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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, June 21, 2006

Terrific TV: "A Lion in the House"

Yes, I know, watching five kids battle cancer doesn’t sound like much fun. But give “A Lion in the House” (9-11 p.m. today and Thursday, Ch. 48, 16) a few minutes, and you’ll fall in love with the Cincinnati-area kids in this extraordinary film shot here since 1997.
Filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar from Yellow Springs have injected a lot of heart and humor into their chronicle of how cancer impacts families. They were granted 24/7 access by the families and hospital, so all of the good and bad about a long-term serious illness is in the film – the highs and the lows, the celebrations and homecomings as well as the surgeries and hospital loneliness. It isn’t the easiest thing to watch, but everyone will find it educational. The themes are universal for anyone with a family member facing serious medical issues – the uncertainties about experimental treatments, questions about how far to push for a cure, and how to handle end-of-life decisions.
“A Lion in the House” is terrific television. It’s not easy to watch, granted, but it’s worth your time. The film can help you be more sensitive to the needs of those battling cancer, and prepare you for facing a long-term illness in your family sometime in the future.

Note to Steve
Will someone tell Reds announcer Steve Stewart how to spell Nuxhall? In his blog at, he writes about playing in the Joe Nuxall scholarship fund golf tournament last week.


at 6/22/2006 1:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Watched Part I of "Lion in the House" last night and agree. It's just powerful, it keeps you riveted.

Only downside is, I am not used to watching two straight hours without a break. (No commercials or pledge breaks).

at 6/22/2006 7:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Mark this day down. Someone complaining about PBS not running a pledge break.

I agree that Lion in the House is rivetting as well as wrenching. I'm not sure of the outcome for these kids but I almost feel as if I know them. I was almost weeping at some points last night.

Great television. Thanks to CET and PBS for providing this important program.

at 6/25/2006 2:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

steve stewart is horrible as a announcer. I dont know why the reds hired him.

at 6/25/2006 3:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hope castellini gets rid of stewart at the end of the season i know no one will or can replace nuxall. I would love to see dan hoard do the reds and the bearcats to

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