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First, I am not sure if there is a list anywhere about who has already been guest programmer on TCM. But since we offer suggestions for Star of the Month, why not offer a few recommendations for the Guest Programmer series as well...?

 

I'd love to see Doris Roberts as a guest programmer. I think she and Robert Osborne would have a fun conversation.

 

I think Julia Louis Dreyfuss would be fun, too.

 

As for sports celebrities, I think there has been a basketball player or two.  Why not get a famous ex-quarterback (John Elway) or a baseball pitcher (Nolan Ryan) on to present a night of sports-themed movies?

 

Who would you like to see featured as a TCM guest programmer?

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Here's a list of TCM guest programmers from the beginning of the series in January of 2005 until December of 2012

 

2005

 

Jan 23 ---------- BILL COSBY

 

Feb - none because of 31 Days of Oscar

 

Mar 22 ---------  STEPHEN SONDHEIM

 

     (contributed list but didn't appear)

 

Apr 07 ---------- HUGH HEFNER

 

May 24 ---------  MICHAEL McKEAN

 

Jun 09 ---------- BUCK HENRY

 

July 12 --------- TOM KENNY

 

Aug - none because of Summer Under the Stars

 

Sept 12 --------- LIZ SMITH

 

Oct 13 ---------- JESSICA WALTER

 

Nov 17 ---------  ALFRED UHRY

 

Dec 2 -----------  ISAAC MIZRAHI

 

 

2006

 

Jan 10 --------    MARIO CANTONE

 

Feb - none because of 31 Days of Oscar

 

Mar 4 ------------ SID GANIS, AMPA&S President

 

Apr 26 ----------  ILEANA DOUGLAS

 

May 23 ---------- PENN & TELLER

 

June 15 --------- MIA FARROW

 

July 24 -------- - DICK CAVETT

 

Aug - none because of Summer Under the Stars

 

Sept 25 --------- TOM FORD

 

Oct 10 ---------- AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS

 

Nov 9 -----------  ROBERT WAGNER

 

Dec 6 ------------ BURT REYNOLDS

 

 

2007

 

Jan 15 ---------- CHEVY CHASE

 

Feb - none because of 31 Days of Oscar

 

Mar 22 ---------- DAVID MAMET

 

Apr 5 ------------ LORRAINE BRACCO

 

May 14 ---------  DAVID THOMSON

 

June 14 --------  LARRY MILLER

 

July 11 --------- TODD OLDHAM

 

Aug - none because of Summer Under Stars

 

Sept 10 -------- BARRY LEVINSON

 

Oct 3 ----------- JAMES MANGOLD

 

Nov 1-30:   A different Guest Programmer each night:

 

     Nov  1  WHOOPI GOLDBERG

 

     Nov  2  ALFRED MOLINA

 

     Nov  3  DONALD TRUMP

 

     Nov  4  GORE VIDAL

 

     Nov  5  ROSE McGOWAN

 

     Nov  6  CHRIS ELLIOTT

 

     Nov  7  NEIL LA BUTE

 

     Nov  8  CHARLES BUSCH

 

     Nov  9  JERRY STILLER

 

     Nov 10  DANNY DEVITO

 

     Nov 11  ALTON BROWN

 

     Nov 12  JACK KLUGMAN

 

     Nov 13  JAMES ELROY

 

     Nov 14  MATT GROENING

 

     Nov 15  CYBILL SHEPHERD

 

     Nov 16  PAUL MAZURSKY

 

     Nov 17  TRACEY ULLMAN

 

     Nov 18  GRAYDON CARTER

 

     Nov 19  RENEE FLEMING

 

     Nov 20  ALEC BALDWIN

 

     Nov 21  KERMIT THE FROG

 

     Nov 22  PAUL AGUIRRE (G.P. contest winner)

 

     Nov 23  JOE PANTOLIANO

 

     Nov 24  CHARLES GRODIN

 

     Nov 25  THELMA SCHOONMAKER

 

     Nov 26  HARVEY FIERSTEIN

 

     Nov 27  MARIE MANOUNOS

 

     Nov 28  BRIAN DENNEHY

 

     Nov 29  MARK MOTHERSBAUGH

 

     Nov 30  MARTHA STEWART

 

  Dec 3 ---------  ELAINE STRITCH

 

 

2008:

 

Jan 22 --------  JOHN SAYLES

 

Feb - none because of 31 Days of Oscar

 

Mar 31 --------  EVANDER HOLYFIELD

 

Apr 14 --------  ALEX TREBEK

 

May 19 -------  TIM ROTH

 

Jun 16 -------   BILL MAHR

 

July 10 -------  SALLY FIELD

 

Aug - none because of Summer Under the Stars

 

Sep 30 -------  JOHN SINGLETON

 

Oct 1 ---------   RAINN WILSON

 

Nov 20 -------  RAY BRADBURY

 

Dec 10 -------  FRANK MILLER

 

 

2009:

 

Jan 13 --------  ERIC McCORMACK

 

Feb - none because of 31 Days of Oscar

 

Mar 16 -------  JOHN LANDIS

 

Apr 13-17: 15 Fan Programmers on TCM's 15th anniversary

 

    Apr 13:  Theresa Brown, Lani Golstab, Peter Bosch

 

    Apr 14:  April Lane, Lisa Mordente, Rome Mendheim

 

    Apr 15:  Joe Buonocore, Juan Castro, Lynn Zook

 

    Apr 16:  Anna Seager, Jeff Hoyak, Kyle Kersten

 

    Apr 17:  Monica Elliott, Philip Himberg, Jay Looker

 

May 27 -------  TOMMY "TINY"  LISTER

 

June -  none because of Director's Festival

 

July 22--------  CLORIS LEACHMAN

 

Aug -  none because of Summer Under the Stars

 

Sept 21 ------  RICHARD LEWIS

 

Oct 21 -------  DENNIS MILLER

 

Nov 30-------  ANTHONY HOPKINS

 

Dec 8 --------  NIKO CASE

 

 

2010:

 

Jan 19 -------   BOB NEWHART

 

Feb - none because of 31 days of Oscar

 

Mar 22 -------   KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR

 

Apr 1 ---------  RAQUEL WELCH

 

May 10 -------  SHIRLEY JONES

 

 

June 1 --------  RICK EISEN

 

July 13 -------  ROBERT WUHL

 

Aug - none because of Summer Under the Stars

 

Sept 22 ------  BILL HADER

 

October:  16 prominent U.S. critics selecting two films each

 

    Oct 4    LEONARD MALTIN of Entertainment Tonight

 

                KENNETH TURAN of the Los Angeles Times

 

    Oct 6    RICHARD CORLISS of Time

 

                DAVID ANSEN of Newsweek

 

    Oct 11  DAVID DENBY of the New Yorker

 

                ROBERT BIANCO of USA Today

 

    Oct 13  DAVID EDELSTEIN of New York magazine

 

                KIM MORGAN of MSN Movies.com

 

    Oct 18  JOE MORGENSTERN of the Wall St. Journal

 

                PETER TRAVERS of Rolling Stone

 

    Oct 20  A.O. SCOTT of the New York Times

 

                LOU LUMENICK of the New York Post

 

    Oct 25  SUSAN GRANGER of SGS Syndicate

 

                TOM SHALES of the Washington Post

 

    Oct 27  ROGER EBERT of the Chicago Sun-Times

 

                MICK LA SALLE of the San Francisco Chronicle

 

Nov 9  --------  MICHAEL J. FOX

 

Dec 20 -------  ELI WALLACH

 

 

2011:

 

Jan 19 --------  BEN McKENZIE

 

Feb - none because of 31 days of Oscar

 

March:   32 TCM Employees selecting one film each

 

     Mar 7:    Jeff Stafford, Terra Washington,

 

                  Les Howell, Cathy Boardman

 

     Mar 9:    Scott McGee, Millie De Chrico,

 

                  Carmen Madison, Marna Grantham

 

     Mar 14:  Monica Neal, Richard Steiner,

 

                  Holly Hadesty, Fernando Salinas

 

     Mar 16:  Anna Davis, Shannon Clute,

 

                  Christina Chyn, Courtney O'Brien

 

     Mar 21:  Peter McIntosh, Lee Tsiantis,

 

                  Megan Buckle-Robinson, Kevin Little

 

     Mar 23:  Mira Koplovsky, Dennis Camlek,

 

                  Gary Freedman, Emily Boyd

 

     Mar 28:  Christine Drayer, Genevieve McGillicuddy,

 

                  Matt Pylant, Sara Turner

 

     Mar 30:  Gabrielle Ballard, Alexa Foreman,

 

                  Crystal Wheeler, Barry Burnett

 

Apr 7 ---------  CHITA RIVERA

 

May 9 --------   PETER GUBER

 

June 15 -----   CHRIS ISSAK

 

July 4 --------   CONAN O'BRIEN

 

Aug - none because of Summer Under the Stars

 

Sept 7 -------   CHER

 

Oct -----------   JOHN CARPENTER

 

Nov ----------    RON PERLMAN

 

Dec 21 ------    WINONA RYDER

 

 

2012:

 

Jan ----------     JAMES L. BROOKS

 

Feb - none because of 31 days of Oscar

 

Mar ----------     JULES FIEFFER

 

Apr ----------     ANTHONY BOURDAIN

 

May ---------     DEBRA WINGER

 

June --------     ELLEN BARKIN

 

July --------      SPIKE LEE

 

Aug - none because of Summer Under the Stars

 

Sept --------      REGIS PHILBIN

 

Oct ---------       JIM LEHER

 

Dec --------       LEE CHILD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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First, I am not sure if there is a list anywhere about who has already been guest programmer on TCM. But since we offer suggestions for Star of the Month, why not offer a few recommendations for the Guest Programmer series as well...?

 

I'd love to see Doris Roberts as a guest programmer. I think she and Robert Osborne would have a fun conversation.

 

I think Julia Louis Dreyfuss would be fun, too.

 

As for sports celebrities, I think there has been a basketball player or two.  Why not get a famous ex-quarterback (John Elway) or a baseball pitcher (Nolan Ryan) on to present a night of sports-themed movies?

 

Who would you like to see featured as a TCM guest programmer?

Is it a coincidence that the two sports guys you suggested (Elway and Ryan) are both now top team executives?

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First, I am not sure if there is a list anywhere about who has already been guest programmer on TCM. But since we offer suggestions for Star of the Month, why not offer a few recommendations for the Guest Programmer series as well...?

 

I'd love to see Doris Roberts as a guest programmer. I think she and Robert Osborne would have a fun conversation.

 

I think Julia Louis Dreyfuss would be fun, too.

 

As for sports celebrities, I think there has been a basketball player or two.  Why not get a famous ex-quarterback (John Elway) or a baseball pitcher (Nolan Ryan) on to present a night of sports-themed movies?

 

Who would you like to see featured as a TCM guest programmer?

 

Do any of the people you mention know much about movies made before 1970?   Of course as guess programmers they could just pick more recent movies but the odds TCM would have a lease for those movies decreases (big time).

 

I think part of the resaon guest programmers selections often feature so many 'repeats' is because the guest programmer is limited in what movies they can pick. 

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I think part of the reason guest programmers selections often feature so many 'repeats' is because the guest programmer is limited in what movies they can pick. 

Or they are limited in their knowledge of classic films.

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I fear I'm not interested in guest programmers.  It usually turns into different celebs picking the same films we've been seeing, and not saying anything particularly enlightening about them (in my VERY humble opinion).  

 

But if pressed, I would like to see Terence Davies as guest programmer, if he showed a combination of his films and films that influenced his work. He is after all perhaps the greatest living director! It might be interesting for him to show his great film, The Long Day Closes, which is basically about a little Liverpudlian boy's love of film, and then show some of the films to which homage is paid in the movie.

 

Check out the clip which begins at 1:07:15 -- it's gorgeous. Audio of Debbie Reynolds singing "Tammy" as the camera travels over the heads of people in the movies, at church, etc. Incredible. This movie basically says to me "movies are religion."

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_w12UaW6sqI

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I fear I'm not interested in guest programmers.  It usually turns into different celebs picking the same films we've been seeing, and not saying anything particularly enlightening about them (in my VERY humble opinion).  

 

But if pressed, I would like to see Terence Davies as guest programmer, if he showed a combination of his films and films that influenced his work. He is after all perhaps the greatest living director! It might be interesting for him to show his great film, The Long Day Closes, which is basically about a little Liverpudlian boy's love of film, and then show some of the films to which homage is paid in the movie.

 

To me directors or producers (ones active in the movie making process not just money people) are the best type of guest programmers.   Actors are OK, but a director is influenced by many more different factors associated with movie making than most actors. 

 

Of course an actor \ director would be great;  Has Redford ever been a guest programmer?  

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To me directors or producers (ones active in the movie making process not just money people) are the best type of guest programmers.   Actor are OK, but a director is influenced by many more different factors associated with movie making than most actors. 

 

Of course an actor \ director would be great;  Has Redford ever been a guest programmer?  

A director like Redford would be great, I agree. Maybe one of his films (that he directed), plus films from the "Golden Age" that may have influenced him.  I'm not interested in actors' opinions of movies they like, though.

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Here's a list of TCM guest programmers from the beginning of the series in January of 2005 until December of 2012

 

Thanks so much Barton-- very helpful information. The very first night I ever watched TCM was the night Sally Field was guest programmer-- I knew it was in the summer of 2008, but it's fun to see the exact date was July 10th.

 

It looks like November 2007 was a special month-long event. That's interesting. 

 

If anyone has the info for 2013 and 2014 please go ahead and add it.

 

I have asked the TCM Moderator to see if a section can be added under the TCM Programs area for the Guest Programmer series. I am waiting to hear back. If it's a go, I will make a separate post using what Barton has provided us with here, so that we have an easy to find reference re: the guest programmers' roster.

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I don't know why but Christopher Walken comes to mind.

I know that Norman Jewison would be a good director pick.

 

Walken would be interesting.   Of course he could surprise us and pick the Wizard of Oz,  Random Harvest,  The Bishop's Wife etc.. 

 

(light hearted,  gentle movies,  instead of the type of out there characters he is known for).

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Walken would be interesting.   Of course he could surprise us and pick the Wizard of Oz,  Random Harvest,  The Bishop's Wife etc.. 

 

(light hearted,  gentle movies,  instead of the type of out there characters he is known for).

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A quick update-- I received a note from the TCM Moderator yesterday afternoon who thought it was a good idea to add a section for the Guest Programmer series under the TCM Programs area. Once it has been approved and added, we'll let everyone here know...!

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Yes, I think that may be the case.  Christopher Walken was an old hoofer before landing nothing but psychotic roles.

I've heard some great congenial anecdotes about him.  Interesting guy.

Any comments about his evening with Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner would be VERY interesting.

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Do any of the people you mention know much about movies made before 1970?   Of course as guess programmers they could just pick more recent movies but the odds TCM would have a lease for those movies decreases (big time).

 

I think part of the resaon guest programmers selections often feature so many 'repeats' is because the guest programmer is limited in what movies they can pick. 

I have been reviewing this thread today, and james' comment stands out.

 

Can we assume that most younger guest programmers do not have much knowledge about pre-1970 Hollywood cinema...? 

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David Steinberg.

 

His new show Inside Comedy is very good.

I haven't seen it. Actually, I am surprised that TCM has not had him on yet. Or maybe they did, and I missed it..?

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I haven't seen it. Actually, I am surprised that TCM has not had [David Steinberg] on yet. Or maybe they did, and I missed it..?

 

He was a guest programmer last October -- I don't recall the exact date.

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