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MeTV: Classic TV and Now, Classic Movies Too

By Rob Christopher in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 20, 2008 2:54PM

2008_6metoo.jpg We've made no secret of the fact that we love watching MeTV. You can keep your crappy network reality TV, thank you very much. When it's time to wind down the evening we'll stick with Twilight Zone at 10pm, followed by The Dick Van Dyke Show (which apparently Michelle Obama loves). Especially now that there are two MeTV channels, there's rarely a moment when there isn't a vintage goodie airing that isn't worth watching.

The station is about to up the ante by tossing awesome movies into the mix. Starting on June 30th, the station begins airing "MeToo Movie Classics" Monday through Fridays at 7pm and Saturday afternoons at 1. A different film will be shown each day, interrupted by only a single five-minute block of commercials. The fact that MeToo is a free over-the-air HD station makes it even more exciting. Weigel Broadcasting’s Neal Sabin says, “We’re talking about the films of Frank Capra, David Lean and many other noteworthy directors. We will be presenting titles as diverse as Taxi Driver, Easy Rider and the original version of The Producers as well as lesser known gems and cult favorites. Weeknights this summer on “Me-Too” will be a crash course in cinema milestones and memories.”

The full schedule has not yet been uploaded to the MeTV website, but we can tell you that the first few weeks are loaded with treasures. Three Capra titles are included (It Happened One Night, Lost Horizon, American Madness) as well as My Man Godfrey, starring William Powell; Phffft! with Jack Lemmon; and The Last Detail featuring Jack Nicholson and Randy Quaid (click here for Wes Anderson's take on the movie). The highlight for us will be Rod Serling's Requiem for a Heavyweight, starring Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason and Mickey Rooney. Quinn, as over-the-hill boxer Mountain Rivera, could still whoop any of the losers on American Gladiators.