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The Weather Channel adds movies to its lineup


Atlanta-based The Weather Channel, which has added Al Roker and documentaries to its basic bread-and-butter weather reports over the years, is now adding feature films for the first time.

No, the network isn’t funding its own tornado movie. Rather, it’s opting to buy the rights to older movies with weather themes.

The first one, the 2000 film “The Perfect Storm,” starring George Clooney, airs October 30 at 8 p.m. That film (adopted from the best-selling book, based on a true story) is all about a nasty Nor’easter and a fishing boat. That makes perfect sense thematically.

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Films will air every Friday at 8 p.m. The documentary “March of the Penguins” is next on Nov. 6, followed by the popular thriller “Misery” starring James Caan and Kathy Bates and Samuel L. Jackson’s action flick “Deep Blue Sea.”

There will be scrolls every so often for weather updates.

To add value, TWC meteorologist Jen Carfagno will host the new series, introducing each film and providing relevant commentary.

This is an experiment, a spokeswoman said. If it works, the network will naturally add more.

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October 20th, 2009
6:15 pm

Terrible idea. Just a way to cut cost I suppose. Seems every channel is doing it from MTV,VH-1,History channel,Animal Planet, E!,Discovery, and ironically TV Land.

Dilly Dally

October 20th, 2009
9:16 pm

The Weather Channel stopped being relevant when they jumped on Al Gore’s global warming hoax bandwagon. That and firing Kristina Abernathy.


October 20th, 2009
9:19 pm

Get your weather where The Weather Channel gets theirs, from us! AccuWeather – just the weather and no global warming hysteria because it’s a HOAX! Remember this, the global warming hoax has made Al Gore a very wealthy person.


October 20th, 2009
9:31 pm

Isn’t it time for another Dagmar Midcap update? How are her br^H^H^H^H^H^H is she? Clearly she hasn’t had trouble yet finding tight-fitting sweaters. Hell, I’ll start my own sweater company if she does.

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October 21st, 2009
7:37 am

You knew things were go bad once they were bought by NBC.


October 21st, 2009
9:24 am

The Weather Channel is now little more than infotainment. Headline News and TWC were best when you could tune into either channel, any time of day or night, and get the information you needed. Now, it’s opinion-driven sensationalism. It’s sad.

Paula is correct : the death knell was when NBC bought them out.


October 21st, 2009
1:00 pm

Crazy idea. I don’t want to tune into the Weather Channel to watch George Clooney or some penguins. I tune in to check on the forecast at 7:30pm or 10:30 am when no other news show is on and can give me an instant update or full forecast. Thank God for the AccuWeather updates I get on my Iphone.

The Weather Channel quit being respectable long ago when Dr. Heidi Cullen (sp?) came on board and started lambasting any respectable meteorologist who disagreed with her global warming hysteria. She even came out an said that anyone who disagrees with global warming should not be considered for AMS certification. The NBC bought them.

AccuWeather……hurry up and start your own Weather Channel.

Rule .303

October 21st, 2009
4:20 pm

Great idea actually, since it only takes 10 seconds to get the forecast. Nothing wrong with having another channel showing something other than “reality” show garbage.


October 21st, 2009
4:42 pm

Ever since Dave Schwartz and Kristina and Sharon were let go, you could see how the NBC Bean Counters figured the basic bottom line. TWC was toooo serious about the weather therefore we have to bring in Al Roker and Co. to really dumb it down. Were paying him already. BTW, as to Global Warming, look at the preponderance of the meteorological evidence, not Gore. Only time will tell folks.

A longtime watcher

October 24th, 2009
12:43 pm

Movies?? Where is Jim Cantore?

A longtime watcher

October 24th, 2009
12:44 pm

Movies?? What comes next? Where is Jim Cantore?


October 26th, 2009
2:59 pm

We are getting more and more frustrated at not being able to tune in to the Weather Channel, even in primetime, and just get the forecast and weather overview (especially for the week) from a real person. The occasional weather history show or drama (NOT stormchasing adolescents) is OK, but keep them much fewer and much shorter, and run them in the off hours so people can TIVO them if they really want them. And don’t waste time talking about football games; that’s what sports channels are for. When we’ve stayed in hotels we’ve seen a local weather channel that was just weather; why can’t we have something more like that? And please, don’t take up even more precious time running MOVIES!


October 27th, 2009
9:40 am

The viewing audience has changed. Due to the web, mobile and other means for receiving weather related information, The Weather Channel must change just like Headline News, MTV and even TLC. The Weather Channel is probably becoming a two dimension network. Heavy weather in the mornings and afternoons, series and movies in the evenings. Ratings is the driver. People tune in for very little periods of time to see their forecast and then move on. Even FoxNews and MSNBC changed the news arena, hence the reason CNN is in last place now among cable news audiences. They haven’t kept up with what people want. As far as AccuWeather, they have been around longer than The Weather Channel and would NEVER pose a threat to them, and The Weather Channel knows it. I have read that before long you will be able to receive your local forecast any time you like on The Weather Channel through multiple agreements they have with cable operators and satellite companies. I can do that now with pushing the menu button on my Directv remote. BTW, I will watch The Perfect Storm, great movie.

Another longtime watcher

November 13th, 2009
10:29 pm

I agree with Deke & Paula. NBC is driving TWC into the ground with this infotainment kick they’re on. They’ve forgotten their main function of reporting and forecasting the weather. I just want to be able to tune in any time and get local weather information. I don’t even want the traffic report. I’ll get that on the local TV & radio. I like the quick & dirty weather every 10 minutes and the crawl at the bottom (w/o the traffic). i didn’t even mind the “storm stories” or some of the storm chasing because they still kept the crawl going and showed the radar in the corner. This movie stuff and the integration of the sports updates and the regular non-weather news stories just frustrates me. Just give me the weather. Thank you very much. Oh and send Al Roker back to the Today show or something.


November 14th, 2009
11:59 pm

I thought I was the only one who noticed that TWC went to hell in a hand basket.


November 15th, 2009
11:21 am

NBC will do to the Weather Channel what it’s done to the rest of their prime time lineup-flush it down the toilet. Seeing more of Al Roker is enough reason not to watch!