Radio and TV Talk 

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

Kyle Chrisley tells Daily Mail Todd Chrisley is a ‘snake’ who ‘stole’ his daughter

  • 8:36 pm Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Todd Chrisley's family from season one, including Kyle (top right). CREDIT: USA

Kyle Chrisley is curiously absent from the second season of USA’s reality show “Chrisley Knows Best,” which debuted last week to solid ratings.

During the third episode that aired this past Tuesday, Atlanta patriarch Todd Chrisley said his son Kyle is suffering from drugs and alcohol and as a result, Kyle’s daughter Chloe is staying with the Chrisley family and not Kyle. It’s not  a flattering portrayal of Kyle.

In a scathing interview to the U.K. Daily Mail, Kyle responded, calling his dad “manipulative” and “vindictive,” “a snake who shut me out of my child’s life.”

He said he is fighting in [More]

Chilli of TLC judging new TruTV show ‘Fake Off’ October 27

  • 5:30 pm Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Michael Curry, Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas and Harry Shum Jr. are judges on TruTV's "Fake Off." CREDIT: TruTV

Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas of TLC fame has never judged a reality competition show, but she was intrigued by TruTV’s “Fake Off,” which debuts at 10 p.m. Monday, October. 27.

The groups who are competing to win on “Fake Off” are what some might call multi-media entertainers because they use various mediums to convey a message and entertain. Among the elements could be animation, puppetry, quick scenery shifts, shadow imagery, black-light technology and dance.

“It’s all about different ways to tell a story,” said James Sunderland, a producer for the show, which was shot in the spring at Atlanta Film Studios. They [More]

‘Scandal’ recap (‘Key’): season 4, episode 5

  • 3:11 pm Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
KERRY WASHINGTON, JOE MORTON

Mellie finds a reason to live again!

Fitz informs the drunk, smelly, chip-eating, mourning First Lady that Jerry died as part of an underhanded way to help keep them in the White House another four years via sympathy. To him, this is tragic and awful. He preferred it being a random act of God.

To Mellie, this meant Jerry died for a purpose. It wasn’t just a terrible accident. She found that hard to reconcile. Now she feels a sense of closure. “He died for our sins,” she said. The old Mellie may be back soon because she… takes a cleansing shower!

Fitz, [More]

Bob Saget coming to Marcus Jewish Community Center Book Festival Nov. 1

  • 1:33 pm Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Check out Bob Saget discuss his memoir "Dirty Daddy" at the MJCC Book Festival Nov. 1. CREDIT: Publicity photo

Bob Saget is not really Danny Tanner, his fictional widowed daddy figure on the classic sitcom “Full House.” They both love to clean, but Saget’s sense of humor of far dirtier, based on the scatological words that come out of his mouth in his stand-up routine.

Saget himself embraces this dichotomous imagery in his memoir, appropriately named “Dirty Daddy,” which he’ll discuss at the Marcus Jewish Community Center Book Festival Nov. 1. (Tickets on sale here)

“I don’t even look at myself as a dirty joke teller. I tell jokes,” he said in a recent interview. He tells his off-color stories [More]

TLC cancels ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ over June’s alleged boyfriend’s molestation background

  • 10:53 am Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Mama June on "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," which has been cancelled in the wake of her dating activities. CREDIT: TLC

Although “Mama June” Shannon is denying she is dating a convicted child molester on Facebook, the network that airs “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” isn’t buying it, according to TMZ.

TLC has decided to cancel the show after four seasons and 51 episodes. TMZ says there are some episodes in the can that will not air.

I received this statement from TLC, confirming the news TMZ reported:

“TLC has cancelled the series HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO and ended all activities around the series, effective immediately.  Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority. TLC [More]

Recycling 101: TV wants to revamp Archie Comics, ‘Bewitched,’ ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ ‘Hitch,’ ‘Frankenstein’

  • 5:33 pm Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
This classic Broadway musical has already been turned into a 2004 film. Why not a TV series?

In the past two days, at least five classic (or semi-classic) franchises are being considered for some sort of TV treatment. Who needs original ideas anymore, right? (And I just wrote a long piece about “Drumline: A New Beat” on VH1 Monday to boot.)

Not all these ideas will necessarily come to fruition but it proves that anything has been successful before is always open to somebody trying to revive it.

Reboots happen all the time. Think “90210,” “Dallas,” “Melrose Place,” “Knight Rider” and “Hawaii Five-O” (a rare one that  has actually lasted awhile), to name a few. Later this year, [More]

VH1 brings back ‘Drumline’ with ‘a new beat’ October 27

  • 4:02 pm Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Alexandra Shipp stars in the new "Drumline: A New Beat" debuting on VH1 Oct. 27. CREDIT: VH1

In 2002, the film “Drumline,” shot in Atlanta and starring newcomer Nick Cannon, became a surprise hit, generating $56 million in theater revenues.

Over the years, the film became a beloved favorite and repeated well whenever networks – including VH1 – aired it.  So last year, VH1 executives joined with original producers from the film and Cannon to come up with an updated version for 2014.

Devon Miles, Cannon’s charismatic character who became a drumline leader at a fictional historically black Atlanta college A&T, has gone on to become a famous music producer, similar to acclaimed Atlanta producer Dallas Austin, who the [More]

TMZ says Mama June dating a convicted molester

  • 10:58 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Rodney Ho

TMZ breaks almost all juicy “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” stories. Who knows who’s getting TMZ’s payments for leaking the dirt but the latest is quite muddy: “Mama June” Shannon, broken up with David Michael “Sugar Bear” Thompson, is allegedly dating a man who served 10 years for molesting a relative of hers and just got out of prison in March.

The new man in her life is named Mark McDaniel, convicted of aggravated child molestation in 2004, according to TMZ.  The story says he forced oral sex on an eight year old child who June supposedly knows. It [More]

‘Survivor’ recap, season 29, episode 5: tribes are scrambled

  • 10:36 pm Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
"Blood is Blood"  - Julie McGee during the fifth episode of Survivor 29, Wednesday, Oct. 22 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The specter of John Rocker is quickly fading away from “Survivor” land. His Atlanta-based girlfriend Julie McGee is still around but she was safe and barely on camera this week because her tribe won an immunity challenge.

(In fact, McGee has yet to make much of an impression since her tribe has been the immunity challenge winner four out of five weeks.)

The “Survivor” producers this week decided to scramble the tribes into two new teams of seven. Originally, the related couples were separated. Now randomly, four of the five remaining couples reunited.

One (Keith and son Wes) remained separated. Four solo people [More]

CNN, Cartoon Network, TruTV off Dish TV over carriage dispute

  • 11:25 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Anderson Cooper and other CNN faces are not available now to Dish Network customers thanks to a carriage dispute. CREDIT: CNN

Atlanta-based Turner Broadcasting has had a tough few weeks, with layoffs and cutbacks.  Now several of its networks are off Dish Network, covering 14 million households. There is a dispute over how much Dish pays Turner for airing its programming, including digital distribution rights, according to a CNN Money story.

The channels affected: CNN, HLN, CNN en Espanol, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, TCM and Boomerang. Turner’s most popular networks TNT [More]