Dec. 6. 1993: R.O. signed to host the new Ted Turner's new Turner Classic Movies cable channel "when it launches next year."
Mar. 28, 1994: First taping session, at the Techwood Studios at Turner headquarters, 1050 Techwood Drive, Atlanta. Director: Tony Barbon. The first movie intro taped: BLOSSOM'S IN THE DUST (1941).
Apr. 14, 1994: Official launch of Turner Classic Movies cable network with Ted Turner pulling the switch at a Times Square event. The first film shown: GONE WITH THE WIND, hosted by Osborne and preceded by premiere of Chuck Workman short, 100 YEARS OF THE MOVIES, especially commissioned for the TCM debut.
Mar. 1995: First 31 DAYS OF OSCAR festival, a yearly TCM
franchise ever since.
June 8, 1995: With Jane Powell taped first PRIVATE
SCREENINGS interview, then called REEL TO REEL.
Jan. 1997: First issue of NOW PLAYING guide. On cover:
Bogart. Subject of Osborne's first inside cover article: Bogart.
Aug. 2003: First AUGUST UNDER THE STARS festival, now
a yearly franchise for the channel.
Apr. 14, 2004: 10th anniversary of TCM with 14 hours
of Osborne PRIVATE SCREENINGS interviews, airing from
6 am to 8 pm, EST.
Nov. 18, 2004: With Bill Cosby, taped first GUEST
Mar. 3, 2006: first airing of RO co-hosting the ESSENTIALS
franchise for TCM, with film critic Molly Haskell. (Taped
Dec. 8-9, 2005.)
2007: Accepted award for TCM at the San Francisco
Silent Film Festival, Castro Theatre, San Francisco.
May 18, 2009: Accepted Peabody Award for TCM at the
Waldorf-Astoria Grand Ballroom, New York, presented
by Brian Williams.
May 23, 2009: Accepted award for TCM at the
Seattle Film Festival, Seattle.
Apr. 14, 2009: 15th anniversary of TCM and of R.O.
as it's primetime host.
Apr. 22, 2010: opening event at first-ever TCM Classic
Film Festival, held in Hollywood, California. (Opening
attraction: the 1954 A STAR IS BORN at Grauman's