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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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Monday, August 28, 2006

The Emmys

So did you like the Emmy Awards last night? I enjoyed the show, not because of the winners or losers, but because it was well paced and entertaining. One of the big winners was Conan O’Brien, for his opening video through Lost, The Office, South Park and House, and for pulling off the Music Man musical number. The other big winner was Jon Stewart and The Daily Show, for best variety/music/comedy series, and best variety/music/comedy series writing, and his bit with Stephen Colbert.
To me, the most memorable moment to me was the guy who reminded us that we’re in another Golden Age of TV. Despite all the quirks of the goofy Emmy balloting system – why wasn’t Lost up for best drama? – the show reminded us of all the great TV today, from House, 24, My Name Is Earl, The Office, Sopranos, Entourage, The Daily Show– not to mention a ton of shows that didn’t get any awards last night, like Lost, CSI, Without A Trace, The Simpsons, The Closer, Grey’s Anatomy, Scrubs, Two And A Half Men, Letterman,etc.
Last night made me think that I’d better clear out the DVR to make room for a lot of new fall season shows….

The crash
As for Conan’s opening with the "Lost" spoof : Obviously the folks at Channel 5 didn’t know it was coming, but I would have pulled the news ticker about the Lexington plane crash as soon as I saw Conan on a plane in the taped opening. And I thought that Channel 5 overdid the news ticker throughout the three-hour Emmy broadcast…
As for Sunday morning: Frankly, it didn’t occur to me to see which local stations provided coverage, and which ones didn’t (as folks posted Sunday on my blog). I have friends in Lexington, so I was seeking information, and found myself flipping back and forth between Ch 5 and 9 most of the morning. I gravitated to the stations that served my needs.
I believe in times of tragedy folks flip around for the most useful information… and the next time that big news breaks, they’ll remember the stations which met their demands and expectations.


13 Comments:

at 8/28/2006 1:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're right...Conan was outstanding last night. It takes big stones to try a musical number/parody when you can't really sing, and bigger stones to make fun of the network you are contracted to for like the next decade! The next time Conan gets to host, he'll be one year into his term as new host of The Tonight Show, so we have that to look forward to.

 
at 8/28/2006 2:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked Conan as the host the funniest part that i thought was with Bob Newhart in the glass case with only 3 hours of air or he dies. the expressions on Newharts face are typical of his deadpan humor.hope he continues cause Bobs the best at it, although as they moved the case off stage the camera showed him going from like stressed to relaxed at least the hd version showed it

 
at 8/28/2006 4:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ch. 5 overdid it as usual with the ticker, just like they do with too much weather.
Also did you see when a local station (ch. 9 I think) was showing a Lexington TV station, former Ch.5 weatherman John James was stammering and stumbling his way through a forecast? You'd think he would have improved by now. He still sucks.

 
at 8/28/2006 5:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vote now to have traffic guru Pete Scalia move in as Conan's replacement wehen he takes over Tonight Show duties :-)

 
at 8/28/2006 8:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

funny, there wasn't any ticker on channel 5.1 when it was in HD.

 
at 8/29/2006 12:52 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

first on 5 the whearbouts of marcus fisel. This story is so sad .

Ive heard that 5 is running promos very soon about how they were the first to cover this horrific tradegy

 
at 8/29/2006 6:52 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, I agree Channel 5 completely overdid it on the news ticker about the plane crash during the Emmys broadcast. I mean ,come on, anyone who pays any attention to the news had to know about the crash before the Emmys. I am so tired of the local stations here cluttering up the screen with tickers, bugs, weather maps etc. It's like looking at TV through a window with bumper stickers all over it. Channel 9 is constantly doing it. Have you ever noticed that when 9 is about to put something up on the screen during a show that the video and audio repeat for about 1 or 2 seconds? I guess it's a delay thing that they're using that does it. Channel 9 also ALWAYS puts a big color ID bug up almost in the middle of the screen every 15 minutes during network prime time programming.

 
at 8/29/2006 9:08 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you hear that the GM of the NBC affiliate in Lexington has a big case of the goo over NBC not pulling the Lost parody plane crash from the Emmy opening? Look, I realize the Comair tragedy was major news in Lexington, and even around here to some extent, but to get all twisty over an skit filmed weeks ago with obviously no ill-will intended seems pretty small-town.

 
at 8/29/2006 9:18 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You could probably start a new blog on "Constant Crawling" of "Breaking News" - this is beginning to get a little tired to the viewers. News directors - does the viewing public really need to know over and over again of news that happened 6, 9, 12 hours ago? As for Channel 12, I was ready to put tape over the bottom portion of my screen to block out the crawler that wasn't updated at all during the World Golf Championships Sunday afternoon! Enough already!

 
at 8/29/2006 9:45 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i also thought the news crawl on channel 5 was a bit overdone. after all, it was a "breaking news" crawl and the news that occured at 6am was over. at 3:30pm, it is no longer "breaking news" as it has already happened. i was a little frustrated, becuase it went from informing us on a newsworthy event to a blatant display of ratings gathering and extremely poor taste and judgment by 5. but what's new with them? they seem to have the thickest skulls in the business. either that or they work on a premise of "opposite day" where they give the public everything they don't want.

 
at 8/29/2006 10:10 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i moved a chair to block the crawl at the bottom of the screen i am very tired of the antics of the news media as a whole, they just pound any story into our brains and the also drag the stories to death so that i dont care about it any more

 
at 8/29/2006 2:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it really that hard to ignore the crawl? I mean, are you people REALLY that distractable? Oooh! Look! Shiny! Gotta go!

 
at 8/29/2006 7:34 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. They all overdid it with the tickers.

Breaking news isn't "breaking" 12 hours after it happened.

And, how about Paula Toti interviewing an attorney about compensation for the victim, before their charred bodies were even pulled from the wreckage?

That's real journalism for you.

 
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