- 1:15 pm Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
The syndicated world is littered with failure. In the “judge” arena, many names have come and gone in recent years: Jeanine Pirro, Maria Lopez, David Young, to name a few.
Lauren Lake, who is the lead on the sophomore show “Paternity Court,” hopes to join established TV judge hosts such as Greg Mathis, Lynn Toler and and the queen of the block Judith Sheindlin and her dominant “Judge Judy” program.
Her show, which moved to Atlanta for its sophomore year from Los Angeles, was the top new syndicated program of the 2013-14 season. In many markets, she has gotten better time slots [More]
- 5:31 pm Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
It sounds like Kandi Burruss hired the wrong promoter for her “A Mother’s Love” road tour.
The multi-city tour, which began earlier this month, was nixed after just three cities. Burruss, who created the musical in a matter of weeks last fall and debuted at the Rialto Theatre in November, confirmed the end on Instagram earlier today.
“I licensed A Mother’s Love to a promoter with high expectations of finally seeing my creation go on the road and I am very saddened and frustrated by the cancellation of the tour,” she said.
She created the musical to channel her frustrations about her [More]
- 3:44 pm Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim have specialized in awkward, low-budget, warped humor that rarely flatters them or those around them.
In other words, they have become a perfect franchise for Atlanta-based Adult Swim.(Take that ABC and Shonda Rhimes!)
For the past decade, the dynamic duo have given the network four shows.The first one “Tom Goes the Mayor” (2004-2006) was a semi-animated series that ran for 30 episodes. One of Adult Swim’s first non-animated series “Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” (2007-2010) hit it bigger, lasting five seasons and 50 episodes. It was sort of a sketch show with deliberately cheesy graphics [More]
- 12:50 pm Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
The story of “American Idol” season 8 finalist and former Buckhead denizen Michael Johns dying last month was sad enough.
The story TMZ ran yesterday just made things even sadder, a story that was chronicled in legal papers.
Torrey Gambill, a friend of Johns’, found him dead. Johns’ wife Stacey Vudurus, according to TMZ, filed papers in Orange County accusing him of sending her abusive texts blaming her indirectly for Johns’ death.
Gambill then filed papers of his own accusing Johns’ wife of creating a “cover story” about a blood clot in his ankle that ultimately killed him. The cops said he [More]
- 10:14 pm Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Singers dominated this competition the first six seasons but the past two seasons, non-singers have taken the prize: a dog act in 2012, then a cool dancer/gymnast dude last year.
And tonight, for the very first time, a magician takes home the $1 million. And since “AGT” likes to find Vegas acts, Mat Franco fits perfectly. His close-up work was incredible and his charm indelible, his writing impeccable. He has enough personality and creativity to fill a decent-sized theater in Vegas. Although I wasn’t impressed with his final magic act, the voters clearly found him worthy.
He beat a fine singer Emily [More]
- 6:04 pm Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
They also have several radio personalities “pitch” themselves to advertisers as endorsers here. For some reason, the videographer has them looking away from the camera during the pitch. This is Rich “Sully” Sullivan from WGST-AM (who used to be on Dave FM):
- 3:42 pm Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Fox clearly has high hopes for its fall drama “Red Band Society,” which features Octavia Spencer (“The Help”) and David Annable (“Brothers & Sisters’) and a cast of mostly unknown kids in a pediatric ward.
The network sent the cast to several major cities across the country over the summer, where they aired screenings of the pilot in theaters and local children’s hospitals, including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in July. Fox set up a social media campaign that made the pilot available online for more than a week in August after raising $100,000 for five health charities.
Fox hopes word of [More]
- 11:31 am Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
VH1 has had a successful run with “T.I. & Tiny’s Family Hustle.” So it’s rewarding Tameka “Tiny” Cottle-Harris with her own show with her best friend Shekinah Jo.
Over eight 30-minute episodes, Tiny will travel with her friend cross country to promote their new mobile hair salon business.
The series debuts October 13 at 9;30 p.m.
Here’s how VH1 sells it:
With a true passion for flawless hair that just couldn’t be restricted to the Atlanta city limits, these ladies are taking their talents and philosophy that “everyone deserves fabulous hair” on the road. From The Voodoo Shop in New Orleans to the Navajo [More]
‘American Idol’ bits: Adam Lambert sub judge, anticipated songs ‘Idol’ contestants will sing season 14
- 10:27 am Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Adam Lambert will guest judge in place of Keith Urban during the upcoming New York auditions Wednesday.
He has expressed a past desire for a full-time judging job but it’s unclear if ‘Idol” ever seriously considered him.
He’d be the first former “Idol” to sit in even as a guest judge that I can recall. (If I’m wrong, please point it out.)
Urban is mourning the death of his wife Nicole Kidman‘s father.
The season 8 runner up was a mentor last year and did a fine job.
Lambert has been spending the summer fronting Queen in Australia and Europe.
Here are some songs we’ll probably [More]
- 9:12 am Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
“America’s Got Talent” has only six acts but NBC stretched things out to two hours by having the finalists spend hour one reprising a past performance.
Fortunately, this is a solid final group of acts. I’m having a hard time deciding who will win it all but I will go for who I think the producers are signaling by placing her at the end: Emily West.
Why? She has the majestic beauty, the maturity and the soaring voice necessary to take this home. Sure, she’s old fashioned and not remotely current but “AGT” isn’t really designed to look for the next pop [More]