‘American Idol’ bits: optimism out of Kansas City auditions, Josh Gracin, Michael Johns, Ryan Seacrest, Carrie Underwood, Sam Woolf
- 8:01 am Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
I’m on vacation this week so I’m leaving this space for you regulars to talk amongst yourselves. I apologize if all this news if a bit old but I needed to fill the space with something while I’m gone!
The ‘American Idol’ judges last week liked what they saw in the Kansas City auditions.
“I think we did find some future superstars,” said Lopez, wearing a sparkling black blouse with sparkly shoes,
- 5:00 am Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Until 2007, former Atlanta resident and Fox News anchor Bret Baier‘s personal life was hardly fodder for headlines, much less a book.
And everything seemed just peachy in 2007 when he and his wife Amy had their first child Paul – until a nurse noticed their son’s color was a little off.
Then the news got much worse. A doctor gave them this shocking news: “Your son has a complex heart disease. He has a very complicated heart.”
Baier, a Marist graduate who was Fox News’ first Atlanta correspondent in 1998, turned this potentially tragic story into a story of hope called “Special [More]
- 9:00 pm Monday, August 18th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
I’m on vacation but given that this is the season finale before the blockbuster reunion next week where Joseline goes cray-cray, I have to write this up:
What’s the truth?
Benzino hears that Joseline’s former driver slept with her for three months. (She has a driver?)
He thinks Joseline is a major problem for Stevie J, his best bud. Joseline thinks Benzino is the major issue. “All problems come from your bestie,” she tells Stevie.
Joseline denies sleeping with the driver. He never gets around to admitting he smashed Althea.
She starts getting teary, saying he controls her.
“You’ll never be over me,” he says, during [More]
- 4:47 pm Sunday, August 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Atlanta is packed with mostly female reality stars and pseudo stars, from the “Real Housewives” to “Love & Hip Hop” to “R&B Divas Atlanta” to “Married to Medicine.”
Now welcome the “exes” of three famous Atlanta singers (Usher, Ne-Yo, Cee Lo Green), a former Falcons play (Ray Buchanan) and one big-time actor and comic who isn’t really from Atlanta but does spend time here to shoot films (Kevin Hart).
- 10:59 am Saturday, August 16th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
The biggest news of the week is the series end of HBO’s gory, titillating series “True Blood” on Sunday after seven years.
Another cult classic “Dr. Who” returns on BBC America on Sunday while TNT brings back “Dallas” after a short break on Monday. ABC ends the season for “Rookie Blue” Thursday while MTV feeds us another “Video Music Awards” Sunday despite the long-running fact they hardly play videos anymore.
NOTE: This covers Monday, August 18 through Sunday August 24.
“Running Wild with Bear Grylls” 8 p.m. NBC — Tom Arnold and Bear explore the coastal mountains of Oregon, where they encounter river [More]
- 4:42 pm Friday, August 15th, 2014 by Shane Harrison
If you were looking forward to some Southern-fried goodness from Paula Deen right here in Atlanta, you’ll have to wait a little longer.
The former Food Network star (and now star of her own digital network) has postponed an upcoming appearance at Symphony Hall due to a scheduling conflict. She’ll be in her longtime hometown Savannah filming a show for her new network on Aug. 26, the day she was scheduled for the Atlanta date. The new date is Nov. 16, but refunds will be available to those who can’t make it to that one.
Here’s the full text of the [More]
- 5:00 am Friday, August 15th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Two Atlanta-based free over-the-air broadcast channels launch on Monday, August 18, one targeting women called Escape and one targeting men dubbed Grit.
“We’re actively involved in conversations with several local stations and their corporate groups and expect that Grit will be carried in Atlanta soon,” said a spokesman for Atlanta-based Katz Broadcasting, which owns and operates the stations.
- 11:18 pm Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Villa Rica native Rod Man became the first Georgia man to take home the crown of “Last Comic Standing” on NBC, beating two very worthwhile competitors.
He takes home $250,000 and gets a development deal with NBC for his own show.
Although the show was taped awhile ago, Rod Man was kept in the dark about the result until yesterday via an ingenious method. The producers filmed each of the finalists as “winners.” This way, nobody in the audience would have a clue either and leak the results. He had to be told yesterday so he’d have time to fly to New [More]
- 11:24 am Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
VH1 has shown a deep commitment to Atlanta with multiple reality programs: top-rated “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta,” the family friendly “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle,” and the upcoming “Atlanta Exes.”
Now the network is taking a more serious direction about our city’s legacy as the hip-hop capital of the south with a 90-minute documentary Sept. 2 called “ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Rise in the Rap Game.”
According to the press release:
The film chronicles the decisions of the city’s forefathers in post-civil rights Atlanta as they created an environment for African-American arts and culture to thrive, which set the [More]