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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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Monday, March 13, 2006

Serling search

I mentioned this in my Sunday column, and wanted to mention it again here: I’m looking for fans of Rod Serling’s original black-and-white “The Twilight Zone” shows. I want to hear from you by email at Tell me why it’s one of your favorite shows, and make sure to include your name, neighborhood, age and daytime phone number. And if you worked with Serling here, I want to hear from you too!
Your comments could be part of my story about Serling’s work in Cincinnati in the early 1950s. His friends, former coworkers at WLW and TV historians will discuss Serling at “The Twilight Zone: The Cincinnati Connection” at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the main Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine Street, downtown. The program is free and open to the public.

“Joey” gone
As expected, “Joey” tanked against “American Idol” last week, and NBC pulled it instantly. “Most Outrageous Moments,” a spin-off from “Most Outrageous Game Show Moments,” will air 8-9 p.m. Tuesday on NBC (Ch 5). NBC also has ordered more “Deal, or No Deal.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns to TV with her second sitcom since "Seinfeld." (How many of you remember "Watching Ellie?") Anyway, her new "New Adventures of Old Christine" is pretty ordinary, with an over-zealous laugh track. She plays a divorced mom who gets along great with her ex-husband, who's dating a younger wormen named Christine. "Christine" airs twice tonight, at 8:30 and 9:30 pm. I know what you're going to say -- it's more proof of the "Seinfeld" curse, adding it to the list of other failures by Jerry's pals ("Listen Up," "Bob Patterson," "Michael Richards Show"). To me, it's just proof that "Seinfeld" is in the pantheon of TV sitcoms, and most others look awful when compared to it. "Christine" is more ordinary than awful. Watch it tonight and tell me what you think.


at 3/13/2006 2:53 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

I had no idea Sterling was from Cincinnati until I watched that Al Schottelkotte special. That show was really good. The discussion between Al and Nick Clooney about the evolution of news coverage was good. I'd like to know what old-schoolers like Al and Nick would have to say about today's news.

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