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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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Monday, November 05, 2007

Immediate Impact Of Writers Strike

Networks may have enough scripted prime-time series in the can to get through the end of the year, but the impact will be seen immediately today. Letterman, Leno, Conan, Kimmel, Colbert and The Daily Show all will be repeats tonight. Letterman, The Daily Show and Colbert will be dark all week. Ellen DeGeneres' daytime show also didn't tape today.

So which late-night show will you miss the most, if the strike goes on for a long time? (The 1988 strike went 22 weeks, longer than five months.) And tell me how/if your viewing habits change because of the strike. I want to hear how the strike impacts you.


at 11/05/2007 4:47 PM Anonymous Chris said...

I've already started downloading old shows I missed the first time around and stockpiling them on a hard drive, ready to move to the TiVo when new episodes dry up. I'm looking forward to trying out Weeds, Dexter and Damages to name a few.

at 11/05/2007 5:17 PM Anonymous Brink said...

What a great opportunity to clean out the reservoir of recorded-but-not-watched shows on the DVR.
It'll be like Tivo on Jenny Craig.

at 11/05/2007 7:52 PM Anonymous Scott said...

Looks like more Law & Order reruns on TNT and CSI reruns on Spike for me! I may also dust off my Knight Rider: Season One DVD set.

at 11/05/2007 8:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll catch up on the dvr stuff and then dive into the stack of books on my nightstand. Or maybe just watch more On Demand...

at 11/05/2007 9:51 PM Blogger skippercollector said...

I suppose no one cares but I, but last night's episode of Brothers & Sisters had a line that made me laugh. Robert (Rob Lowe), who is running for U.S. President, said he was attending a pep rally in Cincinnati this week.
Do the folks in Indian Hill who regularly play host when the President visits know about this?!

at 11/05/2007 10:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off topic, but John: could you make mention of when the Cincinnati episodes of "The First 48" are on? I'm more likely to read your blog than to pick up TVGuide.

at 11/06/2007 12:14 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll miss watching new Craig Ferguson shows. I guess that means I will be going to bed earlier.

at 11/06/2007 9:40 AM Blogger bmurdock said...

No kidding my DVR is backing up as well... There's always Blockbuster.

Maybe Letterman can bring back the his "network time killer" segment?

at 11/06/2007 12:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Kies, a friend of mine is in line RIGHT NOW to get into the Ellen taping for today, Tuesday. Why would she not tape yesterday but yes tape today??

As long as there are full episodes for me to catch up posted online, I will be OK, I just started watching 30Rock and have miles to go before I sleep.
John in Hebron

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