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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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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The governor speaks

If you want to hear and see Gov. Bob Taft’s last State of the State address, you’ve got several options:
--A live webcast will be streamed at the governor’s web site, Archived video will be available after 3 p.m.
--If you just want to hear him, tune in Oxford’s WMUB-FM (88.5). It will also be audiostreamed at
--Taft’s address also will be available on a podcast after 3 p.m. on

The new CW
Thanks for all the comments yesterday about the UPN-WB merger into the new CW network.
I agree with you: Keepers include Gilmore Girls, Smallville, Everwood, Veronic Mars. But Everwood may be on the bubble, having been knocked of the air for “Beauty and the Geek.”
There are lots of questions: Will the CW bring back 7th Heaven, which WB announced last month it was dropping due to the expense? Will CW keep the Monday night African-American comedies, the only place on broadcast TV you can find such diversity? Will Geek, Top Model and Smackdown squeeze other quality shows out of the lineup?
And if Channel 64 gets CW -- as Channel 38 owner Elliott Block expcts -- what's left for Channel 38? What brand identity will it develop without the UPN brand? And will Time Warner Cable (which only carries Ch 38 on evenings) consider dropping it without a network affiliation?

Close the book
NBC has canceled “The Book of Daniel” after only three telecasts, citing sinking ratings the last two weeks on Friday night.


at 1/25/2006 11:26 AM Blogger BMurdock said...

I feel sorry for WQBC. They fought so hard to get on cable and satalite and now they're loosing the biggest reason that got them there. They better think of something quick or they'll sink faster than the Titanic.

Book of What?! I never heard of this Book of Daniel show. I at least heard of the Jake in Progress and Emily's Reasons Why Not.

at 1/25/2006 12:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

to bmurdock ya snooze ya looze maybe

at 1/25/2006 2:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm upset about the Book of Daniel I thought it was decent. I think people just aren't ready for the "controversial" subject matter.
It was different and interesting.

at 1/25/2006 3:38 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

What was it? I honestly never heard of the show.

at 1/25/2006 6:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

here is a brief description for you

And on the 18th day, NBC smited the The Book of Daniel.

Stung by low ratings and high-profile protests, the Peacock announced on Tuesday that it had deep-sixed the dramedy--which starred Aidan Quinn as pill-popping Episcopalian priest Daniel Webster who imagines himself conversing with Jesus while coping with his gay son and pot-dealing daughter--after just four episodes.

at 1/26/2006 9:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares whether or not a local station is carried by Time Warner. The local stations including NBCWeather plus and the HDTV channels are available for free to anyone in the Cincinnati area and now that they are digitally broadcast, the picture is as good as my DVD's

at 2/06/2006 12:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, John:
Being a cradle Episcopalian, I am not happy with the way NBC caved in to the complainers in regard to "Book of Daniel"(shades of "Nothing sacred" some years back. I found the show to be true to life most of the time.
Lee Ann

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