Radio and TV Talk 

Rodney Ho covers TV and radio, from Atlanta’s stations to the hottest “American Idol" news.

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.


“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.

TLC cancels ‘Women of Homicide,’ which featured APD detective Summer Benton

  • 4:27 pm Monday, April 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Summer Benton, an APD homicide detective, has seen her show "Women of Homicide" cut from the TLC lineup after just one appearance April 16. CREDIT: TLC

Basic cable networks seldom cancel shows and stop airing them mid-run. Sometimes, they’ll bury them onto quieter nights or run them at odd hours.

But TLC has chosen, after just two airings, to shelve “Women of Homicide,” which featured Atlanta Police Department homicide detective Summer Benton. (I wrote a feature about her last week.)She was set to appear in five of eight episodes, splitting time with two Cincinnati female detectives. She debuted this past Wednesday during the show’s second airing.

A TLC spokeswoman wrote, “The show was not resonating with our viewers as we had hoped for, but we are very [More]

Melissa Carter of B98.5 having a baby

  • 10:57 am Monday, April 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Melissa Carter, morning host on B98.5, is having a baby via a surrogate.

She announced the good news this morning over the airwaves and got teary eyed. She and her partner Katie Jo had been together for eight years and had been trying to have a child for six years though in vitro fertilization. ((Katie Jo is a pseudonym for her partner, who has chosen to stay anonymous for now though Carter said that could change down the road.)

Neither are pregnant. They have a surrogate in the Pacific Northwest who had embryos from both women inserted into her uterus and one [More]

‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ reunion part 1 recap, season 6

  • 10:48 pm Sunday, April 20th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Kenya uses a megaphone to make her point to Porsha on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." CREDIT: Bravo

Porsha Williams got mad as hell and couldn’t take Kenya Moore anymore.

So on tonight’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” reunion show, for the very first time on a reunion show, someone attacked another cast member. There have been threats before (think Lisa Wu Hartwell at Kim Zolciak season one) but this is the first time a woman got down and dirty.

What was the straw that broke Porsha’s ability to control herself? Kenya accusing her of cheating on her now ex-husband Kordell Stewart, then using her megaphone to calling Porsha a “dumb ho.”

We’ve known about this fight for more than two weeks, [More]

‘Devious Maids’ returns for second season of deviousness April 20

  • 5:13 pm Saturday, April 19th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
"Devious Maids," shot in Atlanta, returns for a second season April 20 on Lifetime. CREDIT: Lifetime

“Devious Maids,” Marc Cherry‘s confection for Lifetime shot in Atlanta but set in Beverly Hills, started slow last summer in its debut season but built momentum as the season drew to end, finishing 50 percent higher.

The show continues its snarky, conniving and often hilarious ways in its second-season debut Sunday, April 20, at 10 p.m. for 13 episodes.

If you still haven’t caught the show, its feel and tenor is similar to that of Cherry’s classic ABC soap “Desperate Housewives.” (ABC rejected “Devious Maids,” which opened the doors to Lifetime.) The dialogue is zippy, the plot twists zany, the characters rife [More]

Friends wish Capt. Herb Emory a fond farewell at memorial service

  • 3:00 pm Saturday, April 19th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

When snow jam 2014 paralyzed Atlanta on January 28, Capt. Herb Emory stayed on News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB providing updates for more than 18 hours straight.

“My biggest problem,” said program director Pete Spriggs during a memorial service Saturday morning at the Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, “was getting Herb and the traffic center to take a break and relax. And eat. He just wanted to serve while you were stuck.”

Emory, 61, died of a heart attack April 12 after helping victims of a two-car collision near his home in Douglasville. He was a dedicated traffic reporter, a [More]

How did Atlanta radio stations do in ratings first quarter 2014?

  • 8:13 am Saturday, April 19th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

V-103 calls itself “The Big Station,” a title it has earned thanks to its incredible legacy and dominant ratings over the years that once far exceeded its rivals across all major age groups.

But that dominance has faded over the past year.

In recent months, V-103 saw slippage from January to March among 25 to 54 year olds and overall viewers, according to Nielsen Audio numbers. The R&B/hip-hop station did hold as the top station among 25 to 54 year olds in the first quarter in March, but fell to third among all listeners behind News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB and [More]

TV briefs: New ‘Married to Medicine’ cast member Lisa Nicole Cloud, GPB’s ’37 Weeks: Sherman on the March,’

  • 5:54 am Friday, April 18th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Bravo’s “Married to Medicine” introduced a new character 11 days ago when the second season launched: Dr. Heavenly Kimes.

This Sunday, the show officially debuts a second cast member to the fold: a doctor’s wife named Lisa Nicole Cloud.

“I thought it would be a great opportunity to be on a show that really embraced professional, educated, family-oriented women,” she said. “I don’t think there’s another show that captures all those qualities.”

This doesn’t mean the show doesn’t stoop to petty arguments and last season, a physical fight.

“I steer more to the side of the positive,” Cloud said. “Empowering and  encouraging. I [More]