TCM kicks of the 12th season of their weekly cinephile presentation, The Essentials, Saturday, March 3 with a special airing of 1959’s Some Like It Hot. Following in the footsteps of former Essentials co-host is Golden Globe and SAG-winning actress/producer/director, Drew Barrymore.
Barrymore, who comes from a long line of actors including grandfather, John Barrymore, is the perfect choice for TCM‘s latest in a long line of celebrity co-hosts. When the series first began, actor/director Rob Reiner was the show’s initial host. Reiner‘s appearance seems to have started a trend, as he is, of course, the son of noted comedy legend, Carl Reiner.
Directors Sydney Pollack and Peter Bogdanovich also hosted early on. In May of 2006, TCM’s Robert Osborne took over hosting duties and, for the first time in the show’s history, was joined by a co-host. Celebrated film critic and best selling author, Molly Haskell became, not only the show’s first co-host, but also the first female co-host in 2006.
In March of 2007, actress/author and yet another legendary Hollywood offspring, Carrie Fisher became the show’s next co-host. She was followed by Rose McGowan in 2008 when the series returned after their annual 31 Days of Oscar network takeover featuring a month of Oscar nominated films. 30 Rock‘s Alec Baldwin stepped in as co-host in 2009 and remained until last year, setting the record, aside from Osborne, as the celebrity co-host with the most longevity on the series.
In addition to tonight’s 8pm/7c Some Like It Hot, Saturday’s season opener will offer a late-night homage to The Essential‘s original host with a 2am/1c screening of the Rob Reiner-directed 1984 rock-an-roll mockumentary, This Is Spinal Tap.
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