace and what’s considered “Sundance bait” depends on whether you’re asking a seller, distributor, director, producer, talent agent or the heads of the fest itself.

If this year’s market is a bit less frenzied, one reason (apart from 2014 pickups’ modest box office) might be that some of the best bait is being taken away before the fest. “Several buyers have been more aggressively pursuing pre-buys this year, so that they can avoid having to compete for titles at festivals,” says Micah Green, co-head of CAA’s film finance & sales group, which is repping titles including Keanu Reeves starrer “Knock Knock,” “Strangerland” and “Cop Car.”

Sony Pictures Classics co-prexy Tom Bernard (whose “Whiplash” has earned $7 million worldwide, the biggest B.O. among last year’s pickups) agrees, saying pre-buys are a way distribs “are starting to empower themselves. A lot of people »

- Gregg Goldstein

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