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

‘The Bachelorette’ Andi Dorfman picks between Josh & Nick

  • 5:25 pm Sunday, July 27th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
THE BACHELORETTE - "Episode 1008" - Andi heads south to Tampa to visit Josh's family. They enjoy a flirtatious afternoon playing baseball at his childhood field that was filled with future championship dreams. However, Andi learns that underneath that confidence Josh seems to exude, is pain from unfulfilled dreams. After five years of struggling, Josh quit professional sports to devote more time to his family - and in particular his younger brother, who now has been drafted into the NFL. Although she is touched by his commitment to his brother, Andi is concerned that he might not make the time necessary to make a relationship his number one priority. That anxiety deepens when she meets his family who is clearly dedicated to the pro football career of Josh's brother. Where does Andi fit into this family picture and Josh's life? - on "The Bachelorette," MONDAY, JULY 7 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Marc Edwards)

Andi Dorfman, the effervescent Atlanta attorney, spent the past two months on network television paring down a list of 25 men to two on the 10th edition of “The Bachelorette” on ABC.

Her decision of whom she’d like to marry will air Monday night, and it’s down to a contest between two attractive dudes of very different ilk. There’s Nick Viall, the 33-year-old Chicago software sales executive with the smarmy smirk and inexplicable mental and physical connection with Dorfman.

Then there’s fan favorite Josh Murray, the 29-year-old happy-go-lucky Atlanta-based brother of former University of Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray and financial services rep.

Since [More]

TV best bets with season finales of ‘Bachelorette,’ ‘Power,’ return of ‘Hell on Wheels’

  • 3:57 pm Saturday, July 26th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Bear Grylls works with celebrities (such as Zac Efron) out in the elements. CREDIT: NBC

Atlanta’s Andi Dorfman picks between Atlanta’s sweet jock Josh Murray and Chicago’s arrogant Nick Viall on “The Bachelorette” Monday. Come on! We know who’s she’s going to pick…

Decatur’s Omari’s Hardwick finishes up his first season of Starz’ “Power” and already is set to produce the second season in New York this fall.

AMC’s “Hell on Wheels” returns Saturday night for a fourth season while broadcast TV is working reality TV. NBC is trying out a series starring Bear Grylls Monday where he works with celebrities out in the wilderness and ABC on Thursday gives a fantasy-themed reality competition show a whirl [More]

‘The Walking Dead’ trailer for season 5

  • 9:08 am Saturday, July 26th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Laurie walking dead

AMC’s insanely popular “The Walking Dead” returns October 12 for a fifth season.  And at Comic Con, viewers got to see an intense trailer which was then posted on YouTube yesterday.

As folks who follow the show’s shooting schedule, our survivors don’t spend much time in Terminus, thank goodness. Somehow, they convince the Terminus folks that (most of them) should live and they join forces to go to D.C. so Eugene Porter can find a place to seek a cure. Yes, Porter claims he knows a way to solve the problem. But does he really?

One spoiler that is no longer a [More]

G. Garvin has two TV shows and a live show Aug. 7 at Buckhead Theatre

  • 4:09 pm Friday, July 25th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Chef G. Garvin will be at the Buckhead Theatre August 7 for a special food demonstration representing his life and food point of view. CREDIT: Getty Images

Atlanta native Gerry “G” Garvin has developed his reputation as a celebrity chef host on TV One, the Cooking Channel and most recently, the Travel Channel, where he hosts “Underground BBQ Challenge.”

Garvin is now bringing his world view to the Buckhead Theatre August 7, where he’ll create multiple dishes and weave tales about his life and how those foods relate to him. V-103’s DJ Trauma will spin hip hop, jazz, gospel and Latin tunes while Garvin prepares his meals. (Tickets available here.)

Before the show, ticketholders will get to sample foods from several of Garvin’s favorite local eateries such as [More]

Dragon*Con 2014 lineup includes Patrick Stewart, Lou Ferrigno, Walter Koenig, Mary McDonnell, Sean Maguire

  • 3:00 pm Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Lou Ferrigno has made multiple appearances at Dragon Con. CREDIT: Getty

The annual Dragon*Con convention is less than five weeks away and the guest list is almost complete.

I readily admit I’m no sci-fi expert by any stretch, but the celebrity attendee list seem to be a bit softer on star wattage than in recent years.

Among the bigger names I see on the notables list include returnee Patrick Stewart (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “X Men”), Walter Koenig (Chekhov on “Star Trek”), Mary McDonnell (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Major Crimes”), Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk”), Kristin Bauer (“True Blood”), Sean Maguire (“Once Upon a Time”), Julie Benz (“Angel,” “Dexter”), Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad,” [More]

Three metro Atlanta acts make top 48 of ‘America’s Got Talent’

  • 10:00 pm Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Adrian Romoff is a precocious genius with a flair for the dramatic on the piano. CREDIT: NBC

Three metro Atlanta acts made the cut of the top 48 of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” Wednesday night.

Next week the show goes live to feature 12 acts each over four weeks.

Adrian Romoff, a precocious 10 year old pianist who hopes to be in college by age 12, wowed the judges with his keyboard playing a few weeks back:

Here’s part of the bio from NBC:

He discovered the piano at age four and taught himself to play under the careful eye of his mother, Olga. He gave his first concert at age five and has since played countless public concerts and recitals. [More]

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.