Drew Barrymore Joins TCM Showcase The Essentials with Robert Osborne



Drew Barrymore is set to return for her second season as co-host of Turner Classic Movies' (TCM) signature showcase, The Essentials. Each week, the Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild Award® winner joins TCM host Robert Osborne to introduce a hand-picked classic film and offer commentary on its cultural relevance and what makes it a timeless, must-see movie. The Essentials, which is currently in its 12th season, airs Saturday nights at 8 p.m. (ET) on TCM. Barrymore and Osborne will kick off the showcase's 13th season in March 2013.

In The Essentials' 13th season, starting in March 2013, Barrymore and Osborne will present 28 must-see movies, starting with the glitzy drama Grand Hotel (1932). The star-studded cast of this early Best Picture Oscar® winner includes Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone, Jean Hersholt and two of Drew Barrymore's legendary relatives, her grandfather John Barrymore and her great uncle Lionel Barrymore.

The lineup for the 13th season of the Essentials includes such enduring classics as Mervyn LeRoy's Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933), James Wales' Bride of Frankenstein (1935), John Ford's How Green Was My Valley (1941) and The Searchers (1956), Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944), George Cukor's Gaslight (1944), John Cromwell's Anna and the King of Siam (1946), John Huston's Key Largo (1948), Vincente Minnelli's The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), George Stevens' Giant (1956), William Wyler's Friendly Persuasion (1956) Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless (1960) and David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia (1962).

The slate also includes a number of sparkling comedies, including Frank Capra's It Happened One Night (1934), Preston Sturges' The Lady Eve (1941) and The Palm Beach Story (1942), Jack Conway's Libeled Lady (1936), George Cukor's The Women (1939), and Morton DaCosta's Auntie Mame (1958). In addition, The Essentials will take a walk on the dark side with presentations of Tod Browning's Freaks (1932) and Joseph H. Lewis' gritty film noir thriller Gun Crazy (1950).

Osborne and Barrymore will also present such contemporary gems as Steven Spielberg's Jaws (1975), based on the Peter Benchley bestseller; Barry Levinson's Diner (1982), the first in his collection of films about Baltimore; Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill (1983), with an all-star cast and a chart-topping Motown soundtrack; Mike Nichols' Silkwood (1983), featuring a screenplay by Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen; and Rob Reiner's Stand by Me (1986), based on a story by Stephen King.

March 2013
9th – 8pm – Grand Hotel
        10pm – The Big Chill
16th – Tootsie
23rd – Gun Crazy

April 2013
6th – 8pm – Lawrence of Arabia13th
       10pm –  Anna and the King of Siam
20th – Freaks
27th – Giant

May 2013
4th – Gold Diggers of 1933
11th – 8pm How Green was My Valley
         10pm Stand By Me
18th – Bride of Frankenstein
25th – Friendly Persuasion

June 2013
1 – Libeled Lady
8th – Breathless
15th – The Palm Beach Story
22nd – The Searchers
29th – Auntie Mame

July 2013
6th – Key Largo
13th – The Women
20th – Gaslight
27th – 8pm – Tootsie
         10pm – Diner

August 2013
3rd – Lawrence of Arabia
10th – The Bad and the Beautiful
17th – Grand Hotel
24th – The Lady Eve
31st – Anna and the King of Siam

September 2013
7th – Giant
14th – Lifeboat
21st – It Happened Once Night
28th – Gun Crazy

October 2013
5th – Libeled Lady
12th – Friendly Persuasion
19th – Freaks
26th – Bride of Frankenstein

November 2013
2nd – 8pm – How Green Was My Valley
       10pm – Silkwood
9th – Gold Diggers of 1933
16th  -Jays
23rd – Breathless
30th – Searchers

December 2013
7th – Key Largo
14th – The Palm Beach Story
21st – Auntie Mame
28th – Gaslight

January 2014
4th – The Bad and the Beautiful
11th – It Happened One Night
18th – Lifeboat
25th – The Women

About Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. Currently seen in more than 85 million homes, TCM features the insights of hosts Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. As the foremost authority in classic films, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include The Essentials, hosted by Robert Osborne and Drew Barrymore, and the month-long 31 Days of Oscar® in February and Summer Under the Stars in August. TCM also stages special events and screenings, such as the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the TCM Classic Cruise; produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs; and hosts a wealth of online through the TCM homepage, which includes the TCM Movie Database, message boards, blogs and more.

TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company. Turner Broadcasting creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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