Sunday, August 26, 2007
WHERE HAVE ALL THE THUMBS-UPS GONE?
It's still called Ebert & Roeper. And Siskel is still on the credits. Ebert has not been on the show for a while as he recuperates, so it's Roeper & friends in reality. The website doesn't seem to say anything about the show, but now contains a huge archive of televised reviews by Siskel, Ebert & Roeper.
All this has been a slow evolution from the time when Siskel took ill.
However, suddenly, I noticed today for the first time, the trademarked (seriously, it's trademarked, copyrighted, or otherwise protected intellectual property now controlled by Ebert!) thumbs up and thumbs down that have been a part of the show since it was Siskel & Ebert have disappeared.
A quick search on Google provided the following explanation from the Economic Times: D-ABCDT told AP on August 24 that Ebert has “exercised his right to withhold use of the thumbs until a new contract is signed”.