Siskel and Ebert's At The Movies
film crit television series — with it's trademark "thumbs up/thumbs down" rating system — existed long before every Tom, Dick, and Harry on YouTube thought they were a worthy film critic. After Roger Ebert's surgery — due to thyroid cancer, leaving him without a voice — he chose a more behind-the-scenes role for the iconic program, assigning hosts Christy Lemire and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky as the new faces of the frontline. Now, the famous film critic reports that At The Movies
has hit some financial woes and will be taken off the air after December if the show cannot secure more funding.
"We can't afford to support the show any longer. That's what it comes down to," he wrote on his blog. Ebert and his wife Chaz have been paying for things out of pocket, in addition to using an initial $25,000 grant from the Kanbar Charitable Trust, to air the show on public television. Despite its success — with " … a coverage of more than 90% of the country, and all of the top 50 markets … " — the show's future seems dire with no rich BFF to help out. Although a webcasted version of the series may be the most logical next step, At The Movies
is a cultural marker in cinematic history and deserves a shot to stay on TV. Many folks have suggested campaigns like Kickstarter to help out. Leave your suggestions on Ebert's blog over here
, and let us know what your gameplan would be below.