Saturday, September 11, 2010

Roger Ebert Is Back At the Movies

I remember the very early days of Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel and their television movie reviews. Their TV career started locally in Chicago, then moved nationally to PBS where their show was called Sneak Previews, but Siskel and Ebert left in 1982 and their new show became know as At the Movies, later replaced by the Disney produced Siskel & Ebert & the Movies. After Gene Siskel's early death from complications of brain surgery in 1999, a new permanent co-host was finally found in Richard Roeper. The show continued with both hosts until Ebert was unable to continue due to health issues and the loss of his voice.

But you can't keep a good critic off the air, and it appears Ebert will return to television with Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies:

It will return to its birthplace, launching nationally on public television with presenting station WTTW Chicago, where it began in 1975 as "Opening Soon at a Theater Near You" and then in 1976 as "Sneak Previews," became the highest rated entertainment show in PBS history. The original format moved into syndication as "At the Movies" in 1982 with Tribune Entertainment and a quarter-century with Buena Vista Television.


"This is the rebirth of a dream," said Ebert, who partnered in recent years with Richard Roeper before cancer robbed him of the ability to speak. He said he will act as co-producer and employ a computer voice to appear on every episode with segments titled Roger's Office devoted to classic, overlooked and new films.-"Roger Ebert presents At the Movies"

The main co-hosts will be Christy Lemire and Elvis Mitchell.

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