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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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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Casting charismatic, humorous Muslims

The Cincinnati craigslst has a posting for a new CBS show casting for "charismatic, likeable, and humorous Muslims."
Endemol Entertaiment ("Deal or No Deal," "Fear Factor," "Extreme Makeover") is looking for "Muslims who are proud of their religion and are open to sharing the way of Islam with others." The show will profile families in different communities across the country, and explore the issues that families from varied backgrounds face in their day-to-day life. Participants will be compensated, producers say.
Anyone interested should e-mail their name, hometown, current residence, phone number and a photo to

Drew Lachey on "Celebrity Jeopardy!"
Before hitting the road for the "Dancing with the Stars" tour, Cincinnati native Drew Lachey gets his shot on the two-week celebrity "Jeopardy!" shows that started Wednesday. Lachey appears on Thursday, Nov. 16 (7:30 p.m., Ch 9) with Dana Delany and Brian Stokes Mitchell. Tonight’s contestants: Curt Schilling, Jane Kaczmarek and Doug Savant.

Idol dates set
"American Idol" returns for a sixth season with four hours of bad singers 8-10 p.m. Jan. 16-17. Audition shows will air three weeks, through Jan. 31. Semi-finals will air Feb. 6-7 and Feb. 13-14.


at 11/09/2006 10:00 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

man what a flash back wake up early to see kim moening on fox 19. is she temporarily subbing for sheila for a couple of days or is she back at fox19 for a while?

at 11/09/2006 10:07 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was about to post the same thing. It was refreshing to see her and, during Tuesday's election coverage, seeing Terry (Daniels) Thill on Fox19.

It would be nice to see both. Terry would be great co-anchoring weekends.

at 11/09/2006 10:20 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i guess i'm not the only one who saw ms. moening this morning. i kept thinking, "who is that? she looks really familiar" then her name popped up. the new hairstyle looks much better too.

at 11/09/2006 11:41 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Much better than goodie-2 shoe Mrs. Ed.

at 11/09/2006 11:49 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What? Nothing about 9 deciding not to go wall-to-wall on Election Night? Didn't they promote that plan heavily? What happened?

at 11/09/2006 12:04 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

Yeah, I had to do a double take. How is it that she gets to hop back into the anchor seat while Megan Mongello has to do field reporting? Shouldn't she go to the back of the line, bottom of the pecking order?

at 11/09/2006 12:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

uh, maybe i'm out of the loop, but could Anon 11:41 clue me in as to who "goodie 2-shoe Mrs. Ed" is? Thanks!

at 11/09/2006 12:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone catch the wrong promo for the CBS Evening News that aired just before the noon news?

CBS aired a heavily outdated CBS News with BOB SCHEIFER promo.


at 11/09/2006 12:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

That would be Sheila Gray.

at 11/09/2006 12:59 PM Anonymous actually read the post said...

gee, does anybody care about what john actually POSTED about instead of the backstage machinations of local news shows??

BTW, Endemol also produces the hideous Big Brother.

at 11/09/2006 1:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO:actually read the post said
this blog rarely stays with the topic header but the topics are of entertainment so Buzz off

at 11/09/2006 1:18 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Kim Moening is filling in for Sheila Gray for a couple of days. Sheila is out for medical reasons, the station says. Fox 19 to make an official news release later today. But I don't expect them to say much more than this.
And FYI: CBS Newsman Ed Bradley died today. AP story posted at

at 11/09/2006 2:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

With 19 dropped from or (their) dropping Ohio News Network, they should hire two reporters. Kim Moening and Terry Thill probably are the best out there, as the previous poster said.

Any word on them hiring another sports anchor? What about Dan Hoard coming back? (Let him split it with doing FoxSports Reds games (and get rid of George "Gosh and Golly Gee" and "don't make me say Best Damn Sports Show-I'll say Darn") Grande.

He is absolutely horrible. yuck, yuck, yuck.

at 11/09/2006 2:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

per fox19s web site they are still advertising help wanted signs for quite a few positions among the empty seats are sports anchor/reporter ,reporter, chief meteorologist

at 11/09/2006 3:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Mr.Bradley

at 11/09/2006 9:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Channel 5 hasn't been the same since Juliette Vara left.

What an outstanding reporter. She is missed.

at 11/09/2006 9:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily Longnecker is quite a replacement for Juliette.

Although she is a little green. Channel 5 is really doing good.

at 11/09/2006 9:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Channel 19's website really sucks for news.

It's kinda like "we don't really report on news" but post some links and crap to fake it...

at 11/09/2006 9:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Channel 12 had very good election coverage for outlying areas.

Channel 5 and 19 sucked, and so did the Cincinnati Enquirer. The Enquirer really sucked.

What the hell is wrong with the Enquirer's website, it's been goofy for about 5 weeks.....

at 11/10/2006 2:19 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Juliette - for the love of all things holy, PLEASE stop posting your own love letters here!!! No one cares that you were ever here or that you are gone. What major contribution did you make to journalism here?

at 11/10/2006 8:56 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Caught Kim Moening on 19 this morning. Whoever posted that her new haircut looks better is right on. She had the worst anchor helmet of all time.

at 11/10/2006 1:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i had to laugh when i saw the juliette vara comment. you know...i haven't even noticed that she was gone! the addition of karin johnson and the talent of the other reporters, john london, brian hamrick, michelle hopkins, and my favorite... the beautiful, heart stopping, jaw dropping gorgeous emily longnecker has made ms. vara's departure a non issue.

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