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‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ recap: season 3, reunion part 2

  • 10:12 pm Monday, September 1st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Stevie J and Joseline before the craziness began. CREDIT: VH1

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We finally get the see the mayhem in full with Joseline unleashed like the Incredible Hulk-ette.

After Benzino‘s crack about cocaine, she and Stevie J attack Althea (on stage), then Tammy Rivera (tries to punch her, pulls off her ponytail) then Mimi Faust (serious hair pulling on the stairs). Even Waka’s mom Deb Antney gets caught in the middle of the Tammy fight. “She came up like Herucules,” Deb says. “We were not dealing with a human at the time.”

While Joseline creates most of the damage, Stevie, Benzino and Althea yell a lot and get held back by [More]

TV bets bets with returns of ‘Boardwalk Empire’ and season finales of ‘The Leftovers,’ ‘Royal Pains,’ ‘Rizzoli & Isles’

  • 9:35 pm Monday, September 1st, 2014 by Rodney Ho

This is the final week before the broadcast networks bring out their big guns.

In the interim, ABC’s “Mistresses” ends its season on Monday, Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” wraps up (with Kennesaw’s Zach Everhart Jr. in the running) on Wednesday and ABC’s ‘Wipeout” on Sunday.

On cable, the season enders include E!’s sinking “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” Monday, USA’s “Royal Pains” and TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles” Tuesday, HBO’s “Hard Knocks” and ‘The Leftovers” Sunday.

A handful of shows return, too: FXX’s “The League” Wednesday, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” on Thursday (just because…) and HBO’s final season of “Boardwalk Empire” [More]

‘Idol’ briefs: Carrie Underwood expecting first child

  • 7:22 pm Monday, September 1st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 04: Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher attend the 2014 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)

Carrie Underwood announced on Instagram today that she’s expecting her first child with her husband Mike Fisher.

“In honor of “Labor” Day, Ace & Penny would like to make an announcement. Their parents couldn’t be happier,” she wrote with a picture of her two dogs, each wearing shirts saying “I’m going to be a big brother.”

She is due in the spring. She is 31. Fisher is 34. The couple married at Reynolds Plantation in Georgia in the summer of 2010.

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In New Orleans, “Idol” released a snippet of Harry Connick Jr. jamming with a season 14 contestant.

Check it out here. [More]

Fish’s free Celebrate Freedom concert August 30 features Steven Curtis Chapman, Tenth Avenue North, Montell Jordan

  • 5:10 pm Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 01:  Steven Curtis Chapman performs at the 2nd Annual KLOVE Fan Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House  on June 1, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Legendary Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman, Britt Nicole and Tenth Avenue North are among the headliners at the biggest free concert in metro Atlanta, courtesy of Fish 104.7. Dubbed Celebrate Freedom, the annual Saturday Labor Day weekend event is held at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta.

Sure, it’s one of the busiest weekends of the year in metro Atlanta for events but this one is not in downtown Atlanta, at least, where Dragon*Con and college football fans intermingle every Labor Day weekend.

The Celebrate Freedom annual shindig typically draws 50,000 plus people, bigger than most any Braves game. (The Braves [More]

‘Nashville’ star Will Chase at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday

  • 4:31 pm Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Will Chase, the actor who plays Luke Wheeler on ABC’s ‘Nashville,” will be singing the National Anthem at the Oral-B USA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday.

He will also meet with fans and promote the TV show, which certainly has its share of fans who may happen to like NASCAR, too.

His character Wheeler is a fictional equivalent of Tim McGraw in the country world. Last season, he wooed and ultimately won over fellow country superstar Rayna Jaymes (the incomparable Connie Britton), proposing to her on stage in the season finale.

Chase himself is a Kentucky native [More]

Awesome CNN employee departure video, courtesy of Lisa Desjardins

  • 1:43 pm Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
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Departing CNN Capital Hill correspondent Lisa Desjardins decided to be creative in her goodbye video, which also includes a lovely shout out to Jamie Dupree of Cox.

Watch the office supply closet while you walk out the door…

Former Grant Park man Ty Pennington hosting new TNT cooking competition show ‘On the Menu’

  • 9:41 am Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Ty Pennington will be hosting a new TNT show "On the Menu" debuting in early October. CREDIT: Getty Images

Former Atlanta resident Ty Pennington is returning to TV this fall as host of TNT’s first cooking competition show “On the Menu,” debuting October 3.

In each episode, home cooks are challenged to make a signature dish for a restaurant chain, stadium concession stand or other American food business. They will work with professional chefs from concept to execution. Winning dishes will land on the menus of those chains the very next day. Emeril Lagasse will be chief judge.

Pennington is best known for his stint on TLC’s “Trading Spaces” when he was based in Atlanta and lived for a time in [More]

TBS/TNT/TCM programming chief Michael Wright out

  • 8:49 am Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14:  Michael Wright speaks onstage at the TBS / TNT Upfront 2014 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 14, 2014 in New York City.  24674_002_1009.JPG  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner)

Atlanta-based Turner Entertainment, in the throes of unprecedented changes, lost its TNT/TBS/TCM programming chief Michael Wright Thursday. Deadline.com broke the story.

Wright, who is based in Los Angeles,  is stepping down just as the company prepares for buyouts and layoffs.

The well-respected executive with strong creative chops came to Turner in 2002 and ran programming for TNT starting in 2004, adding TBS in 2005 and TCM in 2007. He helped in the rebranding of both TNT and TBS and revenues at both networks skyrocketed over the past decade.

TNT and TBS are the two biggest revenue generators among the Turner brands and [More]

Mayor Kasim Reed does ‘Rappers Delight’ on VH1 Atlanta hip-hop doc Sept. 2

  • 4:13 pm Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

I will be writing more about an upcoming VH1 documentary “ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Rise in the Rap Game,” which debuts Sept. 2 at 10 p.m., but I couldn’t resist posting this teaser clip featuring Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed doing a bit of Sugarhill Gang‘s breakthrough 1979 rap hit “Rapper’s Delight.”

And Reed, ever self-referential, joked that this clip will be used by his political opponents for the next 20 years. Brad Bernstein, the executive producer who interviewed Reed for 25 minutes for the documentary, readily admits he goaded Reed into doing it and at the end of the [More]

Radio briefs: #SaveWRAS rally today, Rhubarb Jones, Jason Goff, Steve & Vikki

  • 12:45 pm Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Today, opponents of the Georgia Public Broadcasting day-time takeover of 88.5/WRAS-FM is holding a rally at Hurt Park at 4 p.m. as students return to campus.

“Because the agreement between GSU President Mark Becker and GPB CEO Teya Ryan was announced during finals week at the end of the school year in May of this year, many students have not had the chance to voice their anger and frustration at this one-sided agreement which gives GPB everything they want, and gives GSU students nothing but empty promises in return,” said Zachary Lancaster, president of Album 88 Alumni, in a press release. [More]

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