John Kiesewetter

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John Kiesewetter joined the WVXU news team as a TV/Media blogger on July 1 2015, after nearly 30 years covering local and national broadcasting for The Cincinnati Enquirer. He’ll be posting news about Greater Cincinnati TV, radio and movies; updating your favorite former local TV/radio personalities or stars who grew up here; and breaking news about national TV, radio and media trends. You’ll also learn about Cincinnati’s rich broadcasting history.

The Middletown, Ohio, native joined The Enquirer for a 13-week summer internship after graduating from Ohio University in 1975, and parlayed it into a nearly 40-year career as a reporter (including covering the Beverly Hills fire aftermath), editor and TV columnist. “TV Kiese” regularly traveled to Los Angeles and other cities to preview shows, interview stars and watch tapings of “ER,” “Seinfeld,” Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” and David Letterman’s “Late Show.” He’s also covered filming of George Clooney’s “The Ides of March,” Cate Blanchett’s “Carol” and Don Cheadle’s “Miles Ahead.”

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A mob of reporters shouted questions at Christian Slater outside the downtown Main Public Library's Ninth Street entrance about 11 p.m. Wednesday night, while surrounded by Cincinnati Police cars and an ambulance.

TV vans from WLWT-TV and WKRC-TV, plus two WCPO-TV news vehicles (a van and the huge satellite transmission truck), were parked by the library. But you didn't see this on late newscasts.  

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Amal and George Clooney are expecting twins, according to European news reports about the Oscar-winning actor-producer from Northern Kentucky and the human rights lawyer.

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"CBS This Morning" co-anchor Charlie Rose will have heart surgery Thursday to replace an aorta valve.

Rose, 75, who also has hosted a weeknight "Charlie Rose" interview show on PBS for more than 25 years, explained his absence this week in a letter read to viewers Wednesday morning. 

CBS Television

WVXU's Black History Month programming includes Cincinnati native Rocky Carroll starring in a "L.A. Theater Works" production Saturday, and a three-part "Historically Black" series of stories from the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

The 1981 School for Creative & Performing Arts graduate best known as "NCIS" Director Leon Vance plays barber Russell Parker in "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men"  8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 on WVXU-FM (91.7) and WMUB-FM (88.5).

"Dangerously Funny" by David Bianculli / Simon & Schuster

Fifty years ago, the "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" changed television when it premiered on CBS Feb. 5, 1967.

Fox Broadcasting

The four-week February sweeps starting Thursday, Feb. 2, bring more spin-offs and revivals from TV shows and movies.

Here's a look at sweeps highlights:

CBS Television

"He was not an old man, and he never was," said George Clooney about his cousin Miguel Ferrer at a memorial ceremony at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles Saturday.

George Clooney praised his cousin Miggy's perpetually youthful outlook on life, saying that "he came in like a comet, he rocketed through life and he got out," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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Folks at WXIX-TV (Channel 19) are all smiles as they start February sweeps on Thursday, Feb. 2.

The "Fox 19 Now" 10 p.m. newscast has been the No. 1 late news with viewers age 25-54 – the "money demographic" most advertisers want to reach—through fall (August-November).

CBS News

It looked like a no-brainer for CBS News to make Oprah Winfrey a "60 Minutes" special contributor, given her close friendship with "CBS This Morning" co-anchor Gayle King and her frequent appearances on CBS.

Oprah seemed to know everyone who's anyone on her top-rated daytime talk show for 25 years (1986-2011).

But hiring Winfey for "60 Minutes," still TV's most popular news magazine in its 48th season, could keep her CBS News bosses busy to avoid any appearances of conflict of interests for the media mogul, talk host, actress, philanthropist and Weight Watchers spokesperson.

ESPN

A generation of sports broadcasting trailblazers is vanishing before our very eyes.

Vin Scully, Dick Enberg and Verne Lundquist retired late last year. Now Brent Musburger and Chris Berman are leaving the airwaves.

CBS Television

ABC devotes a full hour to Mary Tyler Moore Friday night on "20/20," while MeTV Sunday repeats the best "Mary Tyler Moore Show" episodes about Chuckles the Clown, dating Lou Grant and the 1977 series finale.

Here's how to spend the weekend with Moore, who died Wednesday at age 80, the woman who could turn our world on with a smile:

Wikipedia

He dressed "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" puppets. He delivered an armadillo and all kinds of things to Fred Rogers on the PBS show. And he accompanied the iconic children's TV star to meet David Letterman and to "Saturday Night Live."

David Newell – the show's public relations director who played Mr. McFeely on the show – tells great stories about his 50-year association with the "Neighborhood" on "The Moth Radio Hour" 8 p.m. Sunday on 91.7 WVXU-FM.

ABC Television

A few months after Kings Island opened in 1972, "The Partridge Family" cast came to film their ABC show there a full year ahead of "The Brady Bunch."

The episode called "I Left My Heart in Cincinnati,"  with Johnny Bench as a waiter, premiered on this date, Jan. 26, 1973.

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I'll be singin' in the rain along with Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor when Turner Classic Movies plays my favorite film musical during a Reynolds marathon Friday, Jan. 27.

TCM salutes the late actress, who died  Dec. 28 at age 84, with a dozen of her films -- including her break-through role on "Singin' in the Rain," her Academy Award nominated "The Unsinkable Molly Brown,"  plus "The Singing Nun" and "The Tender Trap." Here's the lineup:

CBS Television

Even Chuckles the Clown is mourning this sad day.

Actress Mary Tyler Moore – who starred in two iconic TV series, and produced many shows including “WKRP in Cincinnati” – died Wednesday at age 80.

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