Sunday, May 31, 2015

Farewell, Bill Hader

So the following press release is up at TCM's press room:

TCM Announces New Summer-Long Series Movie Camp Targeted To Young Adults and Future Filmmakers

Series Hosted by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg Premieres June 7 at 8 p.m.

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced the premiere of TCM Movie Camp, a new summer-long series targeted to young adults and future filmmakers beginning on June 7 at 8 p.m. Hosts William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, Oscar®-winning filmmakers and co-founders of Moonbot Studios, will guide audiences through great films and landmark movie moments during the series, airing every Sunday this summer.

TCM Movie Camp, previously titled Essentials Jr., invites audiences to join in the adventures of classic films and film making as hosts Joyce and Oldenburg provide greater insight into the filmmaking process. In addition to hosting the series, Joyce and Oldenburg created a new animated open for the series, plus special content for TCM social to promote the franchise and engage a broader audience of younger viewers.

It goes on like this in corporate-speak, as well as giving a link to the Movie Camp subsection of the TCM website, which I haven't checked yet to see if it's another flash abomination. Anyhow, the upshot of this is that Bill Hader, who hosted Essentials Jr. and did so reasonably well for the past several years, is not returning. The crop of films showing up in TCM Movie Camp also seems a bit more geared towards older view considering what the rest of the press release says. Granted, there are only so many classic movies that you can show for kids, but at the same time, there's constant turnover in the kids that you would be aiming at.

I'll certainly be watching the intro the first week, and if I watch anything more, it will probably be because the movie in question is something that interests me, and not particularly because of the host. Some of the Friday Night Spotlights have been good, but it's been the rare occasion (the special effects artists in April) that would make me want to tune in for the hosting.

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