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Dark Waters, the film shot in Cincinnati a year ago, was snubbed by the 92nd annual Academy Awards, as it was for the Golden Globes.

Todd Phillips' Joker led all films with 11 nominations, with nods for best picture, lead actor (Joaquin Phoenix), director (Phillips), adapted screenplay, cinematography, film editing, sound editing, sound mixing, original score, costume design and makeup.

Courtesy Kevin Necessary

Illustrator Kevin Necessary, who did editorial cartoons for WCPO-TV's website for three-and-a-half years, is returning to the Enquirer to do a Sunday editorial cartoon starting this weekend.

Courtesy WCPO-TV

Dan Carroll's "Chopper 9" helicopter reports will end in February, as WCPO-TV will rely on less expensive drones for aerial news video.

John Kiesewetter / WVXU

Big changes are coming to the area's longtime newspapers.

The Cincinnati Enquirer returns to its large "broadsheet" format on Tuesday, Jan. 7, after five years as a smaller tabloid.

Courtesy WXIX-TV

Chris Riva, Amber Jayanth and meteorologist Ashley Smith will help main anchors Tricia Macke, Rob Williams and Steve Hortsmeyer share the load when WXIX-TV premieres a 90-minute local news block 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 6.

Marty Brennaman and Rob Braun. Lisa Cooney and Cammy Dierking. John Popovich, Jeff Hirsh and Jeff Henderson.

2019's generational changes reshaped Cincinnati's broadcasters and media institutions for the new decade starting Jan. 1.

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Update 10:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30: The TV network changes scheduled for today have been delayed until later in the week. 

Scripps-owned Bounce network will debut on WCPO-TV's Channel 9.5 on Wednesday, according to WCPO-TV. Bounce will vanish from WXIX-TV's Channel 19.2 at noon Wednesday, Jan. 1, when Fox 19 shuffles its digital channel lineup.

Courtesy John Popovich

John Popovich's 40-year career as a WCPO-TV sportscaster can be summed up by the title of the Sunday night show he launched, Sports Of All Sorts.

"Popo," as everyone calls him, covered all kinds of sports, which endeared him to viewers of all ages – or at least those old enough or enterprising enough to watch the one-hour show starting  at 11:30 p.m. Sunday night.

Courtesy Cammy Dierking

Cammy Dierking is one of us. I don't just mean she was born in Cincinnati, and went to Sycamore High School and Miami University.  

She was different from the other Cincinnati-area born and bred folks who we like to get our news and information from: Steve Horstmeyer, Rob Braun, Tricia Macke, Kevin Robinson, Lisa Cooney, Dennis Janson, Tanya O'Rourke, Sheree Paolello, Joe Danneman, George Vogel, part of a tradition going back 60 years to Cheviot native Al Schottelkotte.

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Cincinnati native Jay Moriarty, who wrote for The Jeffersons for seven seasons, can't wait to see ABC's recreation of a 1976 All In The Family episode on ABC's Live In Front Of A Studio Audience Wednesday (8 p.m. Dec. 18, Channel 9, ABC).

He and his partner Mike Milligan wrote it for creator Norman Lear.

John Kiesewetter / WVXU

MLB Network Presents: The Cobra At Twilight provides an intimate, comprehensive look at the Cincinnati native and former MVP Dave Parker who won two World Championships in his 19 big league seasons.

It shows him as the outspoken and confident right fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates; a Cincinnati Reds clubhouse leader in the 1980s, mentoring Barry Larkin and Eric Davis; a witness in the 1985 federal crackdown on Pittsburgh cocaine dealers; and a giant slowed by Parkinson's disease at age 68 taking 20 pills a day and struggling to walk.

Courtesy Cammy Dierking

When I asked Cammy Dierking if she knew what she may do after leaving WKRC-TV on Dec. 20, she surprised me with an emphatic “YES!”

She smiled and slid her new business card across the table to me.

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Jo Ellen Pellman is going to The Prom on Netflix, and look who's going with her -- Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington, Keegan-Michael Key, Awkwafina and late-night talk host James Corden.

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Cincinnati native Dave Parker, who played four of his 19 seasons for the Reds, will be profiled 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, on the MLB Network in MLB Network Presents: The Cobra At Twilight.

Courtesy Fox News Channel

Fox News Channel has promoted Bill Hemmer to take over Shepherd Smith's 3 p.m. time slot, and to lead all breaking news coverage on the Fox News Channel.

Phillipe Antonello / Courtesy Hulu

George Clooney's Catch-22 on Hulu was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards Monday, while the Mark Ruffalo-Anne Hathaway Dark Waters feature film shot in Cincinnati earlier this year was shut out from the Globes.

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Noon Tuesday Dec. 17 Update: ABC repeats A Charlie Brown Christmas at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 (Channel 9).

Origional post Dec. 5, 2019: Repeating my favorite story about my favorite Christmas TV special from Nov. 30, 2015.

Tonight's A Charlie Brown Christmas remains the best holiday TV special for all the reasons that CBS executives didn’t like it before the 1965 premiere.

The simplicity of the story. The absence of adult voices. Its anti-commercialism message. The terrific jazz sound track by Vince Guaraldi.

And Linus quoting the Bible to tell "the true meaning of Christmas," about the birth of Jesus Christ.

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Former WCPO-TV morning anchor Chris Riva will return to local airwaves next week in preparation for  WXIX-TV's early evening news expansion.

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Monday, Dec. 9 update: WCPO-TV anchor Ryan Houston is heading to Pittsburgh's WPXI-TV (Channel 11), the NBC affiliate owned by Cox Media Group.

John Kiesewetter / WVXU

WVXU-FM will repeat its award-winning The Who Concert: 30 Years Later at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, the 40th anniversary of the tragedy on the Riverfront Coliseum plaza.

Eleven concertgoers were crushed to death as thousands were awaiting the concert with "festival seating," or unreserved seating. Only a few doors were open for entry that night.

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