Radio and TV Talk 

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

Video: Talking ‘Walking Dead,’ CNN cuts, ‘Chrisley Knows Best’

  • 11:28 pm Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

CineStars’ Brittany Umar and I discuss “Walking Dead” fans rubbing elbows with the cast at Walker Stalker Con, CNN cutting 300 jobs and “Chrisley Knows Best” on USA.

USA renews ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ for third season; Chrisley sells mansion

  • 4:37 pm Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
USA's 'Chrisley Knows Best" gets a third season. CREDIT: USA

A sign that USA is thrilled with Atlanta’s Todd Chrisley & Co., the network has renewed “Chrisley Knows Best” for a third season less than a week after the second season debut.

“Viewers have embraced the Chrisleys for their witty one-liners, laugh-out-loud moments and heartfelt everyday situations,” said Chris McCumber, President of USA Network in a press announcement.  “This family has made an indelible imprint on pop culture, and we’re excited to continue the entertaining journey with them in season three.”

The opener last week drew series best ratings of 1.6 million overnight viewers for each of the two new episodes. With [More]

TV best bets with series finale of ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ season finales of ‘Project Runway,’ ‘Franklin & Bash’

  • 11:32 am Saturday, October 18th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
boardwalk empire series finale

HBO, which just announced a stand-alone digital channel in 2015, is closing shop Sunday on “Boardwalk Empire” after five seasons. The drama was a solid performer but never reached the levels of popularity of other recent HBO dramas such as “True Blood” and “Game of Thrones.”

Amazon on Friday at 12:01 a.m. also brings back the second season of John Goodman’s ‘Alpha House,” a spoof about Washington politicians who live under one roof. The network does not release ratings but obviously the show did well enough to merit another round.

The long-running “Project Runway,” now on Lifetime, turns the lights out for [More]

Miguel Dakota (‘America’s Got Talent’) in Atlanta to promote season 10

  • 8:57 am Saturday, October 18th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Miguel Dakota finished sixth this year on 'America's Got Talent." He visited the AJC earlier this week to promote the upcoming season's auditions. CREDIT: NBC

NBC brought season 9 finalist and singer/songwriter Miguel Dakota to Atlanta Thursday to promote the 10th season auditions of “America’s Got Talent.” He performed a bluesy solo song “Light a Fire” in the Atlanta Journal Constitution cafeteria for an unsuspecting but appreciative group of employees. (See the video below)

This year, the show is not coming to Atlanta for auditions like last year but hits Tampa, Richmond and several other cities. The closest to Atlanta will be Nashville November 5.

If you can’t make it to an audition city, people can also place auditions on YouTube.

As anyone who has watched [More]

Bad timing? CNN cuts medical staff amid Ebola crisis

  • 12:47 pm Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Dr., Sanjay Gupta's weekly medical show has been cancelled. He will remain as a medical correspondent based out of Atlanta. CREDIT: Getty Images

CNN is cutting staff across the board to the tune of 8 percent out of 4,000, but the timing of Sanjay Gupta’s medical unit getting snipped down in size as part of a restructuring isn’t exactly great timing.

Conservative website Breitbart snarkily noted that this is happening in the midst of a major Ebola crisis.

In reality, CNN is currently pouring major resources into the story. Under president Jeff Zucker, CNN is now focusing on two or three major stories at a time, almost to the exclusion of anything else. Right now, Ebola is story No. 1 and Gupta is on [More]

‘Scandal’ recap, season 4, episode 4 (‘Like Father, Like Daughter’)

  • 9:43 am Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
SCANDAL - "Like Father, Like Daughter" - Fitz asks Olivia to shut down a situation that could destroy the Grant family's reputation. Meanwhile, Rowan calls on an old friend to do his dirty work, on "Scandal," THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Adam Taylor)
SCOTT FOLEY, TONY GOLDWYN

This was the strongest episode of the season as the murder of Jerry comes into clear view – or not. Rowan is involved so you know this won’t be clear by any means.

And the First Family deals with its grief in different ways, some a little kinkier than others.

Plus, plenty of folks are probably Googling the phrase “Eiffel Towering” – but I wouldn’t recommend doing it at work.

Secret Service incompetence in fiction: Under-age daughter of the president Karen ends up a house party (as Huck learned, it was called #swagapalooza) all drunk up her you know what and is in [More]

Tamar Braxton, Adrienne Bailon promote ‘The Real’ in Atlanta

  • 3:23 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Tamar Braxton and Adrienne Bailon at Red Pepper Monday, October 13, 2014 promoting "The Real." CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Tamar Braxton is no longer just Toni Braxton’s younger sister. She’s actually now a much bigger celebrity figure than her sister, with multiple R&B  hits, two reality shows and a daily talk show “The Real,” which debuted nationwide a month ago.

She hasn’t lived full time in Atlanta for years but comes here frequently since her mom and two of her sisters reside here. She headlined V-103’s “For Sisters Only” event at the Georgia World Congress Center this past Saturday, had dinner with NeNe Leakes Sunday night, then spent Monday promoting “The Real” in Atlanta with her castmate and former Cheetah [More]

John Rocker: those SI comments still haunt him 15 years later

  • 7:42 am Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
"Suck It Up and Survive" - John Rocker during a special 90 minute premiere of Survivor 29, Wednesday, Sept. 24 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Timothy Kuratek/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Based on a poll I posted last week, 70 percent of people said they will miss John Rocker on “Survivor.” I do, already.

Sure, his girlfriend Julie McGee is still there but really, how long will she survive? She knows she has the Rocker stigma tattooed on her back. It will ultimately come down to her social game now.

She managed to escape the first tribal council of her group with only two votes while Drew alienated his own crew with his arrogant attitude and general sense of lassitude. He was stupid enough to throw his own immunity challenge, thinking he was [More]

CNN cancels ‘Crossfire’ – again – along with ‘Sanjay Gupta MD,’ ‘CNN Money’

  • 6:10 pm Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Dr., Sanjay Gupta's weekly medical show has been cancelled. He will remain as a medical correspondent based out of Atlanta. CREDIT: Getty Images

During the same week as CNN cuts 300 of its 4,000 employees, programmers have decided to ditch “Crossfire” a second time.

On top of that Atlanta-based Sanjay Gupta (one of the few on-air folks left out of Atlanta) lost his weekend show “Sanjay Gupta MD.” It usually aired at 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and repeated at 7:30 a.m. Sundays. Two other shows – “CNN Money with Christine Romans” and sports show “Unguarded with Rachel Nichols” (10:30 p.m. Friday nights)  were cut as well.

Gupta will continue to work breaking medical stories, long-form reporting and documentaries for the network. His weekend show was [More]

HBO planning a stand-alone service

  • 5:26 pm Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
HBO is going to introduce a stand-alone service next year, allowing people who don't pay for cable or satellite services may be able to watch "Game of Thrones" without having to resort to illegal downloading sites. CREDIT: HBO

In a potential break with the traditional cable model, HBO is planning to create a stand-alone service separate from pay cable and satellite service next year. Details have not been revealed on launch date or how much it will cost.

About 30 million households pay for HBO, leaving more than 80 million who currently have no direct access to “Game of Thrones,” “Veep” and “True Detective.”

“HBO and ESPN are the two main reasons why people have cable and satellite TV,” says Forrester analyst James McQuivey tells Associated Press. “The whole industry has eyed them for years nervous that one day they [More]