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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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Friday, September 15, 2006

Saying Goodbye to the WB

What a cool way to go: The WB signs off Sunday night with a look back at its greatest hits. On the final day of the WB, WSTR-TV (Channel 64) and other affiliates will air the pilots for "Felicity" (5 p.m.), "Angel" (6 p.m.), "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (7-9 p.m.) and "Dawson’s Creek" (9 p.m.) with that Katie Couric line...
The CW debuts Monday on digital Channel 12.2 (CinCW) and Dayton's Channel 26 (some can get it here over the air) with a repeat of the "7th Heaven" season finale. The first new CW show will be "America’s Next Top Model" at 8 p.m. Wenesday. The new "7th Heaven" and "Gilmore Girls" arrive the week of Sept. 25.

Nothing new with Time Warner
Nope. Nothing. Nada. No deal yet for Time Warner to pick up the new CinCW, Channel 12’s new digital spectrum Channel 12.2 for the CW on Monday.

If they reach a carriage deal, I'll post it asap.

Breaking news!
This just in from Pat Barry, Jerry Springer’s best friend. (Did you see Pat Barry in the audience, clapping for Jerry, during the “Dancing with the Stars” debut Tuesday?) Jerry’s partner, Australian dance champion Kym Johnson, fell and hurt her knee Thursday. (No, not while dancing with Springer.) She’ll be examined today. There is the chance that Springer could have to learn a new dance with a new partner for ABC’s live telecast Tuesday.

Barry, a Clear Channel radio salesman here and former DJ and TV weatherman, says he saw Heidi Mueller at the "DWTS" premiere Tuesday, with Mario Lopez's mom. Heidi is the daughter of Don "Who Wants To Marry My Dad?" Mueller. She joined the cast of NBC's "Passions" after the reality TV show. She wasn't seen on camera during "DWTS." Her dad says Heidi and Mario "have been hanging out lately."

Talking about Heroes

Local producer-director Jim Friedman asks for your help in putting together his second annual TV special profiling the six new "Everyday Freedom Heroes" to be honored Nov. 11 by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Like last year, the one-hour program will inclue "soap box" segments with people commenting on freedom, heroes, courage, cooperation or perseverance. He’s looking for "powerful, passionate, engaging, insightful, interesting or humorous presentations" in 20- to 40-second sound bites. They can be in the form of stories, songs, poems or "quick thoughts."
Those interested should e-mail written presentations or questions to Friedman ( at his Blind Squirrel Production Group. Segments will be taped next month. Participants will be compensated.
After the Nov. 11 premeire screening at the Freedom Center, the "Pepsi Everyday Freedom Heroes" show will air on Ch. 9 in January, he says.


at 9/15/2006 12:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have a question since news 5 is the offical home of tall stacks are they the only channel that will air coverage of tall stacks.

at 9/15/2006 12:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i doubt it

at 9/15/2006 1:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off topic, but does anyone know what movie was being shot in Covington today by 7th and Madison?

at 9/15/2006 6:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

sept 17th the day tv dies

at 9/20/2006 9:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

nowonder why the freedom center needs 3million smackers if there paying for this stuff

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Date: 2006-09-11, 1:36PM EDT

National television special looking for artists of all different ethnicities to create and recite/perform an original piece on WHAT FREEDOM MEANS TO THEM. piece can be spoken word (poetry/prose/slam), song, dance, painting, or anything else. Piece should be anywhere from 30 seconds to one minute in length. Participants must be able to get to cincinnati for auditioning and filming. This is a paying gig; exact compensation will be discussed after casting. We are looking for males and females, young and old, black, white, asian, native american, indian, arabic, hispanic...EVERYONE!!!

if interested, please respond with a your name, age, ethnicity, hometown, a brief bio, and what you plan on submitting to the show. if you have examples or demos, please send them along, too.

thanks very much and good luck!

at 9/29/2006 6:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Creating the CW network is all about money!!!!! It's messd up how shows such as America's Next Top Model and Girlfriends is no longer viewed on local TV stations so those who don't have cable can also view the show!!! The entertainment industry thinks it is so slick....if it wasn't for the fans in the first damn place you wouldn't be getting any dollars to begin with!!! Whoever feels me on this try to get people together to get the show back on UPN!!! Selling UPN for this wack new network wasn't smart and I don't have faith in the station lasting long!!!

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