Thursday, March 25, 2010

At the Movies Cancelled!

What would be worse: At the Movies with Ben Lyons, or no At the Movies at all? I guess we are going to find out in a few months.

Read Ebert's response (and plans) here.

CHICAGO, March 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. syndicated film review program "At the Movies" has been canceled after 24 seasons, said Disney-ABC Domestic Television and ABC Media Productions.

The show started out in the mid-1970s with the Chicago Sun-Times's Roger Ebert and the Chicago Tribune's Gene Siskel sharing their opinions on current releases.

The Tribune said Wednesday the final episode of the series with current reviewers Michael Phillips of the Tribune and A.O. Scott of The New York Times is to air the weekend of Aug. 14.

Phillips and Scott took over the show from Ben Lyons of E! Entertainment Television and Ben Mankiewicz of Turner Classic Movies, who replaced the ailing Ebert and his co-star of nearly a decade, Richard Roeper of the Sun-Times.

Roeper replaced Siskel when he died in 1999 of brain cancer. Ebert has been suffering from various types of cancer affecting his mouth and throat in recent years. His battle with the disease has left him unable to talk.

"This was a very difficult decision, especially considering the program's rich history and iconic status within the entertainment industry," the Tribune quoted Disney-ABC Domestic Television and ABC Media Productions as saying in a statement. "But from a business perspective it became clear this weekly, half-hour, broadcast syndication series was no longer sustainable."


Anonymous said...

It's just as well that "At the Movies" has been canceled, because nothing could top the Siskel & Ebert era.

Michael Phillips and A.O. Scott were okay, but they were kind of boring as TV hosts. Phillips is a better movie critic though. He just has more intelligent opinions about movies and the industry.

Getting a young host like Ben Lyons was obviously not the answer to getting a younger audience. Most of the people who want to see new movies in theaters aren't waiting around for a weekly TV show for recommendations. They can get reviews instantly on the Internet.

Display Name said...

I really liked that show and I'll be sad to see it go.