With Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav having abated his cost cutting assault on TCM (at least for the time being), the network can get back to doing what it does best: honoring our shared cinematic cultural heritage. “TCM Remembers William Friedkin Part 1” will take place on September 14, 2023, and will include airings of “The French Connection,” “To Live and Die in L.A.,” and “The Boys in the Band.” The second half of the event will take place on November 26, 2023, and will include an airing of the 2018 documentary “Friedkin Uncut” followed by a showing of “The Exorcist.” The full programming block reads as follows:
TCM Remembers William Friedkin Part 1 – Thursday, September 14
8:00 PM – The French Connection (1971) – Two New York narcotics cops set out to bust a French drug smuggling ring.
10:00 PM – To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) – A Secret Service agent becomes obsessed with tracking down a notorious and dangerous Los Angeles counterfeitor.
12:15 AM – The Boys in the Band (1970) – A gay birthday party turns into a night of soul-searching when the host’s straight college roommate turns up by mistake.
TCM Remembers William Friedkin Part 2 – Sunday, November 26
8:00 PM – Friedkin Uncut (2018) – TCM Premiere – In this documentary, William Friedkin is interviewed about his career, alongside a number of his colleagues and industry admirers.
10:00 PM – The Exorcist (1973) – A priest battles to save a young girl possessed by demons.