Radio and TV Talk 

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

Jeff Garlin visits Laughing Skull (April 8-12), ‘Finding Vivian Maier” screening April 12

  • 10:45 am Monday, April 7th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Jeff Garlin, star of ABC's "The Goldbergs," will be in Atlanta prepping for a TV comedy special April 8 to 12 at the Laughing Skull and will host a Q&A for a film screening April 12 at 1:40 p.m. of "Finding Vivian Maier" at Lefont Sandy Springs. CREDIT: ABC

Jeff Garlin may play a clueless dad wearing 1980s-era Cosby sweaters on ABC’s new MTV-era sitcom “The Goldbergs,” but to him, the gimmick of revisiting leg warmers and acid-washed jeans doesn’t really matter.

“It’s just a great family show,” said Garlin, who will be in Atlanta this week at the Laughing Skull Lounge in Midtown to work on new material for an upcoming TV comedy standup special for Netflix this fall. “We’re still on the air and that’s amazing.”

Garlin’s comedic style on the live stage is loose and semi-improvisational.

“He doesn’t have a set list,” said Marshall Chiles, who owns the Laughing [More]

TV best bets with return of ‘Mad Men,’ season finales of ‘Suits,’ ‘Justified’

  • 5:05 am Monday, April 7th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Elisabeth Moss and Jon Hamm are becoming more like rivals on "Mad Men" as the 1960s close in on the 1970s. CREDIT: AMC

AMC’s “Mad Men” begins its final season this Sunday with all signs pointing west.

The show is now reaching the end of the 1960s and there is an end game at hand in a sense. But don’t get too excited about 2014. The season’s final episodes will actually air in 2015.

Among season finales, FX’s “Justified” finishes its fifth season Tuesday while USA’s “Suits” ends its third season Thursday.

These highlights cover Monday, April 7 through Sunday April 13.

MONDAY

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Tough call who will go next.

“Bones” 8 p.m. Fox — Remains found in a log in a [More]

Us magazine reports Ludacris as third Atlantan on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

  • 4:19 pm Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 24: Rapper Ludacris performs during the welcome party for the 29th annual Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on March 24, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images for Nightclub & Bar Media Group)

In 2009, Donald Trump‘s “Celebrity Apprentice” featured two Georgia residents at the same time: Hershel Walker and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins.

Next season’s “Celebrity Apprentice” will include three. Two were previously reported.  Page Six of the New York Post revealed photos today showing local “Cosby Show” actress Keshia Knight Pulliam and “Real Housewives of Atlanta’ star Kenya Moore selling pies as part of the opening challenge for the show in New York City. Both appear to be on the same team.  Their team also includes reality stars Kate Gosselin and Brandi Glanville.

Us magazine also reported that Atlanta rap star [More]

Talking to Earthquake for Atlanta Civic Center show March 22

  • 3:39 pm Thursday, March 20th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Earthquake headlines a comedy show at the Atlanta Civic Center March 23, 2014. CREDIT: Publicity photo

Comic Earthquake two decades ago co-owned the Uptown Comedy Corner in Buckhead, shaking up the comedy landscape.

He now returns every year or two as a comedy headliner. On Saturday, March 22, he hits the Atlanta Civic Center with Bruce Bruce.

“Atlanta is my second home, man,” Earthquake said from New York. He left Atlanta a decade ago. “This is where I learned my craft. It allowed me to be who I am today. I will always be indebted to Atlanta and Uptown.”

He worked with Gary Abdo in the early 1990s to bring a black comedy club into Buckhead, a bold move [More]

Video: talking ‘Walking Dead,’ NeNe Leakes, new radio shows

  • 11:15 am Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Radio and TV Blogger Rodney Ho and CineStars’ Brittany Umar discuss this week’s shocking episode of “The Walking Dead” and Nene Leakes’ performance on “Dancing With the Stars,” plus the return of Chris Dimino and Sully to the radio airwaves and a new Power 96.1 morning show.

E! reports NeNe Leakes joining ‘Dancing With the Stars’

  • 6:51 pm Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

NeNe Leakes knows how to keep herself in the spotlight.

She is easily the most recognizable “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star thanks to her acting stints on “Glee” and “The New Normal,” plus her time on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice.”

Now E! reports she is going to join “Dancing With the Stars,”  which officially announces its cast next Tuesday on “Good Morning America” for season 18. ABC seems to allow leaks like this keep the show in the headlines.

She would be the second “Real Housewives” to make the cut following Lisa Vanderpump, the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star who finished [More]

Exclusive: Chris Dimino joining the 680/The Fan Rude Awakening morning show March 17

  • 5:00 pm Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Former 790/The Zone morning host Chris Dimino will be joining the morning show on sports talk 680/The Fan when he’s eligible to return to Atlanta airwaves March 17. He will be working with Perry Laurentino and Christopher Rude on the Rude Awakening, the Fan president David Dickey confirmed today.

Dimino has been with the Fan for five months but hasn’t been able to go on the air because of a non-compete clause in his previous contract with the Zone.

“We’re excited to have him on,” said Dickey, who simulcasts the Fan on 93.7 on the FM dial. “He spent a lot of [More]

South 107 adds extra signal to expand reach in metro Atlanta

  • 3:10 pm Monday, February 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

South 107, a country station that already dominates northwest Georgia and reaches deep into Cobb County, has added a new signal that expands its base into the heart of Atlanta.

The new signal, called a translator, works off the WSB-TV tower near Freedom Parkway and covers downtown Atlanta expanding outward. The signal doesn’t do well in  Gwinnett County, where Majic 107.5 causes some interference, said Howard Toole, who runs the station and is a managing partner of Rome Radio Partners. But he said it can reach into Conyers, no problem.

Both signals run on 107.1. Under old technology, the two signals [More]

Q&A with Weather Channel CEO David Kenny

  • 1:43 pm Saturday, February 1st, 2014 by Rodney Ho

David Kenny, the CEO of Atlanta-based Weather Co. (parent company of the Weather Channel), comes across as mild mannered and pleasant in person.

But he has opted to hit DirecTV hard in a campaign the past two-plus weeks to pressure the satellite carrier to bring back the Weather Channel. The company blacked out the Atlanta-based network Jan. 13 because the two sides couldn’t agree on how much DirecTV would pay to carry the network.

The Weather Company – owned by a consortium of private-equity firms Blackstone and Bain Captial as well as Comcast’s media company NBCUniversal – hired Kenny two years ago [More]

TV/radio briefs: ‘The Walking Dead,’ Praise 102.5, Connie Britton, Harper Hill, Richard Jewell

  • 6:43 pm Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

An interactive “Walking Dead” obstacle course show will be coming to Philips Arena May 31.

Having not seen the show at past conventions, I can’t quite picture what it is going to be like for spectators paying for tickets.

EW.com, which broke the story, said “daring participants could navigate infected evacuation zones as either a zombie or a survivor.”

“The Walking Dead Escape is something that’s been an absolute massive hit for us,” Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman told EW. “It was immensely popular at New York Comic Con and San Diego Comic Con, and now we’re going wide with it. It’s [More]