This is a simple experiment to retrieve schedule information from Turner Classic Movies, using TCM's Web Services APIs as described at http://www.tcm.com/tcmws/v1/docs/welcome.html, and show only the movies that match my preference.
My goal is to have an automated service that notifies me when "something good" is showing on TCM so that I can set my DVR to record it. It looks for particular genres, actors, directors, and screenwriters, and for movies that have earned a four-star rating from Leonard Maltin.
The script requires Node. You need to run
npm install or
yarn to download the dependencies before running the script.
Alternatively, if you have a UNIX-ish system, you can probably run
download the dependencies and run the script.
The script is
tcmws.js. If you run the script without any options, it will
retrieve schedule information for the next seven days and write it in
plain-text format to standard output.
To write the output as HTML to a file, use the
node tcmws.js --html --output tcm.html
For more information on the command-line options, try this:
node tcmws.js --help
For an example of the text output, see https://gist.github.com/kristopherjohnson/2406522eb20a2639b85321a0a335e56e.
For an example of the HTML output, see http://secretspacelab.com/tcm.html.
I like film noir and classic horror and sci-fi movies. If your tastes vary
from mine, just modify the definitions of
I don't know why, but once in a while the TCM web service returns invalid
JSON responses with a 200 status code. If you get an error indicating that
body.tcm.title is null, just try running the script again.