Court To AMC: That’s No Classic

Back in 2002, the cable network AMC revamped its programming, adding a slew of contemporary movies to its traditional lineup of oldies (the network’d initials stand for American Movie Classics.) In response to what it viewed as an unauthorized deviation from genre, cable company Time Warner sued for the right to break its contract with AMC and drop the channel from its lineup. The court agreed with Time Warner, ruling that such cinematic detritus as Look Who’s Talking, Too simply cannot be considered “classic.” AMC, for its part, accuses Time Warner of wanting to drop the channel solely because its programming is now directly competing with two Time Warner-owned channels, TBS and TNT.