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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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Thursday, March 23, 2006

The Simpsons come to life

This is really cool: Have you see the British re-creation of “The Simpsons” opening using actors? Go to:
Or you can wait till Sunday, and see it on TV. Fox will use the live-action opening sequence Sunday (8 p.m., Ch. 19) made by a British team to promote the series on England’s Sky One network, which is why Marge is driving from the right front seat….

UC game plan
If you want to see the UC-South Carolina NIT game at 6 p.m. today, you’ll need the ESPNU college sports channel launched a year ago. Time Warner doesn’t carry it, but Northern Kentucky’s Insight cable has it on digital Channel 447, part of the Sports & Lifestyle or Family digital tiers.
It would be a shame that we can’t see Eric Hicks or Andy Kennedy’s last game in Fifth Third Arena. You’d think Time Warner folks would wake up and make its customers happy… If anything changes with TW today, I’ll update the blog asap.
If you’d rather hear Andy Furman’s “Sports Talk” tonight from Sarasota, you’ll need XM Satellite Radio. While 700 WLW broadcasts UC’s NIT game at 6 p.m., Furman will do “Sports Talk” on WLW’s XM Channel 173.

Jeopardy! testing online
For three days next week – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday -- Jeopardy! wannabes can take the 50-question general knowledge test on line at
First you must register. And you can only take the exam once.
Tests for those of us in the Eastern Time Zone is 8 p.m. Tuesday. Tests for the Central and Mountain Time Zones are Wednesday night. Test for the Pacific Coast are Thursday.
Passing the online test does not make anyone eligible to appear on the show, or guarantee you a spot for a tryout. This is just a preliminary screening which could result in you being invited to a full audition where you would take another written test, play a mock version of the game and be interviewed by producers.

Test for Inventors
I know some people didn’t like ABC’s “American Inventor,” but enough watched to make it No. 13 in the national ratings last week, with 14.1 million viewers. Ratings could be as strong again today (9 p.m., Ch 9), with it following the prermiere of ABC’s four-week “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: After the Storm” hurricane relief shows (8 p.m., Ch 9). It’s a shrewd bit of scheduling for ABC, since the top-rated CBS shows (“CSI,” “Survivor”) have been bounced off the air the past two weeks by the men’s NCAA basketball tournament. The real test comes next week when “CSI” and “Survivor” return.


at 3/23/2006 11:57 AM Blogger BMurdock said...

ESPN-U is offered on Directv (609)but you do have to have the Sports Package subscription.

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