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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 09, 2007

WKRP, MTM Classics on American Life Network

"WKRP in Cincinnati" is back living on the air in Cincinnati. Well, at least on Time Warner Cable and Insight. The American Life Network (Time Warner digital Channel 141, Insight digital Channel 182) has added a MTM comedy block 9-11 p.m. Mondays with four TV classics: Mary Tyler Moore (9 p.m.), Newhart (9:30 p.m.), WKRP (10 p.m.) and the Bob Newhart Show (10:30). The block repeats at 11 p.m.

The sitcoms premiered last Monday with the 'KRP pilot. The "Pilot, Part 2" airs at 10 p.m. today, so they could be be running them in sequence. But these apparently are the redone DVD versions without the original music.

American Life, aimed at Baby Boomers, also airs "Combat" (6 p.m.), "77 Sunset Strip" (7 p.m. today), "China Beach" (9 p.m. Tuesday) ,"The FBI" (8 p.m. Friday), George Reeves "Superman" (5:30 Saturday), color "Honeymooners" (7 p.m. Saturday). "F Troop" (9:30 Saturday), and three great old NBC dramas on Sunday: "St Elsewhere" (8 p.m. Sunday), "Hill Street Blues" (9 p.m. Sunday) and "LA Law" (10 p.m. Sunday).

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Thanks to the reader who stumbled into "WKRP" last week and posted on this blog. Honestly, I had forgotten to look up the dial at American Life this summer....
Those with dishes, do you get this channel too?
So which of those four MTM comedies is your favorite? And if you watch AmericanLife regularly, what's your favorite show on the channel?


at 7/09/2007 11:44 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a note, AmericanLife TV is channel 182 with Insight Digital. It's available on the Digital Standard and Digital Choice tiers.

at 7/09/2007 11:48 AM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Thanks! I just added to the blog, so everyone can see it up top. Thanks.

at 7/09/2007 11:52 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry - off topic but time to bash Channel 5. Courtis Fuller reported about a fire on Saturday night's newscast which, as he put it, "Left six families out in the COLD." since the temp was in the upper eighties, wouldn't the fire have left those six families out in the "HOT?" Or at minimum, out in the "NEAR BODY TEMPERATURE?"

at 7/09/2007 12:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Easy to slam courtis for that -but i bet he did not write that himself. He should have caught it when pre-reading scripts, though.

at 7/09/2007 12:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow - has it been, what, two weeks since John last blogged about WKRP? I'm beginning to think he has a financial stake in the DVD release.

at 7/09/2007 2:47 PM Blogger Matt said...

ESPN is reporting that Dan Patrick will leave the network next month. Link:

at 7/09/2007 4:28 PM Blogger bmurdock said...

Too funny... If John had a steak in the DVD sales he'd bury the story about WKRP being run for free... Ah you guys crack me up...

at 7/09/2007 4:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it hilarious that a TV show (WKRP) which basically rips Cincinnati as being a podunk town, is almost used as a chamber of commerce piece by the local media. Now that's funny.

at 7/09/2007 10:05 PM Blogger Toddy-O said...

Sunday nights are worth watching AMLife. Bochco block of Hill Street Blues and St. Elsewhere, in order.

I wonder if they bought the entire MTM library?

at 7/10/2007 10:25 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 4;40, are you stupid? It is not ripping the city of Cincinnati, it is satirizing the business that is radio broadcasting. It is about group of misfits broadcasters (of which there are truly many in this town and eleswhere), that have been packing and unpacking, town to town, up and down the dial that come together at a radio station, that happened to be located in Cincinnati.

Having worked in the business and traveled from town to town and seen stations up and down the dial in those towns, there are radio stations just like WKRP in nearly every city.

Try being informed the next time you would like to criticize the city from which you are obviously, not originally from.

at 7/10/2007 2:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 4:40 may be an idiot, but have you looked at the episode descriptions on Imdb? He may have an idiotic point. The show was definitely having some fun with our fair city. And I was born and raised here. If Green Twp counts as 'Cincinnati' enough for you?

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