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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. Make no mistake: there is no end in sight to this erosion. I'll be waiting to see what April looks like.
  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 less than 10 years old. All of these films can be seen in rotation on the Turner networks TNT and TBS. It is transparently obvious that TCM is not valued or understood by the new management. It is being used as a dumping ground for any material the Turner company already owns the rights to. TCM's identity is beginning to dissolve. Was "TCM Underground" the last refreshing burst of new programming we'll see from this network? If the station is showing Batman Forever, I can't imagine where the money or motivation to add more new films are. If this continues, this once-great network will turn into nothing more than a commercial free TNT/TBS--and if that happens, taking the AMC route and cutting in the commercial breaks could be the next logical step.
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