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September 11, 2010

Thumbs Up! Ebert Launches New Review Show

'Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies' to run weekly starting in January

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Legendary film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times is reviving his weekly half-hour TV show, At the Movies, it was announced on Friday.

"This is the rebirth of a dream," Ebert wrote. The show will return to its original roots on PBS, prompting Ebert to write, "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."

Ebert himself will not co-host the show; throat cancer in recent years has robbed him of his voice. But he will act as co-producer and use a computer voice to appear on every episode with segments titled Roger's Office devoted to classic, overlooked and new films. The show will be co-hosted by Christy Lemire, film critic of The Associated Press, and Elvis Mitchell of National Public Radio.

Watch a brief video about the new show here:

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