Day 9 was the penultimate day at ATX TV Festival and it was one of the best! After day 8, the highlights of day 9 were The Bold Type, The White Lotus, Speech & Debate, Blindspotting and a new show very close to my heart: The Big Leap. Both the cast and the crew gave it their all and made us enjoy like never before. We review top moments of day 9.
The Bold Type Farewell (Freeform)
I love it! I had never noticed this show. This is the kind of show that I want to start watching but never do. And I really regret not having done it. This panel, this cast are the best.
It shows that they enjoyed this show a lot, but above all that they are grateful. Thankful to have told this story, to have been given the opportunity for WOC to have a space to be heard, for their stories to be seen, for them to be seen, for people like them to feel represented and so that they can finish the story on their own terms.
On more occasions than we would like, shows are canceled without the possibility of closing the plots and for the cast, crew and fans to say goodbye to their favorite characters, but The Bold Type had the opportunity to say goodbye and tell a story. A story that we had to see, that made us laugh, cry, enjoy and taught us so many things… this show will always occupy a place in our hearts and you can really feel that it will also do so for the entire cast and crew.
Blindspotting: Inside the Writers Room
This show is so awesome! It’s new, different, and I absolutely loved seeing this panel of mostly POC writers. It means that something is changing, it means that maybe, just maybe, we are starting to get it right.
The cast was absolutely charming and they told us how important it is that they are telling this story of a WOC that has to turn her life around, how important it is that she is the lead and they are just telling her story. We always need more representation but it feels like this is a good start.
In addition, they also told us about the way in which they expanded the universe from the film and the difficulties that this had, what the creation process to respect the film but, at the same time, take their own path, let the characters and the story will speak for itself, was.
This show has humor, drama and it just thrills you, it’s human and it’s real and we can’t wait to see what this story will bring.
The Big Leap: Pilot Screening and Q&A (Fox)
OMG! I just… I’m not ashamed to confess that I laughed but that I also cried. Everything works in this show. It has music, dance and there is a little girl inside of me who needed this show. You see, the world of dance is a world where people with a non-normative body are… marginalized, discriminated… even though I don’t really like those words, I think you get the concept.
So seeing a woman with a non-normative body being the leader of a dance show and just fulfilling her dream, how that doesn’t stop her… is something important to me. I feel that the little girl who did ballet that is still inside me would have needed this show to realize many things. And I’m glad that other girls are going to have it and can see it and feel represented.
The cast was… they were perfect. You can feel that they understand the characters, that they like what they are doing, that they believe in this project, and that every day on set is like working with their family. They also told us a bit about the future of the characters, the challenges they will face, and the lessons they will have to learn along the way.
Speech & Debate: Conversation with Cast & Creatives
I was really looking forward to this panel after speaking with Stephen Amell and I wasn’t disappointed at all. Aisha, Stephen, Cassandra and Kamen are friends, they are a small family and it showed every second in the way they interacted.
It was a really fun panel where they talked a bit about what it was like for them to work together, the way they had to create Speech & Debate, they just planned it informally in their meetings and all of a sudden it became a very serious project that everyone really enjoyed. Because, sometimes, magic is born out of improvisation.
I couldn’t stop laughing during the whole conversation and they also told us that they were willing to work together on another project if the opportunity arose, they love doing comedy and working side by side was natural for them, that happens when you are so close to someone.
We will definitely keep an eye on their next projects together because we know it’s going to be so cool!
PS: Aisha wins this panel for me!
The White Lotus. World Premiere Screening and Q&A (HBO)
Wohoo! This show! It is a show full of mystery, of that intriguing charm that tells you that nothing is what it seems and that something is about to happen that will change everything. In the live chat of the panel we compare this show a bit with Cruel Summer, who takes your breath away in every episode and you never know what is going to happen because it always surprises you.
The cast was delightful. Jennifer Coolidge won the main panel for me, closely followed by Connie Britton. They are so sweet and cute. Everyone chatted about the surprises that await us at the show. They hope to do more but they know that these six episodes are going to delight us because we are going to discover little by little some dark secrets, unraveling the story.
Also, at the end of the night ATX TV Festival had a surprise in store for us: a live chat with Jake Lacy and he absolutely won the night for me. It was 4 am and I couldn’t stop laughing! He is super funny, attentive, friendly and like a little ray of sunshine, his smile makes you smile. I love him!
And these are the top moments from day 9 of ATX TV Festival Season 10. Stay tuned tomorrow to review the top moments from day 10, the last day.
What was your favorite moment? Do you enjoy the day? Feel free to share with us in the comments below!
ATX TV Festival will run virtually from June 11 to June 20.