The move brings the recently cancelled series back to its public television roots. Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel launched At the Movies in 1975 on WTTW in Chicago, and it was said that new episodes will once-again be filmed in Chicago. The revived series will be broadcast nationally, and will be hosted by Associated Press critic Christy Lemire and National Public Radio critic Elvis Mitchell. Roger Ebert will produce along with his wife, Chaz Ebert, as well as contribute new segments to the program via a computerized voice.
Here's an excerpt from Roger Ebert's announcement:
"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."
The series will also mark the return of the "thumbs up/thumbs down" format that Roger Ebert copyrighted and made famous. It was also said that the new version of At the Movies will expand into coverage of new media, with special segments on classic movies, genre pictures and on-demand viewing. There will also be a segment entitled "Roger's Office," where Roger Ebert will look at classics and overlooked movies. Although Roger Ebert lost the ability to speak after battling cancer, he will employ a computer-generated voice for the segment.