After yesterday's announcement by ABC-Disney that they're canceling the long-running film critic sparring session At the Movies, original thumb-upper Roger Ebert posted on his blog about his plans to launch his own new film review TV show, to be called Roger Ebert presents At the Movies.
Though a deal has not been made for broadcast, Ebert says that he and his co-producer/wife Chaz “held video tests with several potential hosts two weeks ago in Los Angeles, and know who we will use.” Ebert says that he also hopes to make appearances on the show, although his inability to speak without a technological assist will obviously work best “on the new show in voice-over narration of TV packages.” And Ebert is quick to head off the argument that the show's model is outdated: “We will go full-tilt New Media: Television, net streaming, cell phone apps, Facebook, Twitter, iPad, the whole enchilada,” he writes. “We'll also go New Cinema…indie films, foreign films, documentaries, restored classics, the new Herzog, the new Bahrani, the new Almodovar. What's new on Instant Streaming. What great movies should everyone see?”
So! Some questions: Which pair of critics do you think Ebert and Chaz have settled on — and is Ebert's mention of the sharp, very telegenic Kim Morgan in that blog post meant as a hint? Who do you think should get the job? And is there any place in the current media climate for televised criticism, whether or not it's internet-savvy and laser-guided towards the middle-and-higher-brow Netflix set?