Spielberg, Brando and the Cannes Film Festival are the topics of a host of new specials coming to the Turner Classic Movies channel. TCM announced a special-heavy slate of new programming which also includes Idols, a new pilot for a series in which movie stars interview their role models.
TCM's new slate shows the Turner-owned network's continued efforts to evolve past being known for just running old movies. Among the five new specials the network announced today are Bienvenue Au Cannes, a look at the Cannes Film Festival at its 60-year mark; Spielberg on Spielberg, a 90-minute documentary in which the filmmaker talks about his work; and Brando, a two-hour documentary about Marlon Brando's on- and off-screen life.
Idols, whose format evokes Sundance's Iconoclasts series, will feature Alec Baldwin interviewing Gene Wilder in its pilot.
TCM got “some incremental money” – about 25% more than it had in the budget last year - for original programming for this year and next and this slate is its biggest bunch of originals ever, says Executive VP and General Manager Tom Karsch.
The non-ad-supported network is not rated by Nielsen and does not have official demographic data, but it skews to a 50 plus audience, Karsch says. The new programming is designed to both appeal to TCM’s core audience of film buffs – special Val Lewton’s American Horror focuses on the work of the lesser known filmmaker – while trying to rope in new viewers with broader-skewing fare like the Spielberg special.
“We’re never going to be a network that turns over and becomes all original programming,” Karsch says. “Original programming gives us accents and opportunities to bring in new people.”
TCM reaches 72 million subscribers.
The television industry's top news stories, analysis and blogs of the day.
Thank you for signing up to Next TV. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.