Goodbye Nepotism, Hello Competence: New Critics For ‘At The Movies’
Contract Disputes End Ebert-Roeper

at the moviesUPDATE: This is the show that started with Chicago newspaper critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert. Then stayed on the air with Ebert and Richard Roeper. Then almost went down the drain with lightweights Ben & Ben (Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz, the two beneficiaries of nepotism). Then recently tried to resurrect itself with two heavyweights: The New York Times‘ A.O. “Tony” Scott and The Chicago Tribune‘s Michael Phillips. Now the show is R.I.P. Here’s the statement from distributor Disney/ABC Domestic TV:

After 24 seasons with us in national syndication, the highly regarded movie review show “At the Movies” (formerly known as “Siskel & Ebert” and “Ebert & Roeper”) will air its last original broadcast the weekend of August 14, 2010. “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.