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Television
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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Thursday, January 03, 2008

TV's New Reality

The midseason reality shows are arriving this week, thanks to the writers' strike. Are you watching any of them? Or just waiting until "American Idol" premieres Jan. 15?

"The Celebrity Apprentice" premieres 9 p.m. today. "1 vs 100" returns Friday, along with Carson Kressley'ss "How To Look Good Naked" new reality series at 9 p.m. Friday on Lifetime.

NBC's "American Gladiators" debuts Sunday, and "Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann" starts Monday on ABC.

Do any of these remotely interest you?

How about Fox's "Moment of Truth" (Jan. 23), in which contestants answer questions while hooked to a lie detector?

Or MyNetworkTV (Channel 64) bringing back "Paradise Hotel," with 11 singles at a resort hotel on Feb. 4? This time around, after the 9 p.m. national prime-time network telecast, a TV-MA version will air 1 a.m. that night on the Fox Reality Channel.

And on Monday, Feb. 18, the proud Peacock network delivers "The Baby Borrowers." Teen-age couples (ages 18-20) will set up home, get a job, and become parents to babies, toddlers, then preteens, teens and senior citizens in the span of three weeks. Can't wait to see that one?

Enjoy "Law & Order" while it lasts, and the return of "Lost" on Jan. 31. Soon we'll see another "Big Brother," "Survivor" and "Dancing With The Stars."

So tell me if you're watching any of the new reality shows, or plan to, and what you think of them...


10 Comments:

at 1/03/2008 3:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not a one of those shallow-minded, lame-ass, cheap-ass shows interest me at all.

Friday Night Lights is new tomorrow.
ER is new tonight and Jericho starts in a few weeks. I will enjoy those while I can, then go back to reading books.

 
at 1/03/2008 4:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do watch reality tv like almost all cincinnatians. Some of my favorite reality shows are the biggest loser, hells kitchen, kitchen nightmares. Deal or no deal is getting stale. I will watch american gladitors, I just wish that Mike Adamle and Larry Czonka were back on it. I dont think Hulk Hogan is qualified as a announcer unless you count Hulk saying Brother every 3 words.

 
at 1/03/2008 6:35 PM Blogger skippercollector said...

Let's see now, what can I do during prime time in January?
1. Watch a DVD or an old movie on cable.
2. Go out for the evening.
3. Get on the Internet.
4. The old standby: read a book, call someone on the phone, clean (?!), etc.
5. Watch reality shows. NOT!

 
at 1/04/2008 12:52 AM Blogger dawgsfan47 said...

I haven't watched much tv since the strike started. I was excited to see Law & Order back and did watch the second episode last night (forgot the first one was on). I have been reading instead of watching so much tv. And tonight I discovered the "watch instantly" feature on Netflix. I like this way of watching better. I can choose what to watch when I want to watch it and pause when needed. Very similar to DVR. I definitely see my tv-watching patterns changing as a result of this strike.

 
at 1/04/2008 6:50 AM Anonymous Miller'sTale said...

John - Any word on "Duel"? I really enjoyed the week long event, especially with the lack of scripted good television right now. I imagine it wasn't a one time shot, but any word on when to expect its return?

 
at 1/04/2008 9:18 AM Blogger JimmyD said...

I really enjoyed the celebrity Apprentice last night. I generally hate all shows with "celebrity" attached to them, because they're far from famous. That was the case with the females on the show. I hardly knew who any of them were. However, the show was very entertaining and the men shined. Gene Simmons was phenomenal. Omarosa (not a celebrity!!!) is the perfect villain (I hate her like poison) and makes the show compelling. It was better than I thought it would be.

 
at 1/04/2008 2:01 PM Blogger Kevin LeMaster said...

I have no interest in any of these reality shows, and I haven't watched much TV at all since the strike started.

Re: Law & Order...that may be it for me on that one. Did anyone else think that the new characters were flat and lacked personality? I found myself getting bored.

 
at 1/04/2008 3:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

My son, age 11, is excited about American Gladiators. Lord knows there is little enough for kids to watch on network television.

And both my kids (my daughter is 13) like Dancing with the Stars so we will tune into Dance Wars together, though I don't think it sounds interesting. But I thought So You Think You Can Dance would be sleazy, and it was a fantastic potpourri of professional dance and top choreographers. So who knows?

Gail

 
at 1/04/2008 8:38 PM Blogger Matt Tauber said...

I watched 'Celebrity Apprentice' last night, mainly to see Gene Simmons and Jenny Finch. I haven't watched any other season and this feels like a last ditch effort for the franchise after the failing of 'Apprentice: L.A'. I think it will be interesting as long as Simmons, with his Trump-size ego, remains in the game.

 
at 1/07/2008 10:11 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was pleasantly surprised with Celebrity Apprentice. I think that it has the potential to be really good...although Omarosa is the devil and not a celebrity.
I watched American Gladiators last night and it was HORRIBLE!!!!! The announcing was stale, Hulk and Layla were horrendouns with their unnecessary hand gestures and awful questions. This series is going to bomb.

 
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