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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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Monday, May 22, 2006

Chip Chinery on "Last Comic Standing?

I got an email over the weekend from Chip Chinery, the Anderson Township native working in Los Angeles as a comedian and actor. He says to look for him on the season premiere of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” on May 30 (8-10 p.m., Ch. 5). The first episode features “Tonight Show” talent scouts traveling across the nation looking for the best comedians.
Chinery, who has done a lot of commercials and sitcom guest shots (“Sons & Daughters,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Seinfeld,” “Friends,” “Drew Carey”), says he polished up his stand-up routine for NBC. He says he could be on the second and/or third weeks too.

The end is near
Hope you’ve cleared out some space on the DVR. The next three days are gonna be packed with season finales, with May sweeps ending Wednesday. Tonight we have:
--Series ending: “Alias” (9-11 pm, Ch 9).
--Season finales: “24,” (8-10 pm, Ch 19), "King of Queens" (8 pm). “Wife Swap,” (8 pm), “New Adventures or Old Christine” (two parts, 8:30 & 9:30 p.m., Ch 12), “Two And A Half Men (9 pm, Ch 12), “Medium” (10 pm, Ch 5), “CSI: Miami” (10 pm, Ch 12), "Punk’d" (10 p.m., MTV).

CW network update
The people commenting on my blog last Thursday was right: If you want to see the new CW network – to watch “Gilmore Girls,” “Supernatural,” “Smallville,” “Girlfriends,” “Smackdown” or your favorite WB and UPN shows – start calling your cable system now. The new CW network won’t be on regular over-the-air TV here. Channel 12 will broadcast it as digital Channel 12.2, only available to those with digital TV receivers. So Channel 12 is talking to Time Warner and Insight about carrying the channel, as the cable systems do for CET’s digital channels and WLWT’s weather channel. By law the cable systems don’t have to pick up all the local digital channels… so demanding consumers will help get a deal done between Channel 12 and the cable operators by the fall TV season premieres.


at 5/22/2006 1:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better yet, just buy a digital tv and forget about Time Warner. I get crystal clear HDTV and it's free.

at 5/22/2006 6:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

you may say just buy a digital tv but, not everyone can afford to get one FOOL

at 5/23/2006 9:58 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally I will refuse to watch the CW particularly on 12.2. There was no need for CW to partner with ClearChannel for the CW in Cincinnati. At DMA 34, Cincinnati is the largest market with the CW on a digital sub channel. The next smaller market with the CW on a digital sub channel is Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek MI at DMA 39. Below that the next is Lexington KY at DMA 63. If Time Warner adds it to cable, it better only be on digital cable in the 900's otherwise they are hypocrates since there was "no room" for WBQC 24/7.

at 5/23/2006 8:34 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

A diital tv is cheaper than a year of Time Warner standard. I've seen some for under $300 at Walmart.

at 5/23/2006 10:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think that channel 12 liked the idea of having thecw cause they are a cbs partner it probably got them more$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

at 5/24/2006 8:54 AM Blogger BMurdock said...

Good call on the KRC/CBS partnership, almost forgot about that aspect.

I contacted Directv to see if they were planning on carring it in the Cincinnati market but got a standard "we're always adding new and exciting things - stay tuned." And they were forwarding the request to the appropriate department. Guess it's too early to tell.

at 10/11/2006 9:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

so what you are saying is if you do not have cable then you are screwed. So, everyone that watched the wb on channel 64 can no longer watch those shows. thats ridiculous!

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