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Gene Siskel among those deserving thumbs-up from Chicago TV academy

Gene Siskel among those deserving thumbs-up from Chicago TV academy

The Chicago TV academy has heard of Gene Siskel, right?

The TV program first known as "Opening Soon … at a Theater Near You" when it launched at WTTW-Ch. 11 some 40 years ago proved to be one of the most influential and impactful ever created and produced here.

Over the years it would evolve and change titles, but all you had to do was refer to its hosts — Siskel and Ebert — and everyone knew what you meant.

The local chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has acknowledged its significance, inducting into its elite Silver Circle former WTTW boss Bill McCarter (who greenlit the show), executive producer Thea Flaum...

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