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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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Monday, November 27, 2006

How To Find "The Office" This Week

When Ch. 5 folks bought local TV rights to Thursday’s Bengals-Ravens telecast – a simulcast of the new NFL Network – they figured it could be a good game. But they didn’t anticipate that NBC would chose the day after November sweeps to relaunch a two-hour comedy block, with new episodes of "The Office" and the entire Thursday lineup (even "ER"). So while Bengals fans are happy, "The Office" fans definitely are not.
"We’re getting a lot of e-mails from fans of 'The Office.' They want to know when to set their DVRs. Most people recognize it’s a good decision to carry the Bengals, and we’re trying to provide the best of both worlds, even if on a slight delay," Dyer said this morning
"This is unusual. The network usually goes into reruns, at least temporarily, right after sweeps ends," he says.
Getting the Bengals game was a coup. It’s a crucial rematch, with playoff implications for the Bengals. And with Time Warner refusing to carry the NFL Network, and with Insight cable carrying the channel but not the eight NFL games (too expensive, they say), Ch 5 is the only way to see the 8 p.m. Thursday game – unless you have a dish.
But if you want to see "The Office," you’ll have to wait until 7:30 p.m. Saturday – unless you can get Dayton’s Ch. 2. Here how to find the NBC shows delayed by Ch. 5:
--"My Name Is Earl," 7 p.m. Saturday.
--"The Office," 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
--"Scrubs," 3:30 a.m. Sunday (late Saturday)
--"30 Rock," 4 a.m. Sunday (late Saturday)
--"ER," noon Sunday.

NFL Network
I was in a Comcast cable home for Thanksgiving – in New Jersey – and saw part of the NFL Network’s debut game. It was great to hear Cris Collinsworth back in the booth, as a game analyst. He’s paired with Bryant Gumbel. The graphics reminded me of Fox games, without sound effects. Collinsworth will appear on Ch 5’s 7-8 p.m. pregame show Thursday, "Ready to Roar." (Did any of you see the game? What did you think?)

Prairie Home Companion
On the drive back from Jersey Saturday night, I caught Garrison Keillor’s "Prairie Home Companion" broadcast from Music Hall. He certainly did his homework. If you missed it, he paid tribute to the city’s broadcasting and music heritage, talking about WLW-AM and 500,000 watts in the 1930s to make it truly "The Nation’s Station," and about Syd Nathan and King Records, and Rosemary Clooney and Roy Rogers. Keillor ended the national broadcast with a sing-along of "White Christmas," in memoriy of Rosie, and "Happy Trails," Roy's signature song. Nice touch. If you attended the show, tell me all about it.

Network news
"The Nine" is down to zero. ABC has pulled the serial drama from 10 p.m. Wednesday – the last day of sweeps – for a "20/20." ABC says it’s on hiatus and returns sometime later in the season. (Yeah, sure.) ABC also has moved Anne Heche’s "Men In Trees" to 10 p.m. Thursday in place of "Six Degrees." Sweeps end Wednesday. More shows will be pulled. Which ones are goners?


at 11/27/2006 3:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thursday will be a great to not have have cable and be a DirecTV subscriber and watch digital television with an outdoor antenna. I can watch the Bengals game in HD on either Channel 5 or on DirecTV Channel 95. Plus, I can dvr Scrubs in HD on Channel 2 from Dayton.

For those fans who don't want to wait until Saturday to watch their shows, Channel 5 should either air the NBC Thursday night lineup on channel 5-2 or get channel 38 to run the NBC lineup.

at 11/27/2006 4:41 PM Anonymous zuleika dobson said...

janelle gelfand posted a very nice synopsis of being at music hall for "a prairie home companion" sunday night over on her enquirer classical music blog.

at 11/27/2006 5:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. What is going on with Sheila Gray from Channel 19? Is she another 19 casualty?
2. Does anyone know what happened to Cindy Matthews at WCPO Channel 9? She is another disappearing anchor/reporter.

at 11/27/2006 6:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

2. Does anyone know what happened to Cindy Matthews at WCPO Channel 9? She is another disappearing anchor/reporter.

Cindy Matthews update
Where is Cindy Matthews, who filled in on Channel 9’s “Good Morning Tri-State” during Cathrine Nero’s maternity leave? Maybe somewhere in Asia. Bob Morford, Ch 9 news director, told me she quit to travel the world after Nero returned last summer. The last he heard she was somewhere in Asia. If someone at Ch 9 keeps in touch with her, maybe they can fill us in.

at 11/27/2006 6:34 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

When is Jim O'Brien "outta there"??

at 11/27/2006 8:29 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

I miss Sheila... tell me when she comes back. As long as Kim Moening and/or whoever that was this morning are at the desk I'll be watching 5 or 12 until then.

at 11/27/2006 9:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was great to see a full house at Music Hall for Prairie Home Companion. I wish the symphony could do the same. Having seen the movie, the setting was pretty much the same. With the audience reaction surrounding us, it was sometimes hard to hear the actors in the skits. Garrison did his Lake Woebegone monologue in a spotlight sitting on a stool. With the tribute to Rosemary Clooney, I wondered if Nick was in the audience.

at 11/27/2006 9:25 PM Anonymous Matt Tauber said...

Thanks for telling me when to find Thursday night's NBC shows!

at 11/27/2006 10:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was Caroline Thau who was at news 5 for a while and left for family/personal issues and was the sub for tricia when she was on her last maternity leave. Whats the story on a replacement for Apuzzo at fox19 i think horton must live at fox19 now cause he seems to be on sun thru thurs night and mon thru fri morning

at 11/28/2006 8:27 AM Blogger BMurdock said...

And he's on Q102! Who does he think he is Andy MacWilliams?!

at 11/29/2006 5:33 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

has anyone else noticed that the radar screen when paul does his forecast only goes up untill 845.

at 11/29/2006 10:53 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Horton's doing PA announcing for hockey. I miss Andy Mac!

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