If you're sad about the cancellation of At the Movies, cheer up. A new, better TV show could rise from the ashes of that 30-year review program, courtesy of its surviving co-creator Roger Ebert and his wife Chaz. On his blog, Ebert mourns the old show and explains why it died while talking up ideas for Roger Ebert presents At the Movies, which would be a lot less bound by promotion of new Hollywood releases and more a celebration and discussion of movies. Also, he says the Thumbs will return!

Okay, so the thumbs up, thumbs down idea is somewhat contradictory to the overall pitch given that, as iconic as the concept is, it's still basically a method of simply classifying movies as good or bad for easy employment by Hollywood marketers. But otherwise, I like the sound of the plans, which include integration of Ebert's Greatest Movies column, festival reports and more attention paid to stuff the audience can definitely view, whether it's streaming on the web or a classic film that's easily available from any number of home video sources. Here's what he says about the show's focus:
We'll also go New Cinema. Not just the One Weekend Wonders, although you gotta have 'em, but 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? Hey, Paramount just announced $1 million for ten $100,000 movies. Those kinds of films. What kind of a real movie lover cares who has the "exclusive" first trailer in the newest extrusion of the "Transformer" franchise? It's time to smarten up.
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