A Festival for Television’s Golden Age

TV’s hottest shows escape the screen at this must-see weekend gathering for discerning watchers.

Have you been counting the days until the reboot of NBC’s Will & Grace on September 28? If you’re that kind of TV obsessive, you definitely need to grab tickets to the inaugural Tribeca TV Festival.


“The TV Festival felt like a logical extension of what we do at the film festival in the spring,” says Cara Cusumano, director of programming for the Tribeca Film Festival. “With the explosion of high-quality TV and the passionate audiences for episodic work, we felt there was a real role to play in extending our curatorial sensibility to the world of TV.”

On September 24, you can hear all the behind-the-scenes reunion gossip in the festival’s exclusive talk with the beloved stars of W&G—Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally—along with cocreators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan. While W&G is a major draw, you can catch plenty of other series premieres here before they debut on the small screen, too. “I’m excited for Liar, a new show from Sundance TV created by the producers of The Missing and Fleabag,” says Cusumano. The mystery thriller stars Joanna Froggatt (of Downton Abbey fame; she played the lady’s maid, Anna Bates) and Ioan Gruffudd. (Each screening/talk is individually ticketed.)

Also premiering: At Home With Amy Sedaris from TruTV. You probably know Sedaris from her scene-stealing turns on Sex and the City, BoJack Horseman, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but this show draws from her homemaking skills. (Fans of her books, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence and Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People already know about her Martha Stewart, if Martha Stewart was strung out on uppers and Zima, side.) Here, she’ll be gutting a fish and teaching us how to make her trademark classic crafts, including Popsicle stick figurines and raisin necklaces. After the world premiere on September 22, Sedaris will appear in a discussion with Strangers with Candy‘s Paul Dinello and Bravo personality Andy Cohen. We have a feeling that panel will be fun.


Have room for one more show in your media diet? Check out the thriller Ten Days in the Valley from ABC, starring Kyra Sedgwick playing a burned-out TV producer and single mother whose life is upended when her daughter goes missing. She’ll be joined after the premiere on September 24 for a discussion with the all-female creative team.

There will also be sneak peeks of upcoming episodes of FX’s Better Things, Fox’s Gotham, ABC’s Designated Survivor, and Amazon’s Red Oaks. (Each screening will feature a Q&A, so have questions ready!) Plus there’s an event that highlights top YouTube creators and, if you’re ready for VR headsets, a world premiere of a virtual reality series, Look But With Love.

Why You Should Go: Besides all the celebrity appearances, this first-of-its-kind fest offers an inside look at the TV shows we’ll all be talking about this fall.

Tribeca TV Festival
Cinépolis Chelsea
260 West 23rd Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues), Chelsea
Friday, September 22–Sunday, September 24