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TCM cues up Bogdanovich

Helmer host selects 'Vertigo,' 'Rib,' 'Northwest,' others

NEW YORK — Turner Classic Movies has signed Peter Bogdanovich to host ongoing weekly franchise “The Essentials.”

Series, previously hosted by Rob Reiner and Sydney Pollack, runs every Saturday at 8 p.m., with a repeat at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Bogdanovich, whose 27-week stint will begin March 5 with 1944’s “Miracle of Morgan’s Creek,” has selected a wide-ranging group of titles.

Among them are the noir thrillers “Out of the Past” (1947) and “The Big Sleep” (1946), Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” (1958) and “North by Northwest” (1959), comedies “Adam’s Rib” (1949) and “His Girl Friday” (1940), and musicals “Swing Time” (1936) and “The Band Wagon” (1953).

Bogdanovich’s latest book is “Who the Hell’s in It: Portraits & Conversations,” a collection of pieces on Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney and other cinema icons.

As an actor, Bogdanovich will turn up regularly as psychotherapist Elliot Kupferberg on the next season of “The Sopranos.”

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