Sorry to hear this: Roger Ebert announced yesterday that his year-old public television show “Ebert Presents At the Movies” will go on hiatus at the end of the year, due to financial pressures. On his blog last night, Ebert called the decision “a sad but necessary moment of realism” while he and his wife Chaz (who also produces the show) sort through various strategies to fund the series. He expressed optimism that the show will return, and his belief that “At the Movies” offers something unique:
During this period I’ve been moved by the determination of Chaz and our team to push ahead. We really believe in this show and its mission to provide an intelligent place for the discussion of movies in a forum accessible to the public, and in a manner that is easily understood yet that feeds the thirst for both entertainment and knowledge.
Hope to see “At the Movies” back on the air very soon. For those wondering why it disappeared already from KCTS-9 in Seattle, I’m told that was a planned three-week absence from the channel due to pledge breaks. The show will return briefly, on Dec. 25 and Jan 1.