Tuesday, December 06, 2011

MORE BAD TV NEWS: ROGER EBERT GETTING GROUNDED

More bad cancellation news, this time from the ranks of public television. Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies on PBS will be going on hiatus. The reason: lack of funding.

Ebert had sent out an SOS not long ago, saying they needed a big financial angel to come through, or else the show was toast. Apparently Roger and his wife Chaz were financing the show out of their own pockets. You can't expect that to go on forever.

It's really too bad because it seemed like a good show with a loyal following of viewers. This begs the question -- what the heck are these PBS pledge breaks for if they don't keep your favorite shows on the air? Seriously, I don't get it.

A lot of people are saying they should just continue the show as a web-only venture, but that is just unrealistic -- you really do need a TV partner to be able to make a go of it with a quality production. I mean, look at Richard Roeper -- he does a lot of video stuff online these days, but still needs a TV partner for all that, too, in Reelz Channel. Anyway, I hope Ebert finds a way to finance this show so it can get back on the air before long. This news gets a big thumbs down from me.

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