Baldwin, Wilder set for Turner Classics pilot

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Turner Classic Movies is producing a pilot for a series that pairs modern-day thespians with actors from previous generations who have inspired them.

Idols, which is part of the cable channel's slate for 2007, will feature Alec Baldwin and Gene Wilder for the pilot.

TCM also has a fresh batch of specials in the works for next year including Spielberg on Spielberg, a documentary slated for July featuring the acclaimed filmmaker discussing his movies, and Bienvenue au Cannes, a look at the noted film festival. Film historian Richard Schickel produced both documentaries.

Martin Scorsese will also direct Val Lewton's American Horror, a documentary about the 1930s writer-producer whose credits included the 1942 film Cat People. Lewton is slated for the fall, as is a documentary about Marlon Brando.

TCM will continue with film showcases including TCM Underground; Private Screenings, which will return in March with an interview with Jane Fonda; and The Essentials, which will add Carrie Fisher as cohost alongside Robert Osborne.

Also back in 2007 is Guest Programmers, which has signed up Chevy Chase, Lorraine Bracco, Larry Miller, David Mamet, and David Thomson as curators.

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