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Dispense with the annoying hosts, the infomercials, the "making of", and the celebrity interviews. Just show the trailers, already.
We all know these are the best part of going to the movies, anyway. 8)
Trailers are works of art unto themselves. Even though they borrow heavily from the full-length
features they are advertising, they usually manage to get in all the best visuals, the wittiest lines, or the most dramatic plot points. Most are more interesting to watch than the movies themselves, especially for low-qualitiy films. And if you don't like a given trailer, don't worry -- it will be over in the length of time it takes to wait through a conventional commercial block.
The movie industry would probably have some amount of economic interest in subsidizing such an endeavor; certainly new video-on-demand services and rental places would benefit from people serendipitously discovering movies that interest them.
Everyone from bored couch potatoes to history buffs might have a general interest; trailers from particular genres might be broadcast in particular timeslots to attract viewers with interests in everything from sci-fi to Hitchcock to "inspired by real-life events" to documentaries.
Almost the Same Channel
Originally, I thought your idea was gonna be something else. Apparently, so did UnaBubba [AfroAssault, May 31 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]
click on "tribute tv", your honour. [mihali, May 31 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]
You want Trailers? Here's your trailers... (sort of)
Humorous Trailers for movies which don't exist [spaceman_spiff, Jan 23 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]
I thought this idea was going to be about this. :(
[rapid transit, Oct 04 2004]
||It'd start that way, sure, but then some programming exec would get the bright idea to add a "Hollywood News" show, and then a show about independent filmmakers, and then some reality-based show with no discernable relation to cinema, until what you wind up with bears as little relation to movie trailers as MTV does to music videos.
||I don't watch TV, but I might rent a video filled with trailers. Get a couple of beers, some chips, and settle in to laugh at Hollywood's unintended humor.
||beland, I had the exact same thought sitting through the trailers before Pearl Harbor, which turned out to be another movie that's really good as a trailer, but less good at full length.
||Sort of baked. There was a cable TV show that came on one of the movie channels (in fact, I think it was The Movie Channel) that showed a half hour of movie trailers from the history of the form. It also spoke extensively of the art of the movie trailer. I'll see if I can find any info about the show.
||I've seen this, not as a channel, but as a half-hour show. It was on some basic cable channel, like the SciFi network or TNT. I forget. It might have been on before or after Joe Bob Briggs's "Monstervision." But it was all classic trailers, from the golden age of B movies. I think it was called "Trailer Park."
||Hey gt: Jinx! Buy me a coke.
||there is a half-hour infomercial-style show called tribute tv in canada, that shows only current movie trailers. it's shown on one those 24-hour news/info-tainment channels. you can also catch it on the web. see link, click on "tribute tv", your honour.
||This is my first annotation. How's about these redneck shows:
Lifestyles of the Poor and Obscure,
Visitations I Have Knowed,
Miss Pregnant Teen Pageant,
Demolition Derby Review,
Hey, weirdo!: talk show with Jim White ("No Such Place" & "Wrong-Eyed Jesus," http://www.jimwhite.net/), and
This Ole Porch
||Baked - Sky digital - channel 700.