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[b]Important Update on TCM Hosting Schedule[/b]

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LOL. If I watch at all. I've seen most of the films a zillion times...........

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> {quote:title='Hibi wrote:}{quote}Another year of Drew. What can we do? :D

Poetry? (your reply comes close, I like it) It's not my forte' but I'm sure some of the folks who offered paens to George Brent's backside could come up with some.

 

Edited by: AddisonDeWitless on Oct 1, 2012 4:59 PM

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Drew's in the headlines right now. she had a baby girl, named it Olive. Surprisingly tasteful, unless the middle name is Garden.

 

Edited by: AddisonDeWitless on Oct 1, 2012 5:02 PM

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I thought some of the guest hosts last year were a little 'stiff' unsure of what they were required to do. They struggled with their lines and just seemed uncomfortable. Some others were pretty good. I had remarked in the past that I thought Rita Wilson did the best job. She seemed to be comfortable with what she was doing, she knew her lines and made the intros appear as if she was actually excited about the movie. Plus, she was pleasant to look at. Very pleasing to the eye. I would hope that if she hasn't anything else to do, TCM might tag her to host a few nights, maybe even all the nights.

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Mank said in an interview:

>"I'm incredibly grateful that my role has expanded,'' says Mankiewicz,

>"I think of the TCM audience the same way I think of women I've wanted to date,'' he says. "Initially they have no interest, but eventually I wear them down.''

 

Hey,what other ardent lover would that remind us of?

 

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I love Pepe Le Pew too.

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> {quote:title=AddisonDeWitless wrote:}{quote}Drew's in the headlines right now. she had a baby girl, named it Olive. Surprisingly tasteful, unless the middle name is Garden.

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I'd go with Oyl as a middle name. But then, I'm a Popeye fan.

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Izcutter,

 

 

Thank you for taking the time to post Mr. Osborne's letter. It's good to have him back even if it is six nights a week.

 

 

 

However I am disappointed that Ben M.'s Friday night hosting duties will come to an end at the beginning of the New Year. He has done a fine job in prime time and I , for one, would like to see him continue in the future.

 

 

 

Which brings me to my question. Mr. Osborne stated that he will continue to host The Essentials series on Saturday nights in 2013 with Drew Barrymoore. He did not mention anything about the 10pm hour and beyond. Will Ben be hosting the remainder of Saturday night/Sunday mornings?

 

 

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I am coming to this thread late, but thanks for posting the article as I missed it. I noticed Ben M. was doing more when I was taking a look/see at what TCM was showing. I guess we have to face the fact that Robert Osborne was not going to be doing this gig forever and he will be utilized where he is most comfortable and deservedly so. He is a film historian and will be missed cause he knew what he was talking about. Ben seems like a nice guy, but it is just not the same. And Robert is an awfully hard act to follow, so in fairness, it is just not fair to compare.

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> {quote:title=StBartsActor wrote:}{quote}I am coming to this thread late, but thanks for posting the article as I missed it. I noticed Ben M. was doing more when I was taking a look/see at what TCM was showing. I guess we have to face the fact that Robert Osborne was not going to be doing this gig forever and he will be utilized where he is most comfortable and deservedly so. He is a film historian and will be missed cause he knew what he was talking about. Ben seems like a nice guy, but it is just not the same. And Robert is an awfully hard act to follow, so in fairness, it is just not fair to compare.

I agree with you.

 

It is not the same, since RO knows the movies that existed before Ben was even born! There is a very real danger that the movies that so many of us love, such as silent and foreign moves, seem destined for oblivion an anyone else's hands. I suspect that RO is a counter to the push for higher and higher profits from a younger and younger audience, and that his overall value to TCM far outweighs the importance of catering to the younger audience, which does not generally appreciate these two film categories, except for special cases. We are seeing more of those special cases replace quality films in these categories. When RO goes, so do most all of these films -- at least for TV exhibition.

 

 

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I thought it a good idea to bump this thread up as Ben M begins hosting Friday nights on TCM and new posters (and old) who aren't aware of the changes, may be looking for answers:

 

Here's Robert O's Facebook message from the previous page about the changes outlined in the original post that kicked off this thread:

 

If you've noticed some slight changes around TCM lately, let me explain. It has to do with something I became aware of for the first time last year: the word "vacation." Lovely word. And there's a reason it hadn't been a part of my vocabulary earlier during the past 18 years at Turner. Ever since I started doing movie intros for TCM back in April of 1994, taking a bona fide vacation never seemed necessary. My primary responsibility at the channel was hosting four prime time movies per night, seven nights a week--a pure pleasure for me. Easy to do, too, since during TCM's first few years in existence, we had a taping structure that allowed me get the required work done and be able to take a month's hiatus every year, without interrupting the flow of my being on air.

 

However, the more popular the channel has become, the more there has been to do. First, we added the Private Screenings series. Then, the Guest Programmer franchise. Then extras such as co-hosting specials with people like Priscilla Presley about Elvis, Stephen Bogart about his dad, Robert Morse about composer Frank Loesser and myriad others. Then we began our once a year Race in Hollywood series, and added promotional screenings in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland, Seattle, Atlanta and elsewhere around the country. I started making "Movie Night" appearances with Symphony Orchestras in Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, at the Hollywood Bowl in California, Tanglewood (with John Williams) in Lenox, Massachusetts, Wolf Trap near Washington D.C. and other venues. Added into all that came two particular biggies--both enormously fun but also events that require extra time and focus: our yearly TCM Classic Film Festival and the TCM Classic Cruise.

 

You see where this is going. I thoroughly enjoy it all, and having the chance to interact with TCM watchers, but the slate has become so full there's been less and less time to catch a breath. (Those month-long hiatus periods we used to have in the early days went bye-bye long ago.) That's why in 2011, for the first time in 18 years, I took a bona fide vacation; I did again this September. (And, by the way, I really appreciate the letters and emails to our website that you noticed I was briefly missing in action.) But--from here on--I'm going to be following a new schedule on the channel, one which will give me a chance to occasionally sleep and stay as healthy as possible while also participating in many of those Turner Classic Movies adventures like our TCM Classic Cruise this coming January, the TCM Classic Film Festival the following April and other activities as well. (Mixing into all this, I've also taken on another job: updating my history of the Oscars for the Academy in Hollywood, a book which will be published next year by the Academy and Abbeyville Press, "85 Years of the Oscar.")

 

So now the plan is this: I'll still be hosting prime time movies six nights a week, every Monday thru Thursday, but taking Friday nights off. Ben Mankiewicz will initially step in, until, in early 2013, there will be a series of guest movie experts presenting special Friday night screenings. Every Saturday night, I'll continue hosting The Essentials with Drew Barrymore, at 8 pm Eastern (Drew is joining me throughout the 2013-14 season as well). Each Sunday night, I'll be at my regular spot hosting the movies at 8 pm and 10 pm Eastern. It's a schedule that lessens my on-air work load to a degree that makes it very comfortable and do-able for me, and one I hope you'll find agreeable as well. You'll be seeing more news about all this as things take shape in the coming months. I just wanted you to know.

 

Robert O.

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lzcutter wrote,

 

By turning over Friday nights to Ben M (and future guest hosts) and only doing two films on Sunday nights, he likely saves a day of taping. We have to remember that his schedule also includes filming the monthly Guest Programmer wraparounds as well (sometimes filmed in NYC or LA depending on the guest) and in the winter includes *The Essentials*.

 

 

I wonder who is going to host Silent Sunday Nights and TCM Imports now that Robert O. is only going to do two films on Sunday nights? Any idea what is going to happen here?

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*I wonder who is going to host Silent Sunday Nights and TCM Imports now that Robert O. is only going to do two films on Sunday nights? Any idea what is going to happen here?*

 

 

 

I believe Milky the Clown will be hosting the Silent Sundays and TCM Imports henceforth.

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> I wonder who is going to host Silent Sunday Nights and TCM Imports now that Robert O. is only going to do two films on Sunday nights? Any idea what is going to happen here?

 

There's been no official word yet as far as I know.

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