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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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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Welcome back Pee-wee!

Pee-wee Returns!
I can’t wait to see this: Paul Reubens “Pee-wee Playhouse” finally returns to TV July 10 on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. After a 15-year absence, we’ll finally get to see the King of Cartoons, Chairry the chair, Globey the Globe, Conky the robot, Pteri the Pterodactyl, Jambi the genie, Miss Yvonne and the Penny cartoons.
The late-night network bought all 45 episodes of the old Saturday morning series (1986-91), which was abruptly canceled by CBS when Reubens was charged with indecent exposure in an adult theater. “Pee-wee” won 22 Emmys(!) during its brief run. Recurring cast members included Phil Hartman, Laurence Fishburne and S. Epatha Merkerson.

Leno on iTunes
Starting today, Jay Leno’s full “Tonight Show” monologue will be available on iTunes for $1.99. Since December, NBC had offered only 2-5 minutes of his opening monologue. Leno fans also can buy a monthly pass for $9.99 for 20 monologues.

“Deadwood” deal
Fans of HBO’s “Deadwood” gritty Western no longer have to be mad about “John from Cincinnati.” A national protest campaign was launched last month when trade publications reported that HBO had dropped a fourth season of “Deadwood” so creator David Milch could work on a new HBO surfer drama, “John from Cincinnati.” (I don’t know where that title came from, but I know it’s not me.)
Milch and HBO have reached a compromise for the Peabody- and Emmy-winning series. Milch will write two two-hour “Deadwood” movies to wrap up the series. HBO had canceled the fourth season because the expense ($5 million per hour) and low ratings.
The third 12-week season of “Deadwood” premieres Sunday (9 p.m.), followed by new episodes of “Entourage” (10 p.m.) and the premiere of “Lucky Louie” (10:30 p.m.).

TV tonight
Chip Chinery isn’t the only Cincinnati native in NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” competiton. Cincinnati native Nikki Glaser, a University of Kansas student, also has advanced to the second round for tonight’s show (9 p.m., Ch 5). Glaser is the daughter of EJ and Julie Glaser of St. Louis. Nikki lived here for six years, while her father was Time Warner Cable marketing director. The family moved to St. Louis 15 years ago. You can vote for your favorite comic at


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