A major staple in television and movies is on its way out. According to THR, the long running film review show “At the Movies” has been canceled. The series which was best known for its dueling hosts Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel will end its syndicated run this summer to the disappointment of long watching fans everywhere.
According to the trade, Disney-ABC released an official statement regarding their decision to cancel the show that got its start as an incarnation of the 1970′s series “Sneak Previews.” After the unfortunate death of Ebert’s long running partner in criticism Gene Siskel in 1999, he was joined by Richard Roeper who held down the fort alongside Ebert until his own health issues left him unable to continue on with the series. The reigns were then passed along to Michael Phillips and A.O. Scott who will now close out its monumental run.
Here’s what the network had to say…
This was a very difficult decision, especially considering the program’s rich history and iconic status within the entertainment industry, but from a business perspective it became clear this weekly, half-hour, broadcast syndication series was no longer sustainable. We gratefully acknowledge the outstanding work of the program’s current co-hosts A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips and top-notch production staff, and it is with heartfelt appreciation that we extend very special thanks to the two brilliant, visionary and incomparable critics that started it all, Roger Ebert and the late Gene Siskel.
The final episode of “At the Movies” is scheduled to air on August 14, 2010. This is really a sad day because I grew up watching the weekly rants and raves of these respected critics and this will definitely leave a vacant spot in both the television and film world.
Are you a fan of At the Movies? When did you begin watching the series?