Roger Ebert Announces 24-Year-Old Blogger as Co-Host of New Show

Roger Ebert - 61st Annual DGA Awards - 2009
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Chicago-based film critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky replaces Elvis Mitchell.

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky will co-host Roger Ebert's new show, Ebert Presents At the Movies.

The 24-year-old Chicago-based film critic replaces Elvis Mitchell, the show announced Tuesday, without explaining why Mitchell would no longer appear.

Vishnevetsky blogs for film website Mubi and writes for the Chicago Reader. He joins co-host Christy Lemire, 38, a film critic for the Associated Press.

Ebert, who lost his ability to speak after cancer surgeries, will appear in a segment on the weekly show in which he communicates with a computer-generated voice.

He will co-produce the series from Chicago with his wife, Chaz Ebert.

It premieres Jan. 21 on WTTW, where Gene Siskel and Ebert began taping Sneak Previews some 35 years ago.