When it was announced earlier this year that ABC had decided to officially cancel their long-running movie review show At The Movies, a lot of people were calling it the end of a era. However, there was still a glimmer of hope when Roger Ebert hinted that he was working on a new movie review show of his own. Now he has finally given us the good news: the At The Movies name has been restored to its rightful owner, and in January 2011 it’s going to be relaunching on PBS under his guidance. Here’s what Ebert had to say:
“This is the rebirth of a dream… I believe that by returning to its public roots, our new show will win better and more consistent time slots in more markets. American television is swamped by mindless gossip about celebrities, and I’m happy this show will continue to tell viewers honestly if the critics think a new movie is worth seeing.”
The new show will not be hosted by Ebert, but he will use his computer voice to appear on each episode with a segment called “Roger’s Office”, taking a look at classic, overlooked and new films. The new hosts will be Christy Lemire of The Associated Press and Elvis Mitchell of NPR, who will bring back the classic “Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down” rating system. The other good news is that for the very first time the show will be available in HD. It sounds like PBS is an ideal home for the show, and it should help ensure that the age old formula doesn’t get ripped apart in search of better ratings. Are you excited about the return of At The Movies?