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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, February 01, 2008

Channel 19 Anchors In New Feature Film

When Channel 19's Sheila Gray and Rob Williams responded to a movie casting director's phone call more than 18 months ago, they never dreamed they would be seen in a movie at the Sundance Film Festival.

Gray and Williams have a cameo in "The Great Buck Howard," a film starring John Malkovich, Colin Hanks and his father, Tom Hanks.

They'll show the clip Monday on WXIX-TV's "Fox 19 Morning News" (in the 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. hours). It also will be broadcast during the 10 p.m. news Monday.

Much of the film is about an over-the-hill magician (Malkovich) making a comeback by performing a spectacular illusion on stage in Cincinnati – although virtually nothing was shot here, according to Fox movie critic Steve Oldfield, a Bellevue resident and native who attended the Sundance Film Festival premiere Jan. 20.

"They just used stock footage," says Oldfield, who has been Fox's movie critic for 13 years. He also works part-time at Channel 19, and teaches at Villa Madonna Academy in Villa Hills and the University of Cincinnati.

Colin Hanks plays a law school drop-out who ignores his father (real-life dad Tom Hanks) to become an apprentice and manager for the washed up magician/mentalist. They try to revive Howard's career by staging a big stunt. When it backfires, Howard makes national and local TV headlines.

"He ends up in the hospital after collapsing on stage in Cincinnati, and Rob and I are news anchors reading the story about his hospitalization," Gray says.

They filmed their parts in October 2006 on the Fox 19 morning news set under the direction of David Ashbrock, a station director at the time. Dan Carroll did a cameo as a TV newsman, but he didn’t make the movie.

"We were told it would be released in 2007. Now I hear it's coming out in July. We're dying to see it," Gray says.


at 2/02/2008 12:13 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where the news comes, LAST! WLWT was last to go on for the St. George fire. It appeared 5 did not cut in because they had a live informercial about sports injuries.
And where was that chopper that beats the other stations to the scene? Couldn't afford the fuel? Pathetic. WLWT's new slogan: Where the news comes first (unless we lose money)

at 2/02/2008 9:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan Carroll on the cutting room floor? They must have thought it was Kevin Costner.

at 2/03/2008 5:10 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many promos do you think we will see for fox 19 10pm and morning news during the superbowl?

at 2/03/2008 9:32 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me get this straight. The stuff with Sheila Gray and Rob Williams was directed by David Ashbrock, the guy FOX19 canned after winning something like 20,000 Emmy awards?

Then basically the message here is...if you're good enough to direct a sequence for a feature film you're headed for the FOX19 dumpster because this mediocre local station will be threatened by your talent. Nice!

In that case, Sheila and Rob better watch their backsides or they'll also be out on their butts, replaced by a newsie and newsette from "High School Musical."

(Not an original thought but the person who originally posted that description was frigging brilliant!)

at 2/03/2008 1:21 PM Anonymous CHEVIOT SPORTS AUTHORITY said...

Anon at 12:13, are you the guy who keeps watching WLW news?

at 2/03/2008 8:13 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great party on Saturday night for David Ashbrock at Colerain's Germaina Hall. The event was put on by some of us at the station who truly appreciate David and what he has meant to Cincinnati television for the last three decades. We also did this after the self-centered management failed to do anything for a 28 year employee save fire him three weeks before Christmas. They even threatened to take away his severance last week if he did not come back to the station and put together a package for them. Truly classless.

Thanks to all of David's colleagues who came out to pay tribute to the KING of Cincinnati Television. In this day and age of broadcasting buffoonery
a man of David's character is out of place.

at 2/04/2008 10:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

OFF TOPIC but on Topic?
who is this derek scott at fox 19 ? i mean i can tell he is not fro around here he was in clifton reporting on old st george and he cant get street names right he said wm h taft had been closed but the street name is calhoun is he a news 5 wanna be john any info on him or does anyone in the group know about him

at 2/05/2008 7:48 AM Anonymous Observer said...

It was funny watching last night's ten o;clock news story about the Sheila and Rob movie. David Ashbrock was seen directing them in almost every shot 19's news editor chose to use. I don't think that was an accident! Are the troops pissed or what?!!

Can't help but notice that Kiese's blog often seems to be dominated by WLWT and WXIX folks sharing their tales of workplace woe.

So, here's my question...if you had to advise somebody looking for a new work situation...Which station has the *worst* work environment, 5 or 19?

at 2/05/2008 4:39 PM Blogger APEX said...

dan carroll on the cutting room floor? just like his golf game.

at 2/06/2008 7:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh god, 5 is worse by far.
The question is, do you fit the "High School Musical" mold for 19?

at 2/06/2008 8:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought it was Diahnn Carroll?

at 2/07/2008 1:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

From what I hear, both 5 and 19 are equally horrid places to work. The difference: people actually watch Fox 19.

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