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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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Thursday, October 27, 2005


Did yourealize that CBS’ “People’s Choice Awards” was produced by Procter & Gamble Productions? Not just sponsored by P&G products, but produced by P&G’s TV division? Well, now you know. CBS has announced that Procter & Gamble Productions’ 32nd annual “People’s Choice Awards” airs 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10. Online voting (at begins Nov. 10, when nominees are announced.

Kiese watching
I've been fascinated watching the hurricane coverage, particulary Katrina (and the government's failure to respond to images we all saw on TV). I found myself watching a lot of NBC/MSNBC coverage from New Orleans, in part because Brian Williams was there. He was the only anchor from the Big Three down there before the storm, and during the first week.
Tonight on the Sundance Channel -- Yes, I know it's obscure -- Brian Williams talks about his personal experiences that week in New Orleans, and how he feared for his life once the looting started.
“I carried a case of Vienna sausage -- cans of Vienna sausage -- as collateral in case we had a smash and grab car jack. I was going to offer it to someone in exchange for my life…The government couldn’t tell us that things were OK. We were there standing next to the things that were not OK. "
I't s called “In His Own Words: Brian Williams on Hurricane Katrina” (8 p.m., Sundance Channel, located at Channel 158 on Time Warner’s digital movie tier). It's the best show on TV tonight. This powerful half-hour, produced by NBC, should air on MSNBC or CNBC – if not NBC.

War of the Worlds
Yesterday I mentioned WGUC-FM’s annual “Tunes from the Crypt” 6-10 p.m. on Halloween. Now sister station WVXU-FM (91.7) has announced it will air a remastered version of Orson Welles’ 1938 “War of the Worlds” 9-10 p.m. that night.

Must See Repeat TV

Why all the reruns on NBC tonight (except for “The Apprentice)? Because network programmers were betting against a World Series sweep, and figured Game 5 would air tonight. I’m guessing that Fox will take a bath on the World Series, and I don’t just mean low ratings. Any network counts on a 5, 6 or 7 game World Series to recoup its investment (more games, more commercials). I know CBS lost money on the Reds' 4-game sweep in '90.


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