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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, June 12, 2006

Some summer good stuff

Good news for TV viewers today --some shows worth watching come back this week.
--Kyra Sedgwick returns as Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson as “The Closer” comes back for a second season on TNT (9 p.m.), followed by Tom Everett Scott in TNT’s new “Saved,” a drama about Portland, Ore., paramedics (10 p.m..)
--“Friends” has jumped from Fox19 to Star64. So catch Rachel, Ross, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler and Joey at 7 & 7:30 p.m. on Channel 64.
--Mad Mike revs up a new season of “Pimp My Ride” at 10 p.m. Thursday on MTV.
--And Fox repeats “24” this summer in two-hour blocks on Friday (8-10 p.m.), starting this week.
Any of these are better than CBS’ new “Tuesday Night Book Club” (10 p.m.) reality show about seven Arizona women… or NBC’s dreadful new “Windfall” summer drama. NBC just pulled a repeat of the “Windfall” pilot from 9 p.m. Thursday for Matt Lauer’s “Dateline NBC” interview with Britney Spears. (The pilot reran Sunday night too.)

Welcome back Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose, one of TV’s best interviewers, finally resumes hosting his “Charlie Rose” show today (midnight, Channel 16). He had heart surgery in March.

View from the bridge
Boy, NBC’s “Weekend Today” show really cut off Sheree Paolello’s report from the Purple People Bridge Climb Saturday morning, didn’t they? And yes, Lester Holt called her Sherry… Tonight Ch 5 devotes a half-hour special (7:30 p.m.) to the bridge climb, which opens Tuesday.


at 6/12/2006 2:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Channel 5 just needs to blow everybody out and start over. And stop trying to be so glitzy. Using bells and whistles and inane things like "mobile newsroom" ain't gonna cut it. That's been obvious.

at 6/12/2006 3:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Did you see that Harvey Smilovitz is leaving Ch. 12? Do you know anything about this? Do you think you could run a story on this? He's been there for 8 years; that's a long time for a weekend anchor. Any idea where he's going, etc.?

at 6/12/2006 3:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

and what ever did happen to Frank Graf, Susan Barr? People leave KRC and you never hear about them...

at 6/12/2006 3:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, whatever did happen to them?

By the way--it was 'Teri' Barr. She was great, wasn't she. She had a weird voice, though.

at 6/12/2006 4:13 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

Summer Season:

The Closer is a great show. Can't wait for the 2nd season. I like how the networks are running summer like a 2nd mini season. Also love Rescue Me it's one of the best dramas on TV.

Breaking news alert!
Reporters come and go - deal with it!! Sometimes it's their choice and sometimes not. Why fault someone for trying to better their career? In case you folks haven't heard Cincinnati isn't a large market.

at 6/12/2006 4:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rescue me is the best drama on tv. If dennis leary doesn't get an emmy then its a shame.

Anyways I can't wait for hell's kitchen to return tonight.

at 6/12/2006 5:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, Cincinnati IS a large market. It's not a MAJOR market. NY, L.A., SF, etc... are large markets. Cincy, Milwaukee, Indy are large markets, Louisville, Dayton, Fort Wayne are medium.

at 6/12/2006 5:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, Cincinnati IS a LARGE market. It's not a MAJOR market like NY, L.A., Chicago, Boston, etc... It's LARGE like Milwaukee, Indy, and Pittsburgh. Medium markets are Louisville, Dayton, Toledo...

at 6/12/2006 8:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Teri Barr main anchor in Wisconsin
Frank Graf reporter in N Carolina actually the same station fox19s Carolyn Costello went to

at 6/12/2006 8:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

And also a little FYI:

Jude Redfield (former Ch. 12 meteorologist) and Lynsay Clutter (former Ch. 19 reporter) both now work at the station Anne Marie Tiernon works at (former Ch. 5 anchor), which is WTHR-TV in Indianapolis, IN. Anne Marie anchors the 5:30 and 6 p.m. newscasts and serves as the Eyewitness 13 Health Reporter there.

at 6/12/2006 8:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry my "Market" post got on there twice. It told me the first time that ti didn't work, so I did it again.

Aren't computers great?

at 6/13/2006 8:31 AM Blogger BMurdock said...

Sorry, got my terminology wrong but I think I got my point across...

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