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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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Monday, January 15, 2007

OK, Let's Try This Again

OK, let's try this again. I'm back on the blog, and you will be able to be on it, too. But this is my blog, and we’re going to keep an eye on the posts. I love seeing your feedback -- and I know you do too -- and want to keep it up. It's fun to read your take on things, and see what interests you. Just keep it clean. You know what I mean.
So let's try this again.
Moving on, as Stephen Colbert would say...

We're still a reality TV hotbed
We're still a reality TV hotbed, and the networks know it. The latest: Robert Hatcher, 26 of Westwood on "American Idol" premering Tuesday (8-10 p.m.,, Chs. 19, 45). He's got a ticket to the Hollywood round next month in a story we just posted.
Hatcher is throwing a viewing party at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Jazz in the Park II, 1180 W. Kemper Road, Forest Park (in the Promendae Shopping Center at Kemper & Winton). But if Fox shows his audition on "American Idol" this season, it will be in the Birmingham auditions episode on Jan. 30 (8-9 p.m., Chs. 19, 45).
And we’ve got Michelle Yi, a UC fashion design student on "Survivor: Fiji" premiereing Feb. 8.
Do you know her?
And I need your help on a couple of others: Did you watch NBC Sunday night? Is P&G's Surya Yalamanchili still on "The Apprentice: Los Angeles?" Did you see Kate Rockwell (Wilfong) from Sycamore High School and Blue Ash on "Grease: You’re The One That I Want?" Did she make it through to Grease Academy for next week? Lemme know.

Clooneys tonight
You’ve probably seen clips of George and Nick Clooney's Darfur visit last April when they appeared on the Today show or other network news programs. If you have Insight or Time Warner’s digital-level cable, you can see their documenary on their trip in "A Journey to Darfur" at 8 p.m. today on Americanlife TV Network (Insight Channel 182, Time Warner Channel 141). Nick hosts this half-hour program. (It's on Americanlife, of all places, because Nick does periodic "Moments That Changed Us" interview shows for that channel.)
Nick covers a lot of ground in 30 minutes. He explains that George suggested they go over in March, after winning an Oscar, to use his clout to get some publicity about the genocide. And the documentary shows how it led to George addressing the United Nations Security Council in September.
It's a little weird seeing Nick formally interview George in a hotel room, but overall the show is a good overview of their campaign in the past year. With all the bad news or goofy things that some celebrities generate, it's impressive to see how one megastar and his father, a newsman living in tiny Augusta, Ky., are using their juice and skills to help end a truly awful situation half-way around the world.

Dancing with the Stars returns
For the first time, ABC will do two "Dancing with the Stars" series in one year, following the "Survivor" model for success. A new "DWTS" debuts Monday March 19, instead of Tuesday, to avoid going head-on with "American Idol." Results will air 9-10 p.m. Tuesday, which could compete with the "American Idol" performances on nights that "Idol" goes two hours. ("Idol" will be down to the top 12 finalists starting Tuesday, March 13. )
No cast announced yet for "DWTS."
And don’t forget that Drew Lachey & Cherly Burke, Jerry Springer and Kym Johnson, and others will be here with the "DWTS" tour at US Bank Arena Wednesday night.


at 1/16/2007 2:31 PM Blogger Brad said...


You could try eliminating anonymous posting. There was a problem with anon's ruining the conversations on Marc Lancaster's Reds blog on this site, and when he eliminated the anonymous postings it got 100% better.

at 1/16/2007 3:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What will ABC do with it's current Monday lineup (Wifewap, Supernanny and What About Brian?)

at 1/16/2007 3:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your blog, you control it. To everyone else, play by the rules.

I can't understand why everybody is so surprised with 700 WLW running reruns on the weekend. CBS has been running reruns in the 8 and 9 o'clock hours for the past 2 seasons. Reruns of CSI, NCIS and any other show with initials.

at 1/16/2007 4:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

TV and radio are not the same animal.

The number of episodes per season doesn't change in TV... and here's a local breaking news alert... come Feb, you'll see brand new episodes of CSI, etc...

at 1/16/2007 5:11 PM Blogger Rick said...

Actually, I kind of like the re-runs... I don't hear them the first time, so it's good to get the chance to hear them at all...

at 1/16/2007 6:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have a problem with anonymous posting, Kies knows who I am anyway,but I am willing to be a blogger with a name if someone can talk me through it.
From the neighborhood.

at 1/16/2007 9:20 PM Anonymous Greg said...

John, do you know anything about this? This is from CNN

Deadwood" creator David Milch talked up his new drama "John From Cincinnati," which is pegged for a surfing-friendly summertime debut. His appearance at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel event proved to be something of a surreal experience, with the producer in an unusually chatty, stream-of-consciousness mood while extolling the virtues of "Cincinnati," his paranormal surfing series. It left all who witnessed it feeling bemused and somewhat overwhelmed.

at 1/17/2007 9:18 AM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Kiese here with a couple of comments:
--At this point, I'm not going to eliminate anonymous posts. I'm just going to watch things, and see how it goes.
--As for ABC Monday lineup, ABC putting "Dancing with the Stars" at 8-10 pm Monday starting March 19. My guess is that "Brian" is safe for spring, to see if ratings go up following "DWTS" as "House" got a big boost a few years ago from "American Idol." My impression are that "Wife Swap" and "Supernanny" are place-fillers, and will be moved around the schedule like "America's Funniest Home Videos." That's just my guess.
--As for "John for Cincinnati," I've been writing about it since last May, when it was revealed that David Milch was doing this new surfer drama for HBO instead of a full fourth season of "Deadwood." I hear that Milch's press conference with TV critics in Pasadena over the weekend was kinda surreal, and not really informative. "John from Cincinnati" will premiere this summer, probably June (like when "Deadwood" aired).

at 1/18/2007 12:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kiese- I think you should eliminate "Brad" posts.



at 1/18/2007 12:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kiese- I think you should eliminate "Brad" posts.



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