Legendary film critic Roger Ebert says his revamped version of At the Movies is in danger of going off the air. The syndicated program Ebert Presents At The Movies needs more investor funding to survive, the critic writes.
“Unless we find an angel, our television program will go off the air at the end of its current season,” Ebert wrote this weekend, noting the ratings for the show have been strong. “There. I’ve said it. Usually in television, people use evasive language. Not me. We’ll be gone. I want to be honest about why this is. We can’t afford to finance it any longer.”
Ebert co-hosted the original At the Movies for decades until he was stricken by thyroid cancer. The new review program is produced by Ebert and his wife Chaz Ebert and debuted in January. Christy Lemire of the Associated Press and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of the Chicago Reader co-host the show.