Radio and TV Talk 

Rodney Ho covers TV and radio, from Atlanta’s stations to the hottest “American Idol" news.

The Weather Channel disavows co-founder’s comments on climate change

  • 4:32 pm Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
John Coleman on Fox News earlier this week saying there is no climate crisis. CREDIT: Fox News

Atlanta-based Weather Channel CEO David Kenny told staff in a note today that the network co-founder’s comments to Fox News questioning climate change were not opinions reflected by the Weather Channel itself.

“Not only is the ice not melting, more polar bears are alive and happy today than we’ve had in 100 years,” John Coleman told Fox News host Megyn Kelly earlier this week. The  research behind climate change “is bad, bad science.”

Coleman, 80 and a veteran weatherman, helped start the Weather Channel when it debuted in 1981. He has disavowed climate change for many years, calling it a “scam.”

TVNewser [More]

Atlanta Hawks sign long-term deal with SportsSouth

  • 12:45 pm Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
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The Atlanta Hawks has signed a long-term deal with SportsSouth, its long-time TV partner for an unspecified length at an unspecified dollar amount.

During the 2014-15 NBA season, 75 regular season Hawks games will be televised on SportSouth. Hawks games on SportSouth are available to more than 5.1 million households across Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee.

“We are excited to extend our partnership with SportSouth and build off the record-setting ratings that we established during our thrilling playoff series last season,” said Hawks president Steve Koonin in a release. “The broadcast of live sports is crucial to our business and [More]

‘Survivor’ recap: season 29, episode 6: bring on the rice!

  • 9:51 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
"Blood is Blood"  - Natalie Anderson, Julie McGee, Josh Canfield, Jeremy Collins and Reed Kelly during the fifth episode of Survivor 29, Wednesday, Oct. 22 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Dale Wentworth, with his daughter ousted last week, has to scramble big time to survive. So he creates a fake Idol and hopes to barter it and ensure his survival.

He tries to buddy up to Jon Misch. It is a valiant effort but it failed. He is cut as Jon stuck with the larger group. Dale  couldn’t play his idol because it’s a fake and the team had a back up anyway: Keith Nale. There is no blind side or surprise of any sort this week during tribal council. All went as planned.

The weak Coyopa tribe, which has lost almost [More]

Five quips from ‘Chrisley Knows Best,’ season 2, episode 5: Chase turns 18

  • 10:01 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Chase celebrates his 18th birthday on the fifth episode of season 2 of "Chrisley Knows Best." CREDIT: USA

Chase turns 18 and wants to be like a peacock and “fly.” So his parents Todd and Julie pretend to charge him for services rendered like it’s “Hotel Chrisley.” “Bill or abide by their rules,” Todd says.

“The prices are ridiculous and I’m leaving,” Chase says. He moves to grandma Faye but then has to babysit Faye’s very aged friend Catherine and buy adult diapers at the pharmacy. He lasts four hours. “It felt like four days,” he says.

Here are show’s most notable quips:

“There ain’t nothin’ open after midnight except legs and the ER. And he’s going to stay out of [More]

Social media beats on ‘Drumline 2: A New Beat’ but was the overall reaction all that bad?

  • 4:48 pm Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Alexandra Shipp stars in the new "Drumline: A New Beat" debuting on VH1 Oct. 27. CREDIT: VH1

Many Siskels and Eberts of the world pilloried the Atlanta-based VH1 film “Drumline: A New Beat”

I wrote a story about “Drumline: A New Beat” on Thursday but it didn’t exactly win over the search engine gods and was barely read so the poll I posted so far has garnered all of 20 votes and of that way too small sampling, the votes were split among folks who liked it and those who didn’t. So I’m going to post the poll again here, too:

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And truthfully, some folks on Twitter defended the film, with varying levels [More]

Wendy Williams is tired of the ‘ratchetness’ of ‘Real Housewives’

  • 3:24 pm Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29:  Wendy Williams attends The Match Bachelor Showcase benefiting The American Heart Association hosted by Wendy Williams on September 29, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Match)

Wendy Williams is the Pied Piper of Pop Culture. Her daily ‘Hot Topics” segment is what has driven her talk show to new ratings heights this season, seen locally at 10 a.m. on Fox 5.

Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise is like one of the necessary food groups for Williams to talk about, be it Theresa Guidice’s legal troubles or that Kenya Moore/Porsha Williams fight earlier this year. But when I asked her last week about the upcoming season 7 debut of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” she said she no longer watches. She also skips the “Love and Hip Hop” shows.

Instead, Williams [More]

11 Alive’s Jaye Watson chronicles her MS scare

  • 1:31 pm Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Jaye Watson thought for a few days earlier this month that she had MS. CREDIT: 11 Alive

Jaye Watson, a veteran 11 Alive news reporter, considers herself a healthy person who takes care of herself. She is teased at work for eating “tree bark and dirt.”

But her left leg had that dreaded “pins and needles” feel for a few weeks. Then it spread to her left hand. One morning, she felt general weakness and could barely type. A medical expert then gave her a bombshell early diagnosis: ” You have a high chance of having MS.”

Multiple schlerosis is, as WebMD describes it, “a long-lasting disease that can affect your brain, spinal cord, and the optic nerves in [More]

Halloween TV tricks and treats

  • 5:24 am Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

On Halloween Eve and Halloween, the evil ghouls and ghosts will haunt the TV airwaves. Here’s a sampling:

October 30

ABC: A repeat of the always entertaining “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” at 8 p.m.

CBS: The 12th and final season of “Two and a Half Men.” Walden asks for Alan’s help with adjusting his priorities in life after a health scare on Halloween.

October 31

TV Land: Six episodes of past “Halloween” -themed “Roseanne” episodes going back two decades. October 31, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

AMC: As part of its Fearfest, the network will spend most of Halloween airing the film “Halloween” and [More]

Adult Swim welcomes ‘Mike Tyson Mysteries’ October 27

  • 3:06 pm Monday, October 27th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Mike Tyson is all animated on Adult Swim solving mysteries with a wise ghost, an adopted Korean daughter and a talking pigeon. Yes, it's very realistic. CREDIT: Adult Swim

Atlanta-based Adult Swim, in targeting young males, likes it weird. “Squidbillies,” “Aqua Teen” and “Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories” all qualify.

Welcome “Mike Tyson Mysteries” to the fold, debuting Monday at 10:30 p.m. It’s a clear homage to the 1970s classic “Scooby Doo” series featuring weekly mysteries and a mystery van. The music evokes FX’s “Archer.” The dialogue is probably even funnier if you are watching with illicit drugs in your system. (We’re looking at you Shaggy!)

Then there’s Mike Tyson himself, once a successfully yet vicious boxer with a terrible reputation (and a rape conviction under his belt) who has become [More]

TV best bets with returns of ‘2 Broke Girls,’ ‘Two & Half Men,’ ‘Mom’

  • 7:12 pm Sunday, October 26th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
"And The Reality Problem" - A reality show producer approaches Max and Caroline about shooting an episode of ìKeeping Up With The Kardashiansî at their cupcake window, on the fourth season premiere of 2 BROKE GIRLS, Monday, October 27, 2014 (8:00-8:30PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Kim Kardashian West appears as herself. Kim Kardashian, from left, Max Black (Kat Dennings) and Caroline Channing (Beth Behrs), shown. Photo: Neil Jacobs/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

With CBS’s half-season experiment with Thursday Night Football over, they are moving “The Big Bang Theory” back to Thursdays from Monday. On Thursday, they are also returning “Mom,” “Two and a Half Men” (final season) and “Elementary” and debuting a new show “The McCarthy’s” relatively late in the fall season.

And “2 Broke Girls” arrives for its fourth season with  Kim Kardashian appearance. I would call that a warning.

ABC also cancelled the first broadcast show of the year: ‘Manhattan Love Story.” Its audience kept shrinking into its third week and showed no signs of encouragement. Its lead in ‘Selfie” is holding [More]