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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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Monday, July 16, 2007

Springer Renewed For Two More Seasons

Jerry! Jerry! Jerry Springer won't be returning to politics soon, after his new-found publicity on "America's Got Talent" and "Dancing With The Stars."

NBC Universal has renewed the daytime "Jerry Springer" show through September 2010, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The former Cincinnati mayor and host of NBC's summer "America’s Got Talent" show (8 p.m. Tuesdays, Channels 5, 2), told me back in 2003 that he would not re-enter politics until he had ceased production of his outrageous daytime show.... the show TV Guide has called "the worst show in the history of television."

Springer flirted with running for a statewide Ohio office in 2002-03. He will be 66 by fall of 2010, after his 19th season on daytime TV. The show started at WLWT-TV (Channel 5) in September 1991, while Springer was main news co-anchor. It moved to NBC's Chicago studios in fall 1992, and became the chair-throwing sensational show that we know today.

"Springer" (9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays, Channel 64) has been purchased through the 2009-20110 by Sinclair Broadcast Group stations in Cincinnati, Columbus and Pittsburgh, the trade magazine reported. Sinclair also has renewed Maury Povich’s "Maury" (8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, Channel 64) through 2010.

Does anyone still watch the daytime "Springer" show? And would you rather have his circus on daytime TV than make a circus out of Ohio politics? I guess Ohio Democrats did OK without him in the statewide elections last November....


at 7/16/2007 1:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good ole Jerry , the filth whore.

at 7/16/2007 1:53 PM Anonymous Poker Dude said...

I am an angry person. Jerry Springer is a liberal whack job like good ol Hammy.

Lock this thread, PD claims victory.

at 7/16/2007 4:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

at 7/16/2007 10:53 AM Anonymous said...
Brian Patrick is still on Channel 9, what?!

He puts me back to sleep in the mornings!
Where is this supposed "new anchor/reporter"?!?!?!

yeah, what about that? thought a new anchor/reporter was coming by early july? haven't seen any new faces. has mr. patrick been rehired permanently?

at 7/16/2007 6:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey kiese wondering if you could provide us with details about the new night dj at 94.9 the sound

at 7/17/2007 11:04 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian Patrick may send you back to sleep, but have you checked the ratings lately???

With the July book approaching its half-way mark, Channel 9 is NUMBER ONE at 5am, 5:30am, 6am, 6:30am and from 7am-9am (GMA with local cut-ins). It doesn't get any better than that!

When is that last time that happened? Not in more than a decade to be sure and probably closer to 2 decades.

Is it a fluke? Me thinks not.

at 7/17/2007 2:54 PM Blogger JimmyD said...

Jerry Springer's show is what is wrong with this country. Same with Maury. Trash and filth. Who's the daddy? Who cares? Anyone watching this garbage should be ashamed.

at 7/17/2007 5:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can sing Brian Patrick's praises all you want, but the bottom line is that WCPO will not keep him (despite high viewership/ratings), whether we like that decision or not...

so let's get prepared for the new face of Good Morning Tri-State

at 7/17/2007 6:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

folks summer sweeps really do not matter. Due to viewership patterns changing like people going on vacation.

at 7/19/2007 10:38 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If summer ratings do not matter, why have summer ratings? Sounds like a spin doctor at 12 trying to pick up some pieces to me. You have to start somewhere for trends to change. Maybe the summer of '07 is when 12's decent begins.

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