Press Releases


December 7, 2010


~ Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies ~

Milwaukee, WI -- (December 7, 2010) -- A new weekly film review program returns to public television, the birthplace of the original Sneak Previews with Siskel & Ebert. MPTV will air the weekly half-hour program, Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies, Fridays at 11 p.m., on MPTV Channels 10.1/36.2 and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m., on MPTV Channel 36.1 beginning January 21, 2011. The program is produced by Chaz and Roger Ebert.

In addition to reviewing new movies, the show will expand into coverage of New Media, special segments, and an extended website. It will use the copyrighted "Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down" format made famous by Siskel & Ebert.

The program's principal co-host will be Christy Lemire, film critic of The Associated Press. She will be joined by contributing critic Elvis Mitchell of National Public Radio. Christy has been reviewing films for the AP since 1999 and became the first full-time film critic in the news organization's history in 2004. Ebert lost his voice after thyroid cancer and had it technologically cloned. See the story at ABC News Technology

"This is the rebirth of a dream," said Ebert, who partnered in recent years with Richard Roeper. He said he will act as co-producer and employ a computer voice to appear on every episode, with segments titled "Roger's Office," with points of view and reviews devoted to classics, overlooked, and new films. He will not debate with the two co-hosts. "They'll be awarding the Thumbs, and you can't have three Thumbs," he said.

For more information, contact MPTV Outreach Services at 414-297-7520 or at

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