One of the best pieces of programming on the Turner Movie Classics channel is their Essentials series where Robert Osborne and a guest host discuss a classic film before screening the feature. Now, TCM has spun off a new version of The Essentials for younger viewers called, obviously, Essentials, Jr.
Every Sunday night at 8 pm throughout the summer, Essentials, Jr. will introduce younger viewers to one of 14 classic films. The series kicks off this Sunday, June 1 with the 1944 Mickey Rooney-Elizabeth Taylor drama National Velvet.
Replacing Osborne and guest on hosting duties are actor Chris O’Donnell and child actor Abigail Breslin. Over the course of the summer, the series will show classics as diverse as The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939), On The Town (1949), Sherlock Jr. (1924), Harvey (1950) and 20 Million Miles To Earth (1957). In addition, TCM’s website will feature information on each week’s film.
For more information and the complete schedule, check out TCM’s website.