'At the Movies' shakes up hosts
After only one season as co-hosts of the syndicated series At the Movies, Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz have been replaced, ABC Media Productions announced today. The pair’s replacements are New York Times film critic A.O. Scott and Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips. “We are thrilled that A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips will be lending their well-respected and influential voices to At the Movies,” said Brian Frons, Disney-ABC Television Group’s president of daytime, in a statement. “They are regarded by millions of people as authorities in film criticism and will take the series back to its roots of one-on-one film debate that was established when the show first began with Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel.” The two newspaper critics take over hosting duties when the new season of the long-running show debuts the weekend of Sept. 5.