New TCM Projects Aim at Young Audience

May 24, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Turner Classic Movies announced several projects Wednesday as part of the network’s ongoing effort to attract a younger audience. The projects include a late-night cult movie showcase hosted by Rob Zombie (“The Devil’s Rejects”) and a pilot featuring Wilmer Valderrama (“That ’70s Show”).

“These programming initiatives allow us to cultivate a new generation of classic movie fans,” said Tom Karsch, executive VP and general manager for TCM. “Whether it is Rob Zombie introducing cult classics or a young Hollywood star re-creating iconic movie scenes, this entertaining content is certain to broaden TCM’s appeal beyond our loyal core audience.”

Rob Zombie will host “TCM Underground,” introducing titles such as “Dementia 13” and “The Crazies.” The showcase will premiere in October.

“Take Two” will feature young actors re-creating iconic scenes from classic Hollywood movies. The pilot will star Mr. Valderrama doing “The Lost Weekend.”

Another project in development, “Idols,” has young stars interviewing veteran actors.

If either project is greenlighted, it will become TCM’s first original series.