• 4 years 3 months ago
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    From 1977-1982, WLUK in Green Bay ran a show called "TJ and the ANT" (short for Television Jockey and the All Night Theater). It would start at about 10 or 11 PM on Friday night and would run movies until about 8 AM Saturday morning.
    The movies were often crappy B films, horror/SCI-FI, Charlie Chan, and the occasional classic. In between the movies there would be Looney Tunes cartoons and amateur shorts.
    The host, TJ (Doug Heim), ran the show by himself from the control room with a camera pointed at him. He would occasionally have local guests come on the show.
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      • 4 years 2 months ago
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      So nobody remembers that show? It was a clear example of how much better free TV back then could be than today's pay TV.
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        • 3 years 11 months ago
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        I used to love that show! I only made it to 1:00 A.M.
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          • 2 years 5 months ago
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          That was a great show. I remember it well. I think I was in junior high then and we used to have Friday night sleep-overs and see if we could make it all night long. Just TJ at his board. Before home video, shows like this were the only places you could see fun 1950's B movies.
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            • 1 year 9 months ago
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            Definitely remember that show!

            It began at 10:30 PM (or later, depending on circumstance) Friday on Channel 11 Green Bay, which was ABC at that time (now it’s Fox). Had a theme song (Well its Friday night …), snippets of which I remember even today. Doug Heim was TJ (Television Jockey). ANT was All Night Theatre (The show’s original title was TJ and the All Night Theatre). It ran until about 8:00 AM Saturday. On several occasions, I watched the entire show.

            One night Heim announced at about 3:00 AM, completely unexpectedly, the TV execs, in their infinite wisdom, had cancelled his show.

            That was it. No more TJ. No more ANT.
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              • 1 year 2 months ago
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              I was about 11 years old when that show first came on the air. My mom would let me stay up as long as I wanted to watch that show (I actually made it few times). It was my favorite. The extreme close-up camera shots, the Woody Woodpecker cartoons, Charlie Chan movies, Jerry Lewis movies and the great B movies. It really sucked when they pulled the plug on that show. I wish the show would be on some other format (youtube, hulu plus) now days so I could show my kids. But I am sure the shows are gone forever.
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                • 7 months 1 day ago
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                I definitely remember TJ and the ANT! It's pretty cool to find it mentioned here. Here's why I googled it in the first place: I remember a teaser for a "later tonight" movie. I don't remember the name of the movie, but TJ's teaser for has stayed seared on my brain ever since. The movie was color, probably late 50s or early 60s. The teaser showed a young woman lifting a pair of binoculars to her eyes to look out the window. The camera pans to her view out the window. We hear as scream. Flash back to the woman, hands over her eyes, blood running through her fingers. Flash to the floor, where we see the binoculars, bloody spike sticking out of where the eyepieces should be.

                Any ideas what this movie might have been?
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                  • 7 months 1 day ago
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                  Might as well rename this thread "The One Post Club."
                  thecrow174: Lover of martial arts cinema.
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                    • 7 months 1 day ago
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                    The movie is called Horrors of the Black Museum (1959).

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                      • 7 months 22 hours ago
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                      Hey, thecrow174, here's my second post :-)

                      Thanks, SuperRainCheck, for your reply. I was actually checking in to report that I had found it myself. Another hit on "TJ and the ANT" led me here:

                      http://www.milwaukeehorrorhosts.com/All_Night_Theatre.html

                      It has a list of every horror movie Doug Heim (TJ) ever aired on the All Night Theater. With the help of IMDB, I was able to figure out which of TJ's movies was the one I was looking for.
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