Television 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.
What’s so funny about Ohio? Jon Stewart brings "The Daily Show" to Columbus for a week, starting next Monday, since Ohio was the epicenter of the 2004 presidential election. He’ll arrive in Columbus this weekend and meet with students at the SchottensteinCenter on Saturday. He'll tape the show at 6 p.m. -- same time he does in New York -- at the Roy Bowen Theatre at OSU. And now TBS has announced a new comedy series, "10 Items Or Less," set in an Ohio family-owned grocery store. Star/co-creator/executive producer/writer John Lehr says it is located "outside Dayton." It’s semi-improvisational -- like ABC’s short-lived "Sons & Daughters"last spring set in Hamilton – with the actors improvising dialogue from a story outline provided by writers. Why did the TBS show pick Ohio? Because Lehr is from Kansas, and co-creator Robert Hickey is from Michigan, "and we thought Ohio was a good compromise."Lehr hosted one of the worst TV reality shows ever, ABC’s "I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here." His credits include playing Christina Applegate's brother on NBC’s "Jesse" and "Kicking and Screaming." "10 Items Or Less" premieres Monday, Nov. 27.
More renewals Add James Woods' CBS "Shark" and the CW’s "The Game" sitcom – plus CW’s "7th Heaven" to the list of shows renewed for a full season. Also good for a year: "Ugly Betty," "Jericho," "Brothers & Sisters" and "Heroes." So far, "Shark" is running a close second to "ER" at 10 p.m. Thursday.