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  1. Hi. TCM exec here. Well, not quite exec, but senior-level. Happy to bring some light to the speculation. There seems to be two different issues being discussed here. 1. the change in programming to pay tribute to a star. 2. the memorial montage (that's about 90 seconds long) that we produce for the dearly departed. When a star passes away, especially a big star, it is not easy or quick to change the programming in order to properly eulogize them. It's akin to turning around an aircraft carrier. The changes have to be communicated to affiliates. Licenses need to be buttoned up. New intros have to be shot with the hosts (all of whom would need to be flown in to Atlanta). Intros would then need to be edited, sent through a sound mix and posted for the Broadcast Operations Center to air. We also use the memorial montage (the :90 second thing) to promote for our viewers the programming lineup change, so there needs to be time for that to occur. And PR would need the time to raise awareness of the the changes in case a news outlet would want to cover the memorial tribute lineup in honor of Dearly Departed Big Star. And sometimes the programmer chooses to wait until much later than a month or so (such as the aforementioned Burt Reynolds salute we did in December) because certain titles would not be available to us until later. Now, that's just the programming for the tribute. What would have to move to accommodate it would need to be carefully considered too. If TCM has a license to air a Fox film, for example, and that license expires on a certain date, then we'd need to consider if it would be possible to move the airing of that film to another day. And it wouldn't just be that one film; we'd have to consider all the other films that were thematically grouped with that one Fox film too. Programming the channel is tricky. It's not like alphabetizing your DVD collection. So, the longer lead time we have to air the memorial, the better. Sometimes it works out to get it on the air quickly, usually it doesn't. Insofar as the memorial montages are concerned, yes, we have many of them in the can prepped to go. Not always, but usually. That's why you see them on the air much quicker than the programming changes.
  2. "They almost missed Elizabeth Taylor. Fortunately, they must have had something already made up for her that could be tacked on to the end of her Remembers segment." No, they did not almost miss Elizabeth Taylor. That was an artistic choice, to add her at the very, very end of the piece, thereby granting her an exceptional place in the tribute. Plus, someone in another thread noted that she was always late, so it only made sense to have her come at the very end. These pieces are not easy to create, so they can't just tack something on.
  3. I love that Smokey and the Bandit is playing on TCM. Afterall, it's basically a screwball comedy at 80mph. And it's director, Hal Needham, has been given an Honorary Oscar this year. Good for him. The movie isn't everyone's cup of tea, but vive le difference.
  4. How about they just run last year's In Memoriam this coming December? It was a perfectly good one.
  5. Ok. I will ask it right here, and let's see what type of reaction I get, if I get any reaction at all. What, pray tell, should they say instead? What is it about Bacall (or any other SOM who gets such short shrift, apparently) that you haven't heard yet that needs to be said for the first time within the context of a simple tribute? These aren't dissertations or biographies, you know...
  6. It's been fixed. Edited by: araner1973 on Jul 16, 2012 6:11 PM
  7. Her name is Robin Bittman. http://robinbittman.com/ Her longest gig, aside from TCM, was as the voice of Delta Airline's on-board safety video, before they started running the current one. And yeah, she was indeed at the TCM Classic Film Festival this year.
  8. http://www.atlantamagazine.com/eldredgeatl/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10330456 Some insider insight into the making of this year's extraordinary Remembers spot.
  9. Corrected one with John Barry's name is now posted on TCM's Facebook page
  10. Could be that an uncorrected one was posted, but the correct one is on the air. We'll see what TCM.com posts...
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