By Tim Cuprisin Media Columnist Published May 04, 2010 at 11:00 AM
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Veteran burgermeister Dave Sobelman has sent his cyberiffic challenger Joe Sorge a "surrender offer" in the upcoming Sobelman's vs. AJ Bombers episode of Travel Channel's "Food Wars."

No, it wasn't a serious offer. And nobody's surrendering.

But it was a chance for Sobelman to tweak Sorge for his reliance on Twitter and for allegedly putting peanut butter on a hamburger.

It's all part of the campaign surrounding the filming this week of the Travel Channel show.

The "Food Wars" crew is scheduled to be in town Thursday through Saturday. The third day of shooting will be at Bar Louie, 1114 N. Water St., for the official resolution of the TV conflict.

If you're a partisan on either side of Milwaukee's burger wars  and you want to declare your allegiance on camera, send an e-mail to

On TV: Veteran anchor Joyce Garbaciak takes Toya Washington's Channel 12 anchor spot for the next couple weeks after Washington gave birth Monday to a daughter, Maya Marie

  • Milwaukee Public TV's auction ended at 1:30 a.m. Sunday and the early word is that it raised $1,029,326. On-line bidders made up 10 percent of the bids.
  • NBC has picked up its first scripted drama for the fall, "Undercovers," from creator J.J. Abrams. The spy drama is the first pilot he's directed since "Lost."
  • Deadline Hollywood reports that FX has ordered a second 13-episode season of "Justified," even as the first season is airing. You can see a new episode tonight at 9.
  • Oprah Winfrey has Laura Bush on today at 4 p.m. on Channel 12, talking about the fatal auto accident the former first lady was involved in as a high school student.
  • The New York Post says the new season of HBO's "Entourage" -- will feature a visit from Mike Tyson. This season is supposed to have sporty feel to it. It returns June 27.
  • Nielsen Media Research's latest study of the TV audience shows an average of 2.93 sets per household this year, up from 2.43 in 2000, 2.00 in 1990 and 1.6 in 1980.

Jay Leno is now the "green" comic: After recycling the jokes he used at Saturday night's  White House Correspondents' Dinner, Jay Leno has earned the green label. 

Politico did its homework and came up with the originals and the Saturday reruns, including this one:

From the March 16 episode of "The Tonight Show": "If you took all the money the Republicans have spent trying to stop health care, and all the money Democrats have spent trying to get health care, we could afford health care, you know that?"

On Saturday night, Leno said, "If you took all the money Republicans spent trying to stop health care, and all the money Democrats have spent trying to get health care, you know somethin’? We could have had health care!"

There are other examples.

Of course, Leno's network as been pushing a "green" theme. Jay could just be pandering to his NBC bosses with the recycling effort.

Tim Cuprisin Media Columnist

Tim Cuprisin is the media columnist for He's been a journalist for 30 years, starting in 1979 as a police reporter at the old City News Bureau of Chicago, a legendary wire service that's the reputed source of the journalistic maxim "if your mother says she loves you, check it out." He spent a couple years in the mean streets of his native Chicago, and then moved on to the Green Bay Press-Gazette and USA Today, before coming to the Milwaukee Journal in 1986.

A general assignment reporter, Cuprisin traveled Eastern Europe on several projects, starting with a look at Poland after five years of martial law, and a tour of six countries in the region after the Berlin Wall opened and Communism fell. He spent six weeks traversing the lands of the former Yugoslavia in 1994, linking Milwaukee Serbs, Croats and Bosnians with their war-torn homeland.

In the fall of 1994, a lifetime of serious television viewing earned him a daily column in the Milwaukee Journal (and, later the Journal Sentinel) focusing on TV and radio. For 15 years, he has chronicled the changes rocking broadcasting, both nationally and in Milwaukee, an effort he continues at

When he's not watching TV, Cuprisin enjoys tending to his vegetable garden in the backyard of his home in Whitefish Bay, cooking and traveling.