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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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Friday, June 22, 2007

So What Did I Miss?

I'm back from a quick Florida trip for a wedding and a brief family reunion. I'll be honest, I didn't watch much TV except for part of "America's Got Talent." This is the No. 1 show on TV? Why? What makes it so popular? I don't think the editing, writing or hosting is as good as "American Idol," so why are you watching?
What have I missed in the past week?


53 Comments:

at 6/22/2007 9:39 AM Anonymous Scott said...

John-

I am addicted to Traveler on ABC. Only 3 episodes left and I am sure it will be cancelled (it's a damn shame) but they promise the story will be wrapped up in the final three episodes...we'll see.

 
at 6/22/2007 11:33 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

kiese I love hells kitchen, and rescue me. These are the best summer series.

 
at 6/22/2007 11:40 AM Anonymous Jay K. said...

Isn't "AGT" basically a slightly re-formatted version of "The Gong Show"? Who'd have thought that Chuck Barris was so prescient?

 
at 6/22/2007 11:40 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not much, glad you're back.
From the neighborhood.

 
at 6/22/2007 12:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back, John.
I've never been a fan of the reality shows until I came across "Man Versus Wild" on Discovery. Every guy's fantasy - living off the land. Great show.

 
at 6/22/2007 12:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

you missed Time Warner finding ways to lose customers by playing games with respect to adding the Big Ten Network.

 
at 6/22/2007 2:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey kiese wondering when you were voting for the TCA's and if you could share your ballot with us.

 
at 6/22/2007 2:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Channel 9 still has "the most accurate weather forecast". Big whoop....

 
at 6/22/2007 2:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally, I can't wait for the return of Big Brother on CBS. Best reality show EVER.

 
at 6/22/2007 3:19 PM Blogger bmurdock said...

Glad to have Rescue Me and The Closer back - two of the best shows on TV. Can't wait to see what the gang on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia comes up with this year...

Guess today was Valarie Abatie's last day on Fox19's morning show... :(

 
at 6/22/2007 3:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guess today was Valarie Abatie's last day on Fox 19's morning show... :)

 
at 6/22/2007 4:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Response to comment " Guess today was Valarie Abatie's last day on Fox19's morning show... :( "

THANK GOD!!!!!!

 
at 6/22/2007 5:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill Tonnis is leaving the big one. :-(

 
at 6/22/2007 5:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

See the article in the Business Courier about May sweeps demos? FOX19 wins every time period they produce news (M-F 4:30am - 9am and 10pm) in A18-39 & A25-54. They beat EVERYONE. So much for the uniformed who commented a few posts back about their small audience in morning. How about the BIGGEST audience of the most important demos.

 
at 6/22/2007 6:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

kiese, glad to see you're back! and i notice you're back to your old form, letting people take whatever kind of nasty shot they want at people who are just trying to earn a living.

you are truly a bastion of the first amendment. wait, "bastion" isn't really the word i meant... let me think for a minute.. it'll come to me... it sounds kind of the same.

 
at 6/22/2007 8:18 PM Blogger dawgsfan47 said...

The only shows I've watched are "Rescue Me" and "The Closer." Both awesome!

 
at 6/22/2007 9:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

well lets see John,
700 is still trash, KRC is still awful, Dusty Rhoades is still playing that tired old music, 1360 is nothing but syndicated crap, and 1530 is gone from bad to worse. On the TV side, 9 is struggling, 12 still has that 11 year old Anna doing the morning news , 5 still has Lisa drinking way too much coffee and is as giddy as ever, and 19 is as bad as when you left town. I think that about covers it!!

 
at 6/23/2007 6:36 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prior post about "uniformed" must have been written by Valerie Abatie.

 
at 6/23/2007 8:49 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill Tonis is leaving WLW? Where did you hear that? He has been there a long time. Is it by his own doing or yet another in a line of brilliant personnel moves by the powers that be at the radio sweat shop called Clear Channel.

Speaking of former personnel, Furman was on vacation last week and Fish filled in except for Friday when Greg Wadell was on. I think Wadell used to work for Clear Channel as well. If the 2 Angry Guys go to Super Talk, they will have cornered the market on former CC employees.

 
at 6/23/2007 2:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

FOX 19 RULES! Did you see that David Rose got a job in Seattle...

 
at 6/23/2007 3:00 PM Anonymous FoodieToo said...

Where is Valerie Abati going?

 
at 6/24/2007 12:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John you ought to have a blog on here on who the viewers think is the best weather person is in the tristate area. For me being accurate as well as ones personality are big issues, not weather ones station is rated best by the National Weather Serivce.

 
at 6/24/2007 8:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say the one with the most experience here in Cincy is Tim Hedrick. The best looking is Valerie Abati. Best Personality Paul Horton. Best personal song, Derrick Beasley.

 
at 6/24/2007 8:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The National Weather Service doesn't rate stations. But there's a service out there that'll say you're the most accurate if you pay them to say it.

 
at 6/25/2007 6:08 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"well lets see John,
700 is still trash, KRC is still awful, Dusty Rhoades is still playing that tired old music, 1360 is nothing but syndicated crap, and 1530 is gone from bad to worse. On the TV side, 9 is struggling, 12 still has that 11 year old Anna doing the morning news , 5 still has Lisa drinking way too much coffee and is as giddy as ever, and 19 is as bad as when you left town. I think that about covers it!!"

Angry are we???? Someone must have lost a job somewhere...

 
at 6/25/2007 8:45 AM Blogger bmurdock said...

Valarie is leaving the Fox19 morning show and going to weekends... Did I miss something? Where was the new girl this morning?

 
at 6/25/2007 10:42 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anyone know (kiese included) what happened to kristen cornett on msnbc weather? did she leave? was she fired? were her tight pants too much for the national spotlight? just curious:)

 
at 6/25/2007 11:14 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched this morning too on 19 - that new girl looks just like Paul Horton ;-)

I thought today was her debut?

I'm going to miss Valerie -

 
at 6/25/2007 12:46 PM Anonymous Paul Gardner said...

Last year "America's Got Talent" was so bad that even host Regis Philbin quit. Now we have Jerry Springer hosting. This show is just another reason why Iran wants us dead.

 
at 6/25/2007 1:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why the numerous swipes at Anna Townsend? Who cares if she looks young. She does a better job than at least half the on-air people in town. Why not criticize those who dye their hair to look young (Braun, Johanssen, etc.)

 
at 6/25/2007 2:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about cammy d. Since she left mornings the ratings have risen. The slot she is now is losing viewers left and right.

 
at 6/25/2007 2:44 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anybody remember when eric green was hired. a few posters commented about his delivery of the weather, people its the same way as derek, john and randi.

 
at 6/25/2007 3:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

to anon at 1:11.
You forgot to mention Steve Raleigh. You can tell ole Steveo
loves playing with his weather toys.

 
at 6/25/2007 3:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea, where is that new Channel 19 weather person? I cant wait to see someone who is intellegent do the weather. I hate to miss Anna Townsend on the news, but I cant give up watching her for one day.

 
at 6/25/2007 6:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

So? Where's Carol Williams?

 
at 6/25/2007 7:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to: Anonymous said...
Yea, where is that new Channel 19 weather person? I cant wait to see someone who is intellegent do the weather. 6/25/2007 3:28 PM

AMEN!!!

 
at 6/25/2007 11:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

it was weird to see horton on this am and abati on at night when is the new person going to start

 
at 6/26/2007 7:21 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

to anon 6/23. Where in Seattle is David Rose working?

 
at 6/26/2007 10:00 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea- News 5 just won 13 Emmy Awards - the most in Cincinnati. Nice job by the #1 bashed station in town. Perhaps they don't suck as much as you all think they do.

 
at 6/26/2007 11:21 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kristen Cornett appears to have left WeatherPlus in March, 2007.

Her Wikipedia page, and I still don't know why she has one, does not say where she is presently, nor does a google search provide any clues.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristen_Cornett

I find it odd that you would leave or be out of a national job after one year. Contracts ususally run two or more years.

 
at 6/26/2007 3:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to: Anonymous said...
Yea, where is that new Channel 19 weather person? I cant wait to see someone who is intellegent do the weather.

Rude! I love every thing about Fox 19, including the weather team. How low do you have to stoop people?

 
at 6/26/2007 4:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah dave wagner won 4 emmys. Richard Dyer never should have split up the great team of wagner and ali.

 
at 6/26/2007 7:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The post above touched on it - 5 won a slew of those EMMYs solely on Dave Wagner's prostitute story - several for Dave, one for the producer and a couple for Chris Knight the photag. This is nothing new, since Wagner has continued to produce solid stories and winning EMMYs for the past few years despite being demoted. If the station had ANY sense it would return him to the primary anchor position and rebuild the news team around him. If it weren't for Wagner and the high production promos, 5 would be empty handed. How many EMMYs did Sandra, Sheeree and Derrick win? Nada.

 
at 6/27/2007 7:08 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is DAVID ROSE?

 
at 6/27/2007 7:10 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Want to hear something funny? Mary McConnel doing traffic when she says there is a baaaaaaaaackup on I-75. Get that northern midwest accent out of here. Dont you know this is Mayberry?

 
at 6/27/2007 8:46 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 7:10, Derrick said it would be like this! ;-p

 
at 6/27/2007 12:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the MRI report for which carol williams won an emmy over at 9? I always got the impression others did the healthy living stuff and she just tracks it.

 
at 6/27/2007 12:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm a proud channel 5 viewer...why?emily longnecker...wow!!!

 
at 6/27/2007 5:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Longnecker rocks!

 
at 6/28/2007 9:59 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

where has David Rose landed?

 
at 6/28/2007 10:43 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Channel 5's promo dept. won most of the emmys, including one for burning down the house, which was set on fire with straw and gasoline to see how fast it would burn... Misleading????
I wonder how fast it really would have burned without the help? But it was a ratings month.

 
at 6/29/2007 4:19 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kristen Cornett got fired from NBC. She wanted vacation, they said no, and she took it anyway. She's had intreviews around the area recently.

 
at 6/30/2007 7:02 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

6/28/2007 10:43 AM Anonymous might want to check his/her facts before posting...

 
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