Roger Ebert, who has bravely battled cancer over the past four years, announced Friday that he and his famous thumbs are reviving the show that made him famous, At The Movies.
The new show, Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies, will begin airing on public television in January. Joining him will be movie critics Christy Lemire, Elvis Mitchell and Kim Morgan.
Whether it will be successful or not is questionable. Disney cancelled the show this summer after it had run since 1986 because it was "no longer sustainable" due to the plethora of movie reviews available on the Web.
Ebert is confident it will be.
"I believe that by returning to its public roots, our new show will win better and more consistent time slots in more markets," Ebert stated on his Web site. "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."
I for one hope it meets great success.
Not only have I always respected his reviews, Ebert is such a great example of bravely battling cancer and not being crippled by the damage it did to him. He lost his lower jaw in his fight, and can no longer speak traditionally. Instead he uses text-to-speech technology and will do so on the new show to make his opinions known.
What a great way to showcase how people can use technology to overcome disabilities and go on to lead full lives, even if they're lives never imagined.
Two thumbs up all the way around.
Will you watch Roger Ebert's new show?
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