Siskel & Ebert at the Movies

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Premiered Sep 18, 1986 In Season

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Long before the internet prompted millions of amateur critics to endlessly discuss films, there was Siskel and Ebert. They were the pioneers of film criticism, two guys from Chicago, Gene Siskel of The Chicago Tribune and Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times sitting down in their "balcony seats" to discuss the latest films openly and honestly. Once in a while they would take a break from their regular reviews and have special shows such as "Kid Vid", great movies for kids, "Guilty Pleasures", movies they were ashamed to admit they liked and "Hail! Hail! Black and White", a show about the virtue of Black and White film (which was aired in black and white). At the end of the year, the would hold individual shows to reveal their favorite films of the passing year and another show revealing their least favorites. Beginning in 1975 as "Opening Soon At a Theater Near You" their show ran on PBS until 1982 when the title was changed to the shorter "At the Movies". In 1986, they joined in a partnership with Buena Vista television and their show was syndicated as "Siskel & Ebert". "Siskel & Ebert" ran for 22 years until late in 1998 when Gene Siskel had brain surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. He did several shows by phone from his hospital bed and Roger did at least one show by himself and the rest he did with guest critics. In early 1999, Siskel announced he was taking the rest of the season off and would be back the following Fall. Sadly, he died on February 20 and was remembered by his colleague in a special show "Remembering Gene Siskel". Ebert would go on for the rest of the season with a series of guest critics until the following September when the show's name was briefly changed to "Roger Ebert and the Movies". In 2001, Ebert invited one of the guest critics Richard Roeper to be his permanent co-host and the show eventually became "Ebert & Roeper".moreless
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