For the past few months or years, the same damned half-dozen or so movies would play repeatedly on TNT and the other basic cable channels, and I thought “Hmmmm, seems to be a little heavy airplay for that one–didn’t I just notice it playing a few weeks ago? Oh well,” but this is getting absurd. You know which ones I mean, PRETTY WOMAN, HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, MISS CONGENIALITY, the rest of the usual suspects. Oh, yeah, THE USUAL SUSPECTS, too. Lately, QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER is on the mandatory list.
I mean, they’re okay movies, most of them, but it’s like they’re playing 24/7 since the dawn of time. Why is that? Do the TV stations own the rights to show these films, so it’s basically free for them, as opposed to other films they have to rent or something? What’s the deal here?