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How about an "Ask the Programmers" thread, where programmers actually answer posters' questions (limited to one per week per registered poster)? It would answer questions that are only speculated on and bridge the seeming disconnect between viewers and programmers.

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Seems to me that if you wish to speak to TCM management, you have to go to the TCM site and do one of the contact us actions.  Posting here is only seen by moderators and administrators and I doubt many suggestions go from here to TCM management.

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We do pay attention to the message boards and definitely track suggestions. As an example, some of the Summer Under the Stars selections were taken from here. We definitely appreciate all of the feedback and ideas. As for a specific forum to "ask the programmers" that's something we might be able to consider at some point.

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We do pay attention to the message boards and definitely track suggestions. As an example, some of the Summer Under the Stars selections were taken from here. We definitely appreciate all of the feedback and ideas. As for a specific forum to "ask the programmers" that's something we might be able to consider at some point.

Do you ever look at the Suggest a Movie list?  I post there often.

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SansFin (who can't use a keyboard at the moment) really wants to know if TCM's programmers get to pick every movie that's shown, or if the studios make up packages of what they want to rent out, leaving the programmers to find slots for movies they'd never have chosen. 

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SansFin (who can't use a keyboard at the moment) really wants to know if TCM's programmers get to pick every movie that's shown, or if the studios make up packages of what they want to rent out, leaving the programmers to find slots for movies they'd never have chosen. 

 

Just painted her nails, huh.

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Just painted her nails, huh.

 

Surgeries. The cast on her wrist has so many wires coming out of it, she can probably pick up shortwave broadcasts from Tibet. To top it off, the docs figured it was a good time to remove a ganglion cyst from her other hand. She's a devil of a mouser (click, copy, and paste), but she'd have to hunt and peck with her nose to type anything. Not to worry -- she's well and happy and as devilish as ever. It's kinda like a cat wearing a cone; it puts a crimp in how much mischief she can do.

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Well as one programmer has already visited this thread and answered one question i would like to pose this to them:

 

A huge amount of discussion goes on here on the boards about why certain films are overlooked, pulled or not on the Canadian schedule.  The supposition is that it is rights issues.  It would be great if there was some sort of forum where this may be discussed with the TCM programmers.

And they may be even to tell us what they would dearly like to show but are still working on.

 

Another issue that is discussed is whether or not TCM is showing the complete version of some films and if they are being shown in the proper aspect ratio.  It would be nice if that too could be discussed with the programmers.

 

We don't expect all of our questions to be answered but a dialogue to address some of these would be very welcome.

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How about an "Ask the Programmers" thread, where programmers actually answer posters' questions (limited to one per week per registered poster)? It would answer questions that are only speculated on and bridge the seeming disconnect between viewers and programmers.

 

If they really would answer, yes, that would be nice.

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We do pay attention to the message boards and definitely track suggestions. As an example, some of the Summer Under the Stars selections were taken from here. We definitely appreciate all of the feedback and ideas. As for a specific forum to "ask the programmers" that's something we might be able to consider at some point.

 

a programmer DID indeed answer..... :)

 

(this thread COULD become a valuable source of information if 'tcmprogrammer' returns AND we don't drive'm nuts with alot of nonsense!?) ;)

Even if they would pick only 3 questions per week or so, to answer, even that would be better than having no accurate source at all.

Right??

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I'd like to ask - is there any chance that TCM might someday show Antonioni's 'Zabriskie Point'?

 

I know some people think it's a substandard movie, but that's arguable - as most films are.

 

I just think it's unfair that there's been an ongoing disallowance against a movie when there's no true basis for that disallowance.

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(this thread COULD become a valuable source of information if 'tcmprogrammer' returns AND we don't drive'm nuts with alot of nonsense!?) 

Could not agree more. Let's not drive the programmer batty-- unless he and his colleagues refuse to make George Sanders Star of the Month. LOL

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For awhile many rare 1930s Columbia titles were being shown. That stopped. But there are many others that haven't been shown (e.g., DECEPTION, NIGHT OF TERROR, NIGHT CLUB LADY, CARNIVAL, FOG, ESCAPE FROM DEVIL'S ISLAND, BEST MAN WINS...).

 

Yes,  more 1930s Columbia titles would be great.

 

Do you know if the 1932 version of Deception is the same story as the 1946 Bette Davis film?

 

Funny but while TCM has the 1932 film Deception listed and when one clicks on it, it shows the 1932 cast,  the picture shown is from the Bette Davis film!

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Yes,  more 1930s Columbia titles would be great.

 

Do you know if the 1932 version of Deception is the same story as the 1946 Bette Davis film?

 

Funny but while TCM has the 1932 film Deception listed and when one clicks on it, it shows the 1932 cast,  the picture shown is from the Bette Davis film!

James,

 

The Bette Davis film known as DECEPTION is a remake of a Jeanne Eagels film, released in 1929. It was called JEALOUSY and based on a French play.

 

For more:

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0020043/

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Yes,  more 1930s Columbia titles would be great.

 

Do you know if the 1932 version of Deception is the same story as the 1946 Bette Davis film?

 

Funny but while TCM has the 1932 film Deception listed and when one clicks on it, it shows the 1932 cast,  the picture shown is from the Bette Davis film!

No. It's a completely different film...and it's got Thelma Todd!

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Would love to see Bela Lugosi as SOTM in October. Programmers, please gain access to his Universal titles and make this happen. I'd also like to finally see a good print of THE APE MAN (Monogram, 1943). Bela's two 1930s Columbia titles have not yet been shown on TCM...NIGHT OF TERROR and BEST MAN WINS. And he made several early talkies for Fox.

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