Briefs: ‘Chrisley Knows Best,’ HBO’s ‘Brothers in Atlanta,’ CNN ratings, Porsha Williams

Todd Chrisley, a multimillionaire from Atlanta, will be on a new USA reality series debuting in March, 2014.
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Todd Chrisley, a multimillionaire from Atlanta, will be on a new USA reality series debuting in March, 2014. (USA)
Todd and Julie Chrisley celebrate their 20th anniversary on the second season finale of "Chrisley Knows Best" on USA. CREDIT: USA

Todd and Julie Chrisley celebrate their 20th anniversary on the second season finale of “Chrisley Knows Best” on USA. CREDIT: USA

By RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com, originally filed February 5, 2015

USA is expanding the third season of Atlanta’s “Chrisley Knows Best” from 12 episodes to 18 by having them jet off to London.

The show follows the sojourns of fussy Todd Chrisley and his clan.

“We’re excited to follow the Chrisley family on this great adventure” said Jackie de Crinis, executive vice president, original programming for USA Network. “Todd is a creature of habit and prefers to be king of his own castle, so there is no telling what will happen when he travels outside of the USA for the first time ever.”

USA hasn’t announced a third season launch date yet but said the season will be split into two parts.

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The long-time-coming HBO pilot “Brothers in Atlanta” will finally come to Atlanta in March.

There was talk about this show coming to pass last summer but only now has HBO given it a pilot commitment.

Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin will write, executive produce and star on the show. “SNL” chief Lorne Michaels will produce.

The show added recurring roles for Jaden Smith and “SNL” alum Maya Rudolph if HBO picks it up to series.

“Brothers in Atlanta” will focus on best friends Langston (Riddle) and Moose (Salahuddin) as  two struggling entertainers living here.
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Atlanta-based CNN has been beating MSNBC of late in the ratings and hasn’t been afraid to crow about it.
Jeff Zucker  has even gotten ballsy enough to put in a full-page ad in the New York Times last week bragging how “New Day” is beating “Morning Joe” in mornings.
CNN still regularly trails Fox News, which has been the No. 1 cable news network since 2002.
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Porsha Williams with her dog Neko at her opening party Friday for her lingerie line. CREDIT: Chris Mitchell

Porsha Williams with her dog Neko at her opening party for her lingerie line. CREDIT: Chris Mitchell

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” recurring cast member Porsha Williams, who is the grand-daughter of the late civil rights leader Hosea Williams, has never been terribly active in William’s charity organization Hosea Feed the Hungry.
She talked about the charity and even held a fundraiser her first season on the show season five but since then, she has barely mentioned it. She has instead focused on her music and acting career and other sundry “branding” opportunities like a lingerie line. She also embarrassed herself big time in a visit to a church in Savannah last year when she thought the Underground Railroad was an actual railroad.
Porsha, who is now a regular on syndicated hit show “Dish Nation,”  recently did a PSA in support of her grandfather’s group:

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