Friday, March 31, 2023

‘Walker: Independence’ ATX TV Fest Panelists Announced

TELEVISION'Walker: Independence' ATX TV Fest Panelists Announced

Just one week from the start of the annual ATX TV Fest, the panelists and schedule are finalized and released! The pilot for Walker: Independence will screen at the festival on Saturday, June 4 at the State Theatre at 10 AM.

A panel will follow the screening, and the panelists include Kat McNamara (Abby Walker), Matt Barr (Hoyt Rawlings), Justin Johnson-Cortez (Calian), and series executive producer/showrunner Seamus Fahey. The ATX TV Fest website also mentions the possibility of additional panelists as the date approaches, so keep an eye out for any surprise last-minute additions.

Here’s the official synopsis of the show from The CW:

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Set in the late 1800s, an origin story of The CW’s current hit series “Walker,” WALKER INDEPENDENCE follows Abby Walker (Katherine McNamara, “Arrow”), an affluent and tough-minded Bostonian whose husband is murdered before her eyes while on their journey out West. After crossing paths with Calian (Justin Johnson Cortez, “911: Lone Star”), a curious Apache tracker, Abby arrives in the town of Independence, Texas, where she encounters diverse and eclectic residents running from their pasts, chasing their dreams, and keeping their own secrets, including Kate Carver (Katie Findlay, “The Carrie Diaries”), an idiosyncratic burlesque dancer with perhaps too keen an interest in Abby’s origins, and Kai (Lawrence Kao, “Wu Assassins”), a soulful Chinese immigrant who runs a local restaurant/laundry and offers Abby friendship without agenda. Abby also literally runs into Hoyt Rawlins (Matt Barr, “Walker”), a slippery rogue, thief, and con artist with a dented heart of gold who quickly eyes Abby as a mark, until she turns the tables on him. In seeking justice for her husband, Abby encounters Independence’s noble deputy sheriff, Augustus (Philemon Chambers, “Single All the Way”), and his new boss, Sheriff Tom Davidson (Greg Hovanessian, “Another Life”), who she has reason to believe is a very bad man indeed. Abby and Hoyt soon find themselves precariously aligned, both seeking to uncover the truth about the identity of Abby’s husband’s killer, and vow to save Independence – a frontier boomtown where nothing is what it seems.

Walker: Independence stars Katherine McNamara, Matt Barr, Philemon Chambers, Katie Findlay, Lawrence Kao, Greg Hovanessian, and Justin Johnson Cortez. Jared Padalecki, Anna Fricke, Seamus Fahey, Larry Teng, Dan Lin, Lindsay Liberatore, and Laura Terry produced the series, with Teng directing the pilot episode.

Walker and Walker: Independence will air back-to-back this Fall. The ATX TV Festival runs from June 2-5, 2022 in Austin, Texas. You can find more info on how to purchase badges, here.

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