HOLLYWOOD - In a surprising development to political junkies and film lovers alike, the rumored Turner Classic Movie deal to poach Hardball host Chris Matthews fell through today.
Rumors were swirling that MSNBC political commentator and elder statesman of the DC chattering class was about to jump ship over to TCM to provide the insightful and warm introduction to classic films during TCM's 31 Days of Oscar 2017. But late Wednesday, Variety reported that talks had ceased with unusual swiftness. Many applauded the decision to bring Matthews onboard giving to his penchant for inserting completely unnecessary cinematic bon mots into political commentary. His wide appeal and cursory film knowledge that has frequently rendered several Hardball guests speechless made perfect sense when taking into account that over 37% of current TCM viewership will simply pass away before the Holidays and new viewers are needed.
But that strategy hit a wall according to one anonymous and exasperated source close to the negotiations. "There only so many goddamn Luca Brasi or Officer Krupke references that you can shoehorn into a discussion."
Early this morning, TCM issued a brief statement: "While we felt Chris' passion for film was a perfect addition to the TCM family, we now realize that educating the MSNBC viewer of Spencer Tracy, Sophia Loren and the 1980 Ted Kennedy presidential run is his true calling."