Roger Ebert Launching New Version of Beloved Movie Review Show--And Despite Being Silenced by Cancer, He Will Appear on the Show THR
Roger Ebert is bringing back the show that made him and Gene Siskel famous, "At the Movies," and it's returning to its roots in public television, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Ebert, who is unable to speak because of cancer, will have his name on the show and will be a co-producer with his wife, Chaz Ebert. The show will be called "Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies," and will feature Christy Lemire, film critic for the Associated Press, and Elvis Mitchell of NPR.
The new show will launch on WTTW-TV in Chicago, just as the orgininal version of the show did back in 1975.
Ebert will use a computer voice to appear in a segment called “Roger’s Office,” but he will not debate movies with the two hosts, the story says.
The trademark "thumbs up/thumbs down" shorthand that Ebert and Siskel introduced will be back.
Ebert wrote about the new incarnation of the show, saying, "This is the rebirth of a dream. I believe that by returning to its public roots, our new show will win better and more consistent time slots in more markets. American television is swamped by mindless gossip about celebrities, and I'm happy this show will continue to tell viewers honestly if the critics think a new movie is worth seeing."