I’ve been writing about film festivals a lot recently.
For the first time in a long time, 2017 has ushered in a really exciting range of films that haven’t all been sequels and movie universes. However, while we can stand around and applaud Hollywood for starting to do well again, TV has been doing it for ages.
The phrase ‘golden age’ has often been thrown around in recent years when discussing television. With series like Game Of Thrones, Westworld, Stranger Things, and the incredible Marvel TV universe, there’s never been a better time to be watching television. Prestige drama is back with a vengeance.
So it seems only fitting to cover a festival that honours TV as an artform. The Tribeca Television Festival starts on 22nd September and lasts until 24th September. Sure, it’s not as massive in scope as some of the film festivals, but this is it’s first year.
As you might expect, the Tribeca Television Festival comes from the same minds behind the Tribeca Film Festival. The content is also reasonably similar. Attendees will get the chance to take an early look at some of this fall’s biggest TV premieres. In addition, there’ll be panel discussions with the creators and stars!
Tribeca Television Festival: everything you need to know –
When? – 22nd-24th September. 4pm onwards on 22nd and 23rd, 2.30pm onwards on 24th.
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Where? – The entirety of the Tribeca Television Festival takes place inside the Cinépolis Chelsea theater in Manhattan, New York City.
Can I buy tickets? – For some events. However, many of the screenings have sold out. You can buy tickets here.
How much do tickets cost? – Tickets for each screening cost $30 plus a booking fee. That includes watching the screening plus the panel talk that follows it!
Are there any activities aside from watching TV shows? – Well, there’s the panel talks after each screening plus some special VR experiences. Among the VR experiences are a special Mr. Robot VR episode and a time-travelling adventure for Timeless.
What TV programmes are being shown?
There are tonnes of great shows at the festival, and panel talks for each. You’ll be able to catch the first episodes of the new series of all these shows before the general public. Plus you can hear what the cast and creatives have to say about them all!
Religion Of Sports:
Official synopsis: “A show which takes viewers on a global journey, celebrating the transcendent power of sports. In the premiere of Season 2, journey to St. Pauli – a super liberal district of Hamburg, Germany, which has recently received over 400,000 refugees. At the heart of the city is FC St. Pauli, a soccer team who like their very loyal fans, have embraced social responsibility to their city and to their members. FC St. Pauli sponsors an amateur football team of refugees named FC Lampedusa. They give them a home, a place to join society, and a sense of belonging.”
When and where?: Cinépolis Chelsea Theater 7 – 4pm, 22nd September
Released (with Oprah Winfrey):
Official synopsis: “In a country with the highest rate of incarceration in the world, what does it take to succeed in the crucial first 90 days after being released from prison? Intimately following the stories of former inmates from the moment they walk out the prison doors, OWN’s new documentary series Released examines the realities and challenges of life after incarceration.”
When and where?: Cinépolis Chelsea Theater 4 – 5.30pm, 22nd September
Official synopsis: “New York City native Pamela Adlon is the creative mind behind breakout hit Better Things, in which she also stars as working actor and single mom-of-three Sam. Consistently hilarious, but always grounded, Better Things is a truly refreshing take on the tried-and-true family sitcom, with Adlon’s signature all over it (in addition to writing and starring duties, Adlon also directs every episode).”
Starring: Pamela Adlon
When and where?: Cinépolis Chelsea Theater 7 – 6pm, 22nd September
YouTube Creators For Change:
Official synopsis: “In September 2016, YouTube launched Creators for Change, to support positive messages of change and tolerance. YouTube tapped top personalities, like John Green, Franchesca Ramsey and Natalie Tran, as Ambassadors to mentor up-and-coming Creators from across the globe in creating original pieces dedicated to spreading messages of tolerance in a particularly divisive time globally.”
Starring: L-FRESH The Lion, Tazzy Phe, Sam Saffold
When and where?: Cinépolis Chelsea Theater 4 – 7.30pm, 22nd September
At Home With Amy Sedaris:
Official synopsis: “Amy Sedaris is one of the great comic performers of our day. But did you know she is also a superlative homemaker and entertainer of guests? In this comedy series, a long-gestating passion project for its star, Amy will show off her diverse but necessary homemaking skills, which range from creating popsicle stick buddies and gutting a fish, to making raisin necklaces and entertaining businessmen.”
Starring: Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello
When and where?: Cinépolis Chelsea Theater 7 – 8.15pm, 22nd September
Official synopsis: “Revealing an entirely new chapter in the rise of the great DC Super-Villains, Gotham follows one cop as he navigates a dangerously corrupt city, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular superheroes of our time. Season Four will witness the emergence of the criminal landscape Gotham City is best known for with Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) at the forefront of the fight against the most depraved and unhinged villains. While Gotham City fights for normalcy, a new hero will rise, as Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) begins to assume responsibility for the city’s well-being.”
Starring: Ben McKenzie, David Mazouz, Robin Lord Taylor, Jessica Lucas, Erin Richards
When and where?: Cinépolis Chelsea Theater 7 – 4pm, 23rd September
Official synopsis: “Ryan enjoys the plentiful sex and commitment-free life he has built as an LA bachelor, but when a shocking event threatens to upend his casual, freewheeling lifestyle, his entire life is thrown out of balance. Seeking meaning and guidance, Ryan turns to the eccentric cast of characters in his life—a wayward old friend, his sexually empowered Mom, a stern meditation teacher and even a pet bunny. Or does the answer lie in his caustically flirtatious relationship with “Slutty Emma”?”
Starring: Patrick J. Adams, Britt Lower, Ryan Hansen, Brenda Strong, Luka Jones
When and where?: Cinépolis Chelsea Theater 4 – 5pm, 23rd September
A Conversation With Will & Grace:
Official synopsis: “In our era of ubiquitous remakes and reboots, is there any more anticipated reunion than the original cast of Will & Grace? A decade after their unforgettable eight-season run, Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally reprise their iconic roles as Will, Grace, Jack and Karen.”
Starring: Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes, Megan Mullally
When and where?: Cinépolis Chelsea Theater 7 – 7pm, 23rd September
Official synopsis: “After a seemingly innocent date between devoted teacher Laura and renowned surgeon Andrew, a series of volatile accusations threaten to capsize their lives. Secrets and lies slowly unravel in this tense and gripping psychological thriller, where everyone is lying in some way until the truth ultimately reveals itself.”
Starring: Joanne Froggatt, Ioan Gruffudd
When and where?: Cinépolis Chelsea Theater 4 – 7.45pm, 23rd September
Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes On Television*:
Official synopsis: “Television has a long history of procedurals filled with the ups and downs of tumultuous cop duos. But how would those famously cranky detectives feel about a (ridiculously vain) Hollywood actor as their partner? Enter Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television*. Struggling to keep his career alive by becoming the latest recruit for an LAPD program pairing actors with homicide detectives in this new creation from YouTube Red.”
Starring: Ryan Hansen, Samira Wiley
When and where?: Cinépolis Chelsea Theater 7 – 8.30pm, 23rd September
A Conversation With Trevor Noah And The Writers Of The Daily Show:
Official synopsis: “In today’s mercurial political landscape, where the news can change on a dime, how does The Daily Show stay current with just 24 hours to write and execute each episode? Offering a sneak peek behind the show’s iconic news desk, host Trevor Noah will be joined by his writers to shed light on what goes into the day-to-day making of The Daily Show – from the writers’ room to the live studio audience.”
Starring: Trevor Noah
When and where?: Cinépolis Chelsea Theater 4 – 2.30pm, 24th September
Ten Days In The Valley:
Official synopsis: “Jane Sadler is an overworked television producer and single mother, in the middle of a fractious separation, whose life is turned upside down when her young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night. And just like her controversial police TV show, everything is a mystery, everyone has a secret and no one can be trusted.”
Starring: Kyra Sedgwick
When and where?: Cinépolis Chelsea Theater 7 – 3pm, 24th September
Official synopsis: “It’s the summer of ’87 and change is in the air at Red Oaks. David is chasing his dream to become a director in NYC. Wheeler and Misty have taken their relationship to the next level but face unforeseen obstacles. Getty is making lemonade of lemons in prison. Sam and Judy are finding new and unexplored passions in Jersey. Meanwhile, back at Red Oaks, Nash finds that the club’s future might in danger…”
Starring: Paul Reiser, Craig Roberts, Alexandra Turshen, Ennis Esmer
When and where?: Cinépolis Chelsea Theater 4 – 5pm, 24th September
Official synopsis: “Tom Kirkman is a lower-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the US Capitol, on ABC’s hit drama Designated Survivor. In the second season of the dramatic thriller, President Kirkman is a year into his presidency and continuing to navigate the volatile – and sometimes dangerous world of Washington politics – while continuing the search for Patrick Lloyd, the mastermind behind one of the biggest conspiracies in American history.”
Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Maggie Q, Kal Penn, Italia Ricci
When and where?: Cinépolis Chelsea Theater 7 – 6pm, 24th September
Official synopsis: “Queen Sugar follows the Bordelon siblings as they struggle to move forward with their lives and strive to honor the legacy of their father following his unexpected passing.”
Starring: Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe
When and where?: Cinépolis Chelsea Theater 4 – 7.15pm, 24th September
Evidently, there’s plenty to see so if you’re in the neighbourhood, why not check it out?