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Shouldn't TCM Remembers be in January?


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I really like the TCM remembers feature, but the deaths of Peter O'Toole and Joan Fontaine so late in the year make me think that perhaps TCM shouldn't mourn the deaths of cinema legends and contributors until the New Year. It was a shame when Jack Klugman died late last year, too late to figure in the 2012 remembrances; I was surprised that they managed to include Eleanor Parker this year. Maybe they'll surprise me and in a few days re-do the montage to honor two of the latest, and greatest, of the departed. My God!

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<< Shouldn't TCM Remembers be in January? >>

 

Yes. Yes, it should. It's always puzzled me why TCM starts their "year-in-review" memoriam before the year has ended. Why the rush? It just makes sense to wait.

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>Yes. Yes, it should. It's always puzzled me why TCM starts their "year-in-review" memoriam before the year has ended.

 

It actually started more than 50 years ago when the big-3 networks (CBS, NBC, and ABC) began doing year-end retrospective reports, in December, highlighting the major news stories of that year, and also a brief tribute to famous people who died that year. This has been a tradition in television for many decades. Of course, it causes a problem for the editors and producers when several famous people suddenly die in December.

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I'm starting to think they should delay it until at least after Christmas. It's fine if no one important dies, but if they do, like this year, then TCM is left scrambling to include them or waiting till the next year........

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Because every other news outlet does their year-end retrospective in December?

 

Flipping through the channels this morning, I saw a commercial on MSNBC asking viewers to vote for their favorite moments from one of their hosts' shows (I think it was Rachel Maddow, but which one it was is beside the point) in 2013. Those evil blankety-blanks! Don't they know they should wait until January to do it?

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Perhaps the reason they do it in December is that it might seem anticlimactic to do a retrospective in January, after New Years and the holiday season have ended, and when people are looking forward to the coming year, not back at the last.

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The secretary says to Agnes Moorehead, "What should I do with her file?" Agnes Moorehead, who plays the Warden, says, "Keep it open. She'll be back." Parker is then shown leaving the jail, being escorted into the car by the thugs, and lighting a cigarette in the car, as jazzy music wells up. I think that's the order of ending scenes, anyway.

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Thank you, lzcutter :)

 

As brief as it was, Mr. O'Toole's spot is an excellent choice as it's the very fitting scene of his swimming in the admiration of his fans from My Favorite Year (1982).

 

If a singular TCM Remembers is done for him, I'd hope they would end it with the full version of that scene - perfect.

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>Thank you for the link to his TCM Remembers. Seems kinda short.

>Though there wasn't much time, I know.

 

 

You're very welcome.

 

I went back and looked at some of the individual memorials and most of the individual *TCM Remembers* run about 1:11. The one for O'Toole is 1:11.

 

The year end memorials run much longer.

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