The people who used to brag about not owning a TV set are the same ones who now complain that there are too many shows– or so it was observed on a recent episode of Difficult People. Obviously, orange is the new black and the small screen is the new big screen, but up until a few years ago, New York City didn’t have a festival dedicated to what used to be called the idiot box. That changed in 2013, when we finally got a version of Los Angeles’s PaleyFest. That returns next month with some free screenings of shows like The Mindy Project and Fuller House. And now the folks behind the Tribeca Film Festival have announced a Tribeca TV Festival, also coming next month.
The new fest will bring a raft of premiere screenings and panel discussions to Cinepolis Chelsea from Sept. 22 to 24. Among the highlights: a screening of At Home with Amy Sedaris, in which our favorite slightly-unhinged comedic actress will bring to TV the hospitality and homemaking skills she has shown off in her books. She and her co-star Paul Dinello (yes, Geoffrey Jellineck from Strangers With Candy) will talk to Andy Cohen after the premiere. Also sure to be a hot ticket: a sneak peek of Pamela Adlon’s new FX show Better Things, followed by a conversation with the show’s co-creator Louis C.K. (You may remember Adlon as a love interest on Louie; she also played Louie’s wife in his earlier HBO show, Lucky Louie. In this latest spin on the traditional sitcom, she’ll be starring as an actor and a single mom of three).
Other events include premieres and sneak peeks of Designated Survivor, Gotham, Liar, Red Oaks, and others. Plus, a conversation with the stars and creators of Will & Grace, on the eve of their comeback series premiere.
Check out the full slate here. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 25 at 11am.