If you love classic movies, you’ll want to check out Movies!
The Movies! tv network is a digital programming service available on local broadcast stations across America. It launched in January 2013 as a joint venture of Weigel Broadcasting (owners of classic TV service MeTV) and Fox Television Stations. Weigel was previously partners in another digital movie network, This TV.
Movies! offers a 24/7 schedule of classic movies in the 16:9 widescreen letterbox format, pre-empted only for 3 hours of educational programming on Saturday mornings. Although there is no Movies! affiliate here in Central PA, a quick check of their schedule showed an impressive mix of movies from the 1940s to the 1990s.
You can find Movies! on such stations as WNYW 5.2 New York, KCOP 13.3 Los Angeles, WFLD 32.2 Chicago and WTXF 29.2 Philadelphia. For more info and affiliate listings, please visit the Movies! TV Network website.
Judith Light turns 65 today. The actress best known for her role on the sitcom Who’s The Boss? also had early roles on Kojak and daytime soap One Life to Live. Light later appeared on Law & Order: SVU and Ugly Betty.
Other classic TV connections celebrating birthdays today: Mia Farrow (Peyton Place) is 69, film actor Joe Pesci (had several uncredited appearances on The Lucy Show, starred in a short-lived 80s comedy-drama Half Nelson) turns 71, Sheila Kuehl (The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis) is 73, UK actor Clive Swift (appeared in numerous UK shows of the 60s and 70s, best known for his later role on Keeping Up Appearances) is 78 and Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth on The Waltons) turns 81.
A number of classic TV favorites were born February 9 but are no longer with us, including UK-born stage, film and radio star Ronald Colman (The Halls of Ivy), Disney animator Bill Justice (worked on movies and Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color), country singer Ernest Tubb (The Ernest Tubb Show) and Peggy Wood (starred in 1950s comedy-drama Mama, later appeared on One Life to Live).
UK actress Heather Angel was also born this day. Angel made numerous guest appearances on such classic TV series as Lawman, Perry Mason and Peyton Place. She is best known here for her role as Mr. French’s lady friend Miss Faversham on the sitcom Family Affair.
Two classic TV stars died on February 9. Longtime western sidekick George “Gabby” Hayes (The Gabby Hayes Show) and David Wayne. Wayne guested on many classic shows, including Batman and Hawaii Five-O. He also starred on several, including the 70s Jim Hutton version of Ellery Queen and the sitcom House Calls.