TCM's ultimate film noir programming event returns Friday, June 5, for two months of gritty, dark classics. Every Friday throughout June and July, Summer of Darkness is taking over TCM for 24 hours of noir films, with primetime screenings hosted by "The Czar of Noir," Eddie Muller.

"Our film noir programming slate will trace the evolution of noir from its cinematic origins to its influence on more recent films," said Charles Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM, in the announcement. "We are thrilled to be able to bring our fans this extensive programming slate and to be collaborating with Eddie Muller, who is one of the foremost experts on the genre and a noir film preservationist.”

This year, the programming slate is featuring more than 100 noir titles making it the most extensive catalog of noirs ever presented by the network. See the full lineup here.

In connection with Summer of Darkness, TCM is collaborating with Ball State University and Canvas Network on a free online multimedia course, Into the Darkness: Investigating Film Noir. The online course is open to the general public and is one of several interactive initiatives TCM is launching for fans that want to dive deeper in the world of film noir.

"We are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Ball State on this exciting and innovative approach to learning,” said Jennifer Dorian, general manager Turner Classic Movies, in the announcement. “TCM at its core is about context, curation and connections and by working with Ball State on this online course we are able to engage with our passionate film audience in another exciting and new way.” 

The nine-week course begins June 1. Visit tcm.com/summerofdarkness to learn more and sign up.