Whilst it doesn't make much sense to define a film as "classic" solely by the year in which it was made, that cable channel American Movie Classics has recently lacked for programming integrity should come as no shock to anyone who has sat through any portion of Celebrity Charades. Now, as our own Chris Thilk reports for TV Squad, a judge has ruled that by showing endless reruns of modern dreck like Independence Day and the first two Look Who'sTalking movies, AMC has essentially forfeited a contract with cable company Time Warner. The nation's second largest cable company brokered a deal to carry the channel in 1993, back when Classical Hollywood films made between 1930-1960 made up the bulk of the network's schedule; the judge's ruling states that when AMC, "with great fanfare announced that it was going to, and did in fact, change this programming character," they essentially rendered their contract with Time Warner null and void. Time Warner now has the option of dropping AMC from the roster of channels it offers its 11 million subscribers, but it's thought that they'll probably renogatiate the rate they pay for carrying that deadweight instead. Maybe, if we're lucky, they'll somehow find a way to put the kibosh on any and all Hilary Swank-sponsored game shows while they're at it...
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