What’s on TCM: February 2017

Vivien Leigh OscarHappy February, everyone! As any regular TCM viewer knows, February is traditionally TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar month. I’m well aware that this tends to be a love it or hate it type of month, and while I’m always disappointed that it means few silent films will be shown, there are always plenty of other movies to keep me entertained throughout the month.

This year, all the movies included in 31 Days of Oscar will be shown in alphabetical order. As if that weren’t enough, all the movies scheduled during prime time are grouped together by a common theme, which will also be in alphabetical order ranging from “addiction” to “zany.”

Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the schedule.



What’s on TCM: January 2017

Jane Wyman All That Heaven Allows

Happy new year, everyone! I hope you all had a had a safe and happy holiday season. As always, TCM’s January schedule is chock full of things to set your DVRs for. Jane Wyman is the Star of the Month and her work will be featured every Monday night. On Tuesday nights, TCM will be doing a spotlight on prison films. If you’ve recently seen La La Land, you’ll want to tune in on January 18th for a night of movies chosen by director Damien Chazelle, which includes many movies that heavily influenced La La Land. And I certainly can’t forget to mention that TCM will be celebrating the career of Debbie Reynolds on January 27th with a 24 hour marathon of her films.

Now, let’s get on to the rest of the schedule.

What’s on TCM: December 2016

Myrna Loy

Happy December, everybody! Oh, do we ever have a lot to look forward to on TCM this month.

Since we’re now officially in the holiday season, it goes without saying that there are lots of Christmas movies on the schedule this month. But the real highlight of the month is the fact that Myrna Loy is the Star of the Month! If you’re a big Myrna Loy fan, you’re going to want to clear out your DVR as much as possible because every Friday will be (almost) 24 hours of nothing but Myrna. Since Myrna Loy is one of my favorite actresses, I’m pretty delighted by this.

On Tuesday nights this month, TCM will be doing a spotlight on movies that deal with aging. Coming up on December 5th is a day-long celebration of the 90th anniversary of Vitaphone. I absolutely loved attending the presentation on Vitaphone at this year’s TCMFF, so it’s great that TCM is doing this. I’m also very excited to see Amy Heckerling is December’s guest programmer because she has made some excellent choices.

Now, let’s take a closer look at the schedule.


What’s on TCM: November 2016

Natalie Wood

Happy November, everyone! Hope everyone had a great October and a very happy Halloween. Coming up in November, we have Natalie Wood as TCM’s star of the month to look forward to, as well as an excellent spotlight on documentary filmmaking. So let’s get to it and take a look at some of TCM’s scheduling highlights for November.


What’s on TCM: October 2016

Christopher Lee Dracula

Happy October, everyone! Hope you have lots of space on the DVR, because there is a lot to look forward to in the upcoming month.

Naturally, since it’s October, there are a whole lot of horror movies on the schedule. Since I’m really digging horror movies at the moment, I’m totally excited about this. Every Friday night this month will be dedicated to classic horror films. Christopher Lee is the Star of the Month, so although not all of his films were horror, his work in those films are very well represented. And, as if that weren’t enough, they’re also doing a Monster of the Month tribute to Frankenstein every Sunday night.

Last October, TCM did an amazing spotlight on trailblazing women in the film industry, focusing on women who worked as directors. They’re doing another trailblazing women spotlight this month, but this time, they’ll be focusing on highlighting actresses who were more than just actresses. These are actresses who became moguls, fought against prejudice, made significant contributions during WWII, fought for social change, and so much more. Don’t miss this year’s trailblazing women spotlight every Tuesday and Thursday night, the lineup looks fantastic.

Without further ado, let’s get a better look at the schedule.


What’s on TCM: September 2016

Gene Hackman The Conversation

Happy September, everyone! Summer may be winding down, but TCM sure has lots of great programming to look forward to. If you’re a fan of slapstick comedy, you’re going to be in heaven all month long. Similar to the spotlight they did to westerns a couple months ago, TCM will be doing a spotlight on slapstick comedy every Tuesday and Wednesday night this month. And much like they did during last year’s Summer of Darkness film noir festival, TCM has partnered with Ball State University to offer a free course about slapstick comedy.

In addition to all the pie fights and pratfalls, Gene Hackmann is September’s Star of the Month and his work will be highlighted every Friday night. And if you’re one of the millions of people saddened by the recent death of the great Gene Wilder, mark your calendar for TCM’s tribute to him on September 29th.

Now, let’s get on to the schedule.


What’s on TCM: August 2016

Jean Harlow Swimming

Happy August, everyone!  Hope you’re all having a nice summer. August is always a great month on TCM thanks to their annual Summer Under the Stars programming. I’ve decided to skip my usual Blogging Under the Stars event this year since I feel like it just wouldn’t fit into my schedule this time around, but I’ll hopefully still be able to see lots of new-to-me movies during this year’s schedule.

First of all, if you’re a big fan of pre-code cinema, there’s a lot for you to look forward to in August. Stars like Fay Wray, Robert Montgomery, Constance Cummings, Ruby Keeler, and Jean Harlow all have days this month so it’s actually a pretty pre-code heavy lineup this year. (Not that I’m complaining!)

Aside from those stars, I’m very excited to see stars like Janet Gaynor, Anne Baxter, and Jean Arthur featured in this year’s schedule.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at this year’s Summer Under the Stars schedule.