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THE TCM PROGRAMMING CHALLENGE #11 IS NOW OVER!


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Well, we are back with the TCM Programming Challenge and it starts TODAY, September 1st and will run until midnight (PT) September 30, 2008.

 

This is Challenge #11 and it?s about time. Well, at least one night will be (you will see what I mean).

 

*The basics:* this is a fun-only contest for members of the TCM Forum. If you have a desire to program an imaginary week of movies for TCM, here is the place to do so. The first Challenge was created a few years ago by fellow board member, path40a, and each Challenge from then on was hosted by the person who won the previous Challenge. It is my honor to host this current one because I won the last Challenge.

 

This is not sponsored in any way by TCM. As I said, it is for fun only. However, the TCM Programmer has looked in on these scheules in the past and has used some of the suggestions for the real TCM programming. One thing you will definitely get out of doing a week's schedule yourself is a much greater appreciation of what the TCM Programmer does fifty-two weeks a year.

 

*Gifts:* Normally, there aren?t gifts handed out at the end of the Challenge, but I want to spice things up and am going to provide some myself this time around. These will be in the form of DVDs ( _one of the top prizes will be the special 3-DVD box set of The Jazz Singer_ ) and other movie-related material. I will award gifts to the top five vote-receiving schedules. (Note: the voting will be done after the contest closes and will be done in a separate thread, so wait for that time to vote.)

 

*PROGRAMMING REQUIREMENTS*

 

(NOTE: You must incorporate these into your schedule as they are part of what goes into a normal TCM week):

 

1. Select any week in the forthcoming 12 months. Your week must start on Sunday and end on Saturday.

2. Each programming day _must_ begin at 6 AM (ET).

3. Each evening?s programming (the Osborne hours) must begin at _8 PM_.

4. One night must be devoted to a Star of the Month ? pick four movies of a star you want to salute (since a Star of the Month has one night per week for a full month, it must be someone whose output would cover that).

5. One night of your week must have four films devoted to a favorite subject of mine that will be the _Theme of the Month:_ _Time Travel in the Movies_ (more later about this theme).

6. You will pick your own themes for the remaining five nights, plus pick themes for groups of films during the day. Two examples from past schedules: ?Some Fun and Ad-Venture At Last" (movies about advertising) and and ?Brrrr: The Cold War?. There are as many themes as your mind can come up with. Popular themes you can consider: a star whose birthday falls on one of your days or a special anniversary of something.

7. On Sunday night at Midnight (crossing over into Monday), schedule one silent movie you would like to see on _Silent Sunday Nights_.

8. On Sunday night (crossing over into Monday), at approximately 2 AM, schedule one foreign film you would like to see on _TCM Imports_

9. On Friday night (crossing into Saturday) at 2 AM, schedule one cult film you would like to see on _TCM Underground_

10. On Saturday night at 8 PM, have one film you would run as part of _The Essentials_.

11. You will be allowed to use up to 11 premieres (see further below). You can have any films you want for the Silent Sunday Night, TCM Imports, and TCM Underground. It can be something new to TCM without counting as one of the 11 premieres.

 

The above may sound complicated but it really isn?t. There are links towards the bottom of this post to previous Challenge Schedules so you can see how they were handled.

 

*SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT THE ONE NIGHT?S THEME ABOUT TIME TRAVEL*: You will pick four movies for this night. At first, one might think there are very few films about time travel (The Time Machine, Time After Time, to name two), but I discovered there are a LOT more for you to choose from. Here is a link that might help (make sure you list movies for your schedule, not TV shows):

 

http://www.imdb.com/keyword/time-travel/?sort=date

 

Also, people like to read why you made certain programming choices, so include a tiny bit about why you did pick your films at the end of your schedule or in a separate post.

 

_IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT SCHEDULING TIMES:_

 

An entry in your schedule looks like this:

2:00 PM Love Finds Andy Hardy (MGM, 1938) Mickey Rooney 92 min.

 

Make sure your running times fit properly within your schedule. In the case above, because Love Finds Andy Hardy is 92 minutes long and begins at 2:00 PM, the next film couldn?t start until at least 3:45 PM. If you want, but it is not necessary, you can list cartoons or shorts to fill in the extra time.

 

_The film libraries (with hyperlinks) for use in this Challenge are_ -

 

_Warner Bros:_ http://www.imdb.com/company/co0026840/

 

_MGM (pre-1986):_ http://www.imdb.com/company/co0020206/

 

_RKO (all):_ http://www.imdb.com/company/co0041421/

 

_Columbia Pictures (all)_ http://www.imdb.com/company/co0071509/

 

_United Artists (after 1950):_ http://www.imdb.com/company/co0026841/

 

_Samuel Goldwyn (all):_ http://www.imdb.com/company/co0016710/

 

_Walt Disney (Live Action only):_ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Disney_live_action_films

 

And, as always, you are free to program any film that has already been presented on TCM regardless of library affiliation and should be designated with a "p/s" symbol (designating "previously scheduled"). And you can find running times for your film selections by using IMDB.com or TCMDB.com to research your titles.

 

*SPECIAL NOTE: As this is the lucky #11 Challenge, I am going to make an exception to the rule and allow you to have _ELEVEN premieres_. These will be films that you can pull from any studio not listed above or before/after the dates for the studios that are listed above.*

 

The deadline for Schedule entries is midnight (Pacific time) on September 30, 2008.

 

Here are links to previous schedules:

 

Challenge #10 ( http://forums.tcm.com/jive/tcm/thread.jspa?threadID=127551&start=30&tstart=495&messageID=8088572#8088572 )

Challenge #9 (http://forums.tcm.com/jive/tcm/message.jspa?messageID=8046284#8046284)

Challenge #8 (http://forums.tcm.com/jive/tcm/message.jspa?messageID=8013984#8013984)

Challenge #7 (http://forums.tcm.com/jive/tcm/message.jspa?messageID=7973260#7973260)

Challenge #6 (http://forums.tcm.com/jive/tcm/message.jspa?messageID=7934043#7934043)

Challenge #5 (http://forums.tcm.com/jive/tcm/message.jspa?messageID=7877675#7877675)

Challenge #4 (http://forums.tcm.com/jive/tcm/message.jspa?messageID=7847611#7847611)

Challenge #3 (http://forums.tcm.com/jive/tcm/message.jspa?messageID=7827881#7827881)

Challenge #2 (http://forums.tcm.com/jive/tcm/message.jspa?messageID=7794350#7794350)

or the original from the immortal Path40a

Challenge #1 (http://forums.tcm.com/jive/tcm/message.jspa?messageID=7781430#7781430)

 

Enjoy!

 

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I see 'filmlover' isn't "sleeping in" on the holiday. I wasn't expecting this to be posted so early in the day.

 

Thanks for "eleven" premieres. That pretty much matches the number of premieres that appear on TCM each month. (Gad. How did we ever do this with just "two" premieres? Ahh. The "good old days".)

 

Hopefully I won't procrastinate too long and run out of time this go 'round.

 

Kyle In Hollywood

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so I had to give him ba-a-a-ack"

*F.McGee.*

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I'll think about it and see if I want to do it, if I come up with any good ideas. I would love to be involved again. My knowledge of classic films is very low compared to you guys because I am just getting into classic films, I still have so much to learn but I would love to give it a try. I have always wanted to do a salute to Preston Sturges, have any films directed by him been aired on TCM before?

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*"I have always wanted to do a salute to Preston Sturges, have any films directed by him been aired on TCM before?"* -Kubrickbuff

 

Yes - including *The Great McGinty* which is being shown this month (September 24^th^). In fact, I think the only Sturges film that has _not_ been shown on TCM is *Unfaithfully Yours*.

 

Kyle In Hollywood

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so I had to give him ba-a-a-ack"

*F.McGee.*

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Filmlover, I was wondering about the links to the different studios. I have not been able to check out some of the studios because my computer was messed up yesterday, but I did try Warner Brothers and I was only allowed to access the "In Production" movies. It said I needed to purchase a subscription to IMDb Pro to access all the movies. Is that supposed to happen?

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ILRM,

 

Click on the studio links provided in Filmlover's first post. They took me straight to the IMDB listings for a list of all the films by studio.

 

If you are still having problems using the links let us know!

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Two questions.

 

I am allowed to use films from places like Fox or Paramount as long as they have been previously shown on TCM, right? If so, where do I search for previously scheduled movies?

 

Next question. Is a premier any movie that has not been previously shown on TCM or is it only films from other studios such as Fox and Paramount that have not been shown on TCM?

 

 

Sorry, for all the ?'s! I just want to do this right.

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*"A wise man once told me (Kyle) that if you look in the TCM database and there is an article on the film then it has almost surely been shown."* - movieman1957

 

Aw, shucks. It's nothing any red-blooded American Boy wouldn't have done.

 

ILRM -

'movieman1957' is right. One of the best ways to discover if a film has been shown on TCM is to perform a search on the particular title in the TCMDatabase. On the left side of the page, there is a list of related links with other sources of information on the title. One of the listings is for "Articles". If the link for "articles" is in bold (i.e. - *Articles* ), it means there is an article on the TCM website that accompanied the TCM presentation of that film.

 

For example see here -

http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=81891

 

And, as to the definition of "premiere", you can choose any film from the "libraries" listed in 'filmlover's original post (Any RKO film, Any Columbia film, Any Goldwyn film, etc.) and use them freely and not count the film as a "premiere". Films from Paramount, Fox, etc. that have _not_ been shown on TCM previously must count toward the total of eleven premieres for the week.

So you can schedule *Love Story* without calling it a "premiere"

http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/title.jsp?stid=4689

 

but *Oliver's Story* would have to be listed as a "premiere"

http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=85536

 

And if you ever have any questions about certain films, just ask in here and someone may be able to find an answer for you. (Some of us have a bunch of old schedules to use for reference.)

 

Kyle In Hollywood

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"Oohh, I bought a goat and his name was Jack. But he got homesick

so I had to give him ba-a-a-ack"

*F.McGee.*

 

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filmlover -

 

Just re--read your original post and want to ask -

 

As in the past, are we able to schedule _any_ film for the weekly

"Silent" / "Imports" / "Underground" Showcases - regardless of whether they have been previously seen on TCM - without counting the film as a "premiere"?

 

Thanks.

 

Kyle In Hollywood

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"Oohh, I bought a goat and his name was Jack. But he got homesick

so I had to give him ba-a-a-ack"

*F.McGee.*

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LOL, eleven premieres are not enough? Oh, okay, people can have any film they want for the Silent Sunday Night, TCM Imports, and TCM Underground. It can be something new to TCM without counting as one of the 11 premieres. Just remember at Christmas, don't say I never gave you anything.

 

I will amend the original post.

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ILRM, yes, movieman and Kyle have it right. If an article is in the TCM database (meaning: when you do a search for the film and "article" is in bold, you can click on that and see TCM's article. That would mean it has been on TCM and, therefore, not a premiere, even if it comes from a studio not in the list I posted. However, if there is not an article, and it falls outside the paremeters of the studios and the years mentioned in the original post, then it counts as one of your premieres.

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Filmlover, I have Sat. all perfectly scheduled up to "The Essentials". But there is a problem. One of my movies is 91min long, so I had to wait for the next quarter hour to schedule my next movie, but that means that the essentials would start at 8:15. Could I by any chance knock a minute of the movie that is 91min long? Maybe cut out part of the credits? Or could I start the next movie (which is 100min long) immediately at the half hour? I didn't think I could, but I will be pretty hard to find another movie that fits the theme, that is exactly 90min or less!!!!!

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You are learning the agony of being a programmer. Unfortunately, you cannot cut a minute from the film ("TCM - uncut and commercial free," remember?). It would mean scheduling a different film before it or making an adjustment somewhere else earlier in the day. However, I will let you start the Essentials at 8:15.

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