As the old saying goes, "Big things come in small packages," and that sentiment couldn't be more on-point than it is in regards to television. Once considered inferior to movies, TV shows have upgraded to the point where award-winning filmmakers (i.e., Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh) and A-list movie stars (Matthew McConaughey, Amy Adams) are doing some of the best work of their careers in the small-screen medium. To fully acknowledge the tube’s exciting period of fruition, the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, will introduce the Festival's inaugural Tribeca Tune In program, a lineup of world premieres, panel discussions, and live events dedicated to television. Tribeca Tune In features six season premieres, three sneak peeks and season finales, three conversations and four special events.

"Since TFF celebrated the show finale of Friends in 2004 to last year's festival which showcased premieres of Inside Amy Schumer, Chef's Table, and the Golden Globe winning Mr. Robot, TFF has long since championed storytelling in a multitude of ways including traditional and online television platforms," said Genna Terranova, Festival Director at the Tribeca Film Festival. "Tribeca Tune In gives us the opportunity to invite people off their couches and share their love and curiosity for great storytelling together. This year's selection is a showcase of the innovative voices, comedic creators and visionary producers who are making TV the exceptional medium it is today."

To throw another old saying your way, Tribeca Tune In is "coming out swinging." One of the program's first guests will be Oprah Winfrey, who's set to bring the premiere of the new OWN original series Greenleaf, about a preacher (Merle Dandridge) who returns home to Memphis and reconnects with her parents (Keith David, Lynn Whitfield) after her sister mysteriously dies; Dandridge, David, and Whitfield will join Winfrey, along with executive producers Craig Wright and Clement Virgo, on stage for a discussion. Winfrey won't be Tune In's only iconic woman—the iconic/dynamic duo of Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda will screen episodes from the second season of their Netflix series Grace and Frankie, followed by an on-stage chat at the School of Visual Arts (SVA).

The heavy-hitters don't stop there. Tom Hiddleston, who's also in the Viewpoints section's High-Rise, and director Susanne Bier will be in town to discuss their new AMC event series, The Night Manager, as well as show the first episode. Julianna Margulies, Cush Jumbo, and creators Robert and Michelle King will toast to the critically acclaimed CBS drama The Good Wife's finale with a special sneak peek at one of its last episodes. Netflix will present the second season premiere of its highly addictive reality series Chef's Table, with chef Grant Achatz, executive producer David Gelb, and director Brian McGinn all taking part in a post-screening convo.

Broad City's Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson will bless the Festival with their hit Comedy Central show's third season finale during the same weekend that Glazer will also host the world premiere of her new three-episode limited Comedy Central series Time Traveling Bong. Social media king Rob Delaney, meanwhile, will join co-star/co-creator Sharon Horgan for a discussion about their hilarious Amazon series Catastrophe. Samantha Bee, the current queen of late-night television, and head writer Jo Miller will discuss TBS' topically funny and razor-sharp Full Frontal With Samantha Bee.

In addition to OWN's Greenleaf, Tribeca Tune-In will debut some of TV's most intriguing new shows. History will unveil selections of its ambitious remake of classic miniseries Roots, which stars Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Anna Paquin, and newcomer Malachi Kirby as "Kunta Kinte." TNT will launch the new drama series Animal Kingdom, starring Ellen Barkin, Shawn Hatosy, and Scott Speedman and based on the 2010 Australian film of the same name. And HBO will premiere its new miniseries The Night Of, which is executive-produced by Oscar-winner Steven Zaillian, written by The Wire alum Richard Price, and stars John Turturro and Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler).

Tribeca Tune In will also host a number of can't-miss special events including the ESPN Films' massive, 7.5.-hour documentary project O.J. Simpson: Made in America, directed by Ezra Edelman (Cutie and the Boxer), which will be screened in its entirety via a marathon on Saturday, April 23; a special screening of HBO's Six Feet Under's knockout series finale, during which showrunner Alan Ball will in attendance providing a live scene-by-scene commentary; and the world premiere of the documentary For the Love of Spock, in which filmmaker Adam Nimoy honors his late father Leonard Nimoy's life and run as the legendary Mr. Spock, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek; Zachary Quinto, who's currently playing Spock in the new Star Trek film series, will take part in the post-film discussion.

See below for a complete breakdown of our first-ever Tribeca Tune In, part of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, taking place April 13-24.

With media support from Vulture the entertainment and culture site from New York Magazine

Series Premieres
Animal Kingdom (TNT) premiere
Animal Kingdom stars Emmy® and Tony® winner Ellen Barkin as the matriarch of a Southern California family whose excessive lifestyle is fueled by their criminal activities, with Scott Speedman as her second in command and Shawn Hatosy also starring.
After the episode: Conversation with stars Ellen Barkin, Scott Speedman, Shawn Hatosy, and executive producers John Wells and Jonathan Lisco, moderated by Stacy Wilson Hunt (New York Magazine/Vulture).
Sunday 4/17, 2:30 PM, SVA1

Greenleaf (OWN) premiere
Oprah Winfrey joins fellow executive producers and cast members for the world premiere of OWN’s new original drama series Greenleaf from Lionsgate TV, debuting this June. Featuring Winfrey’s return to acting on television in a recurring role, the series takes viewers into the unscrupulous world of the powerful Greenleaf family and their Memphis megachurch where secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful.
After the episode: Conversation with executive producer and actress Oprah Winfrey; executive producers Craig Wright and Clement Virgo and actors Merle Dandridge, Keith David and Lynn Whitfield.
Wednesday 4/20, 5:00 PM, John Zuccotti Theater @ BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center

Roots (History) premiere
TFF attendees will get a special opportunity to see an episode of HISTORY’s eight-hour miniseries, Roots, in advance of its Memorial Day premiere. Roots is a historical portrait of American slavery that follows one family over many generations. The lineage begins with young Kunta Kinte, who is captured in his homeland of The Gambia and transported in brutal conditions to colonial America. Recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive, Roots is an inspiring story about the desire to carry on a legacy despite enormous hardship and inhumanity.
After the episode: Conversation with select cast and directors.
Thursday 4/21, 6:00 PM, SVA1

The Night Manager (AMC) premiere
Based on the John Le Carré novel, this beautifully smart espionage drama directed by Susanne Bier follows a former British soldier. Learning to navigate the recesses of the intelligence community, he is pulled into an unimaginably deep international plot as he infiltrates the secret arms trade and goes down questionable paths himself.
After the episode: A conversation with director Susanne Bier and star Tom Hiddleston, moderated by Caryn James.
Friday 4/15, 3:30 PM, SVA1

The Night Of (HBO) premiere
The Night Of delves into the intricacies of a complex New York City murder case with cultural and political overtones. The story examines the police investigation, the legal proceedings, the criminal justice system and the feral purgatory of Rikers Island, where the accused await trial for felony crimes.
After the episodes: Conversation with Steve Zaillian, Richard Price, John Turturro, and Riz Ahmed, moderated by Matt Zoller Seitz (New York Magazine/Vulture).
Friday 4/22, 3:00 PM, SVA1

Time Traveling Bong (Comedy Central) premiere
This three-part limited mini-series world premiere centers on two cousins, played by Ilana Glazer and Paul W. Downs, who discover a time traveling bong and ride high as they blaze through time. Their buzz is killed when the bong breaks and the cousins are forced to bounce around the space-time continuum, learning to appreciate that there is no time like the present.
After the episode: A conversation with writers, producers and stars Ilana Glazer, Paul W. Downs and writer, director, produce Lucia Aniello.
Saturday 4/16, 2:00 PM, SVA1

Season Sneak Peeks / Finales
Broad City (Comedy Central) Season 3 Finale
Everybody’s favorite broads, Abbi and Ilana, bring their critically acclaimed raucous comedy back for the 3rd season as their characters continue to navigate life in their twenties in New York City while being led down unexpected and outlandish paths. Following the screening of the season three finale, stay for a conversation about this uniquely creative show.
After the episode: A conversation with writers, producers and stars Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Paul W. Downs and writer, director, producer Lucia Aniello, moderated by Kelly Ripa.
Sunday 4/17, 4:20 PM, Tribeca Festival Hub

Chef’s Table (Netflix) sneak screening of season two premiere
This episode of the acclaimed Netflix documentary series Chef's Table takes a look at the life of one of the world’s most celebrated chefs, Grant Achatz, and the first ten years of his iconic Chicago institution. Achatz is one of the pioneers of modernist cuisine in the United States. His seminal restaurant, Alinea, has been one of the top ranked restaurants in the country since the day it opened in May 2005. Chef's Table returns with six new episodes on May 27, 2016, exclusively on Netflix, featuring a different chef each episode.
After the episode: A conversation with chef Grant Achatz, restaurant developer Nick Kokonas and executive producers and creator David Gelb and episode director Brian McGinn, moderated by Francis Lam.
Saturday 4/23, 3:30 PM, SVA1

Grace and Frankie (Netflix) sneak screening of two episodes from season 2
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin star as Grace and Frankie, two women whose lives are suddenly turned upside down when their husbands Robert and Sol reveal they are gay and leave their wives for each other. Both sparring partners and partners-in-crime, they form an unlikely bond to face an uncertain future together and discover a new definition of “family,” with laughter, tears and plenty of mood enhancers along the way.
After the episodes: A conversation with stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, and producer Hannah K.S., moderated by Gayle King.
Thursday 4/14, 5:00 PM, SVA1

Catastrophe (Amazon) conversation with creator Sharon Horgan and stars Carrie Fisher and her dog, Gary Fisher
Series creator and star of critically-acclaimed comedy Catastrophe Sharon Horgan and stars Carrie Fisher and her dog, Gary Fisher, discuss the process behind creating a whip smart show about an Irish woman and an American man who, after making a bloody mess as they struggled to fall in love in London, have embarked on a series of best-attempts to clear it up and generally do the right thing. Moderated by Alex Jung (New York Magazine/Vulture).
Tuesday 4/19, 3:00 PM, SVA2

Full Frontal (TBS) conversation
Samantha Bee is disrupting the tradition of late night television. The former longest-serving Daily Show correspondent brings her satirical humor to a conversation about creating nightly entertainment which goes beyond the surface in no holds barred segments on topics from the Syrian refugee crisis to the current political cycle along with her head writer Jo Miller. Moderated by Stacy Wilson Hunt (New York Magazine/Vulture).
Tuesday 4/19, 7:30 PM, SVA1

Odd Mom Out (Bravo) conversation
Bravo’s half-hour scripted comedy, Odd Mom Out, stars acclaimed author Jill Kargman playing a satirical version of herself as she navigates the elite ecosystem of New York’s Upper East Side, and the uber-wealthy mommy clique inhabiting this fantastically outrageous domain. Please join us for an exclusive opportunity to hear from Executive Producers Jill Kargman, Elisa Zuritsky (Sex and the City) and Julie Rottenberg (Smash) and to view a sneak peek at season two premiering this summer.
Sunday 4/24, 8:30 PM, SVA2

Special Events
The Good Wife – A Farewell (CBS) conversation and sneak screening of that night’s episode
We near the final few episodes of the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated drama series The Good Wife which has consistently been one of the smartest shows in recent times, with its raw and complex depiction of law, politics and all that lays in between. Join us as we bid farewell to this fan favorite and critical darling with an exclusive sneak peek of an episode followed by a jubilant celebration and look back over the past seven years of the show.
After the episode: creators Robert & Michelle King, stars Julianna Margulies, Cush Jumbo and Matt Czuchry, moderated by Henry Goldblatt (Entertainment Weekly).
Sunday 4/17, 5:00 PM, John Zuccotti Theater @ BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts

Series Finale: Six Feet Under (HBO) series finale retro screening with live commentary
Revisit one of the most visually and emotionally arresting shows on its fifteenth anniversary for a retrospective screening of the hauntingly brilliant final episode in which we said goodbye to the Fishers. Show creator Alan Ball provides an in depth live Director's Commentary to reveal the process behind these beautiful moments on screen. Moderated by Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Magazine/Vulture.
Tuesday 4/19, 4:30 PM, SVA1

O.J.: Made in America (ESPN Films) marathon miniseries screening
(Director: Ezra Edelman) — This is the story of O.J. Simpson, one of the most polarizing people of the twentieth century, and the city in which he lived for much of his life, Los Angeles. The film explores Simpson's rise and fall, centered around two of America's greatest fixations—race and celebrity. Screened in its entirety with breaks, food and drink included.
Saturday 4/23, 11:00 AM, Regal 8

For the Love of Spock screening and conversation with Zachary Quinto and director Adam Nimoy in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek.
For The Love of Spock is a documentary film about the life of Star Trek's Mr. Spock as well as that of Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played Mr. Spock for almost 50 years, written and directed by his son, Adam Nimoy.
After the screening: Actor and subject Zachary Quinto, director Adam Nimoy and more, moderated by Gordon Cox (Variety).
Monday 4/18, 5:00 PM, SVA2

About the Tribeca Festival Hub
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Passes and tickets for the 2016 Festival
Passes, including the Hudson and Festival Hub Passes, are on sale now at The Festival Hub Pass provides access for one to all public events at the Festival Hub at Spring Studios throughout the Festival, including interactive and virtual reality installations, the Virtual Arcade, Tribeca Storyscapes and DEFCON exhibits, Interactive Day and Imagination Day, select Tribeca Talks events, special screenings, live music and performances, as well as Pass Holder Lounges with food and drinks. It also provides access to the Disruptive Innovation Awards, two screening vouchers redeemable for evening/weekend or matinee-priced tickets, discounted rates on festival screening tickets, and an invitation to a Tribeca Film Festival Filmmaker Party. The Festival Hub Pass costs $550.

The Hudson Pass provides access for one to all public events at the Festival Hub, as well as Pass Holder Lounges with food, and drinks. It also provides access to all evening/weekend and matinee screenings, all Tribeca Talks, the Disruptive Innovation Awards, and a Tribeca Film Festival Filmmaker Party. The Hudson Pass costs $1,250.

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Single tickets cost $20.00 for evening and weekend screenings, $10.00 for weekday matinee screenings, $30 for Tribeca Tune In series and $40.00 for Tribeca Talks panels and special screenings. Single ticket sales begin Tuesday, March 29 and can be purchased online, by telephone, or at one of the Ticket Outlets, located at Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea (260 W. 23rd Street), and Brookfield Place (250 Vesey Street). The 2016 Festival will offer ticket discounts on general screenings and Tribeca Talks panels for students, seniors and select downtown Manhattan residents. Discounted tickets are available at Ticket Outlet locations only.