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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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Thursday, July 19, 2007

A National Emmy Nomination For Cincinnati

"A Lion in the House," the powerful PBS documentary about kids battling cancer at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, has been nominated for a national Prime-time Emmy award. The four-hour film, which premiered in June last year, was nominated today for "Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking" along with Spike Lee's "When The Levees Broke" (HBO) and "Jonestown: The Life And Death of Peoples Temple " (PBS).

Yellow Springs filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar took nine years capturing the emotional roller coaster of remissions and relapses of five Children's Hospital patients, starting in 1997.

"The Cincinnati families gave us such courage and openness, in such a difficult time in their lives. They did it to make a difference -- not to win an Emmy -- but to help other people by telling a story that needed to be told, a story kept secret and not talked about: cancer," said Reichert today. It is her first national Emmy nomination.

HBO's "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee" led all programs with 17 nominations. "The Sopranos" topped all series with 15 nominations.

We've posted the Associated Press story at

Or you can read the entire 43-page list for all prime-time categories at:


at 7/19/2007 5:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

kiese can you post your thoughts on 24 getting snubbed and other emmy storylines.

at 7/19/2007 5:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

kiese what would have your emmy ballot looked like if the judging was up to you.

at 7/19/2007 6:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so glad to hear that "A Lion in the House" received an Emmy nomination. This documentary was both sad and inspiring. I'm glad that the filmmakers showed the caring and loving people at Children's Hospital. I spent quite a bit of time there during my senior year of high school and if it wasn't for the medical staff there, I don't know what I would have done. They are wonderful!

at 7/19/2007 6:05 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

About 24: I wasn't surprised it was snubbed. I didn't think it was the strongest year. Do you disagree?
As for my Emmy ballot, I'll do one closer to the Emmy telecast on Sept. 16. I don't do one for the nominations...

at 7/19/2007 6:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please leave the frivolous 24 out of the post for this incredibly executed documentary...

Let's see...Sappy TV drama? Or Real life family struggles??

Two VERY separate projects, indeed.

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