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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If you live in Northern Kentucky and want to see Soledad O’Brien’s one-hour “Heroin USA” documentary filmed in Northern Kentucky, you’d better have Dish Network or DirecTV.

“Heroin USA: A Soledad O’Brien Special Report” airs 10 p.m. Sunday on the Al Jazeera America channel -- which is not carried by Cincinnati Bell Fioptics or by Time Warner’s Northern Kentucky franchise, the former Insight cable system.

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Hollywood rolls into Fourth Street downtown again Friday, the first day of shooting for the “Marauders” bank theft thriller starring Bruce Willis, Dave Bautista and Christopher Meloni.

The first scenes will be filmed all day at the Dixie Terminal Building, 49 E. Fourth St., according to the film location managers.

No parking restrictions will be posted on Fourth, Walnut and Third Streets from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday.  

That means some downtown parking spots won’t be available for the 7:10 p.m. Reds-Mets game at Great American Ball Park.

3:20 p.m. Thursday Sept. 24 update: The ramp from I-75 southbound to Second Street will be closed 3 a.m. to 11 am. Saturday for filming a commercial, the  Ohio Department of Transportation announced Thursday.

A company named Shooterz requested the permit, says Elizabeth A. Lyons, Ohio Department of Transportation public information specialist. "They stated it was to shoot a commercial. That’s all we’ve got; they didn’t specify what the commercial was for," she said. 

Original post 12:15 p.m. Thursday: The ramp from I-75 southbound to Second Street will be closed 3 a.m. to 11 am. Saturday for filming, the Ohio Department of Transportation announced Thursday morning.

The road closure is needed “to film a commercial for an upcoming movie being filmed in Cincinnati,” says Elizabeth A. Lyons, Ohio Department of Transportation public information specialist.

She did not identify the movie. Filming starts Friday on “Marauders,” the bank theft thriller starring Bruce Willis, Dave Bautista, Chris Meloni and Johnathon Schaech.  

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It’s time again to look for the lights, cameras, action!

Filming is set to begin on “Marauders,” the bank theft thriller starring Bruce Willis (Die Hard,” “The SixthSense,” “Armageddon”), Dave Bautista (“Gaurdians of the Galaxy”) and Christopher Meloni (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Man of Steel,” “42”) and Johnathon Schaech (“That Thing You Do”).

Director Steve C. Miller announced on Twitter last Friday that he was “one week out from principal photography.”

Al Jazeera America

Soledad O’Brien came to Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati suburbs for her one-hour “Heroin USA” documentary because Greater Cincinnati “has recently become the center of the nation’s heroin epidemic," says the show publicist.

“Heroin USA: A Soledad O'Brien Special Report,” airing at 10 p.m. Sunday on the Al Jazeera America network, will be told through three area residents: Olivia DeLand; Sarah Kordenbrock , a former Covington high school volleyball captain; and the late Mike Heffron, who died from a heroin overdose in 2013.

The network describes them this way:

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 The 2015-16 TV season arrives this week with many of your returning favorites and most of the highly anticipated new series: “Scream Queens,” “The Muppets,” “Heroes Reborn,” “Limitless” and “The Player.”

The first week ends Sunday with a goodbye to a long-time favorite, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” in a two-hour CBS movie.

Below is my list of new fall series (titles in bold italic) and returning shows this week. All returning series are season premieres, unless noted.

If your favorite show doesn’t return this week, here’s my list of Fall TV premiere dates.

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In case you missed the 67th annual Prime-Time Emmy Awards on Fox Sunday night, you didn’t miss much.

With all the competition from Netflix, Amazon and other online services, the 2014-15 was one of the best TV seasons ever. And the Fox telecast hosted by comedian Andy Samberg was perhaps the worst, or at least the raunchiest with references to porn and oral sex in the first hour.

If you stayed around for the end, the best moments came in the final hour:

--Comedian Tracy Morgan walking on stage 15 months after the New Jersey traffic accident which took life of his friend James McNair, to present the best drama award to HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” the big winner Sunday night. (See full list below)

--Viola Davis (ABC’s “How To Get Away With Murder”) quoting former slave Harriet Tubman after becoming the first African-American woman to win the drama best actress award. She also said:  “Let me tell you something: the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”

Jerry Springer Show

Twenty-five years of the “Jerry Springer Show?” Really?

No.

Springer celebrates the start of his 25th season today (9 a.m., Channel 64). So technically, the daytime “Springer” show is only 24 years old. But that’s still an extraordinary achievement for the daytime program which started at WLWT-TV’s old Crosley Square studios at 9th and Elm Streets on Sept. 30, 1991.

On only five TV stations.

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On this date in TV Kiese history…

Sept. 18, 1978: “WKRP in Cincinnati” premieres on CBS with the first of a two-part episode about new program director Andy Travis (Gary Sandy) switching from boring elevator music to rock ’n’ roll.

Although never a big ratings hit, “WKRP” had a loyal audience for four seasons because of its great writing, actual rock music (selected by the actor DJs) and great cast: Howard Hesseman, Gordon Jump, Loni Anderson, Richard Sanders, Tim Reid, Frank Bonner, Jan Smithers and Sandy.

Baby, if you’ve ever wondered:  Atlanta advertising executive Hugh Wilson had never been to Cincinnati before creating the show. He based the series on an  Atlanta radio station.

Courtesy Mark Magistrelli

Before Adam West comes to the Cincinnati Comic Expo this weekend, I want you to see his most famous appearance here – with crazy movie host Bob Shreve on WKRC-TV’s “Past Prime Playhouse.”

West, in his “Batman” mask and cape, visits Channel 12’s all-night movie show while in town for a custom car show in late 1975 or early 1976. 

TV’s former “Batman” (1966-68) swings onto the set on a rope and tells Bob he’s working on his first case here in Cincinnati. To which Bob says: “It’s funny that you say you’re working on your first case, because I’m working on my third!”

WVXU kicks off a it's fall fund drive Thursday with a $50,000 matching grant, while WGUC listeners’ generosity earlier this month has shortened the on-air appeal on the sister classical music station until  Tuesday.

Thursday morning WVXU will announce the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation matching grant.   Listeners will be asked to thank the Haile Foundation for its support with #ThanksHaile on Twitter, says Sherri Mancini, Cincinnati Public Radio vice president for development.

Some of the fall funds will pay for a new WVXU transmitter to be installed next month, she says.

Unlike recent years, separate campaigns are underway for WVXU and WGUC.

Bill Cunningham Show

Bill Cunningham won’t be commuting to New York City to host his “Bill Cunningham” daytime show on the CW network this fall.

No more taping long radio interviews without callers from his Manhattan TV office to air on his midday 700 WLW-AM show while in the TV studio.

Why?

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Pop star Mariah Carey will make her directorial debut while starring in a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie here in October.

The Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission announcement of Carey’s “Melody & Mistletoe” comes five days after news of the Bruce Willis-Dave Bautista “Marauders” movie to be filmed here later this month.

Both films, which could be shooting at the same time, need extras and crew. 

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It’s fitting that PBS’ Walt Disney documentary arrives days after the new wave of “Star Wars” merchandise.

Walt Disney pioneered entertainment marketing deals with his new Mickey Mouse character in the late 1920s… Which led to the creation of his powerful Walt Disney entertainment conglomerate decades later…. Which enabled the company to buy Lucasfilm and “Star Wars” three years ago.

“American Experience: Walt Disney,” 9-11 p.m. Monday and Tuesday on PBS (Channels 48, 54, 16), provides a fascinating, comprehensive look at the fun-loving creative genius who gave us Mickey Mouse, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Mary Poppins and Disneyland… And the vindictive, driven boss who fought unionization at his studio and  claimed union leaders were Communists  before the U.S. House Un-American Activities Committee; ignored advice from NAACP leaders before depicting slavery in “Song of the South” (then bristled at their picketing theaters);  and couldn’t interrupt his South American vacation to attend his father’s funeral.

Courtesy WKRC-TV

Sheila Gray and Bob Herzog will be working longer starting Sept. 21, when WKRC-TV expands “Good Morning Cincinnati” to 7-9 a.m. on sister station WSTR-TV (Channel 64).

Gray, who jumped to WKRC-TV last year from WXIX-TV, will be competing longer with her old station. Channel 19 airs local news until 11 a.m. Channel 12’s morning show will air 4:30-9 a.m.

The expanded “Good Morning Cincinnati” premieres Sept. 21, the week most of the new fall TV prime-time series debut.

The majority of daytime changes start the week of Sept. 14, including WCPO-TV’s new 7 p.m. half-hour newscast.  See the list below.

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Score it Error: Ferrell. Or #FarrellFail.

Comedian Will Ferrell’s HBO special Saturday about playing all nine positions for Major League Baseball teams last March was a colossal disappointment.

“Ferrell Takes The Field, available on HBO the rest the month, features the “Anchorman” and former “Saturday Night Live” star playing for 10 teams – including the Reds – in a marathon March day in Arizona.

Unfortunately, Ferrell fixated on the misguided concept of staying in character – as a 47-year-old man who believed he had the talent to play in the big leagues. To me, the hour was filled with far too much phony  bluster and braggadocio, and artificial angst about being traded or released, as he bounced from club to club.

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When does your favorite returning show premiere this fall?

Or the new fall shows you don’t want to miss?

Here’s my annual list of premiere dates for new and returning TV series in chronological order, and quick blurbs on every new fall TV series. New fall show titles are in bold italics:

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Extras are needed for “Marauders,” a new thriller starring Bruce Willis, Christopher Meloni and Dave Bautista shooting here later this month.

Willis (Die Hard,” “The SixthSense,” “Armageddon”) plays a corrupt bank owner being investigated by the FBI.  

Bautista, a former pro wrestler and mixed martial fighter, starred in  “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Meloni, Emmy nominee for “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” has appeared in “Man of Steel”and “42.”

Comedian-actress Rain Pryor headlines a comedy show before a screening of her autobiographical “That Daughter’s Crazy” film Thursday at the Carnegie in Covington.

The daughter of the late Richard Pryor also will talk about the film and answer questions from the audience with producer Daryl Sledge after the screening.

Before the film at 7:30 p.m., Cincinnati area comics will perform, says Kat Steele, director of the Cincinnati Film Festival, which organized the event. Scheduled to perform are Ally Bruener, Kelly Collette, Teri Foltz, Kristen Lundberg and Ky Platt.

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It’s hard to settle on any one trend for the 2015-2016 TV season. Pick one:

SUPER HEROES: Get ready for more super heroes: NBC’s “Heroes Reborn” and CBS’ “Supergirl” join “Gotham,” “Arrow,” “The Flash” and “Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”  By next spring you’ll also see “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” on the CW, and more of ABC’s “Marvel's Agent Carter.”

REVIVALS: Prepare for more revivals: “The Muppets” (ABC) and “Heroes Reborn” (NBC) this fall, and reboots of “The X-Files,” (Fox), “Fuller House” (Netflix), “Twin Peaks” (Showtime) and more of “The Odd Couple” (CBS) early next year.

MOVIE ADAPTATIONS: Watch how big-screen movies get revamped for the big screen in your home: CBS’ “Limitless,” from the 2011 Bradley Cooper film about the pill which enhances brain power, and a new version of Stephen Spielberg’s “Minority Report” (Fox). Coming to TV at midseason are “Rush Hour” (CBS) and “Uncle Buck” (ABC).

SPIN-OFFS: You’ve got to have a spin-off, and NBC has one.

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