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Show Goes On for Roger Ebert

Aug 11, 2003  •  Post A Comment

The show will go on for a weekly syndication staple.
Last week “Ebert & Roeper and the Movies” co-host Roger Ebert announced he will undergo radiation treatments for a malignant salivary gland tumor. Mr. Ebert has undergone two cancer surgeries in the past two years. However, distributor Buena Vista will continue taping the series, and executives and Mr. Ebert expect the longtime movie critic will not miss any time on the show when it returns for another season this fall.
“I will, however, continue to see movies, write reviews and do the `Ebert & Roeper’ television show,” he wrote to friends Tuesday in a message that ran in multiple outlets last week. “The treatments are a follow-up to earlier surgery, and I look forward to a complete recovery; this is not considered to be a life-threatening form of cancer. P.S. By the way, my thyroid cancer has been completely vanquished,” he wrote.
The series, which Mr. Ebert co-hosts with Richard Roeper, has averaged a season-to-date household rating of 1.9, off 10 percent from the previous season. This comes despite heated competition from Paramount’s movie-review series “Hot Ticket,” which has earned a 1.6 for the season.
Meanwhile, “Ebert & Roeper” underwent some executive shuffling last month. Stuart Cleland left his post as executive producer for the series, and producer Andrea Gronvall left. Don Dupree, formerly director for “Ebert & Roeper” will take over as producer/director.
Show sources said they will continue to operate “normally” and that few changes are expected for the coming season.