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Bill Hader to host TCM's 'Essentials Jr.'

by jmaloni
Tue, May 10th 2011 02:40 pm

Actor and writer Bill Hader ("Saturday Night Live") is coming to Turner Classic Movies 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 5, at 8 p.m. (ET) with "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938), the colorful tale starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland.

Hader has been a fixture on "SNL" for the past five years and works as a producer on "South Park." He turned in memorable performances in such films as "Superbad" and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." Hader appeared on TCM last September, when he co-hosted a night of his favorite films as part of TCM's "Guest Programmer" showcase.

TCM's "Essentials Jr." will run Sunday evenings throughout the summer. In addition to "The Adventures of Robin Hood," Hader will host June presentations of "The General" (1927), the classic silent comedy from the imagination of Buster Keaton; "Stagecoach" (1939), John Ford's landmark western that turned John Wayne into a box-office star; and "Singin' in the Rain" (1952), Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen's tune-filled ode to early Hollywood and the birth of talkies.

In July, TCM's "Essentials Jr." will feature Frank Capra's "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939), the Marx Brothers in "Horse Feathers" (1932), the Bob Hope-Bing Crosby musical comedy "Road to Utopia" (1946) and the monster classics "King Kong" (1933) and "The Thing from Another World" (1951). In August, the showcase will wrap up with the literary classic "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1939), the action-packed adventure story "Gunga Din" (1939) and the screwball comedies "His Girl Friday" (1940) and "My Man Godfrey" (1936).

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