Many moons ago Channel 10 was the first in Australia to dump Sunday night movies from their schedule (from memory it was in favour of NCIS).
It was a radical move everyone eventually followed.
Now their parent company CBS is set to reintroduce good old-fashioned flicks to Sunday nights during the coronavirus pandemic, as families self-isolate. And it is even bumping Love Island to make room.
“It’s a five-week programming event with epic films, iconic stars and brilliant stories that viewers love…and love to watch together,” said Noriko Kelley, EVP, Program Planning and Scheduling, CBS Entertainment.
NBCUniversal has also announced that it was ushering in (semi) commercial-free family movie nights on USA, Syfy and Telemundo. Syfy just scheduled family classic The Goonies to air on Easter Sunday night.
In Australia multichannels have drawn upon movies in primetime, more frequently than primary channels, with 9GEM currently screening a month of James Bond films.
“Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark”
“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”