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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, October 03, 2006

More Reality Shows Coming to Town

Just wanna start by apologizing for not being able to blog past few days. Was way busy pulling together the Jerry Springer/"Dancing with the Stars" story for today.
The Springer story:
The story about daughter Katie:

More about Jerry later. I want to hear your take on him.
But first a couple of items of note...

More Reality
We still must be at or near the center of the Reality TV Universe, with two more shows coming to town.
--Casting directors from "The Real World" and "The Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat" will be at the Holy Grail, 13 W. Charlton St., Corryville, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11. Applicants mustbe 18-24 years old. Jonathan Murry from Bunim/Murray Productions says his company looks for "characters in real life, people with strong personalities who are unafraid to speak their minds."
--Mark Burnett’s AOL online Gold Rush game (, promoted by CBS, comes to Paramount’s Kings Island today for an off-line taping. Three finalists from Round Five – all from San Francisco – will be at the park today filming a pop culture competition to be shown on the website later.
Each week viewers of the Internext game are asked to answer 13 questions from CBS TV shows, AOL sites or other pop culture sources. Three weekly winners are sent to one of 12 cities for physical and mental reality challenges hosted by Mark Steines ("Entertainment Tonight"). They are taped and streamed later on, says Gold Rush publicist Justin Kazmark.
The top finisher in each of the 12 cities wins $100,000. Six of the semi-finalists will gather in late November and compete for $1 million in gold from Burnett, "The Apprentice" and "Survivor" producer.

Bachelor mystery solved
Now I know why no local hotel employees called to say that Andrea Shirley from “The Bachelor: Rome” was working as their concierge. She hasn’t worked or lived here since 1999, contrary to the ABC publicity.
Mike Shirley, her father, told me that Andrea, a 1996 Fairfield High School graduate, moved to Los Angeles in 1999 to attend college. She’s the concierge at the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood. Dad says ABC deliberately misidentified Andrea’s residence to make it appear the show wasn’t overloaded with California contestants. It doesn’t much matter now, because Andrea was among the 15 girls eliminated in the season premiere last night.
ABC also is stretching the truth about its new bachelor, Italian Prince Lorenzo Borghese. From watching last night, it’s clear that he doesn’t speak much Italian; left Italy at age 2 for New York City 32 years ago with his family; and had never been the family’s former castle where they shot the show.

Bengals video shoot tonight
If you know big Bengals fans, remind them about Bootsy Collins’ shoot 6-7 p.m. today at Annie’s, 4343 Kellogg Ave., East End, for his new “Who-Dey Hype” video. It will debut in late October during a Bengals game on the stadium’s JungleVision. Here’s the link to our story:

Springer’s Last Dance?
No, I don’t think so. Not with ABC playing up Jerry Springer learning to waltz for his daughter Katie’s wedding on "Dancing with the Stars" tonight (8-9:30 pm., Ch. 9). The taped piece from rehearsal, before he competes, will be all about that, says Izzie Pick, co-executive producer.
"I don’t think anybody could help but fall in love with him this week," she says.
Look for Katie in the audience cheering for him, her first time at the show. And don’t be surprised if he survives another week – unless he falls on his face tonight. My guess is he goes home in a week or two.
I know folks either love Springer or hate him. (Sort of like Leno).
Some see him as embodying the spirit of “DWTS,” the poor schlub who’s doing the best he can with what he has. Others see him as a TV's worst sleazemonger.
What’s your take on him? Got a favorite Springer story from his Cincinnati politics/TV days?


at 10/03/2006 12:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard a rumor that Doctor Who is coming to channel 48. Is this true?

at 10/03/2006 2:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a national radio show that spoke with Jerry Springer last week. He knows that he shouldn't win, but this radio show is determined to get him a victory. The reason? The show wants to prove that Dancing with the Stars is a waste of time and viewers should not be watching it. So keep eyes and ears out for Jerry Springer as he will continue to win each and every week. Just as long as the ABC producers and the judges don't overrule this somehow.

at 10/03/2006 4:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey john since you were so busy last week when you get that busy again maybe you could start another trivia run on the blog cause that was fun remembering cincinnati tv news people of yesteryear we need to do it again what do you say people should we try to convince john to do a tv trivia ? every so often

at 10/03/2006 5:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

And radio too. Anyone want to get it started.

Who remembers Buddy Baron (2 different gigs locally in the same building. WSAI and WINK)

at 10/03/2006 10:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i do and if i remember correctly he was on when the were simulcast on both am and fm (but i dont remember the am freq what was the freq)

at 10/04/2006 6:56 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

1360 after it was country and before it became k-rock.

Who remembers K-rock????

at 10/04/2006 9:20 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey John,

Speaking of radio, what's the latest on Thom B. coming to the Reds? Monday's paper indicated the announcement would be soon

at 10/04/2006 11:05 AM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Yes, vintage "Doctor Who" with Tom Baker -- the Doctor when Ch. 48 began airing the series in 1985 -- returns to Ch. 48 at 10:30 pm Saturday. Two episodes will air, at 10:30 and 11 p.m. "Doctor Who" aired on Ch. 48 from 1985 to 2005.

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