Ebert Says ‘At the Movies’ Will Take a Break

Dec 1, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Roger Ebert said his television show focusing on movie reviews will take a break, reports The New York Times’ ArtsBeat blog.

"At the Movies," which had been hosted by Ebert and his late colleague Gene Siskel starting in the 1970s, was canceled in 2010, but Ebert revived the show in January as "Ebert Presents At the Movies," the story notes. The revived show has featured reviews by Christy Lemire of the Associated Press and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, a writer for Mubi.com.

As previously reported, Ebert wrote in a blog post that the public TV show needed additional sponsors to continue. He and his wife have served as the primary backers of the program, but now he will shut it down to look for sponsors.

On Wednesday night, Ebert wrote an update on his blog, saying the show "will go on hiatus while we find necessary funding."

"We hope our hiatus will be brief," he wrote, adding that a "touching number of viewers offered to send us money directly."

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  1. The issue with the show were the hosts. They didn’t bring the spark to the show that it needed. They seemed like nice people, but not right for this program.

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