Posted: 5:42 pm Monday, July 14th, 2014

TV briefs: Ryan Seacrest’s new girlfriend; Whitney Houston; Todd Chrisley; Erin Andrews and Pam Oliver; 

By Rodney Ho

Shayna Taylor and Ryan Seacrest are an item. CREDIT: Getty Images.

Shayna Taylor and Ryan Seacrest are an item. CREDIT: Getty Images.

Former Dunwoody resident Ryan Seacrest, the busiest man in Hollywood, has a new girlfriend Shayna Taylor.

She acknowledged this for the first time on TMZ when the pair returned at LAX from a vacation to Italy and France.

He broke up with actress, singer and dancer Julianne Hough last year after more than two years together.

On her Instagram page, she identifies herself as a model, fitness trainer and chef. I guess Ryan has a type, doesn’t he?  You can see shots of her with Ryan on said page such as this oneRumors of their coupling started hitting the gossip pages late last year.

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Check out the first promo photo from Lifetime’s upcoming biopic of Whitney Houston and her tumultuous relationship with Bobby Brown, Though they spent their latter years together in Atlanta as chronicled in Bravo’s 2005 reality show ‘Being Bobby Brown,”  the film is set during their early relationship in Los Angeles in the 1990s. They met in 1989 (which this photo presumably is set based on the hair styles) and married in 1992. They divorced in 2007.

Below is Yaya DaCosta as Whitney and Arlen Escarpeta as Bobby.

FOR TV- WHITNEY AND BOBBY- Yaya DaCosta (Whitney) and Arlen Escarpeta (Bobby) (Credit:  Jack Zeman/Lifetime 2014)

FOR TV- WHITNEY AND BOBBY- Yaya DaCosta (Whitney) and Arlen Escarpeta (Bobby) (Credit: Jack Zeman/Lifetime 2014)

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John Walsh’s “The Hunt” debut Sunday night on CNN opened to solid numbers last night: almost 1 million viewers. For CNN, that’s pretty good and it was stronger than either Fox News or MSNBC.

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Erin Andrews (right)  gets promoted at Fox while Pam Oliver gets moved off the first team. Both are based in Atlanta. CREDIT: Getty Images

Erin Andrews (right) gets promoted at Fox while Pam Oliver gets moved off the first team. Both are based in Atlanta. CREDIT: Getty Images

Erin Andrews, who ostensibly lives in Atlanta but is almost never here, replaces fellow Atlanta resident Pam Oliver as Fox’s top sideline reporter.

Andrew will work with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.

Oliver moves to the No. 2 position with Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch after two decades there.

According to SI.com, Oliver was stunned by the move, though her bosses thought enough about her to fly down to Atlanta and give her the news in person.

“To go from the lead crew to no crew was a little shocking,” Oliver said to SI.com. “I said I wanted to do a 20th year [on the sidelines]. I expressed to them that I was not done and had something to offer. Again, I think it was predetermined coming in. Not at that meeting, but two years ago it was determined that no matter what I did or did not do, a change would be made for this year.”

Her bosses eventually agreed to give Oliver one final year on the NFL sidelines.

Oliver will remain at Fox Sports last week but will instead do long-form pieces, specials, major interviews and some producing as well.

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Todd Chrisley with his son Chase at TCA promoting "Chrisley Knows Best" on USA. CREDIT: Getty Images

Todd Chrisley with his son Chase at TCA promoting “Chrisley Knows Best” on USA. CREDIT: Getty Images

At the Television Critics Association shindig I haven’t been to in seven plus years, Atlanta’s Todd Chrisley of USA’s “Chrisley Knows Best”  answered the “are you gay?’ question from The Wrap with aplomb though he made a curious statement at the end:

I don’t believe that being gay is something you should be ashamed of,” he said. “I don’t believe it’s something you should hide. And if I wanted to date someone, I would call you and I would ask you go to dinner with me. But right now, I’m very content in my life with where I am. Today, I’m not gay.”

Maybe we can check in tomorrow and see if things had changed.

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“Weird Al” Yankovic’s parody of Pharrell Williams‘ “Happy” features “Modern Family” star Eric Stonestreet, actress, talk-show host and “Archer” voiceover star Aisha Tyler, film actor Jack Black, comedienne Kristen Schaal and comic Margaret Cho, who spent a good portion of her past six years shooting “Drop Dead Diva’ in Peachtree City. Check it out here.

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And somehow, I missed this from two months ago on YouTube’s “Epic Rap Battles in History.” This is Rick Grimes of “The Walking Dead’ vs. Walter White of “Breaking Bad.”

51 comments
DeirdreC
DeirdreC

And the Epic Rap Battle...the guy playing Rick Grimes has got the character done perfectly.  The Walter White actor, not as good.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Dome was always meant to be a one season show with a beginning, a middle and an end.  It was so popular that the network decided to keep it so the first half a season 1 was heading toward a finale that wasn't going to happen.  I think the producers just got caught in a greedy situation and it has ruined the show.

Re Crisley:  I don't watch his show but, speaking from experience, whether someone is gay or not cannot always be determined by characteristics and the so-called "gaydar" is just people's way of excusing making judgements based on appearance.  I agree with Highlander...why does it matter one way or the other?


Sam-A1
Sam-A1

About the Crisley stuff - I have actually watched 3 or 4 shows - it's on late night, and when flipping around to find something to 'go to sleep to', I've stopped there - it's one of those train-wreck things - once you pause, you can't look away!

The dude does seem very effeminate, but he's been married for about 25 years, and has 4 or 5 children, from late teens to a 5 year old - and apparently is pretty smart - came from no money in Alabama, and now lives in a 20,000 sq ft home in gated community in Alpharetta and owns a bunch of businesses. The show is really nuts - there are 2 older teens who need to be put in strait jackets for a year or two.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Agreed Highlander and Mercedes - "Dome" is definitely regressing. Saying this delicately since Deirdre has not watched yet, but after the 'incident' with a main character at the school - I jut cannot figure out what the heck the writers have in their wacky little skulls!

I don't seem to be having, at least this week, these problems. The ads are all up at the top with the "storyline" and not down here with the posts.

D: Don't feel bad about calling incompetent workers "idiots" - they've cost you use of the pool in this scorching summer, maybe cost more money than already paid, they are certainly idiotic in their work ethic. And I hope your son has better luck with workers from India than I do with my cell phone when I try to get help or answers to questions - I generally have to demand to be transferred to someone in the US.

Lovely morning, and the sunrise was absolutely gorgeous at 6:00 this am when I was walking the girls - crystal clear turquoise sky with streaks of peach and pumpkin - lovely.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

There's definitely differences in the blog lately.  I have had to sign in everyday after a 2 week period when I never had to sign in at all.  But I am not getting blocks of ads.  There are 5 ads on the right side of the page plus a few links to ajc stuff.  None of them are causing any trouble.  I'm on a Mac.  

My son was explaining something to me the other day.  He said all internet stuff that is interactive has a front end and a back end.  The front end is all the stuff we see.  The comments, the comment boxes, the blog essay.  The front end depends on the back end(the guys running it) to make it work right.  He was frustrated because he's a front end guy and a system they have put together needs to launch next week and there's a glitch in the back end and they have been pointing out the glitch for 2 weeks and can't get the back end guys to fix it.  He says they are mostly located in India(at least at his company).  The key here is that the system won't be launched until the glitch is fixed.  Unlike this particular system and the one that came before it.

Highlander1
Highlander1

I think Fox Sports blew it! Pam Oliver is a much better interviewer (remember, Andrews was the twit who asked Richard Sherman a stupid question then feigned shock-surprise-fear when he answered with honest emotion) and much more informed and comfortable in the role than Erin Andrews.

I also think Pam Oliver is the prettier of the two! (Just check out the beak on Erin Andrews.)

Don't care whether Ryan or the Chrisley guy are gay (although I can see that Chrisley certainly has many mannerisms that might lead one to think so). Why is it supposed to matter?

Lastly, Ms. Taylor could use a bit of eyebrow plucking but at least she doesn't have a uni-brow!

MercedesS
MercedesS

8 empty ad boxes on this one page. What's going on, RoHo?

MercedesS
MercedesS

New try... this thread is full of weird rectangular boxes about ads.

Ads are CHOKING this blog - and ajc.com as a whole too.


Have now seen three episodes of "Under the Dome" and I am done with it.  This is a show threading water now, dragging in nutjobs  like Dwight Yokam's barber.  I gave up on the book, which was very different.


Meanwhile, I enjoyed the opening of "Extant" last week, and hope show can keep up momentum. Good characters, actors, story  and dialogue.

ksolomon
ksolomon moderator

Interesting. ..

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Just had a pool guy here to give us another estimate on repairing our pool which is completely unusable after the people we hired last August to renovate it decided to destroy it instead.  It won't even hold water now. It will cost a lot to make it a pool again.  The original guy has been served with legal papers demanding our money back but I doubt that we will get any of it as he is also being sued by other customers.

Rickster_
Rickster_

And as for "epic rap battles".... isn't that an impossibility?

Rickster_
Rickster_

Not much she can do about those eyebrows. I hear that's what happens during a gender reassignment.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

I have Dome on my DVR too.  completely forgot about that one.  Not impressed with the acting on that one.  Seems stilted and the characters are poorly written.  That's surprising since one of Stephen King's gifts is the ability to make his characters real.  I will catch up eventually.  I have a lot of free time next week so I will be able to clean out the dvr.

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

Finally !  I wasn't able to log on yesterday or even open up RoHo's blog from my office computer. 

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Deirdre:  Guess you've not gotten to "Dome" yet - very strange storyline this season! Not so sure I'm liking it this year.

McCovey: Julianne is a very cute girl, and has a really sweet personality. Shame she a Ryan broke up after all that time.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

Sam, I have so much to catch up on.  I have only seen the first episode of FS.  I have 2 waiting for me in my DVR along with 2 episodes of True Blood and 2 of The Leftovers.  I will try to catch up this week but it is a tall order.

McCovey44
McCovey44

I was about to make a comment that I think Julianne Hough is more attractive but that Julianne Hough is more attractive than almost everyone.  I got here and found that this place had taken a decidedly ugly turn.  Wow!

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Deirdre: If you haven't seen "FS" yet, and interesting, sad but interesting, development this week.

Mercedes:  Can't wait to watch the "24" finale - they promised a "shocking finale".

Good night. At least I wasn't alone all day today, however, kinda wish I had been in a way.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

It's a good thing to hang out with the "others" sometimes.  It reminds us of how lucky we are most of the time.

JTesla
JTesla

Rodney: in the caption for the picture Erin Andrews is on the (left), not the (right).

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

REALLY SURE?????

SockPuppet3
SockPuppet3

look at the brows on her, bet the carpet is gnarly and dusky

SockPuppet3
SockPuppet3

looks like Ryan Seacrest got him a skirt to help him stay in the closet

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Deirdre:  Are you SURE you want to move over here???!!!

gadem
gadem

I thought Ryan Seacrest was catcher or something like that.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

The previous AI thread was heading for page 3 so I have moved here.

I don't care whether Ryan is gay, purple or poor as a church mouse, I like him.  His new girlfriend is very pretty but needs to trim those eyebrows just a bit.  I know thick eyebrows are in right now but those are too big for her face.

Nomad_fisherman
Nomad_fisherman

Pam Oliver is a talent,maybe ESPN will pick her up. Unfortunately,age has caught up with her,as it does with us all,especially women.

Erin Andrews is hot,that's just the way it is. Nobody (on sports tv) can compete,sorry.

Go Gators !

Ulver
Ulver

A whole thread of posers...

JTesla
JTesla

She's very manly.

LaKeisha
LaKeisha

I went to Dunwoody High with Ryan, and to his credit he was always openly gay.  Everybody liked him, and he was popular, so it was not a big deal to anyone.  (With a few rare exceptions...there are always a couple of jerks in any group, I guess.)  So what's this about him "dating" all these women now?  I thought that gays always insist that sexual preference is something you're born to, not a choice you make.  Did Rye's sexual preference "evolve"?

RealKat
RealKat

They way the headline was reading, I thought Whitney Houston was Ryan's new girlfriend.

RealKat
RealKat

Is Ryan dating her eyebrows too?

lkjlkjadsf
lkjlkjadsf

i'd never heard of this Chrisley guy, but after Googling him and watching a couple of videos, I see why they asked.  He reminds me of Liberace, and i think he'd probably take that as a compliment.



Surelyyoujest
Surelyyoujest

Look for Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to be on Fox's doorstep in the next couple of weeks re: demoting a black chick for a white chick with less experience...

Highlander1
Highlander1

@MercedesS  Agree! And after last season where it seemed the area under the dome wasn't that big (characters seemingly went from one side to the other), we now are introduced to new characters who weren't featured last season. Where the hell were they before???

MercedesS
MercedesS

Why are certain words highlighted in BLUE?

Rickster_
Rickster_

@DeirdreC Don't they have some sort of bonding/insurance company that would have to pay claims such as yours?

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

@DeirdreC  This is not helpful for your case, but the Prez of my company bought a house in FLA a couple years ago. Recently started having water leak problems and a few other problems, and found out his house was on a slab that had a large crack. Not only that, but it was not disclosed by the sellers, and they had run all over the neighborhood prior to selling complaining to neighbors about the crack and all the problems it was causing.

My boss sued, and last week was the court date. Unfortunately, even though several neighbors testified that they'd been told repeatedly by the seller of the problems with the house, the judge found against my boss. He is appealing the verdict. SUX!

Hope you and Hubby can get this worked out to your benefit. This is the time of year a pool is a very nice thing to have!

JTesla
JTesla

Sorry to hear that.

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

@DeirdreC  That stinks !  Hang in there for the long haul and let the Judge make him repay you.  It's a slow process but it does work.

MercedesS
MercedesS

@Woodpappy  I think all these crappy ajc.com ads are causing a problem. I haven' been able to log on to Rodney's blog  for DAYS. I keep getting sidetracked to offers and ads I have no intention of watching.


Good Morning, everybody!  Back in Atlanta which feels cool after Savannah's 106 (with heat index). 

JTesla
JTesla

@Sam-A1 Yeah, we can ride it out.

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

@Surelyyoujest


Boooo! Get hide back under your rock..you trying to bring something to topic that has nothing to do with anything!  Make a good joke like everyone else above you did...

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Sam-A1 @DeirdreC Our pool won't hold water because the idiots put the liner on with a rock underneath it which created a hole!   When I use the word "idiot" i'm not being mean.  They actually are idiots.  I started referring to them as the 3 stooges.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

@JTesla I'm not so sure, dear. I'd kinda like to punch ole 'puppet' right in his 'sock'! There goes my uncontrollable violent temper!