Made for TV movies

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by jami, May 18, 2011.

  1. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    With the proliferation of movies all over the dial on cable, there's just no point in them. HBO does a few made for HBO movies each year. I think one is coming up this weekend bout the Financial Crisis. I remember when each network had 2-3 movie nights a week, and ABC had one night (I think it was Tuesday) dedicated to a made for TV movie.
  2. doom1701

    doom1701 Time for a new Title TCF Club

    May 15, 2001
    I think massive amounts of non-broadcast channels changed the broadcast world forever. There are made-for-tv (or, in the case of SyFy, movies-that-wouldn't-be-seen-otherwise) movies on cable. Cable also seems to be where the "broadcast" premiere of theatrical movies tends to happen.

    The big networks used to have made-for-tv movies, theatrical movies, and lots of other "special" programming (we all remember Circus of the Stars and Battle of the Network Stars, right?) to fill up their week. Now they have trouble even airing reruns--so we're presented with tons of poor programming used to fill the schedule.
  3. jami

    jami Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2003
    Montgomery, IL
    Oh, good point - we never see theatrical movies on the broadcast channels anymore, either.

    Battle of the Network Stars - I went to one in the 80s! It was filmed at Pepperdine University in Malibu. :) I have autographs and pics from Joe Piscopo, Debbie Allen, Joan Collins, John James (it was when Dynasty was popular), Joan Van Ark.... I'll have to dig out some pics to scan.
  4. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

    Jul 24, 2001
    Milwaukee, WI
    One of the networks had a few made for TV movies almost totally paid for by Walmart... was that NBC? There was "The Jensen Project," and I think one or two others.
  5. jami

    jami Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2003
    Montgomery, IL
    Haven't seen the Jessie Stone ones - we'll have to look out for them.
  6. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    They do sometimes show new movies. I'm not sure if I've actually WATCHED one from there or not, but I've looked through the listings a few times and they do have new movies. There was one recently that had some kind of time travel love affair (no, not the Christopher Reeve movie from 1980)

    Bummer. ..and I admit I don't always watch these quickly, and I think I have a couple on my dead S3 dead drive (yes 2 deads).. but I do watch them sometimes, and they're pretty good.
  7. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Darn, I think this is the one I was thinking about...

    (But I also think that I do have the most recent Hallmark movie, "Beyond the Blackboard" on my TivoHD at home.. I was actually planning to get into some of these as the season is ending..)
  8. pteronaut

    pteronaut Killer of Threads

    Dec 26, 2009
    50% of the not wrestling 'originals' on syfy are made for tv movies.
  9. Michael S

    Michael S Member

    Jan 12, 2004

    ABC still shows them. There showing Spider Man 3 this Saturday. Fox also shows them sometimes. They also had a made for tv movie about month ago called Change of Plans which starred Joe Flanigan.
  10. SoBelle0

    SoBelle0 Go Big Blue!! TCF Club

    Jun 25, 2002
    Decatur, GA
    I just saw a commercial for the latest one, and came here to share. :). It looked interesting - and as I've been catching back up with Magnum on Retro or somesuch channel... I may have to check it out.
    I've not yet watched any of the Jesse Stone ones, and am sorry to hear that the Hallmark movies will stop.

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