Posted by: Joe Eds | March 26, 2010


At the Movies is no more. Originally with Siskel & Ebert, then after Siskel’s death with Ebert & Roeper, then (very breifly) Lyons & Mankiewicz, and ending with A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips. Buena Vista TV has pulled the plug on the syndicated show. It was a long time coming. Roger Ebert has a post about the cancellation on his blog and offers the main reason:

Blame the fact that five-day-a-week syndicated shows like “Wheel of Fortune” went to six days. Blame the fact that cable TV and the internet have fragmented the audience so much that stations are losing market share no matter what they do. Blame the economy, because many stations would rather sell a crappy half-hour infomercial than program a show they respect. Blame the fact that everything seems to be going to hell in a hand basket.


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