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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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Friday, December 14, 2007

Lost Will Be Found Jan. 31

ABC's midseason schedule just came out. "Lost" premieres Thursday, Jan. 31, at 9 p.m. , replacing "Grey's Anatomy." Eight "Lost" episodes were shot before the writers' strike.
Here's the release:


"Lost" Returns Thursdays at 9:00 p.m., ET on Thursday, January 31

New Seasons of "Dancing with the Stars" and "The Bachelor" Begin March 17

ABC will premiere four new series, "Cashmere Mafia," "Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann," "Eli Stone" and "Oprah’s Big Give," in addition to the premiere of the much anticipated fourth season of "Lost" on Thursday, January 31 at 9:00 p.m.

"Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann" premieres with a special two-hour episode on Monday, January 7, followed by 90-minute episodes through January. "Notes from the Underbelly" and "October Road" will continue to air at 9:30 and 10:00 p.m., respectively. "Samantha Who?" will return with original episodes in February at 9:00 p.m. "Dancing with the Stars" and "The Bachelor" start new seasons on Monday, March 17.

"Just for Laughs" returns Tuesday, January 1, at 8:30 p.m., following the Rose Bowl, and will air back-to-back episodes Tuesday nights (8:00 and 8:30 p.m.), beginning January 8. "According to Jim" will also return January 1, with two episodes at 9:00 and 9:30 p.m. The series will regularly air at 9:00 p.m., followed by "Carpoolers" (9:30 p.m.) as of January 8. "Dancing with the Stars the Results Show" will return at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25. "Boston Legal" will continue airing Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m.

"Wife Swap" will premiere at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2, and "Supernanny" returns with special back-to-back episodes at 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. that same night. The new drama series "Cashmere Mafia" premieres in its regular timeslot at 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9, following a special premiere on Thursday, January 3. Beginning February 27, "Men in Trees" will air Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m.

On Thursday nights in January, "Ugly Betty" will continue to air at 8:00 p.m., followed by "Grey’s Anatomy" at 9:00 p.m. and "Big Shots" at 10:00 p.m. "Lost" will premiere on January 31 at 9:00 p.m. (replacing "Grey's Anatomy," followed by the premiere of "Eli Stone" at 10:00 p.m.

On Fridays, drama encores will air at 8:00 and 9:00 p.m., followed by "20/20" at 10:00 p.m.

On Sunday nights, "Oprah’s Big Give" will premiere on Sunday, March 2 at 9:00 p.m.


at 12/14/2007 6:50 PM Anonymous Michael A. Banks said...

At long last! I have to admit that I'm less fascinated by Lost than I was during the first two seasons. The writers and producers seem to lack a unifying theme. For a while it looked like, "You're all here to learn something," but they let it sag. And they're leaving things too open, so they can bring whatever's necessary to validate a story event(aliens, time travel, native gods, whatever). I think there is no real theme, and no end in mind--the gang are just making it up as they go along, maybe tossing plot twists at one another. But the characters are interesting.

at 12/16/2007 9:50 AM Anonymous skippercollector said...

Is WCPO trying to destroy its relationship with ABC? Has Channel 9 said why it has to air so much syndicated programming instead of network shows, even new ones that aren't repeats?

WCPO has pre-empted national programming for years, even in the 90s when it was with CBS. But lately the pre-emptions have worsened exponentially. I know this is obsessive, but I've been keeping track. This is what I've found for December 2007, which is only half over.

From last week:
Friday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m., Billy Graham Special instead of Men in Trees
Friday, Dec. 7, 9 p.m., Top 5 Holiday Hits instead of Women’s Murder Club
Saturday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m., Subterraneans and The Freshman instead of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Women’s Murder Club
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 10 p.m., The Handbook: Holidays instead of Dirty Sexy Money

From the schedule for this week:
Sunday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m., Sheila Bridges' Holiday Special instead of America’s Funniest Home Videos
Monday, Dec. 17, 9 p.m., Every Time We Say Goodbye instead of Samantha Who?, Notes from the Underbelly and October Road
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 9 p.m., A Celebration for the Holiday...Southwestern Style instead of two episodes of According to Jim
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 10 p.m., The Nutcracker on Ice instead of Boston Legal
Thursday, Dec. 20, 10 p.m., Over the Top Holiday instead of Big Shots

I realize that the other local affiliates will periodically show a local game instead of national programming, which doesn't bother me, because at least the games have loyal fans watching. But do the 10 or so people watching these silly syndicated programs and their commercials make up for the several thousand (at least) who would have watched the national program and its advertisers?

Since the network programs then get re-aired overnight, maybe WCPO is under the impression that everyone now has TIVO and is just recording the programs at 2 a.m. to watch later. I don't have TIVO and I don't always have a chance to set my VHS. And since I live in a valley, I can't pick up the Dayton stations on a TV that isn't connected to cable.

at 12/16/2007 8:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


I did not see a blog subject on here about this, but I am really ticked at the way the weather was predicted for this past weekend. I closed my business because of it only to find out that there was no need to. Can't they get it right? Heck earlier this week I herd that they were predicting 6+ inches. Man were they wrong.

at 12/16/2007 11:32 PM Anonymous dave in atlanta said...

Anon at 8:39p....

Writing you right now from an airline job in Atlanta that deals directly with weather forecasts - everyone was saying Cincinnati would get hard: National Weather Service, weather channel, everyone...snow is too tough to accurately predict, especially since Cincinnati was right on the freezing line all weekend.

In other news: Who was the WLW news personality that John mentioned in his story that was fired on Friday?

Finally, as with the rest of the sentiment on this board - CLEAR CHANNEL SUCKS.

Happy holidays all!

at 12/17/2007 6:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

To dave in Atlanta:

I agree it it hard to predict, but it seems rediculus to predict all of this snow five days in advance and worrying everyone, when like you say it is an ever changing battle.

at 12/23/2007 10:24 AM Blogger skippercollector said...

A follow-up to my statement from earlier this week:
Thanks to the game show Duel, which went from 8-9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, WCPO couldn’t show all of the syndicated programs it had intended to last week. So Channel 9 showed the ABC schedule on Monday anyway.
On Tuesday, it showed Duel from 8-9:30 p.m. and According to Jim at 9:30, but still showed Nutcracker instead of Boston Legal at 10.

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