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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Ken Burns' team has interviewed more than 100 people – including 40 members of the Country Music Hall of Fame – for the eight-night Country Music documentary airing Sept. 15-19 and Sept. 22-25.

Courtesy CBS

WVXU-FM will produce Rod Serling's O'Toole From Moscow, a 1955 TV comedy about confusion between the Soviet Union and the Cincinnati Reds, as a radio drama.

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Here's my annual Fall TV guide, as the season kicks off today with the new Kelly Clarkson, Tamron Hall and Judge Jerry daytime shows; HGTV's A Very Brady Renovation at 8 p.m.; and a Monday Night Football doubleheader.

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Some over-the-air viewers of WCET-TV could lose their signals on Channel 48 the next week because the station has reduced power for "mandatory tower maintenance," says Kellie May, station spokesperson.

WCET-TV's antenna was "powered down" at noon today, Friday Sept. 6, for CET (48.1), CET Create (48.2) and CET Arts (48.3).

Courtesy WLWT-TV

Kansas City's Steven Albritton will join the WLWT-TV anchor desk in October, as Channel 5 shuffles its lineup for fall.

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And this one belongs to Marty Brennaman's fans!

Reds fans will have many opportunities to meet, thank, see and celebrate Brennaman as he calls his final Reds games at Great American Ball Park -- including greeting fans as they come into the park, and doing a game from a temporary radio booth at Gapper's Alley.

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Order in the court! The fall TV season's biggest daytime battle will be waged by former talk show host Jerry Springer against Judge Judy Sheindlin, starting her 24th season on television.

Daytime TV viewers also will see new shows starring Kelly Clarkson and Tamron Hall replacing Steve Harvey, Pickler & Ben and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. See my list below.

If you enjoy the Fox TV show MasterChef Junior, then you'll want to mark October 7 on your calendar as MasterChef Junior LIVE comes to the stage at the Aronoff Center. Joining our John Kiesewetter with details on this new live production is the producer, Stephen Cook.

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Producers of a TV series, and two more feature films, are preparing to shoot here, says Kristen Schlotman, Film Cincinnati executive director.

"It's going to be a busy fall," Schlotman said in a far-ranging interview on WVXU's Cincinnati Edition Tuesday. Here's a link to the 14-minute conversation.

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Mike Wallace Is Here a little longer. Until Thursday, to be exact.

The new documentary about 60 Minutes correspondent Mike Wallace has been held over through Thursday, Aug. 29 by Cincinnati World Cinema at The Garfield theater, 719 Race St., downtown.

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Mark Ruffalo's feature film about Cincinnati attorney Robert Bilott – which was shot here last winter – will premiere with a limited run on Nov. 22, the weekend before Thanksgiving. It will expand to more theaters the next week, Indie Wire  says.

Courtesy Fox Sports Ohio

And this one belongs to Sinclair!

Sinclair Broadcast Group – which owns 193 TV stations including WKRC-TV, WSTR-TV, WKEF-TV and WRGT-TV in Southwestern Ohio – has bought Fox Sports Ohio and 20 other Fox regional sports networks.

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Chuck Miller, the former WNKU-FM manager who bought Middletown's neglected Sorg Opera House for "less than a new car," has resigned as board president to become executive director of the Fox Theater in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Ronny Salerno / Cincinnati Public Radio

Andy Ellis boasts that he "was pretty darn good at staying quiet" in the WGUC-FM studio as a kid. Thankfully, he's over that.

Ellis, 35, son of former WGUC producer Bruce Ellis, returns to the station as 4-9 p.m. classical music host on Monday, Aug. 26.  He made his radio debut at age eight on the station, and worked here as an announcer-engineer from 2003-2011.

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Thirteen was a very lucky number for Cincinnati's American Ninja Warrior finalists, as nearly half of the contestants advanced to the four-week Las Vegas finals in Monday's telecast.

And it was a historic night for the show. For the first time in 11 seasons, two women completed the course in a city finals. Only one woman had done that in the previous 10 seasons.

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We know how many. We just don't know who. NBC tells me that 13 contestants from the Cincinnati American Ninja Warrior finals airing Monday will advance to the four-week national finals in Las Vegas where the winner gets $1 million.

Who are the 13? We'll find out 8-10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, when NBC broadcasts the Cincinnati finals taped Memorial Day weekend. It was shot the night after filming the Cincinnati auditions broadcast July 8.

Robert Voets / CBS Broadcasting Inc.

CBS' live Big Brother episode will air 9 p.m. Thursdays for three weeks on WSTR-TV because of Bengals preseason games on WKRC-TV.

Courtesy MeTV

Flintstones! Meet The Flintstones! They're the modern Stone Age family!

From the town of Bedrock, The Flintstones are heading to MeTV at 6 p.m. weekdays starting Monday, Sept. 30 in Cincinnati on WLWT-TV Channel 5.2 and in Dayton on WHIO-TV Channel 7.2.

Courtsey Jim Timmerman

Area filmmakers are being encouraged to scare the pants off their competition.

Fright Film Competition organizers are looking for Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky filmmakers to make short (13 minutes or less) horror films over the next two months.

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Shortly after noon, actress Glenn Close and director Ron Howard relaxed together in front of a Middletown house which has played a central role in filming Hillbilly Elegy this week.

While more than 50 production staffers set up the next shoot down Harrison Street, and another crew filmed in the alley behind the house, Howard and Close appeared to be doing an on-camera interview Wednesday likely for the Netflix media kit for Hillbilly Elegy.

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