When it was time to erase the mess that was Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz in At the Movies, Michael Phillips and A.O. Scott were brought on as replacements. While it was, indeed, a better critical mix, it was once again two white dudes who could deliver the same sort of vibe as Siskel and Ebert. Nothing new. No female critics; no racial diversity.
Well, as we shared last March, Roger Ebert took the final cancellation of At the Movies as a sign to make his own review program, Roger Ebert presents At the Movies. Ebert's Sun Times journal has now offered up the details on the weekly review program scheduled to kick off in January of 2011 on PBS. The principal co-hosts of the show will be Christy Lemire (AP) and Elvis Mitchell (NPR). They'll be joined by "regular contributors and occasional co-hosts" Kim Morgan of MSN and Huffington Post (who a few of our readers picked as a female alternative to Phillips and Scott last year), and Omar Moore, a member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle. Now Ebert's the only white dude in sight. And yes, that means he's returning to the screen.