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The 21st Programming Challenge Is Coming!


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The Unofficial TCM Programming Challenge is about to turn 21! Why don't we run it from February 1, 2012 until midnight Pacific time on Sunday, March 4 for those of you who do your best work at the last minute?

 

Between now and Feb. 1, as moderator of this edition of the challenge, I'll post information about how the challenge works and answer your questions. The complete rules and the secret theme will be posted on Feb. 1, and then your creativity kicks in!

 

This isn't sponsored by TCM, but each contestant produces a week of TCM scheduling, beginning on Sunday at 6:00 am EST and ending exactly 7 days later at 6:00 am EST. The usual features like TCM Imports, Silent Sunday Night, TCM Underground, and the Essentials all need to be included. I'll post later in detail about which studios you can use for your films. All films previously shown on TCM are fair game. You'll also have a number of premieres you can use.

 

Unfortunately, you may find more false negatives this time when searching the TCM database to see if a film has been previously shown. Recently when I looked to see if Joseph Losey's *Eva* had been shown, the search no longer included some Losey films I had recorded from TCM.

 

So who's game? We love to see new contestants compete. Anyone registered on the TCM site by Dec. 1, 2011 is eligible to vote, and the winner hosts the next challenge. Special new prize for the winner: if you're at the film festival this April, I'll buy you a drink at Club TCM. Hm, do you suppose that will encourage certain people to enter the competition this time?

 

 

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I thank you for the information, kingrat. I am looking forward to what bedevilment you have in store for us.

 

I am much farther along now that I usually am this long before the Challenge begins because I know a movie I wish to schedule. Now I only have to think of an overall theme and themes for the days which are appropriate and themes for the evenings which are appropriate. I believe this should be easy! ;)

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> Special new prize for the winner: if you're at the film festival this April, I'll buy you a drink at Club TCM. Hm, do you suppose that will encourage certain people to enter the competition this time?

 

 

It is a very tempting offer, King...... :)

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Hey, it's good to hear that some of you are ready to go again with the programming challenge! Audreyforever, a soda it will be for you should you win and get to attend the festival. If, ahem, some of the rest of you prefer something a little stronger, that can be arranged, too.

 

Let the creativity begin!

 

 

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I have a question which may seem odd:

I am considering using an actor for the Star of the Month who first movie credit was in the 1950s. One of the four movies I would like to schedule for that evening was made in 1990.

 

Will any think less of a schedule which honors such a recent actor?

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> Will any think less of a schedule which honors such a recent actor?

 

Not me. I love films, actors, directors, etc from all decades and believe that some modern films are just as good as the classics. I tend to be in the minority among the greater TCM City community but I would hope that those who participate in the Challenges and in the voting would be a bit more open-minded about modern films, especially if the overall schedule being presented is worthy of consideration.

 

And all schedules submitted to the Challenge are worthy of consideration in my eyes.

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> {quote:title=lzcutter wrote:}{quote}

> > Will any think less of a schedule which honors such a recent actor?

> And all schedules submitted to the Challenge are worthy of consideration in my eyes.

 

I thank you for that consideration!

 

I am reading his biography. Much of it is: "And then I slept with ..." and he is able to insert an average 3.6 names per paragraph. It is very interesting that I never realized he had starred in so many important movies. Few of them were commercials successes so he is not a typical household name.

 

I am also thinking of doing a take-off on his career by scheduling his movie and then following it with the movie which was virtually identical and yet gained commercial success.

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> I am also thinking of doing a take-off on his career by scheduling his movie and then following it with the movie which was virtually identical and yet gained commercial success.

 

I can't wait to see your schedule, Sansfin!

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SansFin, this sounds intriguing. There will be no limitations as to time periods. There will be a number of premieres allowed, and of course if the more recent film has already been on TCM, you won't even have to use a premiere.

 

Be creative, have fun, and you will (as always) delight us!

 

Is anyone else already at work on a schedule?

 

Hint: the special part of the challenge, to be announced on Feb. 1, has a connection with the time of year during which the challenge will be running (Feb. 1 - Mar. 4).

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Welcome, countess! So glad you are going to be entering a schedule. This will be a fun challenge. I'll post the studio information today or tomorrow if that will help some of our early birds.

 

Another useful bit of information: The other time I moderated the challenge, you had 14 premieres to play with. The schedules submitted were great. Why change a good thing? Once again you'll be able to schedule up to 14 premieres.

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kingrat, I'm curious and interested in this challenge and was wondering if there was someplace where I could go to view someones submission from some previous year to get a general idea of the basic structure? I wouldn't think of duplicating someone else's work, but would like to use it as a sort of "skeleton".

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Challenge #19 is here:

http://forums.tcm.com/thread.jspa?messageID=8525335

 

Challenge #20 is here:

http://forums.tcm.com/message.jspa?messageID=8578658

 

Challenge #18 is here:

http://forums.tcm.com/thread.jspa?threadID=157954&start=60&tstart=0

There is a list of links to older Challenges in the first post which states the requirements of the Challenge. It is sad to say that TCM's reboot of the forums has rendered some of them dead and perhaps none of them still work. :(

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> {quote:title=LonesomePolecat wrote:}{quote}

> Might someone post the link to the list of previous SOTMs? I can never find it myself, and I always like to schedule a new SOTM.

 

It is sad to say that all the links I have to lzcutter's excellent posts for SOTMs are now dead.

 

The list may be seen as you presented it at:

http://forums.tcm.com/thread.jspa?threadID=157954&start=60&tstart=0

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LP,

 

It's long but here it is:

 

STAR OF THE MONTH:

 

May 1994: Greta Garbo

June 1994: Glenn Ford

July 1994: Greer Garson

Aug.1994: Edward G. Robinson

Sept.1994: Barbara Stanwyck

Oct.1994: Angela Lansbury

Nov.1994 John Garfield

Dec.1994: Best of 1994

 

Jan.1995: Esther Williams

Feb.1995: Ronald Reagan

Mar.1995: TCM Salutes the Oscars

Apr.1995: Doris Day

May 1995: Myrna Loy

June 1995: Errol Flynn

July 1995: Gene Kelly

Aug.1995: Paul Muni

Sept.1995: Jane Powell

Oct.1995: Clark Gable

Nov.1995: Barrymores

Dec.1995: Best of 1995

 

Jan.1996: Deborah Kerr

Feb.1996: Robert Young

Mar.1996: 31 Days of Oscar

April 1996: Irene Dunne

May 1996: James Stewart

June 1996: Rosalind Russell

July 1996: Fred Astaire

Aug.1996: Ann Sheridan

Sept.1996: Van Johnson

Oct.1996: Kathryn Grayson

Nov.1996: Robert Mitchum

Dec.1996: Best of 1996

 

Jan.97: Humphrey Bogart

Feb.97: Eleanor Parker

Mar.97: 31 Days of Oscar

Apr.97: Ava Gardner

May 97: George Brent

June 97: June Allyson

July 97: John and Walter Huston (also Director of the Month)

Aug.97: Cary Grant

Sept.97: Ida Lupino

Oct.97: Walter Pidgeon

Nov.97: Katharine Hepburn

Dec.97: Best of 1997

 

Jan.1998: Lana Turner

Feb.1998: Charlton Heston

Mar.1998:31 Days of Oscar

April 1998: Red Skelton

May 1998: Olivia de Havilland

June 1998: James Cagney

July 1998: Lucille Ball

August 1998: Joan Crawford

Sept.1998: John Wayne

Oct.1998: Cyd Charisse

Nov.1998: Claude Rains

Dec.1998: Best of 1998

 

Jan.1999: Elizabeth Taylor

Feb.1999: William Powell

March 1999: 31 Days of Oscar (probably)

April 1999: Dennis Morgan

May 1999: Bette Davis

June 1999: Mickey Rooney

July1999: Natalie Wood

August 1999: Peter Sellers

Sept.1999: Norma Shearer

Oct. 1999: Gregory Peck

Nov. 1999: Ginger Rogers

Dec. 1999: Burt Lancaster

 

Jan. 2000: Debbie Reynolds

Feb. 2000: Robert Ryan

March 2000: 31 Days of Oscars (probably)

April 2000: Spencer Tracy

May 2000: Alexis Smith

June 2000:Wallace Beery

July 2000: Judy Garland

August 2000: film debuts

Sept 2000: Jane Wyman

October 2000: Dick Powell

Nov 2000: Frank Sinatra

Dec. 2000: Lauren Bacall

 

Jan. 2001: Elvis Presley

Feb.2001: Jean Hagen

March 2001: 31 Days of Oscar (probably)

Apr.2001: Knighted Actors

May 2001: Jean Harlow

June 2001: W.C. Fields

July 2001: Ann Sothern

Aug.2001: James Garner

Sept. 2001: Robert Taylor

Oct. 2001: Lana Turner

Nov.2001: Glenn Ford

Dec.2001: The Marx Brothers

 

Jan. 2002: Marlene Dietrich

Feb. 2002: Kirk Douglas

March 2002: 31 Days of Oscar

April 2002: Barbara Stanwyck

May 2002: Edward G. Robinson

June 2002: Greta Garbo

July 2002: Sidney Poitier

Aug. 2002: Joan Crawford

Sept. 2002: Van Heflin

Oct. 2002: Final films

Nov. 2002: Shelly Winters

Dec. 2002: Montgomery Clift

 

Jan. 2003: Doris Day

Feb. 2003: John Garfield

Mar. 2003: 31 Days of Oscar

Apr. 2003: Harold Lloyd

May 2003: Olivia de Havilland

June 2003: TV Actors in Films

July 2003: Lee Marvin

Aug. 2003: 1st Summer Under the Stars (see below)

Sept. 2003: James Mason

Oct. 2003: Boris Karloff

Nov. 2003: Shirley MacLaine

Dec. 2003: David Niven

 

Jan. 2004: Katherine Hepburn

Feb.2004: 31 Days of Oscar

Mar.2004: Charles Chaplin

Apr. 2004: Judy Garland

May 2004: Greer Garson

June 2004: Cary Grant

July 2004: Stars That Died Before Their Time

Aug.2004: 2nd Summer Under the Stars (see below)

Sept.2004: Myrna Loy

Oct. 2004: Peter Lorre

Nov.2004: Clark Gable

Dec. 2004: James Stewart

 

Jan.2005: Canadian Actors

Feb. 2005: 31 Days of Oscar

Mar. 2005: Claudette Colbert

Apr. 2005: Errol Flynn

May 2005: Orson Welles

June 2005: Ingrid Bergman

July 2005: Audrey Hepburn

Aug. 2005: 3rd Summer Under the Stars (see below)

Sept.2005: Greta Garbo

Oct.2005: Robert Mitchum

Nov.2005: Joan Fontaine

Dec. 2005: Bing Crosby

 

Jan. 2006: Robert Montgomery

Feb.2006: 31 Days of Oscar

Mar.2006: Nelson Eddy & Jeanette MacDonald

Apr.2006: Deborah Kerr

May 2006: Bette Davis

June 2006: Anthony Quinn

July 2006: Elizabeth Taylor

Aug.2006: 4th Summer Under the Stars (see below)

Sept.2006: William Holden

Oct.2006: Child Stars

Nov.2006: Lucille Ball

Dec. 2006: Gary Cooper

 

Jan.2007: Jean Arthur

Feb.2007: 31 Days of Oscar

Mar.2007: Gene Kelly

Apr.2007: Rita Hayworth

May 2007: John Wayne and Katherine Hepburn

June 2007: Ida Lupino

July 2007: Randolph Scott

Aug.2007: 5th Summer Under the Stars (see below)

Sept.2007: A Star is Born (starmaking/breakthrough performances)

Oct.2007: Henry Fonda

Nov.2007: Guest Programmer Month

Dec.2007: Irene Dunne

 

Jan.2008: James Cagney

Feb.2008: 31 Days of Oscar

Mar.2008: Acting Dynasties

Apr.2008: Hedy Lamarr

May 2008: Frank Sinatra

June 2008: Sophia Loren

July 2008: Rosalind Russell

Aug.2008: 6th annual Summer Under the Stars (see below)

Sept.2008: Kay Francis

Oct.2008: Carole Lombard

Nov.2008: Charles Laughton

Dec. 2008: Joseph Cotton

 

Jan. 2009: Jack Lemmon

Feb. 2009: 31 Days of Oscar

Mar. 2009: Ronald Reagan

April 2009: Funny Ladies and 15th Anniversary

May 2009: Sean Connery

June 2009: Great Directors

July 2009: Stewart Granger

August 2009: Summer Under the Stars

Sept. 2009: Claude Rains

Oct. 2009: Leslie Caron

Nov. 2009: Grace Kelly

Dec. 2009: Humphrey Bogart

 

Jan. 2010: ?The Method?

Feb. 2010: 31 Days of Oscar

March 2010: Ginger Rogers

April 2010: Robert Taylor

May 2010: Donna Reed

June 2010: Natalie Wood

July 2010: Gregory Peck

August 2010: SUTS

Sept. 2010: Vivien Leigh

Oct. 2010: Fredric March

Nov. 2010: Ava Gardner

Dec. 2010: Mickey Rooney

 

Jan. 2011: Peter Sellers

Feb. 2011: 31 Days of Oscar

March 2011: Jean Harlow

April 2011: Ray Milland

May 2011: Esther Williams

June 2011: Jean Simmons

July 2011: Singing Cowboys

August 2011: SUTS

Sept. 2011: Kirk Douglas

October 2011: Buster Keaton

Nov. 2011: Battle of the Blondes

Dec. 2011: William Powell

 

January 2012: Angela Lansbury

February 2012: 31 Days of Oscar

 

 

From various threads word is that Karl Malden is SOTM in March. I don't know who has been confirmed for April yet.

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