From Yahoo! News (Eighteen Minutes Ago)- In the face of crippling competition from rival movie channel AMC and pressure from stockholders, premium cable network channel Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has announced its intent to radically alter its program format and will include commercials and substantially edit its films' content beginning in 2010, says TCM director of programming, Harlan Poole. "It's been disappointing these last several years, watching our numbers drop exponentially as the competition [AMC] knocks the proverbial ball out of the park. AMC's admittedly brilliant programming tactic of airing content-gutted non-classics like Roadhouse, Project X, and the Halloween movies has been the coup de grace that necessitated the change." Poole went on to say that onscreen host Robert "Prima Donna" Osborne would be transferred to a ceremonial post as "Director of Old Stuff" and would retain his windowless, basement-level office in Havre, Montana, where Osborne's introductions are filmed. No word on whether TCM's loyal viewers will accept this as an April Fool's Day prank...which it is!
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