New film program in sight on France 2: will Pierre Lescure take up the bet?

From January, the former president of Canal + and the Cannes Film Festival should host a film show on Sunday evening, instead of Claire Chazal’s “Passage des arts”. But will he succeed where many have failed before him?

People go to the cinema less, but do they really prefer TV shows dedicated to the seventh art? According to The ParisianClaire Chazal’s magazine passage of the arts, broadcast every Sunday evening on France 2, will give way in January to a film magazine, presented by Pierre Lescure. The former president of Canal + and the Cannes Film Festival, also a columnist in C to you, will receive cinema personalities and will aim to attract more viewers than Claire Chazal.

According to The Parisian, the hearings of Passage of the arts would indeed be in question. Last Sunday, the show attracted 305,000 viewers between 10:45 p.m. and 11:55 p.m. (2.8% of the public watching TV). A score in the usual average, which varies, since the start of the school year, between 200,000 and 465,000 faithful. The show, whose programming times fluctuate (10:40 p.m., 11 p.m., 11:09 p.m.), was not broadcast for three weeks between mid-October and early November. Produced internally, relying on the human and logistical resources of the public group, it would cost around 50,000 euros per issue, according to our information. Pierre Lescure’s future show, whose title has not been revealed, will be produced externally by Black D, a production company belonging to Mediawan, the powerful group led by Pierre-Antoine Capton. (C to you). The contract is not yet signed.

old myths

If France 2 thinks that a new cultural program can revive the box, it is perhaps appropriate to recall this old observation: cinema programs on TV do not always work. There are a few old myths, and like any old myth, they are old and few in number: Mr Cinema, turned into Thursday then Cinema Tuesday (between 1967 and 1988), The last session (from 1982 to 1998), The film journal (launched in 1991 by Isabelle Giordano)… Since then, the process of inviting people around a table to talk about the seventh art has not always convinced: apart from the critical exception The circle on Canal+ (several times threatened, the show is in its 18e season), CineQuin on Paris Première in 2010, or Cinemas on France 5 between 2009 and 2011, were quickly abandoned. It must be said that the channels do not always have a very objective view of the films they choose to comment on, and that they have sometimes financed themselves…

At 77, Pierre Lescure will therefore have the heavy responsibility of reinventing the way of talking about movies on the small screen. A hell of a bet for this familiar face of viewers, on whom France Télé is definitely betting. Last year, his interpersonal skills had weighed in so that the group became, with Brut, the main media partner of the Cannes Film Festival. In 1982, he also created rock kids, a pop culture magazine, broadcast… on Antenne 2.

New film program in sight on France 2: will Pierre Lescure take up the bet?