Radio and TV Talk 

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

VH1 creates spinoff reality show for Tiny: ‘Tiny & Shekinah’s Weave Trip’

  • 11:31 am Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29:  Singer Tameka "Tiny" Harris attends the BET AWARDS '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for BET)

VH1 has had a successful run with “T.I. & Tiny’s Family Hustle.” So it’s rewarding Tameka “Tiny” Cottle-Harris with her own show with her best friend Shekinah Jo.

Over eight 30-minute episodes, Tiny will travel with her friend cross country to promote their new mobile hair salon business.

The series debuts October 13 at 9;30 p.m.

Here’s how VH1 sells it:

With a true passion for flawless hair that just couldn’t be restricted to the Atlanta city limits, these ladies are taking their talents and philosophy that “everyone deserves fabulous hair” on the road. From The Voodoo Shop in New Orleans to the Navajo [More]

TV best bets with returns of ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ ‘New Girl,’ ‘The Good Wife’

  • 1:48 pm Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
"The Mindy Project" returns for a third season this week. CREDIT: Fox

The fall season kind of begins this week.

Among the returning shows: season 19 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” on Monday, Fox’s ‘New Girl” and “The Mindy Project” Tuesday and “The Good Wife” on CBS Sunday.

NBC’s biggest show “America’s Got Talent” concludes Wednesday while MTV’s “Finding Carter,” shot here in Atlanta, ends its first season on Tuesday (but will return next year.)

Then there are a handful of new shows. (The real flood begins next week.)

On Wednesday, Fox brings out “Red Band Society,” a teen drama set in a pediatric ward and shot in Atlanta.

On the same night, NBC trots out [More]

Camren Bicondova (future Catwoman on ‘Gotham’) interview for show’s debut Sept. 22

  • 5:14 am Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Camren Bicondova shows off a big poster of herself in "Gotham" at Oxford Comics & Books on Piedmont Ave. in Buckhead Sept. 3, 2014.  CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Fox has jumped onto the superhero trend with “Gotham,” which is more about the early days of the city before Batman and his Batmobile roamed the streets. (The closest comparison is the CW’s ‘Smallville.”)

The show debuts Monday night  Sept. 22 ahead of “Sleepy Hollow” and after watching the pilot, I have to say it shows plenty of promise and could very well become a big hit for the network. The lead characters have flavor and tension. The writing is crisp. The look is appropriately dark. (The Television Critics Association named it the most promising show of the fall.)

Bruce Wayne is [More]

New syndicated changes in Atlanta: Dr. Oz on WSB, Meredith Vieira, ‘The Real,’ Craig Ferguson game show

  • 11:52 pm Sunday, September 14th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Meredith Vieira's new talk show can be seen at 2 a.m. weeknights on Channel 2/WSB-TV. CREDIT: The Meredith Vieira Show

This fall, the syndicated TV world lost talks shows led by Bethenny Frankel, Arsenio Hall and Katie Couric and picked up new programs hosted by Meredith Vieira, Craig Ferguson and a chatty group of women called “The Real” akin to “The Talk” and “The View.”

In Atlanta, Dr. Oz changes stations, moving to WSB-TV from Fox 5, replacing Couric.

Here are notable changes in the lineups of the local TV stations outside of primetime:

Channel 2/WSB-TV (ABC)

“Dr. Oz” replaced Katie Couric’s talk show at 3 p..m., starting last Monday, Sept. 8.

“The Meredith Vieira Show” debuted at 2 a.m. Sept. 8. By the [More]

Dr. Oz in Atlanta to promote new network (WSB-TV) for sixth season of his talk show

  • 10:54 am Saturday, September 13th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Dr. Oz and me at WSB studios Sept. 12, 2014. CREDIT: Tim Sullivan

Dr. Mehmet Oz has been a bit of a nomad in Atlanta since he began his syndicated “Dr. Oz Show” in 2009. He started on NBC affiliate 11 Alive, then moved to Fox 5 in 2011.

When Katie Couric‘s show was ending, ABC affiliate WSB-TV swooped in and grabbed him for their 3 p.m. weekday slot. He started this past Monday as he enters season six.

His theme this season is a take on Justin Timberlake‘s “Sexyback”: It’s “Taking Healthy Back.”

“We are trying to do something impactful, to get folks to invest resources,” he said. He has some favorite topics he plans [More]

California luring three BET shows including ‘Being Mary Jane’ from Georgia with its own tax credits

  • 3:25 pm Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Gabrielle Union stars as Mary Jane Paul, a CNN-style anchor on BET's "Being Mary Jane" who has plenty of family and personal issues.

BET’s outsized presence in Atlanta may be shrinking thanks to California tax credits.

The network last month received tax credits for three shows: a new sitcom called “The Start Up” and two existing shows currently based out of Atlanta: sitcom “Let’s Stay Together” and Gabrielle Union’s hour-long drama”Being Mary Jane.” (Variety broke the story last month and I missed it.)

I have not heard from BET yet about what they plan to do but the Variety story says “Being Mary Jane” would qualify for a $5.2 million break on $21.1 million spending and “Let’s Stay Together” would get $1.5 million for [More]

Is ‘Devious Maids’ coming back for a third season?

  • 9:45 am Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
"Devious Maids," shot in Atlanta, returns for a second season April 20 on Lifetime. CREDIT: Lifetime

Lifetime’s soapy drama “Devious Maids” has its own behind-the-scenes drama: will the show live or die?

Two months have passed since the second season finale and the network has been mum about the show’s future. But I hear that they are going to make a decision very soon and that indeed have to make a call before the end of the month.

“Devious Maids” shot the second season out of studios in Stone Mountain although the show itself is fictionally based in Los Angeles.

The show’s ratings were down in its sophomore year with 3.1 million viewers, including DVR usage up to a [More]

CBS46 boots GM Trey Fabacher, hires new news director Larry Perret

  • 10:46 pm Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
CBS 46 logo

Poor CBS46.

Another GM (in this case Trey Fabacher) has been booted today, two sources informed me.

On the bright side, the station did announce a new news director Larry Perret, who came from Kansas City. He takes over for Lane Michaelsen, who left in July and now works with Sinclair in Maryland.

Parent company Meredith runs through management like Taylor Swift goes through boyfriends. Since it purchased the station in 1998, Meredith has been unable to extricate WGCL-TV from fourth place out of four local news operations.

And the length of tenure for both news director and general manager seems to be getting [More]

Five minutes with Dolvett Quince about new season of ‘Biggest Loser’ with former athletes

  • 8:41 pm Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Dolvett quince 2014

Former Atlanta trainer Dolvett Quince is the only remaining trainer from the last season of “The Biggest Loser,” when winner Rachel Frederickson was pilloried for looking too skinny.

The show has always had its critics, that it shows unrealistic weight loss for the average viewer since people on the show get to spend six hours a day working out.  Plus, it appears many people will do anything to lose weight for the $2500,000 prize, not necessarily for health.

Star trainer Jillian Michaels yet again left the show earlier this year and was clearly not pleased with how she was portrayed or how [More]

Ken Burns talks up latest PBS documentary ‘The Roosevelts’ starting Sept. 14

  • 5:08 pm Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
The Roosevelts

Ken Burns is the Oprah Winfrey of documentarians. He is revered by loyal viewers, historians and  A-list celebrities who happily provide narration work when asked.

The man has tackled America’s biggest events, people and trends with trademark lyricism and elegance be it  Mark Twain, the Civil War, baseball or jazz. His latest effort provides a window into the world of presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, plus his wife Eleanor.

The seven-part, 14-hour series “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” debuts on GPB at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, with new two-hour episodes airing the rest of the week.

“Nobody’s ever done all [More]