TCM seems to have a lot of its programming patterned a certain way. I am sure they will not rock the boat too much, so to speak. I am glad they began featuring some well-deserving character actors and actresses in August the past few years...and I hope the trend continues. As I said in the previous post, Eve Arden is definitely a worthy candidate for a day-long tribute.
Well first it just isn't true that this list of actors is overlooked by the programmers (as in TCM rarely shows movies with these actors):
Edward Everett Horton
TCM shows movies all the time with these actors. One basic reason is that many of them were Warner or MGM contract players and \ or actors that were in many films from other studios TCM tends to feature.
What is true is that TCM rarely holds a tribute for supporting players. Yea, it would be nice if TCM did that (e.g. SUTS featuring only supporting players would be great), but the reality is that these actors are feature more than say, Susan Hayward since the majority of her films were for 20th Century Fox, a studio TCM doesn't feature.