The Essentials series has been running out of gas for a long time. It's the one programming block long-time viewers are most unhappy about-- but TCM seems to think there is value in it.
I agree that there's value there. It used to be my favorite thing to look forward to on Saturday nights. He just needs a better co-host and some different "essentials." You know, get Al Pacino up there, get Gene Hackman up there, Let's see Helen Mirren join him!