^ Well, I'm not talking about the serial-type films here. While I whole-heartedly agree that November in general will ROCK because of those, that is not really the issue I'm referring to here. This thread was intended to be about the issue of guest programmers...and if they really ARE guest programmers.
I guess I don't feel the need to make excuses for TCM. If they do something that I like...I say so. If they do something that I don't like, I'll say that too. And I won't make apologies about that. I know I once got into a row with someone who is actually here about TCM because while I love the channel in general, I don't feel the need to make apologies for everything they do that I don't care for. I am a paying 'customer' of that station...and so I feel under no obligation to rationalize away things I don't like. If it wasn't for TCM my monthly satellite bill would be considerably less per month...and as long as I'm paying for it, I feel I have the right to express my feelings - whether those feelings be positive or negative on any given occasion.
I don't cut any other TV station (the scifi channel, which I also patronize heavily) any slack, and I have no plans to cut TCM any either. I'll state what I love about the station unapologetically...but I'll also state what I dislike about the station unapologetically. Certainly as politely as possible...but I'm not gonna say that it's okay with me if TMC is lying to us about guest programmers, simply because they are gonna show Little Pepper films next month. One has no bearing on the other, in my view. TCM is not 'all good' because they are showing Little Peppers...nor are they 'all bad' because they are having a puppet as a guest programmer. They are somewhere in the middle, in my view....because they make some decisions I like...and some - not so much.
I don't think people do these stations any favors whatever to constantly tell them only about how wonderful they are. If that is all anyone ever did over at the TCM message board, we'd probably be having 24/7/365 post-1960 films by now...because that is definitely the direction the channel has been headed for the past 18 months or so. My feeling is that one of the reasons they haven't moved more swiftly in that direction is because people on the message board have complained about it....and from that, TCM got the message that alot of fans would lose interest if they did it.
I think if we tell them what they want to hear rather than what we really think, then we have no one to blame but ourselves for poor programming...or even marginally honest programming. I thank my lucky stars for posters over at TCM like Fred C Dobbs. He is not always the easiest poster to get along with, but I think we have ALL benefited from the fact that he has been willing to speak up and tell TCM NOT that they are 'the most wonderful station EVER!!!!'...but that he is concerned about this direction or that. It is certainly the less 'agreeable' way....but by being disagreeable, he and posters like him have made way for those of us who want to praise everything TCM does to be able to DO that. Because he has at least made an effort to keep them in line and on-track for hard-core classic film fans.
IMO, this guest programmer designation has been smelling more and more fishy every month for the past several months. And I guess the last straw was seeing a director's chair on the cover of NOW PLAYING...for a puppet.
I can't speak about Kermit...but I know a fair amount about Rygel, who is another puppet which came out of Jim Henson's organization. In Rygel's case, while one person has consistently been the voice...there are numerous puppeteers who have operated him (and who are separate and distinct individuals from the voice)....and indeed, who are required to operate him during every filming. Rygel is not a one person job - it takes a whole handful of individuals to bring Rygel into being during filming. Which is why I suspect that Kermit is not a one-person job either. Nor have (probably) the same people been doing that job since Kermit came into being.
This is why I think the whole thing is suspect.