It looks like the most well-known movie review show on television has finally bitten the dust, and top critics Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper have decided it’s time to move on to something new. After Gene Siskel’s death in 1999, Richard Roeper was eventually named Ebert’s new right-hand man, and their show At The Movies with Ebert & Roeper started back in 2000. Now this week, it has been announced that after 8 years, At The Movies with Ebert & Roeper is no more.
Disney/ABC reportedly wanted to take the show in a new direction, and Ebert declined to be a part of it. Meanwhile, with Roeper’s contract expiring at the end of this season, a new agreement has not been reached. He said he will be moving on to do another show that “honors the standards established by Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert more than 30 years ago”. Details are forthcoming. Ebert, meanwhile, has not appeared on television since 2006, when he was hospitalized for thyroid cancer. It’s sad to see these guys part ways, but I’ll look forward to any of their future projects. What do you think, is this just be a minor speed bump for these guys, or is this the beginning of the end for them, as they pass the torch on to other up and coming critics?