My perception is that TCM should show "transgressive" and "edgy" material in the slots right before Eddie on Saturday night and right after on Sunday morning to get more momentum from the greater intensity prevalent in noir. That should include some noirs that Eddie doesn't seem inclined to show on Noir Alley, but it should also move the timeline around, showing socially progressive films from the 30s to the 80s. One weekend might show the virtually forgotten FTA (1972) on Saturday at 10:00 ET/7:00 PT with commentary from Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland, and follow up the noir re-broadcast with something like THE LAWLESS or SALT OF THE EARTH. Films like that are woefully underrepresented both on TCM and in rep houses, where those of us who endeavor to bring that type of programming to the public find it to be little more than "loss leader" work. TCM can absorb such losses better than Elliot or myself, given their 24-hour-a-day status, and if the right wing complains loudly, it's a simple matter to organize a red-baiting film festival for them as a variant of "equal time."
My other perception is to send another "thank you" to Elliot Lavine for making room in his DARK SIDE OF THE DREAM festival for THE LAWLESS, a film that had not been shown theatrically in more than sixty years when we screened it at the Roxie in 2018. As much fun as WICKED WOMAN is, and as iconic as CASABLANCA is, people actually have a much greater need to see THE LAWLESS in order to come to grips with the forces that undermine a great country and move it away from its precepts and ideals.
While people are at home and watching more is the time to push the envelope, when they have time to reflect on matters that the rat-race of life in the declining American empire compels them to deflect or ignore.