Radio and TV Talk 

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

TV briefs: New ‘Married to Medicine’ cast member Lisa Nicole Cloud, GPB’s ’37 Weeks: Sherman on the March,’

  • 5:54 am Friday, April 18th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Bravo’s “Married to Medicine” introduced a new character 11 days ago when the second season launched: Dr. Heavenly Kimes.

This Sunday, the show officially debuts a second cast member to the fold: a doctor’s wife named Lisa Nicole Cloud.

“I thought it would be a great opportunity to be on a show that really embraced professional, educated, family-oriented women,” she said. “I don’t think there’s another show that captures all those qualities.”

This doesn’t mean the show doesn’t stoop to petty arguments and last season, a physical fight.

“I steer more to the side of the positive,” Cloud said. “Empowering and  encouraging. I [More]

The eight crazy things that happened on the ‘Scandal’ season 3 finale

  • 11:36 pm Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
SCANDAL - "The Price of Free and Fair Elections" - Election Day has arrived and nothing is off limits as the candidates try to capture votes. Meanwhile, Olivia tries to understand Maya's motives and Charlie makes a very surprising move, on the season finale of ABC's "Scandal," THURSDAY, APRIL 17 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Ron Tom)
KERRY WASHINGTON, SCOTT FOLEY

“Scandal” finished season 3 with a bang and then some.

Shonda Rimes left nothing on the table. She grinded out an election plot line, a bombing, a murder here, a murder there, a little papa ruse and Liv’s escape plane away from everything.

Here are nine crazy things that happened tonight:

My eyes! My eyes! Abby and Harrison catch Quinn and Huck in action just a few feet away from Rowan’s blood at the office. Yuck! Charlie leaves Quinn but provides info about Huck’s family. Huck sees said family.

Da bomb! Da bomb! B613 was able inform the right folks and evacuate folks from [More]

Exclusive: ‘Paternity Court’ with Lauren Lake moving to Atlanta

  • 5:25 pm Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Lauren Lake is returning to Atlanta to shoot her syndicated show "Paternity Court" for the 2014-15 season. CREDIT: MGM

Freshman hybrid judge/talk show “Paternity Court” led by former Atlantan Lauren Lake is moving its operations to metro Atlanta for its second season 2014-15, the production company informed me today exclusively.

The syndicated show, which is seen weekdays on the CW network in Atlanta at 1 and 1:30 p.m., focuses on paternity cases but isn’t purely about the DNA results. Lake talks to the families and advises them on how to deal with the results. In a sense, Lake plays relationship counselor as well as judge and jury.

It was renewed for a second season in January, averaging a 1 share in [More]

Snellville resident on Discovery’s ‘Naked and Afraid’ April 20

  • 1:00 pm Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Snellville’s Sabrina Mergenthaler, a 30-year-old stay-at-home mom of three, was dropped into the jungles of Bolivia last November without food, water or clothing for Discovery’s hottest new show “Naked and Afraid.”

She and her husband Bob stumbled upon the show one day last year. “We were laughing and I said, ‘I can do that so easily,’ ” she said in an interview. “He said, ‘Why don’t you apply?’ It was mostly in jest but I called his bluff and applied. I was in shock when they wanted me to audition.”

The series creates an Adam and Eve feel by having one naked [More]

Chilli of TLC wears a fat suit for Oxygen’s ‘Celebrities Undercover’ April 22

  • 5:00 am Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Chilli of TLC will not look like Chilli on the April 22 episode of "Celebrities Undercover" on Oxygen. CREDIT: Getty Images

The last person you’ll ever see fat is Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas of TLC fame. At age 43, she’s a serious fitness and nutrition buff with washboard abs.

“I don’t think I could be a size 8 even if I tried,” the singer said in a phone interview earlier this week.

So when Oxygen approached her to do “Celebrities Undercover,” where famous folk disguise themselves to hear what regular folks think of them in their earshot, she was game for anything. (Her episode airs Tuesday, April 22, at 10:30 p.m..)

“If they wanted me to be a street walker, I would have been fine [More]

TLC’s ‘Women of Homicide’ features Atlanta detective Summer Benton

  • 12:33 pm Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Summer Benton earned her fedora after closing her first homicide case. She is a star of the docu-series "Women of Homicide" on TLC. CREDIT: TLC

Summer Benton, an Atlanta Police Department homicide detective featured on TLC’s new show ‘Women of Homicide,” can rock a fedora as if she were part of “The Untouchables.”

“We’re known as the hat squad,” she said on the show. “You have to solve a homicide before you can get a hat.”

Over five years in homicide, Benton has solved 28 cases and now owns plenty of cool hats.

TLC, which chases female viewers, has had success with its “Police Women” series the past five years, which focuses on crimes in progress. “Women of Homicide” takes a deeper look into specific murders and how [More]

Mimi Faust of ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ does a sex tape

  • 3:59 pm Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Mimi Faust is going all dirty dirty with a sex tape, according to TMZ. CREDIT: VH1

For folks who think “Real Housewives of Atlanta” is too trashy for their taste, they haven’t seen “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.”

Mimi Faust, one of the cast members, is releasing something that no housewife that I know has ever marketed: a sex tape.

According to TMZ, she and her love partner Nikko Smith did the tape and somehow it ended up in Vivid Entertainment’s hands. The adult film company plans to release “Mimi and Nikko: Scandal in Atlanta.” The producers of the VH1 show don’t seem to mind. In fact, they are using it as a major plot point in [More]

TV best bets with season finales of ‘Scandal,’ ‘Parenthood,’ ‘Mom,’ return of ‘Devious Maids’

  • 12:20 pm Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
scandal-abc-finale-676x450

Although the official (and increasingly outdated) broadcast season isn’t over until next month, several shows are ending a bit early.

“Mom” on CBS finished its first season tonight and will be back next season. NBC’s “Parenthood’ ends its fifth season Thursday with its fate for a sixth season a tossup. NBC’s “Community” also closes its fifth season the same night and is also on the fence. ABC’s “Scandal” is certain to be back for a juicy fourth season after Thursday.

Lifetime’s “Devious Maids,’ shot primarily in Stone Mountain but set in Beverly Hills, will return on Sunday night.

And in the most intriguing [More]

USA renews ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ for second season

  • 12:03 pm Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Roswell’s Todd Chrisley told “The View” this morning that USA has renewed his reality show “Chrisley Knows Best” for a 12-episode second season.

Chrisley, the so-called “patriach of perfection’”for his family with five kids, lives in a huge house and is an inveterate control freak with a penchant for pithy one liners.

“I let him worry so I don’t have to,” said his wife Julie on the show. “I let him do and think he’s in control. You have to let him think he’s in control.”

Former Atlantan and CNN anchor Don Lemon, now based in New York, was a guest host. He [More]

TV briefs: ‘Atlanta Eats’ in Vegas, AMHQ at Atlanta Botanical Garden, local ‘Shark Tank’ connection airing tonight

  • 5:18 pm Friday, April 11th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

“Atlanta Eats,” Steven “Steak” Shapiro’s creation, is opening its fourth season this weekend on Peachtree TV by trying out restaurants… in Vegas.

The episode runs at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, on Peachtree TV.

“We decided to try something out of the box,” Steak said Friday. “We felt like that’s one of those cities many people travel to and don’t really know where to eat.”

He was already doing some production work for the Venetian so he decided to tie that in with “Atlanta Eats.” He spent a half day each with Thomas Keller, “The Cake Boss” Buddy [More]