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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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Friday, April 28, 2006

Quite The Dish

Ch. 12 blows off “Entertainment Tonight” 7-8 p.m. Saturday for a one-hour special episode of “The Dish,” the weekly cooking show starring chefs Jean-Robert deCavel and Meg Galvin. It’s a promotion for the “1 Night, 12 Kitchens” fund-raiser 6-9 p.m. Sunday at the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, where the weekly Ch 12 show is taped.
Featured on show will be chefs from four area restaurants: Jag’s Steaks & Seafood, West Chester Township; One Restaurant & Lounge, Mason; the Polo Grille, Deerfield Township; and the Brown Dog Café, Blue Ash.
"The Dish," which premiered in September, airs 9:30 a.m. Fridays on Ch. 12.

Quick Snow Job
Fox Radio wasted no time replacing the “Tony Snow Show” (9 a.m.-noon, WKRC-AM, 550), after the 1973 Princeton High School graduate was named President Bush’s press secretary Wednesday. “Brian and The Judge” debuted Thursday with Brian Kilmeade, co-host of the “Fox & Friends” morning show, and Fox judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano, a former New Jersey Superior Court judge.

Here’s what I’m putting on the DVR this weekend – the special “Saturday Night Live” devoted entirely to Robert Smigel’s “TV Funhouse” cartoons (11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, Ch. 5) Ace & Gary from “The Ambiguously Gay Duo” (voices of Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell) will host 90 minutes of “The X-Presidents,” “Fun with Real Audio,” “Journey into the Disney Vault,” “Saddam & Osama” and other cartoons skewering Michael Jackson, Mr. T, “Peanuts,” “The Lion King” and many others.

Thanks for all the postings about new spring shows and TV worth watching. Keep 'em coming.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

So what did I miss?

So what did I miss?
I’m just back after a month off, recovering from colon surgery, and trying to catch up to everything on TV and radio and everywhere else, as May sweeps start today…

I’ve seen Channel 9’s new sports reporter – Lisa Cornwell from WCBI-TV in Columbus, Miss. She’s a Little Rock native who went to the Univ. of Arkansas on a golf scholarship. She' was a pretty good basketball player too, says John Popovich, Channel 9 sports director. She replaces Paula Faris, who went to Chicago in October.

And I’ve seen Channel 5’s Marina Jurica, the new weekend morning weather person. She comes from WKYT-TV in Lexington, where he husband, Joseph, is completing his cardiology fellowship at the University of Kentucky. Jurica, who speaks Croatian and French, has worked at KMIR-TV in Palm Springs and Channel One News in Los Angeles. She grew up in Vancouver and California, and studied opera performance, journalism, and astronomy at UCLA. She’s working on a BS in geosciences from Mississippi State University. Her Channel 5 bio says she likes to sing, surf and snow ski.

Sweeps start today
With May sweeps starting today, I could use your help. I’m interested in reading your comments on whether some of the new spring tryout shows (Teachers, Heist, Pepper Dennis) are worth watching -- or what else you consider TV's best shows -- as we head into the final 4 weeks of the TV season. In the next couple of days, I'll post dates for the final episodes of "Will & Grace," "The West Wing," "Malcolm in the Middle," "7th Heaven" and other shows we know are leaving the air.

News views
I also want you to use this blog during May sweeps as your forum for comments on the local TV news sweeps special reports we’ll see for the next four weeks. I can't watch them all, and would like to read what you liked and didn't like.

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