Well here’s a news story that I’m sure will disappoint absolutely no one! It seems that the two Bens (Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz) will not be returning for another season of At The Movies, after Disney and ABC have opted to take the show in a different direction — that is to say, the direction that they should have taken it in all along. Last year when Lyons and Mankiewicz were named as the successors to Ebert and Roeper, it sparked a lot of outrage as the once well-respected film review show shed its integrity in favour of chasing a younger audience. Fortunately, they’ve finally realized that the new version of At The Movies isn’t working, and they’ve decided to bring the show back to its roots.
The two new hosts will be film critics Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune and A.O. Scott of the New York Times, both of whom previously filled in for Roger Ebert numerous times while Richard Roeper was hosting the show. I think most of us will agree that they are ideal choices to continue the legacy, and the only question that remains is whether the duo will have a solid chemistry together. Even though they can come across as a bit stuffy at times, they certainly know what they’re talking about and are able to argue their opinions passionately. I think that, above all, is what people want and expect from this show. The new season of At The Movies will premiere on Sept. 5th… will you be there to tune in?