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Atlanta Unite

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Tuesday, July 19, 2016

WSB-TV and Channel 2 Action News is airing a special tonight at 8 p.m. called “Atlanta Unite.”

“The recent protests in Atlanta, sparked by the violence in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas, raise many serious issues for all of us living here,” said Tim McVay, Vice President and General Manager for WSB-TV in a press release. “This local program brings together local residents, community leaders and law enforcement representatives who give voice to those issues and the potential solutions.”

Channel 2 anchors Jovita Moore, Craig Lucie and Fred Blankenship will moderate a discussion with local residents.

The program will also be live-streamed on wsbtv.com and the station’s apps. Viewers can follow the social conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat under the Hashtag, #AtlantaUnite

WSB-TV and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution are both part of Cox Media Group. 

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UNCLE BUCK - Pilot Gallery (ABC/Mitchell Haaseth) JAMES LESURE, SAYID SHAHIDI, AALYRAH CALDWELL, NIA LONG, IMAN BENSON, MIKE EPPS

UNCLE BUCK – Pilot Gallery (ABC/Mitchell Haaseth)
JAMES LESURE, SAYID SHAHIDI, AALYRAH CALDWELL, NIA LONG, IMAN BENSON, MIKE EPPS

Will Packer, esteemed Atlanta producer, thought he had a hit on his hands by bringing comic Mike Epps into a starring role in ABC’s “Uncle Buck,” a re-imagining of the John Candy film that debuted last month.

Unfortunately, ABC cancelled the series quickly despite passable ratings.

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Animal Kingdom

Atlanta-based TNT and TBS recently announced three key renewals: both TNT’s “Animal Kingdom” and TBS’s “Wrecked” for second seasons and TBS comedy “Angie Tribeca” for a third.

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Holly Firfer

CNN correspondent Holly Firfer recently won best Atlanta Jewish media personality from Atlanta Jewish Times.

Here’s her note on Facebook:

In the words of Sally Field, “You like me! You really like me!”.. ok, that or it was Jewish guilt and you voted for me.. Seriously.. THANK YOU! Truly, how cool to be honored. I am SO appreciative. It is really special. And it is so nice to see my name on something other than a jury summons.. Thank you Heath Ponder Patric Good Rebecca Parsons Dahlheimer Walden Shawn Arnold Monica Ricci& Julie Buckley for sharing the post – and for everyone for taking the time to check my name. Can’t stop smiling thanks to you! :)))) xoxo


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