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Tidbits from the ATX Festival

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Another year of the ATX Festival held in Austin, Texas is coming to an end. This is the fifth season of the festival, and this year had plenty of surprises and interesting tidbits coming from the festival. The West Wing ten year reunion was held yesterday, and I just happened to bump into Josh Malina today, and asked if he would jump back into character if a reunion ever materialized. “In a second,” he said.

The State of Grace reunion happened a few short hours ago, and the cast and crew have been working tirelessly to get the show streaming, with them asking to get the hashtag #StreamStateofGrace trending. Co-creators Brenda Lilly and Hollis Rich have also come up with a “first draft” of a reunion movie, with Alia Shawkat stating, “I have lots of money”. Apparently a reunion could happen.

There were a lot of canceled too soon series presented at the panel from the previously mentioned State of Grace to Terriers, with Tom Fontana hoping there could be a panel for The Philanthropist one of these years.

One of the best things about the ATX Festival are that the celebrities don’t mind interacting and taking pictures with the fans. The festival was founded by fans and is designed for them. With the tragedy in Orlando yesterday, security was a bit tighter with the fans, but many of the stars still didn’t mind signing a quick autograph or posing for a quick selfie. The festival hasn’t grown to levels like SXSW, which is a good thing, able to still be as intimate and private as it is.

The one thing that baffled me was that the Rescue Me reunion was not as crowded as I thought it would be. Denis Leary and the rest of the cast were downright hilarious and filthy, everything you would suspect from that panel.

Keep on the lookout over the next day or two as I post my numerous interviews, pictures from the festival, and some other random things experienced on my second trip to Austin.

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