Friday, September 9, 2016

Saturday series

I've posted several times how TCM is currently going through the 50-plus Bowery Boys movies every Satuday around 10:30 AM, or just before the noon time slot. TCM took time off for that for Olivia de Havilland's Star of the Month tribute and then the 31 Days of Oscar, but now that we're in September, those Bowery Boys movies have returned.

What hasn't returned are the other series. Before the summer, TCM was running the Ace Drummond serial in the time slot just before the Bowery Boys movies, but finished that up by showing the final five episodes at the end of July. There doesn't seem to be a replacement series, however. Last Saturday, TCM showed one of the four Brass Bancroft movies, in which Ronald Reagan played Secret Service agent Brass Bancroft, this in the days when the Secret Service was more about stopping counterfeiting than protecting the president. But they're not running any more of the Brass Bancroft movies. Tomorrow, they're running Torchy Blane in Panama at 9:30 AM. This is the Torchy Blane movie that doesn't even have Glenda Farrell as Torchy!

Tomorrow also looks to be the last of the movie series in the slot before the Bowery Boys. From next week, there's not another Torchy movie, and there's not even a "series" movie in that slot. It makes me wonder what TCM is going to do when they get to the end of the Bowery Boys movies.

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