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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PBS stations sing a new tune this week – not that there’s anything wrong with that.

On WCET-TV and CET Arts you’ll see some great old shows (with pledge breaks), such as  HBO’s 1981 Simon & Garfunkel concert in New York’s Central Park, and a repeat of the 1983 Jackson 5 reunion at the “Motown 25” celebration (following performances by Stevie Wonder, Four Tops, Temptations, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and Martha Reeves).

Fund-raising time also means a fun time with old clips of John Denver, Julie Andrews, Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers, Dick Van Dyke, Joel Gray, Richard Burton, Neil Sedaka, Harry Chapin, Andy Williams, Charlie Rich, Dusty Springfield and Dolly Parton.

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  Don Cheadle’s “Miles Ahead” movie about jazz icon Miles Davis has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics for distribution.

The film, shot last summer in Cincinnati starring Cheadle and Ewan McGregor, “is likely to arrive (in theaters) this fall, with an awards campaign to accompany it,” reports the Los Angeles Times. Without a distributor, “its immediate fate was uncertain,” the site says.

“Miles Ahead” and Cate Blanchett’s “Carol,” filmed here in April last year, could arrive in theaters about the same time. The release of “Carol” has been moved up from December to Nov. 20, the big movie weekend before Thanksgiving, according to the International Movie Database.

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If you don’t have tickets to see “Lumenocity” in person, here’s how you can watch or hear the Washington Park concert.

And you definitely should watch.

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If you’re recording Jon Stewart’s last “The Daily Show” at 11 p.m. Thursday, set the DVR for an hour. Comedy Central’s schedule plans for at least a 50-minute farewell for Stewart, who’s leaving the show after 16 years.

Before Stewart says goodbye, Comedy Central will air a 12-hour marathon Thursday, starting with a repeat of Monday’s show with Amy Schumer (10:28 a.m. Thursday) and Tuesday’s show with Denis Leary (11:01 a.m.).

The reruns shows with Steve Carell (1:17 p.m.), Newt Gingrich (4:38 p.m.), Bill O’Reilly (5:38 p.m.), President Barack Obama (7:20 p.m.) and a special called “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: News Your Own Adventure” (8:56 p.m.). 

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Friends of TV meteorologist Rich Apuzzo, who died last month at 52 without insurance, have launched a GoFundMe effort for his widow Ruthie and their three sons.

“Without him, I wouldn't have the career I have today. He changed my life,” says John Gumm, WKRC-TV’s “Good Morning Cincinnati” forecaster and Apuzzo’s first intern at WXIX-TV (Channel 19).

“He also helped many others in the broadcast meteorology community. With that in mind, we have come together to create a Go Fund Me page to help Ruthie and the boys. If you could pass along the link on your blog, it would be great. “

So here is the link to the Support Meteorologist Rich Apuzzo fund.

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Long before Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Don Cheadle or Michael Douglas shot movies here,  Lori Holladay helped Hollywood discover Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Holladay, who died July 21 at age 59, scouted locations for John Sayles’ “Eight Men Out” in 1987 and the Tom Cruise-Dustin Hoffman “Rain Man” in 1988.

Local production companies joined forces to help those films, which resulted in the creation of the Cincinnati Film Commission with Holladay as first executive. Soon followed an impressive list of films shot here through the early 1990s.

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Call him a comedian, call him a political satirist, call him an unabashed liberal. But to me, Jon Stewart is arguably the most influential comedian of our time.

Stewart leaves “The Daily Show” (11 p.m., Comedy Central) Thursday after 16 years with 19 Emmys for his blistering satires and holding politicians accountable. He turned a late-night comedy show originally hosted by former ESPN anchor Craig Kilborn (1996-98) into Must See TV, skewering politicians on the right and left. He wasn’t afraid to argue with President Barack Obama, members of congress or political commentators.

Here’s his final guest list:

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Meteorologist Rich Apuzzo died three weeks ago, but his grieving family has yet to plan a memorial service or publish an obituary.

“We’re still very broken,” says Ruthie Apuzzo, his wife of 28 years, who has been dealing with her own health issues the past month.

Apuzzo, 52, died on July 7, six months after announcing he had terminal brain cancer and no health insurance.

WKRC-TV remained No. 1 in all weekday newscasts in July – but Channel 12 wasn’t the station most viewers watched for Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters’ live press conference Wednesday.

More watched WCPO-TV (Channel 9) at 1 p.m., when local news viewing nearly doubled for the breaking news about the murder indictment of University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing.

Channel 12 maintained its streak of winning the weekday morning, noon, early evening and late night local news ratings in July sweeps (July 2-29), even with news director Kirk Varner stepping down July 3. At 11 p.m., Channel 12 had more viewers (8.3 rating) than the combined audience for competitors WCPO-TV (4.3) and WLWT-TV (3.9). One ratings point equals 8,762 TV homes here.

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House Speaker John Boehner is known for getting emotional. But even on the Golf Channel?

In an interview with David Feherty at 10 p.m. Monday on “Feherty,” the West Chester Township Republican gets misty – he calls them “Boehner moments” -- talking about his golf idol Jack Nicklaus, military veterans and opportunities for young Americans.

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As he celebrates his 73rd birthday today, Marty Brennaman sounds as excited as that rookie big league radio announcer who joined Joe Nuxhall in 1974. That’s what made Marty a Hall of Famer.

Reds fans will say he’s best known for his calls of the 1990 World Series, Jay Bruce’s Central Division clinching homer in 2010, or Pete Rose’s hit number 4,192, but to me Marty’s at his best when the Reds are at their worst.  Just listen. Marty and Jeff Brantley or Jim Kelch keep fans laughing and engaged through this awful season. 

Holy Nostalgia, Batman! TV’s original Dynamic Duo – Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) – will attend the Cincinnati Comic Expo Sept. 19-20 at Duke Energy Convention Center.

“Batman” celebrates its 50th anniversary on Jan. 12, 1966. ABC aired two half-hour episodes a year the first season, both of which finished in the top 10 for the 1965-66  TV year. They filmed 120 episodes, plus a “Batman” movie in two years.

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  A second season of DIY Network’s “Sledgehammer” home makeover series gets off to a smashing start with Michael and LaToya Coffey in Mount Lookout tonight.

On the show, produced by Covington’s JayTV, contractor-host Jason Cameron promises to remodel every room homeowners destroy with a sledgehammer in 30 minutes. The catch? If they don’t finish demolition in a half-hour, they’re stuck with the mess.

On this date in TV Kiese history…

July 26, 1954: WCET-TV debuts as the city’s first non-commercial TV station – and first UHF station -- 61 years ago.

The star of NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers” brings his stand-up act to Miami University’s Parents Weekend in Oxford on Oct. 17.

He debuted on “Late Night” Feb. 24, when Jimmy Fallon took over “The Tonight Show” from Jay Leno.

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