Rotten Tomatoes TV Debuts

Movie buffs are used to visiting RottenTomatoes.com for guidance on whether it will be a “Watchmen” or “Madea Goes to Jail” weekend. Will they tune in as the Web site tries its hand at television?

Tonight, Current, the Al Gore-founded cable station, will begin airing “The Rotten Tomatoes Show.” The half-hour episodes feature co-hosts Brett Ehrlich and Ellen Fox, who review film news and, in Web 2.0 style, draw from users for short (really short–DVD releases are reviewed in haiku form) reviews.

Jeff Plunkett, the show’s executive producer, says that Current approached the movie-review site with the idea of reinventing a genre that–all due respect to “Siskel & Ebert”–hasn’t drawn younger viewers in years.

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