Roger Ebert says 'At the Movies' will return despite cancellation
While word has come down that long-running review show At the Movies has been canceled, tossing Tony Scott and Michael Phillips off the air, the series' prodigal son Roger Ebert vows a weekly show will return. Good, we were getting tired of convenient compilation sites like Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.
"Yes, (wife) Chaz and I are still going ahead with our plans for a new movie review program on television," Ebert wrote Thursday on his blog for the Chicago Sun-Times. "No, Wednesday's cancellation of At the Movies hasn't discouraged us. We believe a market still exists for a weekly show where a couple of critics review new movies."
But Ebert is no dummy; He knows that the syndicated half-hour format is dead, so he promises a strong Web presence to go along with the show, for which he can provide scant information: "I can't reveal details about the talks we're deeply involved in," he write. "I can say that the working title was Roger Ebert presents Fill in Words Here, and that it has now become Roger Ebert presents At the Movies. ... I can also say the Thumbs will return."
Unfortunately, no matter how fast he can type with his new voice simulator, Ebert won't be a critic. He does promise to make appearances, though, which will be enough for us to give it a try.
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