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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.

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Best & Worst of TV Year

Broadcasting & Cable magazine has asked TV writers to pick their best and worst shows. So can you help me decide what are the best and worst – broadcast or cable -- that aired anytime in 2006?
Best Overall Program: Grey’s Anatomy? The Daily Show? 24?
Best Comedy: The Office? Two and A Half Men? The Simpsons? The Daily Show?
Best Drama: Grey’s Anatomy? 24? The Wire?
Best Reality: American Idol? Survivor? Dancing with the Stars? Amazing Race?
Worst Program: Happy Hour? 3 Lbs?
Most Memorable TV Moment? (This one stumped me.)
Thanks for your help!


54 Comments:

at 12/14/2006 9:41 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best show is clear: Battlestar Galactica!

 
at 12/14/2006 10:12 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best reality show ,Dancing with the Stars, best TV moment... Emmitt and Cheryl winning the above. Worst, Mario and and Karina pouting and mouthing off about getting gyped.

 
at 12/14/2006 10:50 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

best overall=House md
comedy=simpsons
drama house md
reality=dwts
worst=biggest loser
most memorable=springer on being voted out of dwts

 
at 12/14/2006 11:45 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Lost

 
at 12/14/2006 11:49 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best Overall Program: House. Why? Its unlike anything else on television. A truly compelling lead character that could not have been convincingly played by anyone else that comes to mind.
Best Comedy: Local TV News. A joke. Best Drama: Heroes. Compelling week in and week out. What could have been corny and quickly pulled slowly grew into a great show.
Best Reality: All crap. I don't watch.

 
at 12/14/2006 11:54 AM Blogger NKYGAL said...

Best Overall Program - LOST or Brother's & Sisters
Best Comedy - UGLY BETTY on ABC
Best Drama - Grey's
Best Reality - Top Chef
Worst Program - Men in Trees
Most Memorable TV Moment - Grey's when Meredith and McDreamy got back together.

 
at 12/14/2006 12:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best overall: "No Reservations" Anthony Bourdain.

Best Drama: House

Best Comedy: The Daly Show

Best Reality Program; Hell's Kitchen

 
at 12/14/2006 12:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amendment to my 12:50

Best Comedy; "Good Eats" Alton Brown (this does require a liberal interpretation of the category, I suppose, but Brown is one of the most creative people on TV).

Also, most missed program: "The Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin

 
at 12/14/2006 1:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 12:50--

You picked two "comedies." Still interesting picks. Bourdain's new season starts Jan 1 10P Travel Channel. Agree with you on that one.

 
at 12/14/2006 1:34 PM Blogger Brad said...

Best overall: 24
Best Comedy: My Name is Earl
Best Drama: 24
Best Reality: Big Brother
Worst Program: Oprah

 
at 12/14/2006 2:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best "Fired" Newscaster: Jim O'Brien.

 
at 12/14/2006 2:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best show: Still have to go with CSI.

Best Drama: CSI

Best Comedy: Two and Half Men

Worst: The show with Julia-Louis Dreyfus.

 
at 12/14/2006 2:20 PM Anonymous zuleika said...

Best Overall Program - House M.D.
Best Comedy - My Name Is Earl
Best [New] Drama - Shark
Best Reality - Hell's Kitchen
Worst Program - don't watch bad tv!
Most Memorable TV Moment - Jerry Springer hugging daughter Katie after his Waltz with Kym on DWTS

 
at 12/14/2006 3:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most compelling moment had to be the ending episode of the Shield, which remains the best show on television. Rescue Me, Thief and Nip/Tuck were outstanding seconds as far as best dramas.

 
at 12/14/2006 3:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marina Jurica is out at 5.

 
at 12/14/2006 3:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

NIP/TUCK?

 
at 12/14/2006 3:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

at 12/14/2006 3:49 PM Anonymous said...
Marina Jurica is out at 5.

What happened? I see she's already missing from the website, though...Jim O'brien is still plastered all over their website.

 
at 12/14/2006 3:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best Overall = Battlestar Galactica
Comedy = The Colbert Report
Drama = The Unit
Reality = Big Brother All-Stars
Worst Show = The View
Most memorable moment = Mr. Eco died

 
at 12/14/2006 3:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marina was on the early news this morning...no wonder 5 is in so much trouble - musical chairs are never good to build consistency!

 
at 12/14/2006 4:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bigtime.

I thought she was being groomed for mornings with Derek taking over in the evenings.

Did she pull a "Danielle Folquet"?

 
at 12/14/2006 4:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

kiese what happened with marina

 
at 12/14/2006 4:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

first on 5= 5 fooled us leaving us to believe that obrien was getting fired when in all doubt marina quit.
Marina wanted to be a full time weather forecaster. 5 just didnt have anywhere to put her besides weekend with johnathan "why do i still have a job and dumbo ears" hawgood.Marina got fed up of big ears and his quirky comments.

 
at 12/14/2006 4:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, no. I don't think she'd have shown up for one show, then left before the noon if that were the case.

 
at 12/14/2006 6:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whether you're on TV or work in a mall, a job is a job is a job. Sometimes, for whatever reason, things just "don't work out." My guess? She didn't "quit."

What's the scoop, Kiese?

 
at 12/14/2006 6:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously though, I wonder if this disappearance is timed with her husband's residency at UK's medical center.

C'mon Brend-baby! You obviously read this blog and comment...chime in!

This secret is as good as to whom Michelle Beauti-lette is engaged to.

 
at 12/14/2006 6:03 PM Blogger skippercollector said...

I can only give half an answer to most of your questions. The only show that I like that the critics like is House.
I don't watch reality shows and there hasn't been a sitcom for several years that I've watched. I watch a number of dramas or comedy/dramas but the ones I like are panned by the critics.
To me, the most surprising TV moment of the year was the announcement of the UPN/CW merger.
As for a TV show surprising or memorable moment, the comment about Atlanta in the pilot episode of Jericho made me (and a bunch of other viewers) jump out of our chairs, because it was so unexpected.

 
at 12/14/2006 6:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

who is michelle beutilette engage too

 
at 12/14/2006 7:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best Comedy: Channel 5 news

 
at 12/14/2006 7:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Best Comedy: Channel 5 news
try channel5 across the board on all of the catagories

 
at 12/14/2006 8:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most memorable moment = sheree stumbling over 7 words during each newscast.

 
at 12/14/2006 8:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

best overall writing= Studio 60
Best overall show= 24
comedy= the office
drama= house, heroes
new drama= Shark
reality= biggest loser
worst= help me help you.

Kiese I love studio 60, but if the ratings keep falling, nbc will not renew it for next season.
Maybe if nbc puts it on a differnt night like tuesday at 9.

 
at 12/14/2006 9:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rumor has it Apuzzo is cooking something locally... News 5?

 
at 12/14/2006 10:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love bunnies.

 
at 12/14/2006 10:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas everyone!

 
at 12/14/2006 10:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy 93rd birthday - Jim Scott!

 
at 12/15/2006 12:01 AM Blogger Not Todd said...

Best Overall Program - House
Best Comedy - The Office
Best New Show - Ugly Betty
Best Reality - The Amazing Race
Worst Program - Saturday Night Live
Most Memorable TV Moment - When Jim confesses his love to Pam on The Office
Best Local News - Channel 12

 
at 12/15/2006 12:44 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most memorable moment? A tie: When Star Jones left "The View" and when Rosie O'Donnell joined "The View".

 
at 12/15/2006 5:28 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

whats up with this new weather forecaster kiesha kirkland on 5. That weave doesnt look good at all.

 
at 12/15/2006 6:05 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Worst moment? when Rosie O'Donnell opened her mouth on "The View".

 
at 12/15/2006 7:56 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best Commercial: The sinus medication where the lady at the desk is blowing her nose and her head keeps getting bigger and bigger. As her head enlarges, don't you think she looks just like Rosie O'Donnell?

Worst On the Scene Report: Channel 5's Traffic Twerp flying over I-71 in the Chopper the day of the "Gas Can Bomb" scare describing the scene below as being "where the bomb was earlier DETONATED.

Had that been the case, there would have been a hole in the highway where traffic was running smoothly. Send that kid to journalism school to learn some vocabulary. The alledged bomb was DISARMED on the highway and detonated at the shooting range.

 
at 12/15/2006 8:03 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Worst On the Scene Report: Channel 5's Traffic Twerp flying over I-71 in the Chopper the day of the "Gas Can Bomb" scare describing the scene below as being "where the bomb was earlier DETONATED."

Dude, you do know that the word Detonated was what the cops at the scene used, right? They even said it live during a press conference. Get over it already.

 
at 12/15/2006 8:15 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best overall: Dexter - Showtime
Best Comedy: Lucky Louie - HBO
Best Other: Mythbusters
Worst Looking Hosts: Mythbusters
Worst Program: Anything that they have been putting on Channel 64 this year.

 
at 12/15/2006 9:11 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

One moment that stands out:

-- Baba Wawa's interview with Terry Irwin after her husband ("the Crocodlie Hunter") died tragically
-- The "Nature" episode about the monkeys that were infected with AIDS in the laboratory and how they are being cared for now that they are not needed.

 
at 12/15/2006 9:12 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was 2 moments, I goofed... :)

 
at 12/15/2006 9:34 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two reasons the "gas can bomb" wouldn't have left a hole in the roadway:

(1) it wasn't IN the roadway and
(2) pretty sure it was just an old can full of pee.

IMHO, the "Traffic Guy" is the best thing going at that station. Period.

Best Show? House. Hugh Laurie is an incredible actor.
But Heroes and Jericho are so cool. I agree with the previous post about the "Atlanta" moment. And the episode that began with the possible destruction of Cincinnati? Creeeeepy!

It'll be interesting to see who wins the Golden Globes next month!

 
at 12/15/2006 9:55 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think channel 5 would hit rock bottom if they hired apuzzo. the 5pm show is slightly respectable and the 11pm show is plain horrible. apuzzo was bad on 19 and i'd bet he would be bad on 5 too.

 
at 12/15/2006 1:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cincinnati Broadcast history was made today when Keisha Kirkland did the weather. She's the first African-American female to do a weathercast on any of the stations in town.

Why do I feel like it was an on-air audition?

When I dialed up Weatherplus on TWCable at 8:30am, all I saw was Jim O'brien.

 
at 12/15/2006 1:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

so marina quit? did she just high tail it out of there or what? no mention or anything. gotta love that revolving door at channel 5. it's like the energizer bunny... it keeps going and going and going. maybe brennan donellon should take a ride on it.

 
at 12/15/2006 2:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like Marina Jurica is also GONE from Channel 5 - her web page has disappeared from their web site and no links to her name at all .....is she joining Jim O'Brien at his new station, wherever that may be????

 
at 12/16/2006 11:07 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

best of the best = House!!

 
at 12/18/2006 1:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best overall/Drama - Lost
Best comedy - The Office
Reality - Project Runway!
Worst - all those new gameshows! William Shatner dancing is horrrible.
Most memorable - Star Jones quitting/being fired

 
at 12/19/2006 11:06 AM Anonymous Keith said...

Best Overall - The Office
Comedy - The Office
Drama - CSI
Reality - Top Chef
Worst - Rachael Ray's talk show. Unwatchable.
Most memorable moment - Connie Chung's exit from her cable news show.

Unrelated side note - How much does Channel 5 not get it? Ken Broo reporting live from the RCA Dome during the second half of the Bengals game. Seriously, what fan was watching News 5 during the game? If they were going to get locker room reaction, it was too late because the game wasn't over until 11:40pm, when Channel 5 was finished with the news.

 
at 12/19/2006 9:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best Overall = 24
Best Comedy = The Office

 
at 12/20/2006 1:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Worst program: a tie A) newscasts anchored by pronunciation-butcherers Janell Walton and Tanya O'Rourke and B) the morning show on channel 5

Both make channel 19 news look (and sound) good.

 
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