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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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Friday, January 06, 2006

Dancin' Drew

Dancin' Drew
Drew Lachey did Cincinnati proud last night on the "Dancing with the Stars" season premiere. Not only was he the best male contestant, he was the only one who looked like he was having fun. Nick's baby brother ended the night with the highest score (24 of 30). Next were Tatum O'Neal and Giselle Fernandez (23). We'll find out who viewers liked when phone/online votes are added to judges scores in the 8 p.m. telecast tonight (Ch 9). Most likely to go home: rapper Master P (last-minute fill-in for his son, Romeo), ESPN's Kenny Mayne or actor George Hamilton.

MADE in Cincinnati
Casting directors for MTV's "Made" conduct a 3-hour open casting call at the main Public Library, 800 Vine St., downtown at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. But don't get your hopes up. MTV spent a week here last March, interviewing kids in Finneytown, Fairfield, Harrison and Middletown -- and nobody made it to "Made" for the sixth season. MTV now scouting for seventh season starting in spring. New "Made" episodes air 4:30 p.m. Monday. Repeats air 4 p.m. Monday, and 4-5 p.m. Tues-Friday.

Bengals predictions
My Bengals prediction? The team will lose -- it's time slot. "Bengals Weekly" with Marvin Lewis and Brad Johansen, which is produced by the club -- yes, Brad is paid by the team to do it -- has lost its 11:30 a.m. Sunday time slot on Ch 12 to Gary Sullivan's home fix-it show. Elements of "Bengals Weekly" will be merged with "Bengals Nation" for a one-hour show at 7 p.m. today. Gary Sullivan's "Homeworx" has the 11:30 Sunday time slot through August, so if the Bengals win Sunday, next week we'll see another combo "Bengals Nation/Weekly" during the week.

Mike likes the Bengals
Did you hear Mike Greenberg's prediction on ESPN's "Mike & Mike In The Morning" show? He's picking the Bengals, going against oddsmakers favoring the visiting Steelers. Said Greenberg today: "When things look THIS EASY, they seldom are." "Mike & Mike," the best national morning sports show I've ever heard, airs on ESPN2 6-10 a.m., and on Hamilton's WMOH-AM (1450). Surprisingly, I can get WMOH all the way to downtown on my car radio.

Connie Chung's comeback
Connie Chung returns to network TV with her hubby for "Weekends with Maury & Connie" at 10 a.m. Saturday on MSNBC. Chung and Maury Povich will do a half-hour show -- though expect it to expand if gets any ratings. "Maury & Connie" repeats at 4 p.m. Saturday, and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Still think CNN blew it a few years ago by not pairing her with Larry King, for a Chung King report.

Back on the Blog
Thanks for your patience during my Christmas vacation.. My New Year's Resolution was to post a blog every weekday this year... but breaking news this week got me off to a bad start. See you Monday.


at 1/06/2006 1:31 PM Blogger Mark said...

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at 1/07/2006 11:28 AM Blogger Rob said...

thanks for taking this blog seriously. it really is interesting.

at 1/07/2006 12:22 PM Blogger DanceScape said...

So Master P makes it to the next round where Rap will meet Quickstep. It's a Surreal Life, isn't it? Ashley is so "cute"!

One of the nice things to see is how there are two Black contestants participating in Ballroom ... as indicated in the DanceScape Passion thread, Blacks in Ballroom, there tends to be lower participation from the Black community. Maybe we're seeing a new trend here, as Ballroom Dancing becomes more accessible to everyone across various cultures!

Realize he was horrible BUT ... would love to see if there is a strong enough Rap audience to support Master P.

It would actually have been fun to see his son, Romeo, which would reach an even younger urban group.

Lisa Rinna is beautiful but PLEASE, someone tell her to stop getting so much collagen in her lips. She's gorgeous enough without having such extreme lips. Her husband, Harry Hamlin, was in the audience.

Drew Lachey's brother, Nick, was also in the audience. Too bad he split up with Jessica Simpson ... it would have been a media frenzy to have Jessica and Nick cheering for Drew at the event, and if their MTV show had continued, they could have even visited Drew while he practised for Dancing with the Stars. Alas, we'll never know!

So Stacy Keibler is a World Wrestling Entertainer/Wrestler? Our knowledge of pro lady wrestlers to date had been Chyna Doll (a.k.a. Joanie Laurer - anyone see her on The Surreal Life?) ... steroids & boob job gone mad (now, she would have been an interesting contestant also, although the show would have to be renamed "Dancing with the Freaks"!). Stacy Keibler looks so slim and flexible ... has anyone actually seen her wrestle?

David Letterman had a funny joke the other day ...

"Dancing" + Celebrities = "Dancing with the Stars"

"Dancing" - Celebrities = "Dancing with the Stars"

On another note, Howard Stern premiered on Sirius radio. It was quite interesting to listen to his interview with Larry King on CNN. He said that he tended to TiVo shows like "Smallville" (about Superman's beginnings). He was also one of the few in the shock media circuit to actually support "Dancing with the Stars" Series I and predicted it would do well. Any Howard Stern fans, here? If Howard produced this show, can you imagine what kind of guests he would bring in (actually, he did say his "coolest" radio guests have been Stevie Wonder and Arnold Schwarzenegger).

It's fun to be able to just talk about Dancing with non-ballroom enthusiasts. Great variety show-styled entertainment! Don't know about you, but we're curious how Master P is going to do in the Quickstep ... and whether he will wear a Tailsuit with a Baseball Cap and Sneaker. Maybe he'll set a new trend in men's Ballroom Fashions.

Look forward to reading other comment!

dance is ... PASSION!

dance is ... FUN!

at 1/09/2006 7:57 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

I'll second Rob's comment! I love the Blog I was really disappointed when your column was cut back to just Sunday. Now I can get my Kiese fix daily again.

Since my wife and daughter are into dance I don't have much choice but to watch this show. It's not that bad but does every reality talent show have to have some obnoxios guy with an accent? The guy on this show is just godaweful annoying. He reminds me of something of a SNL skit.

Master P couldn't dance to save his life. I really felt bad for his dance partner. She could have done just as good if not better by dancing with a bar stool. Kenny Mayne is no Fred Astair(sp?) but he should have made it at least a week longer than MP.

Stacy Kiebler has pretty much been dancing since she was a kid. She got into the wrestling business by winning a open contest to join the WCW Nitro Girls. Which was a dance team that entertained fans during commericial breaks. Prior to that she was a Baltimore Ravens cheerleader.

Stacy (like most of the WWE ladies)doesn't really wrestle. She's more there as eye-candy. Her "matches" are more just filler and entertainment for the male audience (i.e. lingerie matches, bikini contests etc.). She does seem like a sweet girl and probably has the most senority of the WWE ladies. Check the link below and you'll see what I mean :)

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