Radio and TV Talk 

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

Paula Deen teases her online Paula Deen network

  • 4:21 pm Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Paula Deen attends KitchenAid® Culinary Demonstrations during the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival at Grand Tasting Village on February 23, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Food Network SoBe Wine & Food Festival)

The resurrection of Paula Deen continues.

Georgia’s own received a $75 million-plus influx of cash earlier this year from private-equity firm Najafi Companies to reinvent her brand after all the brouhaha last year.

Part of her investment is an on-line subscription television network set to debut later this year. Last year, she was banished from the Food Network after 14 years and lost a host of endorsement deals after a lawsuit deposition indicated she admitted to using a racial epithet multiple times in the past.

According to People magazine, which received an exclusive on the news, “pre-registration for The [More]

‘The Bachelorette: Men Tell All’ recap: Marcus, Andrew, Chris

  • 9:06 am Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Chris made the final three on "The Bachelorette." CREDIT: ABC

I have never watched an entire season of “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette” before. So this is my first “Men Tell All” as well.

Honestly, I’m not sure we learned a heck of a lot about anything. But here ya go:

Time killing moments: Teaser of “Bachelor in Paradise,” which involves blood, an assault and handcuffs. Just like paradise! Season 7 “Bachelorette” Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum, that rare couple that worked out, are having a baby and they find out live that it’s a boy.

Did Andrew say “blackie”? After Ron and Marquel, the two token black dudes, were given roses at [More]

‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ recap: season 3, episode 13

  • 10:55 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Nikko is thrilled to be trending worldwide. CREDIT: VH1

Mimi Faust doesn’t quite understand freedom of the press.

She gets all upset when Benzino said he wanted to  is place her on the cover of Hip Hop Weekly — without paying her for the honor. He simply wants her cooperation for an interview and a photo shoot. She wants $10,000. He balks. He’s a journalist, he says.  He doesn’t have to pay her diddly squat to put her on the cover.

So she threatens to sic lawyers on Benzino and storms out. As a public figure, unless the magazine deliberately slanders her, she has virtually no legal leg to stand on [More]

Radio/TV briefs: Kicks Country Fair 2014 with Miranda Lambert; Kicks afternoon jock shift; ‘Jeopardy contestant

  • 3:12 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Miranda Lambert will be at Verizon Wireless October 18, 2014 for the Kicks 101.5 annual Country Fair. CREDIT: Getty Images

Kicks 101.5 Country Fair this year is headlined by A-list country star and recent Rolling Stone cover girl Miranda Lambert.

Lambert will perform October 18 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. Tickets went on sale July 19 and are going fast.

TV best bets with return of ‘Project Runway,’ ‘Hotel Hell’

  • 9:16 am Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Heidi Klum is back on "Project Runway" Thursday. CREDIT: Getty Images

This is a very quiet week on TV, with the only really notable show returning being Lifetime’s “Project Runway” on Thursday as it enters its 13th season.

Otherwise, Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” wraps up the same night and Gordon Ramsay‘s “Hotel Hell” returns on Monday. (Gotta have Ramsay on at all times on Fox!)

WGN enters the scripted series game with its critically acclaimed “Manh(a)ttan)” on Sunday about creating the atom bomb during the 1940s.

And if you’re into those dopey shark films, Syfy has a new one on Saturday night.


“The Bachelorette” 8 p.m. ABC — The rejected guys dish on Andi and each [More]

TNT renews ‘The Last Ship,’ ‘Major Crimes’ and for a final season ‘Falling Skies’

  • 4:15 pm Friday, July 18th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Atlanta-based TNT has a hit on its hands with “The Last Ship,” which gets a second season of 13 episodes.

Its popular “Major Crimes” series gets another 15 episodes for a fourth season in 2015.

And its sci-fi series “Falling Skies’ will close shop next year with ten more episodes in its fifth and final season.

“The Last Ship has become this summer’s top drama among key adult demos with its epic scale and visceral storytelling. Major Crimes continues to be one of the most enduring and popular crime-drama franchises on television. And Falling Skies has begun an ambitious and thrilling story arc this [More]

Matt Passmore stars in new USA drama ‘Satisfaction,’ shot in Atlanta

  • 7:17 pm Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Matt Passmore and Stephanie Szostak star in the new USA series shot in Atlanta "Satisfaction."

Matt Passmore’s character Neil Truman has it all. A great job. A beautiful wife. A lovely daughter. A big house.

But he’s not satisfied in the new USA drama “Satisfaction,” which is shot in Atlanta but is not specifically set in any particular city. (The only obvious evidence of Atlanta in the pilot episode I could ID is 191 Peachtree.)

The drama, much of which is shot at EUE Screen Gems near Lakewood, debuts Thursday, July 17 at 10 p.m.

In the first episode, Neil has a Jerry Maguire-like feeling that his job is empty, his life is empty. He wants something more. [More]

TMZ: Joseline goes nuts on the set of ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’

  • 5:11 pm Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Joseline can't  believe Stevie J won't admit "smashing" Althea. CREDIT: VH1

TMZ reports that Joseline Hernandez just went nuts on the set, taking the fighting that is the norm on the show to new heights.

“Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” taped its reunion shows for season three in New York City at the old 106 & Park studios on Tuesday and Wednesday. A source of mine who knows the players confirmed what TMZ said happened on Tuesday.

Benzino apparently peeved Joseline when he joked about her alleged cocaine use. Joseline’s beau Stevie J, on a couch across from Benzino got up and approached Benzino, my source said. Stevie J, perhaps play acting, [More]

CBS46′s latest news director Lane Michaelsen leaves after 15 months

  • 1:00 pm Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Lane Michaelsen spent 15 months at WGCL-TV, the CBS46 Atlanta affiliate.

CBS46′s news director Lane Michaelsen has left the station abruptly after just 15 months for a new job.

Two sources tell me he wasn’t happy with the resources Michaelsen was given to try to lift the station’s ratings. The station is frequently in fourth place outside of the 11 p.m. telecast.

Managerial turnover at CBS46 has been chronic since WGCL-TV came into existence two decades ago.

At the time Michaelsen was hired, his boss Trey Fabacher sent these comments via email to staffers: “Michaelsen has built a solid reputation of leading quality newscasts and storytelling. Rating increases have been seen very quickly at [More]

‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ briefs: Apollo Nida restitution, Porsha Williams, Kandi Burruss

  • 9:24 am Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Apollo Nida has been told by federal authorities to repay $1.9 million he allegedly ripped off various individuals and financial institutions. CREDIT: Bravo TV

As a follow-up to his eight-year federal prison sentence last week, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” husband Apollo Nida is required to pay back virtually all the money he stole through his various financial schemes to the tune of $1.9 million. The restitution hearing occurred this week.

I’m not sure if he’ll ever be able to pay all that back since his employment opportunities will be less than rosy once his term is up around 2022.

Once he’s free at age 43, he will have to give authorities in restitution at least $250 a month and 25% of gross monthly income in excess [More]