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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 22, 2006

Verdin Bell to the rescue

Verdin Bell Co. has helped the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” folks with their efforts to aid Katrina victims. Verdin last month cast a bronze bell for the 118-year-old First Emmanuel Baptist Church in New Orleans’ 9th Ward, as part of the show. On Thursday, ABC starts a four-week series of “Extreme Makeover: After the Storm” (8 p.m., Ch. 9) episodes about helping hurricane victims in Mississippi, Texas, Florida and Louisiana. The Verdin episode airs April 4.

Clyde comments
Life is good, says Clyde Gray, who returned to the Channel 9 anchor desk on Monday, two weeks earlier than anticipated. He had planned to take the entire month off with his wife, Kalena, and their adopted infant daughter, Claire Elizabeth, born Feb. 19.
He emailed me to say: “Claire reached the one month mark Sunday. So, the Grays had a family meeting and decided it was okay for Dad to go back to work, so here I am. Fatherhood is swell and I already miss my two princesses, but we agreed it was okay for me to come on back since we had a month together.”

Busy night
Lots of tough choices and new stuff tonight, so program the DVR to catch a couple of these:
--New episode of “Lost” (9 p.m., Ch 9)
--Following "Lost" is the premeire for ABC’s “The Evidence,” where you’ll see all the clues and evidence in the show opening, then watch the cops (Orlando Jones, Rob Estes) figure out the whodunit (10 p.m., Ch 9).
--NBC’s new “Heist” (10 p.m., Ch 5), with Dougray Scott leading a bunch of career criminals in ripping off three Beverly Hills jewelry stores during Academy Awards week. To make things interesting, he falls in love with the cop investigating the case. (NBC repeats at 8 p.m. Friday on Bravo, and 9 p.m. Friday on Ch. 5)
--“TV Land Awards” honors “Cheers,” “Good Times,” “Dallas” and “Batman” (9-11 p.m., TV Land). It's followed by “Living in TV Land” (11 p.m., TV Land), with a camera crew following around William Shatner.
--And reality TV reaches new depths with Fox's "Unan1mous" (9:30 p.m., Ch 19), where nine people are locked underground together and must choose who wins $1.5 million.


at 3/22/2006 2:21 PM Blogger Matt said...

Any word yet on what Time Warner is going to do about the UC game Thursday. Since we don't get ESPNU ... some of us will be out of luck unless TW plans on picking up the broadcast.

at 3/22/2006 3:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the past, ESPNU aired on channel 2 or possibly 99 (their psuedo-local origination channel)

at 3/22/2006 7:19 PM Blogger excat said...

The ball is in TW's court. I'm told Channel 19 can't take a feed (and doesn't own the rights), so we'll see.

What a great time to show up in person and give Andy K a grand send-off to the NIT Final Four, and then to a place yet to be determined.

at 3/22/2006 8:49 PM Blogger Matt said...

I'd love to be there in person ... but I coach JV softball and we practice from 6-8 Thursday night. I was going to DVR it and watch it when I get home. I guess I'll have to sneak my walkman in (hope our varsity coach doesn't see me :) ).

at 3/23/2006 10:45 AM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

No word yet from Time Warner. Might wanna call friends in Kentucky who have Insight digital cable with the Sports & Lifestyle or Family digital tiers with ESPNU on Channel 447. If anything chagnes with TW, I'll post on blog asap.

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