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John Kiesewetter on the world of local and national TV

Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Best of Show

Best of Show
Finally! Here comes "Earl."
After two months of NBC promos, you'll finally see the wonderfully subversive new comedy, "My Name Is Earl" (9 p.m. today, Channel 5). Jason Lee is terrific as the small-town thief who decides to change his evil ways -- after winning $100,000 in the lottery, and hearing Carson Daly talk about karma.
"My life sucks because I've been a bad person," he says. So he makes a list of 259 bad things he had done -- such as "stole a car from a one-legged gal" -- and wants to rectify. "Earl," as with all good sitcoms, delights because it is so unpredictable, and has likeable characters. (Call it karma.) If NBC can maintain the quality week after week, it will have a new hit comedy. (Finally!)
One question: Why isn't "Earl" paired with "Scrubs?" (which has been held for midseason).

Local TV sightings
Shannon Stewart, the Warren County woman who refused to pose nude on Tyra Banks' "America's Next Top Model" two years ago, reunites with Banks and other "Top Model" participants on the "Tyra Banks Show" Wednesday (9 a.m., Channel 19). Stewart, 21, a 2002 Franklin High School graduate, proudly tells Banks: "I am still a virgin till my wedding day"...

Ann Rusin, 40, of Green Township, gets her shot at winning $1-million on the daytime "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" Thursday and Friday (9 a.m., Channel 12). If she wins any cash, she will start a college fund for her daughter, Sophie, 3-1/2, and may spend $1,000 to have a tattoo removed. She had volunteered to get a tattoo on camera for a documentary filmmaker 20 years ago, and shoe she's "sick of looking like a biker chick."


at 10/10/2005 2:30 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

Okay once again better late than never... I feared that Earl would be one of those shows that gave away all of the best bits in the previews but I was wrong. This show while not very realistic is still a trip to watch. I just wish it was on another night.

Between Amazing Race, House, Earl and The Office my duel tuner TIVO box is getting a workouts on Tuesdays. I've been forced to bring in the old VCR off the bench.

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