SXSW 2023 TV Preview and Schedule: The Best Shows to Watch at the Festival

Holocaust survivor, political activist, and renowned author Elie Wiesel once put forward that “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.” It’s hard to think of someone who more embodies the spirit of Wiesel’s quote than Miep Gies. Known to many schoolchildren across the world from The Diary of Anne Frank, Gies was an Austria-born Dutch citizen who helped hide the Frank family and four other Dutch Jews during the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands. Now, Gies’ story of courage and empathy will be told in A Small Light, an eight-part limited series coming to National Geographic and Disney+ this spring. Bel Powley stars as the young, carefree woman who will soon have to harden herself into the Frank family’s protector. Through it all, the series will challenge viewers to imagine what they would do if they faced such dark, difficult times. 

Elizabeth Olsen, Courtesy of HBO Max

Love & Death

March 11 – 12 pm at Paramount Theatre

“I’m very attracted to you. Would you be interested in having an affair?” Candy Montgomery (Elizabeth Olsen) asks Allan Gore (Jesse Plemons) in the closing moments of the first teaser for HBO Max’s Love & Death. If there’s a better introduction to a David E. Kelley-scripted series, we’ve yet to hear it. The prolific TV writer and producer has covered the dark side of the American dream in everything from legal dramas (The Practice) to murder mysteries (Big Little Lies) to psychological thrillers (The Undoing). With latest project Love & Death, however, Kelley and his impressive cast are getting right to the heart of it all with a story of small-town true crime. Based on the real-life case of a Wylie, Texas axe-murder, Love & Death stars Olsen, Plemons, Lily Rabe, and Patrick Fugit as a handful of Texans confronting boredom, dissatisfaction, and a fatal attraction in the 1980s. 

Bob Odenkirk as Hank - Straight Man _ Season 1, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Sergei Bachlakov/AMC

Lucky Hank

March 11 – 9 pm at Stateside Theatre

Few television actors have had more eclectic careers than Bob Odenkirk. First known as a comedic writer and performer for Saturday Night Live and Mr. Show with Bob and David, for years, Odenkirk seemed content to fulfill the role of Comedy Professor Emeritus…but then came a call from Albuquerque. Roughly 10 seasons of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul later, Odenkirk’s Saul Goodman has reached TV icon status. What does the actor have planned for his AMC follow-up, then? A story of a mid-life crisis, naturally! Based on Richard Russo’s 1997 novel Straight Man, Lucky Hank will end Odenkirk’s brief TV hiatus as he portrays William Henry Devereaux Jr., the chairman of the English department in a badly underfunded college. Armed with a gray beard and a scowl, Odenkirk will look to continue his legacy of portraying difficult TV men alongside co-stars Mireille Enos, Olivia Scott Welch, Diedrich Bader, Suzanne Cryer, Sara Amini, Cedric Yarbrough.

Kiefer Sutherland as John Weir of the Paramount+ series Rabbit Hole. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+ © 2022 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rabbit Hole

March 12 – 11 am at Stateside Theatre

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