Today, I saw this immensely discouraging Tweet:
The “Ebert Presents” program may have to leave the air. (rt) http://bit.ly/t56qQ9 <= Click here for Roger’s Post
Roger, the story you tell is heartbreaking. I don’t think I’ve ever missed an episode of your shows since PBS started running them in the 1970s.
Someone mentioned pitching the show to OWN (Oprah’s network, desperately seeking content), and I think that’s a great idea. It also prompts me to think that there are many cinema-based cable networks out there which would be natural fits for “Ebert Presents”.
Sundance Channel, IFC network and AMC come immediately to mind as all being great, content-related outlets for your show, and they’re all looking for original programming as well. TCM (Turner Classic Movies) would also be a natural fit. It would not only be a content-related program, but works for Roger’s reviews of older classic films. “Ebert Presents” could be very synergistic for them, as could re-run segments of the older Siskel & Ebert shows.
One oddball idea might be to present your show to CurrentTV. Keith Olbermann and Al Gore are trying to create an all-news and information channel, and your show would be an oblique fit.
Also, you would bring to CurrentTV an immense existing following, as did Keith. It could be a match made in heaven!
I truly hope you succeed in your endeavors.
With all regards,