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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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Monday, January 09, 2006

No new "Survivors" from here

Ignore again
Again Cincinnati, one of CBS’ biggest “Survivor” markets, was overlooked in the cast for the new “Survivor Panama – Exile Island” announced today ( The season debuts 8 p.m. Feb. 2 (Ch. 12), so two episodes will air before the Winter Olympics begin Feb. 10 on NBC (Ch. 5).
New twists for “Exile Island”: In each episode, one cast member will be sent to a remote, desolate island several miles away. The game starts with four tribes: young women, young men, older women, older men.

ABC premieres
Having seen the premiere for Heather Graham’s “Emily’s Reasons Why Not (9 p.m., Ch 9), I can say it’s nothing that will keep me away from CBS’ “Two and a Half Men” (9 p.m., Ch 12). Graham is talented, but can’t save this “Sex and the City” wannabe. My tip of the day: The title refers to her growing list of reasons to dump a guy. You may make a list of reasons why not to watch...
John Stamos returns at 9:30 p.m. (Ch 9) for a second season of “Jake in Progress,” another comedy about a young professional looking for love. It opens with Jake unable to get over his former fiancé (Charlotte Ross from “NYPD Blue”). Ross has been added to the cast this season; Dondre T. Whitfield joins the cast in the second episode.
“The Bachelor,” taped last year in Paris, airs at 10 p.m., to complete ABC’s extreme makeover of Monday nights after the NFL football season.

Upon further review
Here’s one point not made by CBS announcers to explain Jon Kitna’s problems in the second half of the Bengals-Steelers game: The Steelers were rushing only three or four men, and dropping back seven or eight into pass coverage. Bengals radio announcer Dave Lapham pointed that out repeatedly, and it was obvious if you listened to the radio and watched TV (if you could endure the 6-second delay on Time Warner Cable’s “live” picture from the game). I’m not sure CBS’ Jim Nantz or Phil Simms ever mentioned that. Did you hear it? What did you think of CBS’ coverage of the game Sunday?


at 1/09/2006 6:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Time Warner "delay" is nothing compared to WCPO constantly disrupting their Hi-Def signal to show some important heavy rain in Switzerland county. They actually dropped their HD coverage of the Fiesta Bowl so we could see a map telling us it was raining in Indiana. Grow up WCPO, most of us aren't as fascinated by the weather as your "Ken Doll" weatherman is.

at 1/09/2006 8:05 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

I guess I'm not as picky as most people. I didn't find a whole lot of faults with CBS's coverage. I know I'll never forget Phil Sims calling out touchdown long before the ball was caught on that trick play the Steelers ran. And that's not a knock on Phil it's a testement to how bad the Bengals got burned on that play.

I did think it was funny that Phil called Chris Henry Chad Johnson then later tried to explain how they look so much a like...

at 1/09/2006 8:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched the game in HDTV over the air with an antenna and there was a six second delay on it vs the radio so it isn't just time warner.

at 1/11/2006 10:19 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am in Atlanta and watched the game here. I was on the phone with my sister in Cincinnati. I must have really had a delay. She was watching the game on Adelphia and I on DirecTV. I was about 6 seconds behind her.

I always think the national coverage on the Cincinnati teams' games are bad because it seems that the broadcasters have no faith in any of our teams.

at 1/11/2006 4:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoy the delay. My neighbors upstairs watch the game on free TV and whenever I hear them hoot and holler I know to run my own television because something exciting is going to happen soon.\

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