Festivals

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.

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“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.

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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.

Details:
Tribeca TV Festival
Cinépolis Chelsea
260 West 23rd Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues), Chelsea
Friday, September 22–Sunday, September 24
$30