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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, March 08, 2006

Sons & Daughters & You

So, did you watch ABC’s “Sons & Daughters” last night, the sitcom fictionally set in Hamilton? What did you think? Funny? Not funny? I want to know. I’ve seen it 4 times, so I’ve lost my perspective. I'm very interested in what you thought of it. Please post your comments!

By the way: “Sons & Daughters” was third at 9 p.m. here and nationally. The premiere drew 13% of the audience here, compared to only 9% nationally. “House” won the time period nationally (with 20% of the audience), but in Cincinnati CBS’ new “The Unit” drama was first at 9 p.m. (22% audience share) followed by "House" (19%).

“…Time for the Al Schottelkotte News…”
Can’t wait to see legendary anchorman Al Schottelkotte – who died in 1996 – back on the airwaves tonight with CET’s replay of his 1988 home video documentary, “The Great, Near Great and Not So Great Moments in Cincinnati History” (7:30-9 p.m., Ch 48). For more than three decades, his no-nonsense style was such a fabric of the community. And for those who never saw him, it will be a great introduction to him. In his clipped style, Schottelkotte recalls the history of Fountain Square, downtown movie theaters, Coney Island, boxer Ezzard Charles, WLW radio and local broadcasting history, and the Reds, Bengals and the old NBA Cincinnati Royals. The show, digitally remastered from the original ¾-inch videotape, will be offered as a pledge premium. This one I’ll DVR.

Taking “American Idol” to the Summit
The kids at Summit Country Day School in Indian Hill will be calling “American Idol” tonight again for their favorite singer, Kevin Covais of Levittown, N.Y. The youngest “American Idol” contestant – he’s only 16 – has a huge following at the school because he’s the cousin of students Matthew and Patrick Schiess, and nephew of admissions director Kelley Schiess. Covais and the seven other male finalists sing tonight (8 p.m., Ch 19). Four singers – two males and two females – will be eliminated Thursday. If Covais advances, he’ll be one of the 12 finalists for the weekly live competition through May sweeps.


at 3/08/2006 2:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should read Heather Havrilesky's Salon column from a few weeks ago. She asks why a great show like Arrested Development fails, yet spawns a host of lesser imitators. She writes that often, the really great shows are "giddly dark," while their washed-out copies are "zany."

Havrilesky thought Sons & Daughters had potential, but ultimately fell into the "zany" bin.

I agree.

at 3/08/2006 4:34 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

I wanted check out Sons and Daughters but Tuesday is a busy night for my TIVO box. I wanted to see The Unit too but couldn't fit that one in either.

I do have the Al Schottelkotte special set to record tonight. I'll never forget his opening - "Eeeelllleven o'clock, time for Al Schottelkotte news." Doubt we'll see anyone with his kind of longevity...

at 3/08/2006 4:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, you need to check your facts...

There is NO "Summit Country Day School in Indian Hill"!

Summit Country Day School is located in Hyde Park.

There is, however, a Cincinnati Country Day School in Indian Hill.

at 3/08/2006 5:56 PM Blogger BigJimInTX said...

Got to agree with you about Al Schottelkotte. What was Al's secret? No one thing, but several factors added in:

1.) High story count. We had a saying amongst ourselves, "If it ain't on Schottelkotte, it didn't happen." Al's was THE daily broadcast of record.

2.) Current info and current technology. You always knew Al would have up-to-the-second information and visuals (loved those Polaroid stills!) and the latest toys to get it. When I was in 6th grade, we had a minor fire at our school in Covington. Within two minutes of our being evacuated, the 9 Newsbird swooped overhead to check things out... and this was in 1966!

3.) Just the facts. No would-be Hemingways or David Mamets here. Al gave it to us in straight declarative English. Fox News seems to be the only contemporary purveyors of the art.

Good news to you, Al, and thanks.

at 3/08/2006 6:06 PM Blogger Rob said...

i thought it was a really interesting and different show. i hope that it lasts on ABC

at 3/08/2006 6:09 PM Anonymous Ginny Geary Laskovics said...

Hi John! I watched Sons & Daughters last night - I'll have to watch it a few more times to decide but some of the scenes were really good. I especially liked the scene of the 2 cousins talking to the girls at the bowling alley. I loved how the one handled the cruel comments from the girls - it was a great lesson.
Also I wanted to tell you that I enjoyed the articles of George Clooney before and after the Academy Awards. He's a class act, isn't he?

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