Alec Baldwin Back for TCM Showcase The Essentials

Two-time Emmy winner and recent Screen Actors Guild Award winner Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) will return for his third season as co-host of The Essentials on Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

In his first two seasons opposite TCM host Robert Osborne, Baldwin displayed a deep admiration for and knowledge of classic films. Baldwin and Osborne have selected 30 “must see” films for the 2011 season of the weekly showcase.

Airing each Saturday at 8 p.m. (ET), the 11th season will kick off March 5 with the memorable prison film Cool Hand Luke (1967), which earned star Paul Newman a Best Actor Oscar nomination and co-star George Kennedy the award for Best Supporting Actor. The film is one of 14 selected by both Osborne and Baldwin for the 2011 season.

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Other films chosen jointly by the co-hosts are Hannah and Her Sisters (1986 – March 19), Mildred Pierce (1945 – March 26), Ball of Fire (1941 – April 16), Gunga Din (1939 – April 23), Bicycle Thieves (aka The Bicycle Thief) (1948 – May 7), Stage Door (1937 – Aug. 6), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962 – Aug. 13), A Place in the Sun (1951 – Aug. 20), A Letter to Three Wives (1949 – Aug. 27), Sunset Blvd. (1950 – Sept. 3) and The Bank Dick (1940 – Nov. 12).

The showcase’s April 30 presentation of An American in Paris (1951) will coincide with the 2011 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival, which will launch April 28 with a gala screening of a carefully restored and remastered version of the Best Picture Oscar winner. 

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And on Christmas Eve, Baldwin and Osborne will host a special presentation of the holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street (1947).

In addition to their joint selections, Baldwin and Osborne individually chose several films for The Essentials. Baldwin’s personal selections include The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962 – April 2), Splendor in the Grass (1961 – April 9), East of Eden (1955 – May 21), Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944 – May 28), The Caine Mutiny (1954 – June 11), Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985 – July 23), City Lights (1931 – July 2), Fail-Safe (1964 – July 9) and The Misfits (1961 – July 16).

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Osborne’s individual choices for 2011 include Love Me Tonight (1932 – March 12), Cat People (1942 – May 14), Dodsworth (1936 – June 4), Bringing Up Baby (1938 – June 18), Out of the Past (1947 – June 25) and Best Picture Oscar winner All Quiet on the Western Front (1930 – July 30).

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“I’m proud to be able to sit down with Robert Osborne again as we present some of the greatest films ever made,” Baldwin said. “It is a true joy for me each year to be able to share my love of movies with the TCM community of fans.”

“Alec and I have had a great time the past two years choosing and discussing great films,” Osborne said. “This year, we have put together an amazing schedule, and we are very excited to present it to movie lovers.”

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. 

TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.

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