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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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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The Singing B- Or Worse

Did you watch "The Singing Bee" last night? Do you plan to watch Fox's identical premise, "Don't Forget The Lyrics" tonight? In each show, people must correctly sing lyrics to popular songs.

I watched "The Singing Bee" and would give it a C-. They must have packed the studio audience with karaoke fanatics for the premiere, and it was kinda spooky how into they were. If you missed it, NBC repeats at 8:30 p.m. today (Chs 5, 2).

I'm curious to see any differences in the format on Fox with Wayne Brady (9:30 p.m. today, Chs 19, 45). Maybe Fox can build in a better reason for me to become invested in the show, beyond simply seeing if somebody knows the correct lyrics to a song each week. Other than for that reason, I don't see myself tuning in each week....

If you watched last night -- or plan to tonight -- post your reviews here. I'm interested to see if these two networks (which rushed these shows on the air) are onto something, or if these are just another summer yawn.


at 7/11/2007 12:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched the Singing Bee and felt like I got stung. What a boring show. Joey Fatone brought nothing to it. I was glad it was only a half hour. I won't watch it again.

at 7/11/2007 12:31 PM Blogger utech said...

my wife and I were rather disappointed by how easy the songs were. I mean come on there were two songs where you had to pick the right line because the lead up was identical for at least two parts of the song, they was only one song the whole night that was 'hard' in that the original artist mumbled the words so bad you would have had to look them up. but all the other songs where almost the anthems of their day and they had to say the lyrics for the tag lines of the songs. the contestants were pathetic and the show was way to easy. we are hoping that Wayne's show is a little harder.

at 7/11/2007 12:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, more reality TV. yawn.

Could the folks on the ship on the dreadful Pirate Master maybe lash onto the SS Singing B, so that when CBS finally wises up and torpedoes PM, both can go down into one big well deserved wreck?

I would watch Brady Bunch reruns before I would waste 30 minutes of my life in this fashion.

at 7/11/2007 1:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will watch dont forget the lyrics with wayne brady hosting. I have always liked wayne from his days on whose line is it anyway.

at 7/11/2007 1:44 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

the ratings are in for singing bee. the premiere of "The Singing Bee" (households: 8.0/13, #1; adults 18-49: 5.0, #1)

Kiese wondering how the singing bee did in the cincy market.

at 7/11/2007 8:44 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Singing Bee was 2nd in time period at 9:30, with a 7.5 rating and 12% share. But it did better than the 90-min aveage for "America's Got Talent," which had a 6.5 rating and 11% share here. The All-Star game was No. 1, with more than a 12 rating and 21% share.

at 7/12/2007 5:16 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched the first season of Everwood on DVD. Just started to get into the show a couple months ago. Waaaayyyyy better alternative than this drek!!

at 7/12/2007 11:31 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoyed Don't Forget the Lyrics much better than The Singing Bee. It has a better host and format. Also Ricky Minor and the American Idol band are on there and they are always great. Wayne Brady rocks! He adds fun to the show. Plus I didn't have to look at skimpy bees running around in the background like they were lost.

at 7/12/2007 1:18 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

"Don't Forget The Lyrics" won the time period at 9:30 p.m. Weds night. It average a 5.9 rating and 10% audience share, slightly less than NBC's "Singing Bee" here Tuesday (7.5 rating/12% share). I was struck by how much "Don't Forget The Lyrics" was a ripoff of the "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" format, with lifelines and progressive cash prizes. I thought the songs went way too long on "Lyrics," compared to "Singing Bee." Between these two shows, there's probably one good show....
What would be fun to see is a battle of the bands between the two studio bands...

at 7/12/2007 8:29 PM Blogger skippercollector said...

Everwood is one of my top five favorite TV series of all time. It's got an incredibly loyal fan base, but unfortunately the number of fans is not very large. I don't foresee the remaining three seasons being released on DVD.
I have heard that ABC Family is supposed to run the four seasons of Everwood again this fall.

at 7/13/2007 10:48 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah kiese, but wayne brady is a much better host than joey from insync

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