via press release:
Bill Hader Joins Turner Classic Movies This Summer as Host of TCM ESSENTIALS JR.
2011 Edition of Sunday Night Showcase to Launch June 5 with The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Actor and writer Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live) is coming to Turner Classic Movies (TCM) this summer to host the network’s popular TCM ESSENTIALS JR. showcase. Hader will present 13 films that are ideal for parents to introduce to kids, beginningSunday, June 5, at 8 p.m. (ET) with The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), the colorful tale starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland.
Hader has been a fixture on Saturday Night Live for the past five years and works as a producer on South Park. He turned in memorable performances in such films asSuperbad and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Hader appeared on TCM last September, when he co-hosted a night of his favorite films as part of TCM’s Guest Programmershowcase.
TCM’s ESSENTIALS JR. will run Sunday evenings throughout the summer. In addition to The Adventures of Robin Hood, Hader will host June presentations of TheGeneral (1927), the classic silent comedy from the imagination of Buster Keaton;Stagecoach (1939), John Ford’s landmark western that turned John Wayne into a box-office star; and Singin’ in the Rain (1952), Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen’s tune-filled ode to early Hollywood and the birth of talkies.
In July, TCM’s ESSENTIALS JR. will feature Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), the Marx Brothers in Horse Feathers (1932), the Bob Hope-Bing Crosby musical comedy Road to Utopia (1946) and the monster classics King Kong (1933) and The Thing from Another World (1951). In August, the showcase will wrap up with the literary classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), the action-packed adventure story Gunga Din (1939) and the screwball comedies His Girl Friday (1940) and My Man Godfrey (1936).
The following is the complete summer 2011 schedule of TCM’s ESSENTIALS JR., hosted by Bill Hader. Each Sunday’s installment will begin at 8 p.m. (ET).
June 5 – The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
June 12 – The General (1927)
June 19 – Stagecoach (1939)
June 26 – Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
July 3 – King Kong (1933)
July 10 – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
July 17 – Horse Feathers (1932)
July 24 – The Thing from Another World (1951)
July 31 – Road to Utopia (1946)
Aug. 7 – His Girl Friday (1940)
Aug. 14 – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
Aug. 21 – Gunga Din (1939)
Aug. 28 – My Man Godfrey (1936)
About Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
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