It’s “Boy Meets World” meets Austin at this year’s ATX Television Festival.
The hit TV show, which aired from 1993 to 2000 on ABC, will be front and center at the event, with cast members set to have their first reunion since the show went off the air.
The festival, which features screenings and panels aplenty, is set for June 6-9 at a handful of downtown-area venues.
Cast members who’ve committed so far include Ben Savage, Rider Strong, Matthew Lawrence and Maitland Ward.
“I’m so happy to be a part of ATX Television Festival,” Strong said via email. “‘Boy Meets World’ was a magical time in my life, and it’s incredibly satisfying to know that it still resonates with people.”
Michael Jacobs, the show’s creator, will be there, too. He’s been enlisted by the Disney Channel to create a “Boy Meets World” spinoff that could debut as soon as this fall.
“The incredible outpouring of feeling for the original show — and anticipation for the new one — makes us only want to work harder to create something that audiences old and new will appreciate,” he said.
Other shows set to be represented include “Animation Domination,” “Comedy Bang! Bang!” “Friday Night Lights,” “Hart of Dixie,” “Hell on Wheels,” “The Mindy Project,” “New Girl, “NTSF:SD:SUV,” “Raising Hope,” “Scandal” and “The Vampire Diaries.”
Some of the celebrities and showrunners planning to attend are America Ferrera, Joshua Malina, Martha Plimpton, Richard Linklater and Scott Wolf.
Organizers of the festival promise to make additional announcements soon, so keep checking atxfestival.com for updates.
KEYE adding mobile signal
Viewers of KEYE will soon be able to watch all the station’s programs, including local news, on their smartphones and tablets.
Sinclair Broadcast Group, the CBS affiliate’s owner, has unveiled plans to roll out mobile digital TV in 10 cities, including Austin, by the end of this year.
Devices can pick up over-the-air mobile DTV signals with a special attachment.
“Broadcast mobile DTV will allow the delivery of new broadcast services and products, greater access to news and events, and allows broadcasters to continue to maximize the effective use of the nation’s spectrum resources,” Mark Aitken, Sinlair’s vice president of advanced technology, said in the company’s announcement.
The other cities set to get mobile DTV are Asheville, N.C.; Baltimore; Cincinnati; Columbus, Ohio; Dayton, Ohio; Pittsburgh; Salt Lake City; St. Louis; and West Palm Beach, Fla.
KLRU benefit concert set
Some well-known musicians are teaming up for a concert next month benefiting KLRU, Austin’s PBS affiliate.
Performers will include the Dixie Chicks, Court Yard Hounds, Natalie Maines, Joe Ely, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, Terry Allen, and Carolyn Wonderland and Terri Hendrix.
The show is set for May 16 at ACL Live. Tickets start at $35 and go on sale to the general public Monday.
Get more details at klru.org/benefit.
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