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About willmckinley

Will McKinley is a New York City-based writer, producer and classic film and TV obsessive. He’s been a guest on Turner Classic Movies (interviewed by host Robert Osborne), Sirius Satellite Radio and the official TCM podcast. Will has written for PBS and his byline has appeared more than 100 times in the pages of NYC alt weeklies like The Villager and Gay City News.

Update: Big Changes at Turner Broadcasting – Will They Affect TCM?

UPDATE 8/29/14 9 a.m. (ET)  The departures are beginning at Turner, with the announcement that TNT, TBS and TCM programming chief Michael Wright would be leaving the company after a decade. Original Post – 8/27/14 According to Nielsen, the average U.S. … Continue reading

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Bogart + Bacall’s Rarely Seen Final Team-up – And Where to Watch It

Turner Classic Movies announced today that they will preempt scheduled programming on September 15 and 16 for a 24-hour marathon honoring the life and career of Lauren Bacall, who died on August 12 at age 89. Following Robert Osborne’s delightfully … Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Watch NIGHT NURSE (1931)

Tough broads, bootleggers, drug-abusing doctors, debauched rich people, and Barbara Stanwyck – William A. Wellman’s NIGHT NURSE (1931) has everything I love about Pre-Code movies. Stanwyck is Lora Hart, a determined young nursing student in a busy metropolitan hospital in this lurid melodrama, released by … Continue reading

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In Praise of Vintage: 10 Classic TV Shows + Where to Watch Them

“I can’t stand old movies,” my Uncle Tommy once said to me. “Any time I see a guy wearing a hat, I change the channel.” Despite his dismissal of a filmmaking era I love, and have since childhood, I kept … Continue reading

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The 1979 “Rockford Files” Episode that Inspired “The Sopranos”

A gang from Newark’s South Side is hiding Vinnie Martine’s body in a restaurant freezer. Tony’s mad because Anthony Jr. got caught pranking another mobster. And a boss who’s trying to reform gets his mansion sprayed with bullets. Remember that … Continue reading

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Update: Classic Soap Opera Comes Back From the Dead – Will Others Follow?

UPDATE 8/28/14 7 p.m – Updated info below, in italics The Doctors will debut on Retro TV on September 29, with two episodes airing daily beginning at 12 p.m. (ET/PT). Here’s something I probably shouldn’t admit, but what the hell: … Continue reading

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How a Fox/Time Warner Merger Might Impact Classic Film Fans

“There’s a storm blowin’ up – a whopper, to speak in the vernacular of the peasantry!” Professor Marvel (Frank Morgan) says to Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) in THE WIZARD OF OZ. If you’re a fan of that beloved 1939 MGM film, or … Continue reading

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