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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, October 17, 2006

So We Got Nuked?

I finally caught last week’s "Jericho" episode, which speculated that Cincinnati was destroyed by a nuclear explosion. After watching it several times, I’m not convinced the grainy footage was from Cincinnati.
Here’s what happened:
In the opening minutes, people were sitting around a bar watching faded footage of people running from a blast on satellite TV. Eric Green (actor Kenneth Mitchell), son of the mayor (Gerald McRaney), says: "I’m telling you it’s the Midwest. From the skyline, I’m thinking Cincinnati." Then he walks over to a map and says, "Let’s make Cincinnati a question mark," and draws a question mark over Cincinnati.
So we’re toast, according to the "Jericho" mythology, and that’s good enough for me. My CBS contacts couldn’t say why Cincinnati was mentioned, or if we’ll be mentioned again.
You can see for yourself by watching at And then tell me if you think the footage was actually shot here.

More Jericho news
CBS has ordered a full year of "Jericho," bringing the total of new fall series renewals to three: ABC’s "Ugly Betty," NBC’s "Heroes" and "Jericho."

"Bengals Nation" goes live Wednesday
Ch 12 blows off "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Entertainment Tonight" 7-8 p.m. Wednesday for a live one-hour "Bengals Nation" from GameWorks at Newport on the Levee. (The weekly Bengals show usually airs 11:30 p.m. Saturdays.)
This is posted on the “Bengals Nation” page
"We need every fan and citizen of Bengals Nation to help us rally the team for their battle against Carolina on Sunday. So set your Tivo to watch yourself late, and be a part of our 'Bengals Nation Live' Wednesday at Gameworks!"


at 10/18/2006 12:43 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

no, the number of full-season network buys is FOUR (4); they purchased the full season of ABC's Brothers and Sisters which is the second highest-rated freshman show of the season.

at 10/18/2006 11:32 AM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Yes, it's four, with ABC late Monday ordering a full season of "Brothers & Sisters." And if you go by ABC's own list of season-to-date ratings, based on total viewers (not the 18-49 demo), it's #4 among new shows.
Here's the top 10 of new shows for total viewers:
Ugly Betty (#17, 14.9 mill)
Shark (#21, 14.5 mill)
Heroes (#23, 13.73 mill)
Brothers & Sisters (#24, 13.72 mill)
1 vs. 100 (#26, 12.7 mill)
Jericho (#32, 11.3 mill)
Studio 60 (#36, 10.7 mill)
Help Me, Help You (#39, 10.5 mill)
Six Degrees (#40, 10.3 mill)
The Nine (#44, 10 mill)
btw: The 11th show is "Smith" at #45, which already has been canceled.

at 10/18/2006 11:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

kiese, is blitz 5 number 1 in ratings.

at 10/19/2006 10:27 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am HOOKED on Jericho. Great show!!! OK, so, we got nuked. But what about LAST night's cliffhanger? You can check it out on CBS' "InnerTube."

Everyone's gathered in the local bar to see what appears to be a broadcast from Washington, D.C. Then the screen cuts out, and everything starts shaking. People rush outside to see what's happening - and the final shot shows two huge missles launching from nearby underground silos... I get chills just THINKING about it!

And after hearing the news about the NFL stadium threat - I'm starting to think... Just how possible WOULD it be for something like "Jericho" to actually happen?

Also a big fan of Heroes - and it looks like a LOT of other people are, too. Who knew that it'd be possible to say the phrase "Save the cheerleader, save the world" with a straight face?

at 10/19/2006 12:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

blitz 5 is dead last and not even close. 12 kills in sports by almost double on friday nights. then 9/19 are close together. 5 is waaaaaayyy back.

at 10/19/2006 12:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

kiese just heard terry daniels is coming back to cincy, is there any shot of him going back to 5. Are there stations pusuring him

at 10/19/2006 1:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

We can't be destroyed. Remember that quote by Mark Twain? He said when Armagedon came he'd go to Cincinnati because they are 10 or 20 years behind on everything.

at 10/19/2006 1:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terry Daniels is also know as Terry Thill
Article published Monday, September 18, 2006

Will WTOL's morning ratings rise and shine?

Brad Harvey loved being a utility player for Cleveland's WEWS-TV.

After a two-year stint as morning anchor, he spent his final four years at the ABC affiliate simultaneously serving as political reporter, chief of the station's Akron bureau, and fill-in anchor.

"I plugged holes for four years," he said, "and there were always holes to fill."

At 5 a.m. today, he was to step into a specialized role at Toledo's WTOL-TV, Channel 11 — co-anchor of the two-hour morning newscast.

"This is a great professional opportunity," said Harvey, who signed a three-year contract. "I'm more of a cornerstone person [at WTOL]. It's thrilling to feel that you are part of the future."

Brad Harvey: WTOL news anchor start this morning.

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Harvey, 44, joins WTOL veteran Melissa Voetsch behind the anchor desk. Mike Stone, a WEWS alumnus, is the meteorologist.

"Mike was a huge selling point for me coming here," Harvey said.

Not only did Stone sell Harvey on WTOL but, before that, he made a sales pitch to WTOL news director Mitch Jacob. (The anchor opening developed when Jacob moved Jerry Anderson from mornings to 6 and 11 p.m., replacing Terry Thill, who moved to Cincinnati because of his wife's job.)

"I went into Mitch's office and said, 'You have to give this guy a try,' " Stone said. "I think I was the cheerleader for both sides in this case. I think he is going to be a really good fit."

WTOL is No. 2 in the morning race, trailing WTVG-TV, Channel 13.

If Anderson, a proven ratings-getter at 5 p.m., couldn't get WTOL over the hump from 5 to 7 a.m., what makes Jacob think Harvey can?

"He's from Ohio," Jacob said. "He knows this state. He knows what's going on."

Harvey, a native of Gallipolis, worked at WDAF-TV in Kansas City for five years before returning to Ohio in 2000 for the job at WEWS.

"I could have stayed [at WDAF] forever," he said, "but our first child was born in '99, and my wife and I agreed: 'He needs to know his grandparents.' "

He and his wife of 18 years, Kim, are expecting their second child in early November.

at 10/20/2006 12:24 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terry Daniels REAL name is Terry Thill. He went back to it when he left for Toledo. Hopefully he's smart enough not to get back in that rat trap called WLWT.

at 10/22/2006 10:21 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I predict WLWT ratings will increase this ratings period...

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