Release Date: 4/18/2013
SNL's Bill Hader Returns with A New Lineup of Films As Host of TCM Essentials Jr. Summer Showcase
2013 Edition of Sunday Night Showcase to Launch Sunday, June 2, with The Court Jester (1955)
Actor and writer Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live) will return to Turner Classic Movies (TCM) for a third time 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, beginning Sunday, June 2, at 8 p.m. (ET) with The Court Jester (1956), a delightful musical-comedy starring beloved performer Danny Kaye.
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This year marks Hader's fourth outing with TCM. He served as host of TCM Essentials Jr. for the past two years, presenting 13 films throughout the summer. Prior to that, he appeared on TCM as a Guest Programmer.
Hader has been a fixture on Saturday Night Live for the past seven years, recently earning an Emmy® nomination for his work. He also serves as a producer on South Park. Hader's films include Tropic Thunder, Night at the Museum 2, Superbad and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. In July, he will be heard in the animated feature Turbo, with Ryan Reynolds and Maya Rudolph.
TCM Essentials Jr. runs Sunday evenings throughout the summer. In addition to The Court Jester, Hader will host June presentations of The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) the droll Ealing comedy starring Alec Guinness; To Kill A Mockingbird (1962), the family classic starring Gregory Peck; The Pirate (1948), a tale of romance and adventure starring the legendary Judy Garland and Gene Kelly; and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945), starring Dorothy McGuire in which Peggy Ann Garner, a bright and imaginative character, grows up in Brooklyn with her idealistic father.
In July, TCM Essentials Jr. will feature sci-fi thriller The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), starring Grant Williams and Randy Stuart; The Magnificent Seven (1960), a tale of an oppressed Mexican village starring Yul Brynner; the French comedy Mon Oncle (1958), starring Jacques Tati; and the classic Dickens drama Great Expectations (1946), directed by David Lean.
In August, the 2013 showcase will wrap up with the comedy Ruggles of Red Gap (1935); the John Steinbeck drama The Grapes of Wrath (1940), starring Henry Fonda and directed by John Ford; The Great Race (1965), the high-speed comedy starring Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood; and Frank Capra's romantic comedy It Happened One Night (1934), starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert.
The following is the complete summer 2013 schedule of TCM Essentials Jr., hosted by Bill Hader. Each Sunday's installment will begin at 8 p.m. (ET).
June 9 – The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
June 16 – To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
June 23 – The Pirate (1948)
June 30 – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
July 7 – The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
July 14 – The Magnificent Seven (1960)
July 21 – Mon Oncle (1958)
July 28 – Great Expectations (1946)
Aug. 4 – Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
Aug. 11 – The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Aug. 18 – The Great Race (1965)
Aug. 25 – It Happened One Night (1934)
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