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Television
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, December 06, 2005

A Scoop of Chili

That was quite a scoop that Keith Mitchell and Laura Powell got from Mayor Mark Mallory on the MOJO Morning Show (94.9) this morning. While giving Hizzoner a Cincinnati quiz, the talk turned to Cincinnati chili, which prompted this comment:
“I don’t like chili. My handlers tell me never to admit that.”
He’ll take a big ol’ Zips hamburger any day.

An Amazing Story Nears The End
The amazing Linz kids are one week away from possibly winning $1 million. One of the four “Amazing Race” teams will be eliminated tonight (9 p.m., Ch. 12), with three moving on to the two-hour finale next Tuesday (9-11 p.m.). It’s fun to look at what fans of the show say about the four Linz family members from Anderson Township on the Television Without Pity site:
http://forums.televisionwithoutpity.com/

Kiese watching
I’ve probably seen it all 39 years, and I’ll watch it again: “A Charlie Brown Christmas” airs for the 40th year tonight (8 p.m., Ch 9). I love the Vince Guaraldi jazz soundtrack and the simplicity -- which CBS executives didn’t like in the first-ever TV adaptation of Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts” characters. Producer Lee Mendelson feared he had ruined any attempt to make a TV franchise from the “Peanuts” characters… until they saw the ratings. The rest is TV history.

“Fear Factor” returns today after a six-month break. Producers promise that it won’t be as gross (8 p.m., Ch 5). Will that attract more viewers – or turn off loyal fans?


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