Radio and TV Talk 

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

TV best bets with season finale of ‘Parks & Rec,’ return of ‘Deadliest Catch’

  • 10:27 pm Monday, April 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
"Parks and Recreation" ends its sixth season and will return next season for a seventh. CREDIT: NBC

Not too much going on this week. The 10th season of Discovery’s hardy “Deadliest Catch” returns Tuesday and TV One’s “R&B Divas Atlanta” comes back Wednesday.

FX’s “Archer,” which is produced in Atlanta, ends season five Monday night with two more seasons guaranteed.

NBC’s “Parks & Recreation” finishes season six Thursday while ABC’s “Last Man Standing” concludes its third season Friday.

On Thursday, CBS tries a sitcom version of “Bad Teacher” and ABC tries out a a world-famous neuroscientist struggles with mental illness.


“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Candace Cameron Bure is the likeliest target to go home next.

“2 Broke Girls” [More]

Video: Talking Kenya-Porsha, ‘R&B Divas Atlanta,’ the Property Brothers in Atlanta

  • 7:02 pm Monday, April 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Property brothers photobomb

CineStars’ Brittany Umar  and I discuss the fight on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” the new castmembers of “R&B Divas Atlanta” and “Property Brothers” hit Atlanta.

TLC cancels ‘Women of Homicide,’ which featured APD detective Summer Benton

  • 4:27 pm Monday, April 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Summer Benton, an APD homicide detective, has seen her show "Women of Homicide" cut from the TLC lineup after just one appearance April 16. CREDIT: TLC

Basic cable networks seldom cancel shows and stop airing them mid-run. Sometimes, they’ll bury them onto quieter nights or run them at odd hours.

But TLC has chosen, after just two airings, to shelve “Women of Homicide,” which featured Atlanta Police Department homicide detective Summer Benton. (I wrote a feature about her last week.)She was set to appear in five of eight episodes, splitting time with two Cincinnati female detectives. She debuted this past Wednesday during the show’s second airing.

A TLC spokeswoman wrote, “The show was not resonating with our viewers as we had hoped for, but we are very [More]

‘Devious Maids’ returns for second season of deviousness April 20

  • 5:13 pm Saturday, April 19th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
"Devious Maids," shot in Atlanta, returns for a second season April 20 on Lifetime. CREDIT: Lifetime

“Devious Maids,” Marc Cherry‘s confection for Lifetime shot in Atlanta but set in Beverly Hills, started slow last summer in its debut season but built momentum as the season drew to end, finishing 50 percent higher.

The show continues its snarky, conniving and often hilarious ways in its second-season debut Sunday, April 20, at 10 p.m. for 13 episodes.

If you still haven’t caught the show, its feel and tenor is similar to that of Cherry’s classic ABC soap “Desperate Housewives.” (ABC rejected “Devious Maids,” which opened the doors to Lifetime.) The dialogue is zippy, the plot twists zany, the characters rife [More]

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)

“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]