The 18th Tribeca Film Festival will host big screen world premieres of major new small screen shows such as The Boys, ChernobylTuca & Bertie and The Hot Zone. There will also be a special Tribeca Talks Farewell Conversation with the cast and creator of Mr. Robot and the creative team behind The Simpsons will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the longest-running animated series in television history.

James Kleinmann takes a look at some of the TV highlights at this year’s Tribeca, for the full lineup and to purchase tickets head to the official Tribeca website. 

The Simpsons – 30th Anniversary

The Simpsons - 30th Anniversary. Image courtesy of FOX
The Simpsons – 30th Anniversary. Image courtesy of FOX

Following a screening of the episodes Marge vs the Monorail and The Day the Earth Stood Coolthe creative team behind The Simpsons will celebrate the show’s incredible thirty year run, and counting. Executive producers James L. BrooksMatt GroeningAl Jean and Matt Selman, and the voice of many Harry Shearer, will all be in attendance for an on stage conversation moderated by the voice of Lisa Simpson, Yeardley Smith. Event detailsSunday 28th April at 5pm, BMCC. 

In Living Color – Celebrating 25 Years since the Finale

In Living Color - Celebrating 25 Years since the Finale
In Living Color – Celebrating 25 Years since the Finale

Twenty-five years after its finale, the cast and creator of the Emmy winning, groundbreaking sketch comedy show In Living Color will reunite on stage following a screening of the pilot episode. Creator and star Keenan Ivory Wayans, and co-stars Shawn Wayans, Kim Wayans, Tommy Davidson, Rosie Perez and David Alan Grier will all be in attendance. Event detailsSaturday 27th April 27 at 5pm, Tribeca Festival Hub.

The Boys (Amazon Prime Video) – New Series World Premiere

The Boys (Amazon Prime Video) - New Series World Premiere
The Boys (Amazon Prime Video) – New Series World Premiere

A darkly funny and subversive take on the superhero genre, The Boys is billed as a fun and irreverent take on what happens when superheroes abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. Based on a comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. After the screening there will be an on stage conversation with series stars Karl UrbanJack Quaid, Antony StarrErin Moriarty, Jessie T. UsherLaz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Karen Fukuhara, Elisabeth Shue and executive producer/showrunner Eric Kripke. Event detailsMonday 29th April 29 at 8:45pm, SVA Theatre. 

Chernobyl (HBO/Sky) – New Series World Premiere

Emily Watson as Ulana Khomyuk – photo credit Liam Daniel/HBO.

Chernobyl dramatises the story of the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, and of the brave men and women who sacrificed to save Europe from disaster, all the while battling a culture of disinformation. After the screening there will be a conversation with cast members Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Jessie Buckley and Emily Watson, plus writer Craig Mazin and director Johan Renck. Event detailsFriday 26th April 26th at 8pm, Tribeca Festival Hub.

The Hot Zone (National Geographic) – New Series World Premiere

Liam Cunningham as Wade Carter, Dr. Nancy Jaax’s vital ally in the race to prevent the ebola virus from spreading, left, and Julianna Margulies as Dr. Nancy Jaax in the National Geographic scripted miniseries The Hot Zone, based on Richard Preston’s bestseller about the Ebola virus in the U.S. in 1989. (National Geographic/Amanda Matlovich)

The Hot Zone is based on Richard Preston’s bestseller, and is inspired by a true story about the origins of the Ebola virus and its arrival on U.S. soil. After the Screening: a conversation with showrunners and executive producers Kelly Souders, Brian Peterson, and Lynda Obst, bestselling author Richard Preston, technical supervisorDr. Michael Smit, epidemiologist Dr. Wan Yang, and cast members Julianna Margulies, Liam Cunningham, and Noah Emmerich. Hosted by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which provided a grant to Richard Preston to support the research and writing of The Hot Zone. Event detailsTuesday 30th April at 5:30pm, SVA.

I Want My MTV (A&E Network) – World Premiere, Feature Documentary

Choosing a Logo (Animation). Photographer: Lobster Studio

In 1981, a new music-centric network launched that would come to define a generation. Featuring the musicians, VJ’s and executives who were there from the beginning, Tyler Measom and Patrick Waldrop’s energetic documentary revisits the early days of the cultural juggernaut. After the Screening: A conversation with film directors Tyler Measom and Patrick Waldrop, MTV co-founder John Sykes, former MTV CEO Judy McGrathDarryl McDaniels of Run DMC, and original MTV VJ Mark GoodmanEvent detailsWednesday 1st May at 9pm, SVA.

State of the Union (SundanceTV/SundanceNOW) – New Series New York Premiere

Rosamund Pike as Louise, Chris O’Dowd as Tom – State of the Union_Season 1, Episode 4. Photo Credit: Parisatag Hizadeh/Confession Films/SundanceTV

An original comedy series about contemporary relationships. Each ten-minute episode is set in a pub immediately before Louise (Rosamund Pike) and Tom (Chris O’Dowd) have their weekly marital therapy session. After the screening there will be conversation with director and executive producer Stephen Frears and screenwriter and executive producer Nick Hornby. Event detailsSaturday 4th May 4 at 6:30pm, SVA.

Tuca & Bertie (Netflix) – New Series World Premiere

Tuca & Bertie
Tuca & Bertie

Tuca & Bertie is an animated comedy series about the friendship between two 30-year-old bird women who live in the same apartment building. It features Tuca, a cocky, carefree toucan, and Bertie, an anxious, daydreaming songbird. After the screening there will be a conversation with stars Ali Wong and Tiffany Haddish, and creator Lisa Hanawalt. Event details: 1st May at 8:30pm, Tribeca Festival Hub.

Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics And Men (Showtime) – New Series New York Premiere

Rza , Meth , GZA, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck , U-god, Gfk, Masta Killa, Cappadonna and Mathematics.
Photographer: Sue Kwon.

The series looks back on the group’s career, combining intimate interviews from each of its nine living members with never-before-seen archival footage and performances. The Beacon Theatre will host the series premiere with all of the living members in attendance: RZA, GZA, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Raekwon da Chef, Cappadonna and Masta Killa. Events details: 25th April at 8pm, Beacon Theatre.

Younger (TV Land) – Season 6 World Premiere

Younger follows Liza, a talented and aspiring editor navigating the highly competitive world of publishing while juggling the complications of the lie she created about her age to land her dream job. Following the the screening there will be a conversation with executive producer Darren Star, and cast members Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor, Nico Tortorella, Peter Hermann, Molly Bernard and Charles Michael Davis. Event details: Thursday 25th April 25 at 6pm, Tribeca Festival Hub.

Tribeca Talks: A Farewell to Mr. Robot (USA)

Four years ago, the pilot episode of Mr. Robot had its New York premiere at Tribeca. Now the Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning series returns for a look ahead to its fourth and final season. This year’s Best Actor Oscar winner Rami Malek, Golden Globe winner Christian Slater, co-star Carly Chaikin and series-creator Sam Esmail will all be in attendance to look back and share what to expect when the show returns. Tribeca Talk: A conversation with stars Rami MalekChristian Slater, Carly Chaikin and creator Sam EsmailEvent detailsSunday 28th April at 3pm, Tribeca Festival Hub.

The 18th Tribeca Film Festival runs 24th April – 5th May 2019. For the full lineup and to purchase tickets head to the official Tribeca website.