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2016 ATX Television Festival honors Norman Lear, Everybody Loves Raymond

Lear (right), on the set of All in The Family with Jean Stapleton (left) and Carroll O'Connor
Lear (right), on the set of All in The Family with Jean Stapleton (left) and Carroll O'Connor

Following up its first-ever sell-out (but hopefully not repeating the seating headaches caused in part by that sell-out), the ATX Television Festival has revealed the first round of programming for its fifth “season,” set to run June 9 to June 12, 2016. And because TV is a medium that rewards a good formula, the marquee events are in line with those of the festival’s most successful edition to date: Norman Lear succeeds fellow sitcom pioneer James L. Brooks as the recipient of ATX’s Achievement In Television Excellence Award, while the 20th anniversary of the world-conquering Everybody Loves Raymond prompts a gathering of cast, creator, and writers—much like the Gilmore Girls anniversary celebration held by ATX in 2015. Sure, Raymond doesn’t boast the type of passionate fanbase that knows the geography of Stars Hollow, Connecticut by heart, but the show’s finale was watched by 32.9 million people, surely some of whom are willing to brave the Texas heat to witness a Barone family reunion.

Also reuniting at the festival: The writers of The Shield, with creator Shawn Ryan set for an FX detective show double bill, thanks to a screening of and Q&A for the one-season wonder Terriers. (No word if Kurt Sutter is due to join his former Shield brothers-and-sisters-in-arms, likely because Sutter’s involvement would cause the event to run 15 to 30 minutes over its allotted time.) Weekend badges for the festival are currently on sale, and information about these panels and other programming—including a cast of to-be-determined stars performing the unsold TV adaptation of Big written by Enlisted’s Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce—can be found at the ATX Television Festival website.

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