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TCM Programming Challenge #29- "There's No Place Like Home," THE RULES


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TCM Programming Challenge #29  -- "There's No Place Like Home"


Some background:


Path40a created the first TCM Programming Challenge in February, 2006 to give people a glimpse into the complexities of the programming process. The challenge has endured because it allows entrants to exercise their imagination, display their knowledge and introduce rare classics. TCM Programming Challenges are neither sponsored nor endorsed by TCM but tcmprogrammr has stated that programmers happily steal ideas from these schedules.  Many entrants have had the joy of seeing their themes and movie selections air on TCM. The Challenge is to create a week’s schedule following TCM’s standard format. 


When it begins/When it ends:


This challenge opens at 4:00 PM (EST) Sunday, May 3, 2015 and runs through 12:00 AM (EST) Thursday, June 4, 2015  A voting thread will be started shortly after the end of the challenge.


Who can enter/Who can vote:


Everyone is welcome to create and post a schedule.  Don’t be shy! Anyone who was a registered forum member prior to April 3, 2015 will be allowed to vote for their favorite schedule in a separate voting thread after the challenge is closed.  You may either vote by posting your selection on the thread or by directly messaging the moderator. The winner has the honor of running the next challenge.


What you need to do:


1. Create a week's schedule which begins at 6 AM (EST) Sunday and ends at 6 AM (EST) the following Sunday.  The week selected must be between June 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016.

2.  Each day’s programming should begin at 6 AM (EST.) However, if you begin an occasional day at 6:15 AM or 6:30 AM you won't be tarred and feathered.  Even TCM's schedules don't always start at 6AM on the dot.

3.  Primetime/Evening MUST begin at 8 PM (EST.)  No exceptions.

4. Feature films must start on the hour, quarter-hour, half-hour or three-quarters hour.  Short films or other material can be used to “fill-in” between movies so that there is never more than 14 minutes of unscheduled time between features.


Your schedule must include:


1.  Star of the Month  -- Please refer to the 'Challenge' post for the requirements for SOTM for this challenge.  At least four films need to be scheduled featuring a particular individual.  Note, that this person must have a large enough body of work that three more nights featuring this person could be scheduled.

2.  Silent Sunday Night  -- A silent movie which begins at approximately 12 AM (EST) Sunday night/Monday morning.

3.  TCM Imports  -- A foreign film that begins at approximately 2 AM (EST) Monday morning.

4.  Friday Night Spotlight  -- A group of films which showcase a theme which appears in primetime each Friday night for a month.

5.  The Essentials  --- An indispensible classic film that begins at 8 PM (EST) Saturday night.

6.  TCM Underground  -- A little known or “cult” film which begins at approximately 2 AM (EST) Saturday night.

7.  Mandatory Challenges as noted in the 'Challenge' post for "TCM Programming Challenge #29- "There's No Place Like Home."


Please note:


Silent Sunday Night, TCM Imports and TCM Underground are exempt from the limit of premieres stated in the requirements for this challenge. 


You may include a Guest Programmer but you are not required to do so.


Programming related to birthdays, anniversaries of historical or cinematic importance, genres, places or anything else that can reasonably be thematically grouped together (i.e., “Roller Disco Films”) is encouraged. Thought provoking, humorous and/or outrageous themes are especially welcome.


Programming notes to explain your themes or to provide additional information on your selected movies are not required but are greatly encouraged. These notes should be on a separate post following the posting of your schedule.


Format and Justifications:


Follow the standard TCM scheduling format for each film: Time, Title, Year, Actor(s) Director(s) Studio, Running Time and justification.


For example:

6:15 PM The Muppet Movie (1979) Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Animal. Dir:  James Frawley. The Jim Henson Company, 97 min., Premiere #1.


Running times and studio information may be found in the TCM database or at IMDB.com



P/S for movies or programs which have been previously shown on TCM.

E or “Exempt” for Silent Sunday Night, TCM Imports or TCM Underground films.

PD or “Public Domain” for films in the public domain.

“Premiere” for movies which count toward the Challenge allowance on premieres.

No notation is needed for any movie in the original Turner film library.


Film library, SOTM, and previous challenge archive links plus other information:


The original Turner library consisted of:  Warner Brothers (pre-1948 only,) MGM (pre-1986 only) and RKO (all years.)


Please note that the usual ban on scheduling Disney animated film premieres has been lifted somewhat for this challenge.  Please refer to the 'Challenge' post for more information.


All other theatrical films are allowed as premieres.


Movies in the original Turner library are:


Warner Brothers (pre-1948 only):


MGM (pre-1986 only):


RKO (all)



Movies in the public domain are:



All other theatrical movies are allowed as premieres. 
The most commonly used libraries are:

Columbia Pictures 
United Artists
Samuel Goldwyn 
J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors: 
20th Century Fox:
Paramount Pictures
Universal Pictures
British Gaumont Pictures:


A link of previous Stars Of The Month can be found here:



Previous Challenges can be reviewed here:




How to tell if a movie has aired previously on TCM:


The TCM database has programming notes and articles for most of the movies which have aired. However, there are some movies which have been shown on TCM which do not have notes or articles.


Thanks to previous Challenge Moderators for the opportunity to copy and paste the usual rules and to borrow different requirements in order to craft TCM Programming Challenge #29- "There's No Place Like Home."

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Don't worry, speedracer5. I completely understand your putting "The Challenges" in one thread and "The Rules" in another.  It's a ton of information to put in a single thread.  However, while there are a lot of "repeaters" to the Challenges who are familiar with most of the rules and resources, it's a great idea to bump up the threads every couple of days, just in case someone can't find the original posts. 





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I know, I know.  That list is fantastic!  I checked out a couple of films yesterday thinking they would be premieres (I never remember seeing them) but they had indeed aired on TCM once upon a time.  A great resource.



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In regards to "has it aired?", Top Billed made a list of everything that's aired since 2002. Here's a perfect opportunity to use this amazing list:



I have looked at that previously. 


I would not consider it either authoritative nor definitive.


It seems to me as if it was assembled from schedules made far in advance of broadcast. We are all aware that many highly-anticipated movies are removed from such schedules prior to broadcast.

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I think I have found a solution to the rules post being separated from the challenge post and just keeping the posts at the top of the board for easy access!


I PM'd the Moderator asking if it would be possible to have the two posts pinned at the top of the board for the duration of the contest and they said that would be fine.  I'm going to send the links to the Moderator to get this done!


Hopefully this will make things easier!

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Ak!  I'm no longer the first pinned!


I'm sorry! This is only temporary! I promise.  When the contest ends on June 4, I'll request that these be unpinned and you'll be back on top again!

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I've actually wanted to comment on the other three schedules for some time, but for some reason I've been unable to log into the other post.  Anyway neat schedule Lonesome Polecat!  Sleeping Beauty is one of those Disney classics I've never actually been able to say.  Having Monty Python and the Holy Grail is also cool, and opera on film is also a great idea.  Also good to have The Empire Strikes Backs and the Ronald Reagan The Killers.  Barton Keyes, I really like the idea of having Keaton's The Railroader appear.  I'm also intrigued by the fact you have The Drowing Pool appear, as well as The Last Tycoon.  The combination of Elia Kazan's last movie and Robert DeNiro in a period when he could do wrong sounds very promising.  Lydecker, I like having Mizoguchi in the foreign film spotlight, the 100th anniversay of vampire films, and a whole schedule based on quotations from Hollywood films.

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I also could not log into the Challenge #29 "The Challenges" thread but was finally able to reply (and post my schedule and notes) at the bottom of that thread.  One of the vagaries of having large posts in a single thread!


Skimpole  --  thanks for your kind remarks!  



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I also can't reply to the other thread, so:

1) Thanks for all the kind remarks about my schedule

2) lydecker's schedule is completely fantastic




What a nice compliment.  Thanks so much.



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I've found that using the reply box at the bottom of the screen in the 'Challenge' thread still works... for whatever reason the reply button at he top of the page is not functioning.  I reported it to the Moderator and he/she's been trying to fix it, but I don't know if he/she was successful.

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