Robert Redford turns TV host in new Sundance Channel show

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Sundance Film Festival founder Robert Redford hasn’t had a TV gig in nearly 50 years; his last small-screen credit is an episode of The Defenders that aired in 1964. But that will change this Saturday, when Robert Redford Presents begins airing on Sundance Channel.

Redford — who serves as the channel’s creative director — will curate and critique independent movies in this new program. “Our aim with Sundance Channel has always been to showcase independent productions that broaden viewers’ minds and hopefully inspire them,” Redford said in a statement. “I am pleased to share some great films and further strengthen the outstanding independent film offering on our channel.”

The show’s first episode airs Saturday at 8 p.m.; it will focus on Nicholas Hynter’s 1996 adaptation of The Crucible, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder. Later installments will feature Domino, Blue Velvet, and, curiously, I Hate Valentine’s Day, a little-seen romantic comedy written by and starring My Big Fat Greek Wedding‘s Nia Vardalos.

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