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

Atlanta Walker Stalker convention tour photos and review

  • 10:46 pm Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Steve Yeun

More than 35,000 “Walking Dead” fans from all over the country converged to meet virtually the entire current cast of “The Walking Dead” at panels, in person and at parties in downtown Atlanta. On top of that, many former cast members were there as well.

The two Nashville-based “Walking Dead” podcasters and convention organizers James Frazier and Eric Nordhoff were a steady presence, moderating several of the panels and keeping the actors happy. They also managed to more than triple the size of the convention over last year’s inaugural one.

Attendees who wanted to be up close and personal to the actors [More]

‘The Walking Dead’ recap: season 4, episode 2 (‘Strangers’)

  • 10:00 pm Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus during a packed "bromance" panel Saturday. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

We finally learned the truth about Gareth and the gang: they eat people! And in this case, they barbecued and ate Bob’s left leg. Yum! (#Bobeque)

With everyone reunited and a few newcomers as well, dynamics have shifted.

Tara is accepted into the group – even Maggie – despite her ties to the Governor. Carol is accepted back as well from a very grateful Rick in a more powerful, respected position. Sasha and Bob have the hots for each other and can’t keep off each other. This level of happiness will not be rewarded. Rick warns his son Carl to never feel [More]

TV best bets with series finale of ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ season finales of ‘Project Runway,’ ‘Franklin & Bash’

  • 11:32 am Saturday, October 18th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
boardwalk empire series finale

HBO, which just announced a stand-alone digital channel in 2015, is closing shop Sunday on “Boardwalk Empire” after five seasons. The drama was a solid performer but never reached the levels of popularity of other recent HBO dramas such as “True Blood” and “Game of Thrones.”

Amazon on Friday at 12:01 a.m. also brings back the second season of John Goodman’s ‘Alpha House,” a spoof about Washington politicians who live under one roof. The network does not release ratings but obviously the show did well enough to merit another round.

The long-running “Project Runway,” now on Lifetime, turns the lights out for [More]

Miguel Dakota (‘America’s Got Talent’) in Atlanta to promote season 10

  • 8:57 am Saturday, October 18th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Miguel Dakota finished sixth this year on 'America's Got Talent." He visited the AJC earlier this week to promote the upcoming season's auditions. CREDIT: NBC

NBC brought season 9 finalist and singer/songwriter Miguel Dakota to Atlanta Thursday to promote the 10th season auditions of “America’s Got Talent.” He performed a bluesy solo song “Light a Fire” in the Atlanta Journal Constitution cafeteria for an unsuspecting but appreciative group of employees. (See the video below)

This year, the show is not coming to Atlanta for auditions like last year but hits Tampa, Richmond and several other cities. The closest to Atlanta will be Nashville November 5.

If you can’t make it to an audition city, people can also place auditions on YouTube.

As anyone who has watched [More]

Bad timing? CNN cuts medical staff amid Ebola crisis

  • 12:47 pm Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Dr., Sanjay Gupta's weekly medical show has been cancelled. He will remain as a medical correspondent based out of Atlanta. CREDIT: Getty Images

CNN is cutting staff across the board to the tune of 8 percent out of 4,000, but the timing of Sanjay Gupta’s medical unit getting snipped down in size as part of a restructuring isn’t exactly great timing.

Conservative website Breitbart snarkily noted that this is happening in the midst of a major Ebola crisis.

In reality, CNN is currently pouring major resources into the story. Under president Jeff Zucker, CNN is now focusing on two or three major stories at a time, almost to the exclusion of anything else. Right now, Ebola is story No. 1 and Gupta is on [More]

WSB anchor Erin Coleman enjoying first baby; Craig Lucie takes John Bachman’s spot

  • 12:00 pm Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Craig Lucie Erin Coleman Glenn Burns

I’m three weeks behind on this news. My apologies!

Erin Coleman, the Channel 2 Action News anchor at 4 p.m., had her first baby last month. Her son weighed in at 7 pounds 8 ounces at birth.

The boy is the first child for Erin and her husband.

She joined the station five years ago this month.

“Yes, it’s hard to believe the baby will be a month old on Sunday!” she wrote me early this morning. “Not sure of the exact date I’m coming back–probably the last week of December, but again, not sure.”

In early October on  her public Facebook page, she posted:

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‘Scandal’ recap, season 4, episode 4 (‘Like Father, Like Daughter’)

  • 9:43 am Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
SCANDAL - "Like Father, Like Daughter" - Fitz asks Olivia to shut down a situation that could destroy the Grant family's reputation. Meanwhile, Rowan calls on an old friend to do his dirty work, on "Scandal," THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Adam Taylor)
SCOTT FOLEY, TONY GOLDWYN

This was the strongest episode of the season as the murder of Jerry comes into clear view – or not. Rowan is involved so you know this won’t be clear by any means.

And the First Family deals with its grief in different ways, some a little kinkier than others.

Plus, plenty of folks are probably Googling the phrase “Eiffel Towering” – but I wouldn’t recommend doing it at work.

Secret Service incompetence in fiction: Under-age daughter of the president Karen ends up a house party (as Huck learned, it was called #swagapalooza) all drunk up her you know what and is in [More]

Tamar Braxton, Adrienne Bailon promote ‘The Real’ in Atlanta

  • 3:23 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Tamar Braxton and Adrienne Bailon at Red Pepper Monday, October 13, 2014 promoting "The Real." CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Tamar Braxton is no longer just Toni Braxton’s younger sister. She’s actually now a much bigger celebrity figure than her sister, with multiple R&B  hits, two reality shows and a daily talk show “The Real,” which debuted nationwide a month ago.

She hasn’t lived full time in Atlanta for years but comes here frequently since her mom and two of her sisters reside here. She headlined V-103’s “For Sisters Only” event at the Georgia World Congress Center this past Saturday, had dinner with NeNe Leakes Sunday night, then spent Monday promoting “The Real” in Atlanta with her castmate and former Cheetah [More]

Celeste Headlee’s ‘On Second Thought’ debuts on WRAS-FM Monday Oct. 20

  • 9:24 am Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Celeste Headlee, a long-time public radio host, will be leading "On Second Thought" on WRAS-FM for GPB starting October 20, 2014. CREDIT: publicity shot

90.1/WABE-FM has spent decades with a split personality: a blend of news/talk and classical music.

Now Georgia State University’s 88.5/WRAS-FM has its own dual format: news/talk during the day, college alternative music by night.

Georgia Public Broadcasting, in a controversial deal with GSU, has been airing national public news/talk programming such as “All Things Considered” and “Here and Now” since late June on the station. And Monday morning, October 20, GPB is rolling out its first local weekday program at 9 a.m. hosted by former National Public Radio host Celeste Headlee. (GPB has no affiliation with WABE, which is run by Public [More]

John Rocker: those SI comments still haunt him 15 years later

  • 7:42 am Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
"Suck It Up and Survive" - John Rocker during a special 90 minute premiere of Survivor 29, Wednesday, Sept. 24 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Timothy Kuratek/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Based on a poll I posted last week, 70 percent of people said they will miss John Rocker on “Survivor.” I do, already.

Sure, his girlfriend Julie McGee is still there but really, how long will she survive? She knows she has the Rocker stigma tattooed on her back. It will ultimately come down to her social game now.

She managed to escape the first tribal council of her group with only two votes while Drew alienated his own crew with his arrogant attitude and general sense of lassitude. He was stupid enough to throw his own immunity challenge, thinking he was [More]