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Robert Osborne's 20th Anniversary Tribute (2015)

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Apparently, tomorrow there's a big program dedicated to Mr. Osborne. They're airing it twice. I know many on these boards like the man. Who will be watching ??

 

btw, notice NBNW is airing between the specials. If he likes it, maybe some of you now know why it airs so often  :lol: 

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Maybe NORTH BY NORTHWEST is RO's  #1 favorite movie, or he may have "stock shares" in it. ;)  Regardless,  it is a very entertaining film and popular with a lot of people. For quite awhile it was aired rather frequently on TCM (maybe the most played film of all on TCM )  and became sort of a poster boy example of "overplayed" on these boards.  I will certainly want to see   the tribute show, not sure if I will sit through the whole broadcast of NBNW, I almost know it by heart.  When TCM has a "tribute" special for me they can air MISTER ROBERTS after my show.  That I will watch. :)

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I've got my DVR set to record it, but if my SO doesn't mind we might watch. He doesn't really understand my relationship with TCM. We've been together 3 years but I've been with TCM over 20.

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Most of the new TCM originals get two airings on the first night: one at 8:00 PM for those of us on the east coast, followed by a feature film and a second airing for those folks three hours behind the times.

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Maybe NORTH BY NORTHWEST is RO's  #1 favorite movie, or he may have "stock shares" in it. ;)  Regardless,  it is a very entertaining film and popular with a lot of people. For quite awhile it was aired rather frequently on TCM (maybe the most played film of all on TCM )  and became sort of a poster boy example of "overplayed" on these boards.  I will certainly want to see   the tribute show, not sure if I will sit through the whole broadcast of NBNW, I almost know it by heart.  When TCM has a "tribute" special for me they can air MISTER ROBERTS after my show.  That I will watch. :)

I believe RO's favorite movie may be THE RAZOR'S EDGE (1946).

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I believe RO's favorite movie may be THE RAZOR'S EDGE (1946).

 

I believe you're correct followed by Laura and Leave Her to Heaven!

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Did anyone watch tonight? It was a nice tribute and as much as I'm over Michael Feinstein, I love that song "The More I See You."

 

I don't know if Jill St. John has had work done but she looked great.

 

On the third TCM cruise I finally got up the nerve to introduce myself to RO and he couldn't have been nicer. He's just a lovely person and appreciates the TCM fans.

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What I liked most about the tribute tonight was the look of absolute appreciation on the audience's faces that they had not just for Robert, but for everything TCM represents.  We all kvetch about it on these forums, but we also know that there's nothing like TCM to be found anywhere else on television.

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early out-takes were pretty funny & nice tribute by Ben M.

- RO looked genuinely touched

:)

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I just got through watching the tribute to Robert’s 20th Anniversary.

 

It was interesting to see how the various personalities handled their time in the spotlight. Some seemed more inclined to aggrandize themselves; some seemed a bit awkward in making a public encomium; and some were very sincere and gracious.

 

Of all the well-wishers, the most notable to me was Ben Mankiewicz. I think he did an outstanding job. Of all those who did not have a long-standing personal relationship with Robert, I think Ben’s comments were the most respectful and sincere, and also the least perfunctory. He gained a lot of gravitas in my eyes.

 

Atta boy, Ben. I look forward to seeing more of you.

 

It was also interesting to hear that Robert and Ben see so little of each other. It would be nice to see them do something together once in a while. From the appreciation Robert showed to Ben, and his stated hope that they could get to know each other better, I think they both might enjoy the opportunity as well.

 

Regardless of who was on the stage to praise Robert (or to try to hog the spotlight), Robert was always gracious and supportive of them. He seemed much more inclined to talk about other people’s contributions and accomplishments than to talk of his own, thus demonstrating his inherent ability to be an excellent host, and his stature as a person of refinement.

 

The outtakes were nice to see as well. I’ve occasionally wondered about the behind-the-scenes reality.

 

It was also interesting to see how much Robert has changed over the years – as, no doubt, we all have.

 

Congratulations, on your 20 years at TCM, Robert! It has been a pleasure to have you in my home, as it were, and thanks for everything!

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Yep, those "La Cienega" outtakes were very funny. along with that running "Alex-Alec" joke.

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I don't know if Jill St. John has had work done but she looked great.

 

Always been a stunning woman,beautiful,bright,very classy,if she had some 'work'  done,she was probably smart enough to use Rob Lowe's specialist and  if it is the fact, fine with me,at 74  in (2014) she is superb.It is a shame Kim Novak was butchered  i felt so sorry for her when i saw her last year.

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I have been watching the amazing Mr. Osborne for decades. My first job as a kid was selling tickets at a little local theatre. The best perk was seeing all the films for free and that's where my serious movie addiction began. I have been one of those people out there in the dark ever since. I am just a hardworking middle class gal but TCM transports me to a myriad of worlds. Mr.Osborne is the ultimate guide and I just want to thank him for the incredible education and enjoyment he has provided all these years to myself and to so many other regular folks like me, who are glued to the small screen (TCM) when we aren't at the cinema.You are a class act,sir. A true class act. Thank you!!:-)

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As most of you know, last night was not TCM's 20th anniversary, but the twenty-FIRST.  Anyone know why Robert's tribute wasn't aired last year?  It was shot last year during the 2014 TCM festival, and yet it was postponed a year for airing.  I recall on April 14 last year, TCM marked the occasion by airing the old "Private Screening" episode with Robert being interviewed by Alec Baldwin.

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Sorry but I am one who was disappointed with the tribute. Bob deserved better. Did I miss something? Where was Bob's wife? I wished they continued with the question and answer segment. I wanted to know who he would have interviewed if they were alive and what film he would have liked to star in but Alex Trebex kept interrupting with bringing in guests. There were moments of awkwardness and Bob little bit uncomfortable.

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As most of you know, last night was not TCM's 20th anniversary, but the twenty-FIRST.  Anyone know why Robert's tribute wasn't aired last year?  It was shot last year during the 2014 TCM festival, and yet it was postponed a year for airing.  I recall on April 14 last year, TCM marked the occasion by airing the old "Private Screening" episode with Robert being interviewed by Alec Baldwin.

The private screenings from last year wasn't old. It was a celebration of TCM's 20th along with viewer guest programmers during the month of April. This special was filmed at last year's festival along with the Alan Arkin interview. I'm sure they held them for this years anniversary. It takes a while for post production.

 

This year's festival had a taping of Sophia Loren's interview and will be shown next April.

 

There is no wife Im4movies. Robert's never been married.

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Thanks, HelenBaby2.  Also want to mention that last year's festival had the nicest looking STAGE to conduct those interviews.  It was nice and large, with a beautiful blue curtain at the back.  In other times, the stage often looked too small, and/or poorly set up.  I remember when Robert interviewed Maureen O'Hara, they used some kind of makeshift stage with Robert and Maureen's BACKS TOWARDS THE AUDIENCE.  Very poor setup.

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Sorry but I am one who was disappointed with the tribute. Bob deserved better. Did I miss something? Where was Bob's wife? I wished they continued with the question and answer segment. I wanted to know who he would have interviewed if they were alive and what film he would have liked to star in but Alex Trebex kept interrupting with bringing in guests. There were moments of awkwardness and Bob little bit uncomfortable.

I watched for a few minutes, and it seemed really cloying, but that's just me.

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I'm in agreement with Im4 and DGF.  Not long enough, too cloying, AND not DEEP enough( history-wise). 

 

Would have been better to just re-broadcast the first night's presentation.

 

 

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As most of you know, last night was not TCM's 20th anniversary, but the twenty-FIRST.  Anyone know why Robert's tribute wasn't aired last year?  It was shot last year during the 2014 TCM festival, and yet it was postponed a year for airing.  I recall on April 14 last year, TCM marked the occasion by airing the old "Private Screening" episode with Robert being interviewed by Alec Baldwin.

A slight clarification here--

 

The Private Screening episode where Alec interviewed Bob was originally broadcast in January 2014. Yes, it was rerun three months later in April but it was hardly an 'old' episode. It has a 2014 copyright on it.

 

I agree that the 20th anniversary special should have aired during the 20th year of TCM, not at the beginning of what is now the 22nd year. 

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Sorry but I am one who was disappointed with the tribute. Bob deserved better. Did I miss something? Where was Bob's wife? I wished they continued with the question and answer segment. I wanted to know who he would have interviewed if they were alive and what film he would have liked to star in but Alex Trebex kept interrupting with bringing in guests. There were moments of awkwardness and Bob little bit uncomfortable.

I think there are several problems with this kind of special. Out of respect to TCM, a channel I appreciate for its mostly consistent high quality programming, I am going to refrain from a blisteringly negative analysis. But I do give the Osborne 20th Anniversary Tribute a thumbs down...which I think it deserves. Some (not all) of TCM's original programming borders on camp, looks cheap, is a little too self-congratulatory and loses sight of what the channel is here to accomplish. This anniversary special went for the gold and came up with some gold, but even more pyrite.

 

I am looking forward to a better special when they reach the 25th year.

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The format of celebrity tributes pretty much guarantees that they

will be unintentional self-parodies. The honoree, often elderly,

acts like a civilian godfather while the honorers give vent to

their inner Georgie Jessel with some rather over the top praise,

which the honoree returns with more of the same. It's pretty

much a group version of a mutual admiration society, and

pretty harmless. 

That's a good way to sum it up. Would you say they were channeling Ralph Edwards (This Is Your Life)...?

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