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

TBS cancels Cee Lo’s ‘The Good Life’ after one season

  • 4:18 pm Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Cee Lo Green will be at aTVFest later this week at SCAD in Atlanta to promote his new TBS show.

Atlanta-based TBS decided Cee Lo Green’s “The Good Life” wasn’t good enough for a second season. The Hollywood Reporter broke the story.

The show, which came across as a reality show but was actually semi-scripted, ran for a brief six-episode run over the summer. It featured Atlanta rap star Cee Lo and his former Goodie Mob buddies traveling the country and getting caught up various escapades, some real, some not so much.

Ratings were modest, with just 677,000 viewers after DVR usage.  That was clearly not enough for a network the size of TBS to merit a renewal.

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VH1 pays homage to Atlanta hip-hop scene in Sept. 2 documentary

  • 2:06 pm Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Ludacris introduces the VH1 documentary at a screening at the Rialto Sunday, August 31. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

VH1’s love for Atlanta is already deep, thanks to the incredible popularity of “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta.” But tonight, the network takes a much more respectful look at Atlanta hip hop with its new documentary “ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Rise in the Rap Game.”

It’s a well-produced 90-minute documentary which covers a lot of ground, from the context of the civil rights movement through the nascent 1980s to the groundbreaking 1990s to the ubiquity of Atlanta hip-hop today.

The producers talked to a range of academics, insiders, musicians and politicians, including former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young, Hawks star Dominique [More]

‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ recap: season 3, reunion part 2

  • 10:12 pm Monday, September 1st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Stevie J and Joseline before the craziness began. CREDIT: VH1

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We finally get the see the mayhem in full with Joseline unleashed like the Incredible Hulk-ette.

After Benzino‘s crack about cocaine, she and Stevie J attack Althea (on stage), then Tammy Rivera (tries to punch her, pulls off her ponytail) then Mimi Faust (serious hair pulling on the stairs). Even Waka’s mom Deb Antney gets caught in the middle of the Tammy fight. “She came up like Herucules,” Deb says. “We were not dealing with a human at the time.”

While Joseline creates most of the damage, Stevie, Benzino and Althea yell a lot and get held back by [More]

TV bets bets with returns of ‘Boardwalk Empire’ and season finales of ‘The Leftovers,’ ‘Royal Pains,’ ‘Rizzoli & Isles’

  • 9:35 pm Monday, September 1st, 2014 by Rodney Ho

This is the final week before the broadcast networks bring out their big guns.

In the interim, ABC’s “Mistresses” ends its season on Monday, Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” wraps up (with Kennesaw’s Zach Everhart Jr. in the running) on Wednesday and ABC’s ‘Wipeout” on Sunday.

On cable, the season enders include E!’s sinking “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” Monday, USA’s “Royal Pains” and TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles” Tuesday, HBO’s “Hard Knocks” and ‘The Leftovers” Sunday.

A handful of shows return, too: FXX’s “The League” Wednesday, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” on Thursday (just because…) and HBO’s final season of “Boardwalk Empire” [More]

‘Nashville’ star Will Chase at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday

  • 4:31 pm Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Will Chase, the actor who plays Luke Wheeler on ABC’s ‘Nashville,” will be singing the National Anthem at the Oral-B USA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday.

He will also meet with fans and promote the TV show, which certainly has its share of fans who may happen to like NASCAR, too.

His character Wheeler is a fictional equivalent of Tim McGraw in the country world. Last season, he wooed and ultimately won over fellow country superstar Rayna Jaymes (the incomparable Connie Britton), proposing to her on stage in the season finale.

Chase himself is a Kentucky native [More]

Awesome CNN employee departure video, courtesy of Lisa Desjardins

  • 1:43 pm Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
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Departing CNN Capital Hill correspondent Lisa Desjardins decided to be creative in her goodbye video, which also includes a lovely shout out to Jamie Dupree of Cox.

Watch the office supply closet while you walk out the door…

Former Grant Park man Ty Pennington hosting new TNT cooking competition show ‘On the Menu’

  • 9:41 am Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Ty Pennington will be hosting a new TNT show "On the Menu" debuting in early October. CREDIT: Getty Images

Former Atlanta resident Ty Pennington is returning to TV this fall as host of TNT’s first cooking competition show “On the Menu,” debuting October 3.

In each episode, home cooks are challenged to make a signature dish for a restaurant chain, stadium concession stand or other American food business. They will work with professional chefs from concept to execution. Winning dishes will land on the menus of those chains the very next day. Emeril Lagasse will be chief judge.

Pennington is best known for his stint on TLC’s “Trading Spaces” when he was based in Atlanta and lived for a time in [More]

TBS/TNT/TCM programming chief Michael Wright out

  • 8:49 am Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14:  Michael Wright speaks onstage at the TBS / TNT Upfront 2014 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 14, 2014 in New York City.  24674_002_1009.JPG  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner)

Atlanta-based Turner Entertainment, in the throes of unprecedented changes, lost its TNT/TBS/TCM programming chief Michael Wright Thursday. Deadline.com broke the story.

Wright, who is based in Los Angeles,  is stepping down just as the company prepares for buyouts and layoffs.

The well-respected executive with strong creative chops came to Turner in 2002 and ran programming for TNT starting in 2004, adding TBS in 2005 and TCM in 2007. He helped in the rebranding of both TNT and TBS and revenues at both networks skyrocketed over the past decade.

TNT and TBS are the two biggest revenue generators among the Turner brands and [More]

Mayor Kasim Reed does ‘Rappers Delight’ on VH1 Atlanta hip-hop doc Sept. 2

  • 4:13 pm Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

I will be writing more about an upcoming VH1 documentary “ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Rise in the Rap Game,” which debuts Sept. 2 at 10 p.m., but I couldn’t resist posting this teaser clip featuring Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed doing a bit of Sugarhill Gang‘s breakthrough 1979 rap hit “Rapper’s Delight.”

And Reed, ever self-referential, joked that this clip will be used by his political opponents for the next 20 years. Brad Bernstein, the executive producer who interviewed Reed for 25 minutes for the documentary, readily admits he goaded Reed into doing it and at the end of the [More]

‘American Idol’ briefs: Clay Aiken, Danny Gokey, New Orleans auditions

  • 9:11 am Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Clay Aiken is the likely winner getting the Democratic seat in a North Carolina district that is heavily Republican. CREDIT: AP

Clay Aiken campaigned in San Francisco to raise money for his underdog effort to become a House representative in a Republican-favored district in North Carolina. He is facing off against an incumbent Renee Ellmers.

According to the San Francisco Gate,  “Aiken’s speech to the crowd at Catch lasted 15 minutes without missing a beat on education, interest-free student loans, veterans support, his pre-Idol past working with disabled children, and why he’s seeking a seat in Congress now. Clay Aiken made articulate, well-rounded points. I don’t mean to sound shocked, but this is the guy who got beat by Arsenio Hall [More]