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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, October 25, 2006

About Those "Dancing" Judges

Yes, Jerry Springer is right. The "Dancing with the Stars" judges are too nice. He said it last night, after they praised him for being entertaining – great job, well done, so much joy, etc. – and then gave him the lowest marks of the night. Again.
Wouldn't you like to see the "American Idol" judges swap places with Carrie Ann, Len and Bruno one week? Just once? Imagine what Simon would say about Springer...
It’s obvious that Springer is the weakest dancer on the floor. Having finished last for three weeks in a row, he could/should go home tonight. But as Bruno noted last night, lots of viewers find him entertaining and they might spare him again tonight.
If he survives for another week, could they let Simon be a judge?

"Scrubs" returns!
NBC announced today that "Scrubs" returns to the Thursday lineup on Nov. 30, the day after November sweeps. NBC also will move Tina Fey's "30 Rock" to Thursday, for an 8-10 p.m. comedy block. ("Deal/No Deal" now airs 9 pm Thursday.) No word on what happens to John Lithgow's "20 Good Years," which airs with "30 Rock" 8-9 pm Wednesday. My guess its gone.

Good grief!
Lew Seitz of Cheviot will be watching his favorite cartoon, "It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," on Friday (8 p.m., Ch. 9) with a big grin on his face. Seitz, 52, has won a free trip to the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, Calif., as the grand-prize winner of a national essay contest.
Seitz knew he was a top 10 finalist in the "Worst Halloween Ever" essay contest promoting the 40th anniversary of the "Great Pumpkin." He wrote about spending a childhood Halloween in a pumpkin patch, as Linus did in the popular TV special. He was awoken by an angry farmer wearing a pumpkin mask – and holding a shotgun – who ordered him off his Tennessee farm. His essay is posted at

TV Land Reply
On Gary Burbank's show Monday I was asked by a caller about the weird scheduling on TV Land and Nick at Nite, when shows don’t start and stop on the half hour. The caller, Chantel from Fairfield, finally got a response from the TVLand webmaster.
Here it is:

RE: Why STAGGERED starting times?Date 10.24.06 12:58 AMFrom: TVLTheLink
Nick-at-Nite and TV Land went to "off the clock" scheduling (where shows may not start and stop at the top and bottom of an hour) several months ago for evening and overnight programming. The reason has to do with various contract and market issues. The practice is scheduled to continue at least through the end of the year.
Both networks provide cable and satellite providers and television listing services with this information and I know at least one service (Dish Network) tends to provide the actual airing times (or some approximation of them). The problem is that many networks and listing services (and the Nick-at-Nite and TV Land website) cannot handle listing anything but top and bottom of the hour start and stop times. Discussion is ongoing on how to do this on the Nick-at-Nite and TV Land website should this form of scheduling need to continue past December.
TVLTheLink Community Manager

Chantel adds: "It’s LUDICROUS that their OWN sites DO NOT GIVE the exact starting times!"


at 10/26/2006 10:12 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John - did you notice that when you come up with topics that don't easily lend to bashing local news or weather talent, no one comments?

Things that make you go hmmmmmm?

at 10/26/2006 11:28 AM Blogger BMurdock said...

Kinda refreshing...

Glad to see Jerry finally get eliminated from DWTS. Should have happened a long time ago. After all it is supposed to be a dancing contest not a popularity contest. It did show the other side of Jerry.

at 10/26/2006 11:46 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i thought jerry did a fairly good job and now jerry can add dancer to his repitour. political figure,talkshou host, news anchor,and now dancer. i am sorry to see him go but his stay was extended a week due to sara evans leaving

at 10/26/2006 11:47 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Anon 10:12AM is right. But if you want comments, all you have to do is make a general, blanket statement like... "Oh my gosh, did you see the news on 5 last night? What were they thinking? I don't know about Sandra and Sheree...something is different about them. Did they get new hair styles? And why are there two on screen weatherman working the same show? They better get their act together. I'm fed up!"...Ok, now watch the comments come roll in!

at 10/26/2006 12:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"30 Rock" is such an awful show. I want to like it - it had potential - but fails miserably. "20 Good Years" is a much better show. Of course, it will be the one that gets canceled.

at 10/26/2006 12:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"30 Rock" is such an awful show. I want to like it - it had potential - but fails miserably. "20 Good Years" is a much better show. Of course, it will be the one that gets canceled.

at 10/26/2006 1:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

to 10:12 and the other....I don't think that's correct. We all will respond to local or national items.

or sometimes, items that are both, such as:

Clear Channel possibly going private or selling to an investor group.

To anon 10:12, perhaps DWTS isn't exactly brain surgery or has local impact, like talent or a station's format, so perhaps some of us don't live online 24/7 to answer John's post as soon as it hits the blog.

Here's a local story: John, have you heard that 12 is trying to trump into public access in the suburbs, trying to lowball ICRC's operation and hawking a product that's mainly internet-based? I have a feeling this sudden interest will go away when the November 1st cutoff for the suburbs to cut the ties with ICRC hits. 12 said they are not interested in making money on this. I bet the investors of CCU stock would love to hear that!

Is this another stunt from Clear Channel? Is Andy Furman going to head this one too? Was this an edict from Helen Mays?

at 10/26/2006 1:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Worst show? 1 vs 100. HEAVILY edited, down to the voice-over sentences. According to Ken Jennings' blog, a lot of the 100 contestants have been pulling mini-mutinies, walking away from the production, where it's been taking 8+ hours to shoot a one hour game show.

Best show: Ugly Betty but it takes getting used to it.

Looking forward to John From Cincinnati on HBO. Wonder if Bob Gerding will shoot the new open, like he did for WKRP.

at 10/26/2006 4:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey kiese I got a scoop on survivor and will email it to you.

at 10/26/2006 11:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Ugly Betty. I'm not big into fashion, but it is very entertaining. And how can you not love Betty.

Unfortunately, all of these shows become a popularity constest. Look at American Idol. Some good singers have not won it all and some ok singers have. The more popular and pretty someone is, they get the votes. I am glad to see that the rest of the country got to see a side of Jerry Springer that most people don't know unless you're from the tri-state. My friends from across the country had no idea that his talk show started out as a nice family and human interest show until it was picked up nationwide. Then the trash came in. I enjoyed watching him dance even though I agree, it was past his time to go.

at 10/27/2006 12:14 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Anon 1:26, did you realize you are about a month behind on the cable access story? Here's a link to an article from September in the Enquirer.

Thanks for the scoop, Mr. Nessman

at 10/27/2006 6:02 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would I want to see the American Idol judges on Dancing with the Stars? It's not as though the stars are trying to launch a career like those on Idol. Simon delivers those stinging reviews for a reason...more ratings! He has built a career on that type of performance. We already have "So You Think You Can Dance" with it's "Simon like" judge Nigel. So let's just leave "Dancing" where it is...a piece of fluff entertainment.

at 10/27/2006 9:22 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow - Paula Toti and Jeff Creighton were both in for Anna Townsend and Bob Herzog. Did they both get fired? Are they interviewing at Channel 5? Maybe Cammy Dierking is coming back to the morning show? Why has Paul Adler been doing morning reports? Was he demoted? This sounds a lot like a conspiracy...

at 10/27/2006 2:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 9:22 - don't you have anything better to do? People are allowed to have days off.

at 10/27/2006 2:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 9:22 - don't you have anything better to do? People are allowed to have days off.

at 10/27/2006 3:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has to do with radio rather than TV,but i really have to vent about Rush Limbaugh's mean spirited attack on Michael J Fox.
With his recent track record,his attitude is truly calling the kettle black.... And yes I am a firm believer in stem cell research! With his recent antics and reported drug abuse, Limbaugh had better watch himself.

at 4/21/2007 10:08 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

To anonymous 10:27

The other folks simply are taking vacation days.

As for, Paul Adler, a friend tells me his move is part of Local 12's focus on beefing up new content in the morning news shows. 12 apparently believes the mornings are growing in importance.

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