TV briefs: B.D. Wong, Cheryl Preheim, Gabriel ‘Fluffy’ Iglesias, David Rose

This was posted Wednesdsay, July 26, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Acclaimed actor BD  Wong is joining Atlanta-based HLN for a new medical docuseries called “Something’s Killing Me.”

Wong, best known for his role on “Law & Order: SVU,” hosts this new show examining puzzling diseases and symptoms that result in near-death struggles. According to the press release, “Each episode chronicles a race against time to discover what or who is killing the patient. Doctors, scientists, and, in some cases, federal investigators act as medical sleuths to solve the mystery in which life literally hangs in the balance.”

“I was attracted to this fascinating series on HLN because it’s unlike anything else on television,” Wong said. “It combines captivating life or death mysteries with a high standard of journalistic integrity. I’m really excited to be part of this new series…the stories are mind blowing!”

Wong, 56, had a recurring role on Fox’s “Gotham” and received an Emmy nomination for a guest role on USA’s acclaimed series “Mr. Robot.” He is now shooting a sequel to “Jurassic World” with Chris Platt. 

“Something’s Killing Me” debuts Sunday, August 13 at 9 p.m. after “The Hunt With John Walsh.”

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Cheryl Preheim, a morning anchor for 11Alive, has made her mark quickly in town after just six months.

Readers of AccessAtlanta, in a survey, selected her as favorite anchor over veteran journalists who have been in town far longer, including runner-up Fred Blankenship, morning anchor for Channel 2 Action News, and Fox 5 evening anchor Russ Spencer, who came in third.

“It was nice and no one was more surprised than me,” she texted. “Maybe people just were being welcoming to the new lady in town!”

She came from Denver, where she spent a bulk of her career. I did a profile on her a couple months back you can read here.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 14: Comedian/actor Gabriel Iglesias performs his stand-up comedy routine as part of the Aces of Comedy series at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on April 14, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Comic Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias stopped by Atlanta’s Sublime Doughnuts as part of his Fuse show “Fluffy’s Food Adventures.”

The episode will air Tuesday, August 1 at 10 p.m.

Here’s an exclusive clip.

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David “Big Swole” Rose was eliminated from “Food Network Star” 11 days ago, finishing in sixth place. Given his performance overall, that was a bit of a surprise since he was consistently engaging and a decent cook to boot. From week one, he had a solid shot at the top three based on the other players in the mix.

Unfortunately, his point of view never quite congealed in a distinctive way despite his sell point as the “biker chef.” In the July 16 episode, he ended up facing off against judge Bobby Flay in a “Beat Bobby Flay” style contest. His shrimp and grits didn’t measure up to those of Flay and he went home.

But Rose, in an interview, expressed not a morsel of regret. “I thought I’d go a lot further,” he said. “Sometimes, we were given curve balls and I thought I adopted pretty well. I definitely had a shot at winning it all. The cards didn’t fall in my direction. I still can’t ask for anything more.”

He felt he learned so much about making presentations, both taped, live and on social media. He said he developed a great “bro-mance” with Flay as well.

If he ever gets his own 30-minute show, he would incorporate riding his motorcycle around the country and finding cool mom and pop places to talk to chefs about their food, places that are not rated in Zagat’s.

He hopes to appear again on Food Network in some capacity. As a caterer, he plans to do bigger and better events and secure more sponsorships and brand ambassadorship opportunities.

The current favorite to win is Jason Smith from Kentucky, who spouts pithy one liners and oozes Southern charm. Atlanta’s Rusty Hamlin, who is executive chef at Atkins Park and is Zac Brown‘s go-to chef as well, is still in the running and doing a decent job. Amy Pottinger, the stay-at-home mom, has over-achieved and while she has improved steadily, is unlikely to take the crown. Matthew Grunwald, who is just 24, competed on the show multiple times and his experience helped improve his on-camera performances but can he win? That’s a big question mark against Jason and Rusty.

TV PREVIEW

“Food Network Star,” 9 p.m. Sundays, Food Network


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