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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, May 11, 2006

Channel 9 news

Did you notice the new way Channel 9 signed off its newscasts last night? How the TV picture of the anchor team at the desk was shrunk, and pulled back into the WCPO.com web page? Channel 9 is promoting that the news is “always on” the web site. Pretty clever. Wonder how soon the other TV news stations will copy it? (Kiese comes clean: For the record, WCPO.com is part of our Cincinnati.com, which also is updated with breaking news around the clock.)

Then came Bronson
Can you say sweeps stunt? That’s why Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo read the 6 p.m. sports for Brad Johansen on WKRC-TV (Ch 12) last night.
You can see the video on the WKRC.com Web Channel Video:
http://www.wkrc.com/MediaCenter/#top
See John Fay's story at:
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060511/SPT04/605110378/1071/COL03
Give Channel 12 folks credit. They thought of it first.


By George!
TV Guide praises George Clooney in the “Cheers & Jeers” column May 15-21 for his trip to Darfur to bring attention to the genocidal violence by appearing on “Today,” “This Week” and other TV shows. Says TV Guide: “Forget the Oscar – give this guy a Nobel Peace Prize!”
(Too bad the magazine didn’t mention that dad Nick went too.) I would have praised George for his perfect timing – talking about Darfur on TV here while his old TV show “ER” did episodes set in Darfur.

Kiese-watching
If you care, you can vote for their favorite “American Inventor” after the final 4 make their final pitches tonight (8-10 p.m., Ch 9). Voting by phone and text messaging will be open for two hours after the show ends. People can vote up to five times, says ABC publicist Jennifer Verti.
Season finales tonight: My Name Is Earl (note special “supersized” time: 8:40 p.m.), The Office (not special “supersized” time: 9:20 p.m.), Everybody Hates Chris, Smallville, Eve, Cuts.
Fox airs a “That 70s Show” retrospective (8:30-10) promoting the final episode next Thursday.

Idol shocker
They sent Chris Daughtry home last night? What's up with that? Could it be the influence of www.votefortheworst.com, which has encouraged people to vote for Taylor Hicks? Why is he still there, jumping around the stage? Because Dancing with the Stars would never take him?


13 Comments:

at 5/11/2006 10:51 AM Anonymous Kevin said...

One other interesting change on Channel 9...the hometown weather is no longer being brought to us by Fisher Homes. I guess a big bust by immigration causes the line between news and commerce to get a little blurry. Curious to see if they'll be back or replaced.

 
at 5/11/2006 11:13 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

They could always sell that weather block to Don Pablo's

 
at 5/11/2006 11:38 AM Anonymous jamalita said...

maybe Chris Daughtry's fans became a little complacent with all of the predictions that he might just win the whole thing. hard to say.

all i know is that after last year when i gave up trying to vote for Constantine due to busy signals on his line, he was the one to get the boot the next night. i decided to vote for Elliott, whom i've enjoyed watching come out of his shell as the season's worn on, this week--the first time i've tried this season --and got through quite a few times.

nobody can take anything for granted at this stage of the competition!

 
at 5/11/2006 3:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm. Sports guy doing sports. Not bad! But as far as "thinking of the idea first" goes - didn't channel 5's Pete Scalia have Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory do traffic with him back in February?

Any other stations pulling "brilliant" stunts like this for sweeps?

 
at 5/11/2006 4:40 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

Idol chatter:

Why is it so shocking that Chris was eliminated? The American Idol machine is supposed to create "Pop" stars not "rock stars." Chris does not fit that pop singer mold. Although if he had a band behind him he would slide right into that coporate rock (Nickleback, Creed)type cast.

I digress... I think the right contestant was voted off. He actually probably over stayed his welcome by a week or two. Paris fits the Idol mold and should have lasted longer than Chris. All that said I think (and hope) it will come down to Taylor Hicks and Katherine Mcfee with Katherine eventually winning.

The thing is I don't see any of this final three going on to have any Clarkson/Underwood type of success. Kelly was the first and she had "it" and still does. Carrie was a lot like Kelly, just more country. Katherine is nice to look at, genine and fun but doesn't stand out in the crowd. Taylor is unique but at what point will what makes him unique start to make him annoying? Elliot - he's already annoying I can't believe he made it this far...

 
at 5/11/2006 4:41 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

hitIdol chatter:

Why is it so shocking that Chris was eliminated? The American Idol machine is supposed to create "Pop" stars not "rock stars." Chris does not fit that pop singer mold. Although if he had a band behind him he would slide right into that coporate rock (Nickleback, Creed)type cast.

I digress... I think the right contestant was voted off. He actually probably over stayed his welcome by a week or two. Paris fits the Idol mold and should have lasted longer than Chris. All that said I think (and hope) it will come down to Taylor Hicks and Katherine Mcfee with Katherine eventually winning.

The thing is I don't see any of this final three going on to have any Clarkson/Underwood type of success. Kelly was the first and she had "it" and still does. Carrie was a lot like Kelly, just more country. Katherine is nice to look at, genine and fun but doesn't stand out in the crowd. Taylor is unique but at what point will what makes him unique start to make him annoying? Elliot - he's already annoying I can't believe he made it this far...

 
at 5/11/2006 5:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

no i think channel 12 did think of the guest aprts thing because chad johnson did it months ago....

 
at 5/11/2006 5:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you going to watch the mommy wars on news 5 at 11.

 
at 5/12/2006 6:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris comment was legendary in it's clarity and preciseness.
What IS up with that?

 
at 5/12/2006 6:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris comment was legendary in it's clarity and preciseness.
What IS up with that?

 
at 5/16/2006 10:00 AM Blogger matthew said...

I watch the news and I see these brave soldiers in Iraq…(though they shouldn't be there but that's a different topic for another day)... and then you see reality television shows...and you see people who are American citizens who are not asked to sacrifice, obviously, because they're selfish and peevish and shallow and greedy. And every show ...every reality show is based on cruelty…You're fired. You're not good enough. You can't sing. Get off the island. You're not hot enough. And I ask myself, why is this first group of Americans defending this second group of Americans...

 
at 5/17/2006 8:35 AM Blogger BMurdock said...

Technically they're not defending any Americans. They're in Iraq and they're not even there protecting or defending Americans. Actually at this point I'm not sure what they're doing there but that's another discussion for another forum.

If they were defending Americans I'd say they were defending the right for us to have reality shows how ever stupid or pointless they are. Keep in mind there are a number of countries that wouldn't allow half of what we are allowed to see on our TV sets. That's way they say we live in a "free country."

Oh brother I probably just started something...

 
at 5/18/2006 12:50 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Channel 9 has done it again. The Pete Delkus award was dusted off tonight. They claimed the National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning around 12:15am or so. So I surf over to 19, 5, 12, 64, 48 and the Weather Channel. NOTHING. On air vacillation.

If I want to hear someone sound like they are sitting next to scanners and printers, I'll take a tour of the newsroom. All that was missing was a howling dalmatian. Bet this did wonders for Jimmy Kimmel Live's ratings.

 
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