The following is a snippet from a conversation I came across in an English student book (Touchstone 2nd edition 1 - unit 5 part B)
Eric) ... sometimes I think you watch too much TV. Mandy) I hardly ever watch TV.
Eric) are you serious ?!
Mandy) well, sometimes I watch the morning shows and I usually watch the late movie.
what does she (Mandy) mean by "the late movie". is "the late movie" a TV show ? a late night show of some sort ?
if it's not a name for a TV show and she's saying that she watches a movie that airs late night, then why does she use the article "the" ? shouldn't it be "a late movie"
I have a few guesses myself by I am just not sure. according to Wikipedia though:
The CBS Late Movie is a CBS television series (later known as CBS Late Night) during the 1970s and 1980s. The program ran in most American television markets from 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT) until 2:30 a.m. or later, on weeknights. A single announcer (in the early years, CBS staff announcer Norm Stevens) voiced the introduction and commercial bumpers for each program, but there was no host per se, or closing credits besides those of the night's presentation. (The bumpers announcing the stars of the movie notably rotated names, two or three at a time, so more of the players would be mentioned.)
beyond this, I didn't find much on "the late movie" on the internet.