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Television
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, April 27, 2006

So what did I miss?

So what did I miss?
I’m just back after a month off, recovering from colon surgery, and trying to catch up to everything on TV and radio and everywhere else, as May sweeps start today…

I’ve seen Channel 9’s new sports reporter – Lisa Cornwell from WCBI-TV in Columbus, Miss. She’s a Little Rock native who went to the Univ. of Arkansas on a golf scholarship. She' was a pretty good basketball player too, says John Popovich, Channel 9 sports director. She replaces Paula Faris, who went to Chicago in October.

And I’ve seen Channel 5’s Marina Jurica, the new weekend morning weather person. She comes from WKYT-TV in Lexington, where he husband, Joseph, is completing his cardiology fellowship at the University of Kentucky. Jurica, who speaks Croatian and French, has worked at KMIR-TV in Palm Springs and Channel One News in Los Angeles. She grew up in Vancouver and California, and studied opera performance, journalism, and astronomy at UCLA. She’s working on a BS in geosciences from Mississippi State University. Her Channel 5 bio says she likes to sing, surf and snow ski.

Sweeps start today
With May sweeps starting today, I could use your help. I’m interested in reading your comments on whether some of the new spring tryout shows (Teachers, Heist, Pepper Dennis) are worth watching -- or what else you consider TV's best shows -- as we head into the final 4 weeks of the TV season. In the next couple of days, I'll post dates for the final episodes of "Will & Grace," "The West Wing," "Malcolm in the Middle," "7th Heaven" and other shows we know are leaving the air.

News views
I also want you to use this blog during May sweeps as your forum for comments on the local TV news sweeps special reports we’ll see for the next four weeks. I can't watch them all, and would like to read what you liked and didn't like.
Thanks!


16 Comments:

at 4/27/2006 1:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

GLAD to See You back John . Ive watched Pepper Dennis and i think its OK but I will have to wait and see it for a couple more episodes to give it a thumbs up or down.
and a Rest in Peace to former channel 12 critic Roger Grooms

 
at 4/27/2006 1:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been watching teachers every week. Its funny, but isnt it odd that all the teachers hang out at the same bar after school.

 
at 4/27/2006 1:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I absoutley love the office. it should win an emmy for best comedy. I can't wait till rescue me comes back in the end of may.

 
at 4/27/2006 1:52 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

Welcome back!!

I tried to watch Pepper Dennis but I think it conflicted with something else so I haven't seen it yet.

I like Teachers it isn't anything ground breaking but it's a nice guilty pleasure. It's kinda like a grown up Saved By the Bell.

Caught the new WLWT weather person over the weekend on their over air digital channel (finally figured out the HD feature on the new big screen). Still miss Susan Horgan and Kristen Cornett...

 
at 4/27/2006 2:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back, John. I hope you're feeling better.

I don't have much time for TV these days but the only show worth watching in my opinion is "Mythbusters" on Discovery.

 
at 4/27/2006 3:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi John A question for you what do you think of the new news for channel 64 by channel 12 i think it has been in the works for a while because 12 seems to have been adding more reporters so i was thinking something was up

 
at 4/27/2006 9:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh I forgot nice look

 
at 4/27/2006 10:54 PM Anonymous dave in atlanta said...

Glad to have you back John!

 
at 4/28/2006 8:51 AM Anonymous Kevin said...

Welcome back John.
I think Marina Jurica will do fine...being a degreed meteorologist is overrated...none of the health reporters (locally) are doctors, most anchors aren't political science majors...the weather is prepared by a meteorologist, so whoever presents it is pretty irrelevant. I've watched Marina for awhile on WKYT (a benefit of Insight Cable) and she does a good job and is very personable.

As for sweeps, I see Channel 19 is going back to an old favorite: the Cincinnati subway. Haven't we been down that story before (pun intended).

 
at 4/28/2006 10:12 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Sweeps are about to begin. Any bets on how predictable the stations will be?

Will WLWT save our lives reporting about either bird flu's impending impact on Cincinnati or the microscopic diseases lurking at tanning or nail salons or Tom Sussi throw a bone or two from his "doghouse"?

Will WCPO teach us not how to waste our money, by rescripting Consumer Reports videos and probing I-Team investigations on Queen City Barrel or Drake Hospital or make us feel better with another heartwarming story from Club19's Michael?

Will WKRC spin the wheel on Cold Corpses, uh I mean Cases. Will we see Local12 promote turning in newborns or self-promote their spanish news in various forms?

Will WXIX cover Jack and Rich's weight gain after they end the weight loss game or will we see massive breasts examinations (uh, I mean a lot of examinations) on the 19th? Who's your buddy???

As for me, I'm going down to the new Sight and Sound store, next to Mayor's Jewelers, at Plummett Mall and watch Ira Joe do live cut-in's during "The Movies on TV12"!.

 
at 4/28/2006 12:43 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

Plummet Mall... now that brings back memories.

 
at 4/28/2006 1:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

cenitags

 
at 4/28/2006 3:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back, Kiese.
I have been keeping up with the final days of "The West Wing" I really don't think that bringing back Rob Lowe was necessary.
Lee Ann

 
at 4/28/2006 6:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really wanted to like Pepper Dennis, and I'm a big WB fan. It just seemed flat and like it was trying to be too cute. It's too bad because I wanted to find a show to replace Related, now that the season over.

 
at 4/29/2006 8:29 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the above poster who says
being a degreed meteorologist is overrated? That is one of the most ignorant statements I have heard in a while. I would think that since the Cincinnati area has had a history of very nasty and life-threatening weather (Sayler Park tornado of '74 and Blue Ash of just a few years ago) people would want someone that is competent and knowledgeable enough to inform them of what is going on with a storm instead of a rip-and-reader with no meteorological education whatsoever that could potentially get them killed.

The weather is prepared by a meteorologist? you are exactly right. I can guarantee you any of the meteorologists (and I do mean degreed meteorologists), whether it is Steve Horstmeyer, Valarie Abati or John Bateman actually PREPARE their forecast rather than rip from the NWS. So whoever presents it IS RELEVENT.

 
at 5/04/2006 2:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome Back and good luck!
The Office is OUTSTANDING !! The best comedy on TV today ! I'm glad the Liberal, West Wing is history.

 
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