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In Arts & Entertainment Commentary

Channel 12 anchor Kathy Mykleby is one of six inductees into Emmy's Silver Circle.

In Arts & Entertainment Commentary

It looks like NBC's "Southland" has been canceled even before beginning its second season.

In Arts & Entertainment Commentary

But the good news is that ABC has picked up "Modern Family" for the rest of the season.

OnMedia: TV veterans get an Emmy honor


A half-dozen Milwaukee TV veterans are being inducted into the Emmy "Silver Circle" this weekend. Just one of them, Channel 12 anchor Kathy Mykleby, is still on camera every night.

"I'm the one who has to stay up past 10:30," jokes Mykleby.

She joins former retired anchors Joanne Williams and Melodie Wilson Oldenburg, former Channel 4 chief meteorologist Paul Joseph, Channel 6's retired director of communications Carl Zimmermann and retired Milwaukee Public TV producer/director Bill Werner in that Silver Circle set up by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to honor broadcasters with 25 years of service.

Williams, by the way, left Channel 6 -- where she spent nearly three decades -- last year to become Cardinal Stritch University's vice president for public relations and marketing.

They'll be inducted Sunday morning in a ceremony at the Marcus Center.

Mykleby was at last year's ceremony, introducing her Channel 12 co-worker, Mike Anderson, one of the first class of five inductees. The others were Channel 6's Vince Condella, Channel 4's Mike Jacobs, Channel 10's Dan Jones and former Channel 6 news director Jill Geisler.

"I feel like I'm in pretty good company," says Mykleby.

With 33 years in broadcast journalism (she started in radio), the 55-year-old Mykleby sees no slowdown coming in her career. She doesn't buy the line that it's a young person's business.

"It's a fresh person's biz," she says. "If you keep it fresh and you stay with the times and you make sure that you offer your expertise that you've gained over the years."

She joined Channel 12 as a backup anchor in 1980, Mykleby became a full-time anchor five years later. She's been anchoring ever since.

ON TV: It's not yet official, but the Hollywood Reporter says NBC has axed "Southland" even before its second season began. Six episodes of the cop drama have been finished, but there's no word on when they'll air. There is a chance the show could move to a cable channel.

  • Meanwhile, Michael Ausiello reports at ew.com that ABC has picked up Wednesday night sitcoms "Modern Family," "Cougar Town," and "The Middle" for the rest of the season. "Modern Family" is the only good one in that the bunch and one of the best shows of the new season.
  • Fine Living Network will disappear next year and be replaced by the Cooking Channel, with a lot of reruns from its sister channel, the Food Network.
  • A campaign to get Tracy Morgan to jump on the Twitter bandwagon is successful with the launch of twitter.com/RealTracyMorgan.
  • And now the tragic news: Miley Cyrus has reportedly tweeted her last tweet, and shut down her Twitter account.

MAKING FUN OF HERSELF: Remember Nicole Eggert, the former teen star who was one of the lifeguards in "Baywatch"?

Well, she's 37 now and is having a little fun with her old character -- and her old image. Funny or Die has posted the video, which follows.


Talkbacks

brunocarlson | Oct. 9, 2009 at 4:22 p.m. (report)

I agree that NBC cut some good shows for Leno. It is sad to see some decent TV (Southland, Life to name a few) go to reality TV or a late night talk-show.

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High_Life_Man | Oct. 9, 2009 at 1:54 p.m. (report)

"News" people winning awards is like poop winning for best turd. "Southland" started catching a groove the 2nd half of last season. And it ended on a good cliffhanger. I suppose now that the unfunny Leno takes up 5 primetime spots a night, there's no place for it. How many people did that hack cause to file for unemployment?

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brbutler | Oct. 9, 2009 at 1:10 p.m. (report)

Tim, I fully agree that Modern Family is the only decent one out of that group, great insight and thank you for the update!!

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