Thursday, July 30, 2015

Apparently the AFI honored Steve Martin

I have to admit that I don't pay too much attention to what the AFI does. I mean, I know they give out a lifetime achievement award every year, but I don't pay attention to who gets the award until TCM shows the ceremony thta the AFI produces. And to be honest, I have no idea either when the award is given out. How embarrassing it would be if the recipient died between the time AFI gave them the award and TCM showed the program. I don't think any guest programmers or, more recently, the Friday Night Spotlight presenters, have died in between the time the recording was done and when the segments were supposed to air. (Richard D. Zanuck died shortly after the rough cut of the documentary on his life was finished. The documentary in its final form ends with a note saying that Zanuck had seen the rough cut and sent a letter to the filmmakers thanking them and telling them what a good job they had done, and then died a few days after that.)

All of this is just an elliptical way of pointing out that TCM is showing the latest installment of AFI's Lifetime Achievement Awards tonight. The 2015 recipient was Steve Martin, and TCM will be running the award show at 8:00 PM. As is generally the case with a new-to-TCM program like this, it will get a second airing for the benefit of the folks on the west coast, following one feature film. The film is the 1991 version of Father of the Bride, which comes on at 9:30 PM, with the second airing of the AFI show being at 11:30 PM.

Interestingly, Steve Martin is only getting two movies, as the film that comes on at 3:15 AM (Protocol) doesn't seem to have Martin in the cast. The other film is Pennies From Heaven at 1:00 AM.

You'll also have two opportunites to catch another airing of Martin's 1979 appearance on The Tonight Show when TCM reruns the Carson on TCM piece on Steve Martin.

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