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The 18 Can’t Miss SXSW TV Events

The 18 Can't Miss SXSW TV Events

READ MORE: 6 Highlights From the SXSW 2015 Lineup


“Angie Tribeca” (Saturday, March 14, 1pm)

The crazy talented Rashida Jones stars in TBS’ single-camera comedy about a tough lady cop, created by Steve and Nancy Carell. Not sold already? Well, think less “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and more “The Naked Gun,” but with Jones in the Leslie Nielsen role. NOW you’re interested.

“The Comedians” (Sunday, March 15, 1pm)

A comedy legend (Billy Crystal) and a comedy savant (Josh Gad) team up for a comedy produced by “Curb Your Enthusiasm’s” Larry Charles (the other Larry). It’s almost statistically impossible for “The Comedians” to not be at least a little bit funny. 

“iZOMBIE” (Monday, March 16, 1pm)

From “Veronica Mars” producers Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright comes this heart-warming tale about a medical examiner who eats brains. Fans of great genre-driven storytelling will thoroughly enjoy it. 

“UnREAL” (Monday, March 16, 3:30pm)

Lifetime’s upcoming scripted riff on reality dating shows is less parody and more takedown of the whole genre. Expect a lot of discussion during the post-screening Q&A about how the show was born out of a SXSW-selected short film, as well as co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro’s experiences as a producer on “The Bachelor.” 

“Mr. Robot” (Tuesday, March 17, 1:00pm)

The last official TV selection to screen at the fest is a bit under-the-radar. Described as a “psychological thriller,” “Mr. Robot” has some star power thanks to Christian Slater (or just “Slater,” if you’re an “Archer” fan) and a somewhat vague premise revolving around Elliot (Rami Malek), “a young programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and as a vigilante hacker by night.” It’s a screening that could prove surprising for attendees. 

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Content Is Content: TV, Social and Everything Else (Friday, March 13, 12:30pm)

In town in time for a high-level discussion about the blending of digital and broadcast content? You won’t want to miss this panel, featuring “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” producer Gavin Purcell and YouTube’s Tim Shey. 

Creator Activism: A Discussion with Robert Kirkman (Saturday, March 14, 11am)

Robert Kirkman sits down to explain why it’s important to maintain ownership over your intellectual property. And he knows what he’s talking about: The guy created “The Walking Dead,” and is doing very, very well as a result. 

“Salem” Season 2: Presented by WGN America (Saturday, March 14, 11am)

If you’re not interested in zombies, how about witches? Witches AND Lucy Lawless? The cast and producers of WGN America’s first original series will be in Austin to preview Season 2. 

Mark Duplass Keynote (Sunday, March 15, 11am) 

The modern media landscape is a crazy, crazy place, and Mark Duplass knows it well, dabbling in projects across the entire spectrum, from film to TV to digital. Anyone interested in the future of entertainment will probably get something out of this…

The Cast of Community on Moving to Digital (Sunday, March 15, 11am)

…Unfortunately, one series that’s alive thanks to this upheaval in media distribution has its panel happening at the same time as Duplass. The cast (including newbies Paget Brewster and Keith David) and producers Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna will be on hand to sing the praises of their new home on Yahoo and the show’s upcoming premiere. 

House of Cards from Page to Screen (Sunday, March 15, 3:30-4:30pm)

The creator of Netflix’s flagship political drama will dig into the craft of writing Kevin Spacey’s nefarious deeds. If you’re a “House of Cards” fan, this’ll be a hard one to pass up. 

The “Veep” Speaks (Monday, March 16, 11-12pm)

Julie Louis-Dreyfus! Matt Walsh! The guy who played Selina Meyers’ bodyman in Iowa! It’s a panel that promises to be full of delights. 

Creating the Shows That We Like (Monday, March 16, 12:30-1:30pm)

This is easily one of the weirdest mashups we’ve seen in a while. The creators of Fox comedy “The Last Man on Earth” and ABC drama “American Crime,” on the same panel? Come for the weirdness, stay to hear Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Will Forte and John Ridley converse on making broadcast television in the golden age of cable. 

A Conversation with Amy Schumer (Monday, March 16, 3:30-4:30pm)

Amy Schumer’s moved from stealing the show at Comedy Central’s celebrity roasts to a hilarious sketch show of her very own. The conversation will probably emphasize “Trainwreck,” which will first be seen by SXSW audiences Sunday night. But because she’s moved between both worlds, TV aficionados will undoubtedly be able to engage. 

Game of Thrones”: Creating Immersive Entertainment (Monday, March 16, 5-6pm)

If you’ve been getting text messages from The Third Eye for the last few months, then this panel is a must-see, breaking down the ancillary content surrounding HBO’s epic fantasy series. Though, if you’d like to get a little more interactive, you have options. 

TV Lounges

There are a few ongoing events over the course of the fest that offer TV fans an opportunity to dive into their favorite shows. Full details on these lounges (available for Gold and up badge holders) are available here, but here are some standouts:

“Game of Thrones”: SXSWesteros

Interactive fencing and free beer sampling are on tap here. Details:  

March 13 – 15 // 10:30am-5pm

March 16 // 9am – 2pm

213 W. 5th St. (at the corner of 5th and Lavaca)

Check Into the “Bates Motel”

This year for SXSW, A&E has created the iconic motel at the heart of its original horror series from the ground up. Mashable has a full write-up on the experience, but here are the important details:

March 13-21 // 8:30 am-7pm daily.

316 East Cesar Chavez St.

FX Fearless Factory

A Live DJ, free coffee, other freaky fun to explore from FX series like “American Horror Story” and “The Strain.” 

March 13-16 // 9am-6pm

The Waller Ballroom, 700 E 6th St

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