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TV Notes: 9/23/03

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

'Schmo' ratings up

Spike TV's "The Joe Schmo Show" (9 p.m. Tuesdays), starring Mt. Lebanon's Matt Kennedy Gould, continues to see its ratings rise. Last week's episode drew 1.2 million viewers, up 54 percent from its debut four weeks ago.

A Spike TV executive attributed the increased ratings to word of mouth about the series, which features Gould on what he thinks is a regular reality show. Turns out he's the only civilian and all the other "contestants" are actors performing roles.

(Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor)

Bush speech to U.N.

All the usual suspects -- cable news networks -- are likely to air President Bush's address to the United Nations today. In addition, ABC and CBS will carry the address live at 10:30 a.m.

(R.O.)

Harris doc on WQED

WQED will broadcast the documentary "One Shot: The Life and Work of Teenie Harris" at 8 p.m. Thursday and again at 8 p.m. Nov. 6. The film is produced and directed by Kenneth Love.

The film looks at the life and works of native Pittsburgh photographer Charles "Teenie" Harris, whose work focused on the African-American experience in Pittsburgh.

(R.O.)

Ritter tribute ratings

A tribute to John Ritter was the most-watched television show last Tuesday, drawing more viewers than "Whoopi" and "Happy Family."

"A Life of Laughter: Remembering John Ritter," with Diane Sawyer of ABC News as host, was watched by 14 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research figures.

Ritter, 54, the star of ABC's "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter," died of an undetected heart problem Sept. 11. ABC announced last week that the sitcom, co-starring Katey Sagal, will continue airing.

(Associated Press)

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