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Rodney Ho covers TV and radio, from Atlanta’s stations to the hottest “American Idol" news.
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A&E ‘Beyond Scared Straight’ features Fulton County Jail April 24

  • 4:46 pm Thursday, April 24th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Lt. Brian McGee of Fulton County runs the Youth Intervention Program featured on "Beyond Scared Straight" April 24, 2014. CREDIT: Fulton County Sheriff's Office

Tonight’s episode of A&E’s “Beyond Scared Straight” will feature the Fulton County Jail’s Youth Intervention Program.

The most dramatic moment: a student caught stealing cars runs coincidentally in his dad, in prison for murder.

“Scared Straight” has been a concept dating back to the 1970s where troubled juveniles visit a jail and meet hardened criminals as a deterrent for future bad behavior.

“Beyond Scared Straight,” an off-shoot program,  has been around on A&E since 2011 and visits different prisons around the country. Last week’s episode drew 1.6 million viewers. Tonight is the season finale, with one more season before the series ends.

Lieutenant Brian [More]

Apollo Nida’s co-conspirator sentenced five-plus years for bank fraud, ID theft

  • 2:54 pm Thursday, April 24th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Apollo Nida (left) is married to Phaedra Parks of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." CREDIT: Getty Images

The heat is on Apollo Nida, the husband of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Phaedra Parks.

In U.S. District Court Wednesday, Nida’s co-conspirator Gayla St. Julien pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail, wire and bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, resulting in a 61-month prison sentence.

St. Julien worked with Nida from 2009 until 2013. The federal government filed a complaint charging him of the same two charges as St. Julien.

During her time working with Nida, she opened several fake bank accounts to launder money obtained fraudulently, the complaint alleged. A sampling of accounts listed in the complaint totaled about [More]

TV briefs: ‘Georgia Gang,’ Myron Mixon’s ‘BBQ Pitmasters,’ USA’s ‘Satisfaction’ in Atlanta, Amazon Prime/HBO deal

  • 11:07 am Thursday, April 24th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Myron Mixon, the Georgia barbecue expert, is a judge on Destination America's "BBQ Pitmasters." CREDIT: Destination America

Fox 5 is adding a rebroadcast of its “Georgia Gang” show at 11:30 p.m. starting this Sunday night. It originally airs at 8:30 a.m. This show is Georgia’s longest-running public affairs broadcast.

The same quartet have been discussing local issues for several years: Jeff Dickerson, Phil Kent, Alexis Scott and Dick Williams.

“Glad to know viewers in church who miss it want to see it later!” wrote Kent in an email informing me of the addition.

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Georgia resident Myron Mixon returned this month for his fifth season as a judge on Destination America’s “BBQ Pitmasters.”

Mixon, who lives about two hours south of Atlanta [More]

‘American Idol’ top 6 performance recap

  • 6:46 pm Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by Rodney Ho

While the theme (“A little bit of country, a little bit rock and roll”) might evoke Donny Osmond, most of the acts tonight felt far more modern, which is a good thing.

There was only one truly disastrous performance and that was CJ Harris’s country song, a theme you’d think he’d excel. But he chose a mid-tempo Zac Brown tune and botched it big time. I think it will cost him votes and kill his shot at making the top 5. Yes, my prediction is simple: CJ goes home tomorrow.

Jena Irene’s “So Small” did nothing for me either but I think [More]

Meet LaTavia Roberson and Meelah Williams, the two new ‘R&B Divas Atlanta’

  • 4:23 pm Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
The new R&B Divas Atlanta crew. CREDIT: TV One

With Latasha Scott, Faith Evans and Nicci Gilbert bowing out after two seasons of TV One’s “R&B Divas Atlanta,” producers found two younger R&B singers who had their heyday in the late 1990s to fill the void: former Destiny’s Child singer LaTavia Roberson and former 702 lead singer Meelah Williams.

They join a vast crew of metro Atlanta-based R&B singers who have or had a reality show. That list now includes Keyshia Cole, Monica, Kandi Burruss, Tomeka “Tiny” Cottle and both surviving members of TLC Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas  and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins.

“R&B Divas,” which returns Wednesday, doesn’t get physical the way [More]

‘American Idol’ notes: Power 6, Katie Stevens on MTV show, Clay Aiken

  • 1:45 pm Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
AMERICAN IDOL XIII: Top 6: L-R: Caleb Johnson, Alex Preston, Jessica Meuse, Sam Woolf, Jena Irene and C.J. Harris. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. Copyright FOX Broadcasting 2014.

It’s amazing nowadays that I can go several days and not hear a peep about “American Idol.” It’s that low on the pop culture totem pole. There are hardly any stories written about the show either.

But alas, we are here for the run of the season and here is my power rankings for the top 6.

1) Caleb Johnson. He did nothing last week to change my mind that he will win the competition. He gave a Kings of Leon non-hit his own spin and got his usual plaudits. (last week 1)

2. Alex Preston. At worst, his performance last week was [More]

Should ‘Real Housewives’ dump Porsha or Kenya?

  • 11:21 am Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Bravo is about to conclude the most successful season of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” yet and the first reunion show pulled in a solid 4.1 million viewers this past Sunday.

Surprisingly, the show didn’t hit a record despite all the hype about the Porsha Williams/Kenya Moore fight. Its best performance happened earlier in the season when an episode drew 4.7 million viewers.

Now gossip sites are speculating about who will return next season. Given how successful this crew has been the past two years, Bravo would be disinclined, I’d fathom, to get rid of anybody. Bravo itself doesn’t talk about [More]

How did NeNe Leakes do week six of ‘Dancing With the Stars’?

  • 11:06 pm Monday, April 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho

NeNe Leakes danced a hot salsa and survived week six, guaranteeing her a spot in the top 7.

Actor and “Price is Right” host Drew Carey, on the other hand, didn’t make the cut. Despite spirited performances over the weeks, he had the lowest score Monday night. He was the only one who got a 7 from Len Goodman.

Every other score was at least an 8. Leakes nabbed three 8s and a generous 9 from guest judge Redfoo from LMFAO.

She also beat Candace Cameron Bure, who received 8s from all four judges.

“You corner the market on fun and entertainment,” Goodman cooed. [More]

TV best bets with season finale of ‘Parks & Rec,’ return of ‘Deadliest Catch’

  • 10:27 pm Monday, April 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
"Parks and Recreation" ends its sixth season and will return next season for a seventh. CREDIT: NBC

Not too much going on this week. The 10th season of Discovery’s hardy “Deadliest Catch” returns Tuesday and TV One’s “R&B Divas Atlanta” comes back Wednesday.

FX’s “Archer,” which is produced in Atlanta, ends season five Monday night with two more seasons guaranteed.

NBC’s “Parks & Recreation” finishes season six Thursday while ABC’s “Last Man Standing” concludes its third season Friday.

On Thursday, CBS tries a sitcom version of “Bad Teacher” and ABC tries out a a world-famous neuroscientist struggles with mental illness.

MONDAY

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Candace Cameron Bure is the likeliest target to go home next.

“2 Broke Girls” [More]

Video: Talking Kenya-Porsha, ‘R&B Divas Atlanta,’ the Property Brothers in Atlanta

  • 7:02 pm Monday, April 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Property brothers photobomb

CineStars’ Brittany Umar  and I discuss the fight on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” the new castmembers of “R&B Divas Atlanta” and “Property Brothers” hit Atlanta.

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