Wednesday, June 19, 2024

TCM Hosts Say Their Traditional Outros After Movies Were Cut, But Will Reappear After the Summer


TCM is in the middle of so much chaos right now.

Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Paul Thomas Anderson had to intervene after Warner Discover’s David Zaslav gutted the beloved channel. He fired around 70 people including all the top execs who make it so informative and cozy. The directing trio somehow got Zaslav to rehire one important person, Charles Tabesh, the longtime programmer.

Now it seems that while all this was going on, someone at TCM ordered the hosts to stop filming outro’s that talked about the movie we just saw. This will become evident, says host Dave Karger, over this weekend. But not to fear– with all the tumult, the decision was reversed and the outros will resume this fall.

Karger wrote on Twitter:

“Eagle-eyed TCM viewers will notice tomorrow that I don’t appear after the films I introduce. Same with @BenMank77 tomorrow night and Alicia on Sunday. But fret not: This change has already been reversed and our “outros” will return in September for Ben, October for me and Alicia.”

Ben Mankiewicz chimed in: “I know this seems like a bad omen to @TCM fans, but it’s a good sign. Outros – the made up word we use – were ordered back even before they went away. The lag time in production means we’ll wait until September until they reappear. Think of outros as taking a summer vacation.”

This stuff may not seem important in the face of global climate change, the Ukraine, immigration, and so on, but it is– this is what makes that other stuff palatable. TCM should not be tampered with under any conditions.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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