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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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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

CW-Time Warner update

Just spoke to a Cincinnati Time Warner executive, who was "really optimistic" that the biggest cable operator here would pick up WKRC-TV's new digital-spectrum CW station (Channel 12.2, or CinCW) before Monday’s premiere.
Says Pam McDonald, public affairs vice president for the Cincinnati office:
"I’m really optimistic that a decision will be rendered (by Time Warner corporate) between now and the end of the week, with the premiere scheduled for next Monday. We continue to be in really positive discussions. I’m optimistic," she says.
Channel 12’s owners want a basic cable channel for the CinCW, as it will be in Northern Kentucky on Insight Communications, so most people can see it. Insight is moving low-power WBQC-TV (Channel 38), which will have no network when UPN ceases operation this weekend, from Channel 25 to Channel 189 next week. CinCW will get Channel 25.
If Time Warner adds CinCW, don’t be surprised if WBQC gets knocked off basic too.
One more thing: No, the CinCW won't be in HDTV. Channel 12 folks say they can't do both Ch. 12 and CW in HD.
I’ll keep posting as I know more.

TV tonight
Jerry Springer make his dancing debut on the "Dancing with the Stars" season premiere today (8-10 p.m., Ch 9, 22). Both Springer and TV Guide predict he’ll be the first voted off Wednesday. But he could hang in there. Remember how bad Master P. was last winter? And how long he lasted? Springer told me last month: “The only way to keep me on is if everyone wants to see me suffer.”
btw: We’re doing a Springer poll on after the show tonight.

Men in Trees
ABC rolls out its first show after "DWTS," Anne Heche’s "Men in Trees" (10 pm). Think "Northern Exposure." Heche plays a widly successful relationship author whose personal life is a mess. Of course. She gets marooned in Alaska on a book tour, and decides to stay. (The title comes from a roadside work sign where a crew is trimming trees.) It’s OK as a pilot, but I doubt if the premise will hold up for 13 (or more) episodes.

TV Questions
Our list of returning shows Monday prompted several questions:
--Is "Medium" coming back?
Yes, it's in production for midseason on NBC.
--Is "Everwood" coming back?
No. It was canceled by the new CW in May.

This just in from "24"
James Cromwell ("Babe," "Six Feet Under") and Eddie Izzard ("Dress to Kill," "My Super Ex-Girlfriend") will join season six of "24" premiering in January on Fox. Cromwell will recur this season as Phillip Bauer, Jack's estranged dad. Izzard "will portray a villainous accomplice" named Darren McCarthy.
Also joining the cast: Harry Lennix ("Commander in Chief"), Kal Penn ("Harold & Kumar"), Marisol Nichols ("In Justice") and Alexander Siddig ("Syriana"). Eric Balfour and Carlo Rota will be back as CTU contractors.
"24" will pick up 20 months after the story line ended in May, when Bauer was captured by Chinese government agents.


at 9/12/2006 2:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would that be Alexander Siddig (also known as Siddig El Fadil) of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fame?

at 9/12/2006 3:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone tell me where to go if I just have basic cable from TW and want to watch "Gilmore Girls?" If it's not an option for me now, any idea if/when it will be?

at 9/12/2006 4:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you have tw cable and get 38 abcfamily you can watch gilmore girls at 5 pm m-f you just have to watch and wait for new seasons to be relased

at 9/12/2006 4:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

ANDY TREINEN joins WHAS-TV in Louisville as an anchor/reporter from WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee.

at 9/12/2006 6:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

will wbqc gone from twcable completely or do tou think they will go into the 900 range channels

at 9/12/2006 7:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok I've heard a lot about the CW and Time Warner but what about the Dish Network? I called them and they acted like they've never heard the word CW before. What is going on there? Am I going to be able to get the Cin-CW with Dish Network?

at 9/13/2006 12:18 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

:( Poor WBQC, how long will they last?

at 9/13/2006 12:40 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...


at 9/13/2006 7:04 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is this high tech device that is called an antenna. With it you can get CW and you don't have to pay anything for it

at 9/13/2006 9:54 AM Blogger NKYGal said...

Just wanted to say that I caught the tail end of Dancing with the Stars last night and I thought Jerry did a pretty good job. A little stiff- but good. I thought it was smart that they had him go last. I know personally I had to keep switching over to 9 to see if he was on yet.

at 9/13/2006 11:11 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

to mr anon at 7:04 am just an antenna wont do it you have to have either a digital receiver/decoder or a tv with a built in digital tuner so saying all you need is an antenna is incorrect

at 9/13/2006 5:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know that you need a digital tv to recieve the CW. But why anyone would watch analog after having seen digital is beyond me. Especially when digital TV's start at $199 at Walmart.

at 9/13/2006 7:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Lawrenceburg/Dearborn County, you can watch WB/CW on WTTV Channel 4. This is the current WB/soon-to-be-CW affiliate in Indianapolis. Insight Cable of Dearborn County carries it. Years ago (pre-cable 1970s) you could pick up Channel 4 if you had a strong enough antenna and were on top of a hill in Lawrenceburg/western Hamilton County.

at 9/14/2006 12:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad that digital tvs aren't very expensive I really am. But that's not the point. This network has the largest viewership behind the major 4. I shouldn't have to go out and buy a special tv to watch it. That is ridiculous...

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