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  1. All right, I can see that posting here was a mistake.
  2. This is not a simple issue of TCM running newer films, this is specifically an issue of running newer films that were chosen primarily because they already exist in the TBS/TNT stockpiles--films you would never see on TCM otherwise. The "Academy Awards" theme seems like a thin premise for pumping as much of this material onto the channel as possible and it can not bode well for the future. I can guarantee you that a Joel Schumacher Batman film will inspire no one, young or old, to see what else the channel has to offer.
  3. This certainly began before February. The blitz continues into a March that looks relatively normal, but there's still 1995's Heat and Devil in a Blue Dress--this is more in line with previous months' airings of Mars Attacks!, You've Got Mail, Overboard, etc: a seeming testing of the waters in slowly introducing these recent films into the rotation. I flipped to the "this month" section of the web site and was immediately reminded that they're airing Groundhog Day (1993) -- a good film that is nevertheless inappropriate for this network and (unsurprisingly) has run countless times on TBS. M
  4. There has recently been a huge shift in the focus of this network. I believe you will trace this to a restructuring at Turner which placed the network in the hands of Steve Koonin--more info here: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117952534.html Take a look at the upcoming schedule of films listed on this website. You'll see: The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) Men in Black (1997) Batman Returns (1992) Batman Forever (1995) American Beauty (1999) The Patriot (2000) In past weeks, I've turned on TCM to see Mars Attacks! (1996) and You've Got Mail (1998). Most of these films are l
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