Radio and TV Talk 

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

Maroon 5’s ‘Maps’ tops Atlanta radio airplay

  • 3:35 pm Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Maroon 5’s ‘Maps” is the played tune of the week in Atlanta, just edging out Magic!’s “Rude.”

Both songs are played by the same four pop stations, with “Maps’ heard 290 times vs. 287 times for “Rude,” according to Mediabase 24/7 tracking. (The service does not include smaller FM translator stations such as X107.1, Streetz 94.5, Q100 at 97.9 and Nash Icon 98.9 or outlying stations in its calculations.)

For “Maps,” it’s 32 spins on B98.5, 47 on Star 94, 104 on Power and 102 on Q100.

For “Rude,” it’s 41 spins on B98.5, 46 on Star, 99 on Power and 101 on [More]

TV best bets with final season of ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ series finale of ‘Kitchen Nightmares,’ Ken Burns’ ‘Roosevelts’

  • 10:21 am Monday, September 8th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
On FX's seventh and final season of "Sons of Anarchy,"  Jax (Charlie Hunnam) goes on a solo night ride. CREDIT: FX

FX rolls out the seventh and final season of the violent family drama “Sons of Anarchy” Tuesday while Gordon Ramsay finishes up “Kitchen Nightmares” after seven seasons on Friday night.

Two reality shows return with Atlanta ties: former local trainer Dolvett Quince returns on “The Biggest Loser” Thursday while Ramsay’s 13th season “Hell’s Kitchen” includes a La Grange chef.

And two new series of very different ilk have Georgia connections.

First, Tyler Perry’s latest OWN series “If Loving You Is Wrong,” shot in Atlanta, debuts Tuesday. Then on Sunday, Ken Burns‘ latest documentary series “The Roosevelts” arrives in seven parts and 14 hours [More]

Video: Talking VH1 hip-hop documentary, ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta,’ Zack Everhart on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

  • 5:53 pm Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho

CineStars’ Brittany Umar and I discuss “ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Rise in the Rap Game” which airs on Tuesday night and Joseline going crazy on “Love and Hip Hop” Monday as well as Zack Everhart Jr. of Kennesaw on “So You Think You Can Dance” finale Wednesday night.

‘Bachelorette’ recap: season 3, episode 4: Real or Memorex?

  • 9:37 am Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
THE BACHELORETTE - "Episode 1001" - In the premiere episode, 25 eligible men come from all over to try and win Andi's heart. Her nervousness melts away as soon as she begins to meet the bachelors, who are just as anxious and excited as she is, on the tenth edition of the female version of ABC's popular romance reality series, "The Bachelorette," premiering on MONDAY, MAY 19 at a special time (9:30-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Rick Rowell)

ABC is using the trendy word “event” by airing back-to-back “Bachelorettes” over the past two nights and four hours.

“Event” is now code word for “watch it live and please Tweet about it, too. Advertisers will appreciate it and so will we.”

(ABC notes the show won’t be back for two weeks.)

There is a trailer teaser about Andi getting all upset on the outset. And unfortunately, it’s all about the late Eric the Traveler.

We are now out of the mansion and in travel mode. First stop outside California: Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. Presumably, ABC will go a bit more exotic later.

Train [More]

Who made the ‘Dancing With the Star’s finals?

  • 9:29 am Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

The “Dancing With the Stars” judges Monday were throwing out 10’s like pennies at a wishing well.

Of the 10 dances among the five remaining contestants, four received perfect scores across the board.

The weakest dancer left, Candace Cameron Bure (“Full House”), survived for next week’s final thanks to her fan base, which trumped that of Olympian ice dancer Charlie White.

White received a perfect score for his first dance Monday.

“You deserve to be in the final,” Len Goodman said, to no avail.

He won’t be.

Bure has brought charm, dancing partner Mark Ballas‘ imaginative dances and her wholesome spirit and reputation to the finals.  [More]

TV best bets with season finales of ‘Castle,’ ‘The Blacklist,’ ‘Glee,’ ‘NCIS,’ ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Shark Tank’

  • 10:37 am Monday, May 12th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Several big shows are closing out their seasons this week, including “Castle” and ‘The Blacklist” Monday, “Glee” and “NCIS” on Tuesday, “Criminal Minds” and “Nashville” on Wednesday, “The Big Bang Theory” and “Grey’s Anatomy” Thursday, “Shark Tank” Friday, “Saturday Night Live” Saturday and “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” Sunday, to name a few.

And on Friday, ABC is also providing a tribute to Barbara Walters, who is retiring this week.


“Bones” 8 p.m. Fox — The remains of a swim coach are found at the bottom of a well.

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Surprisingly, Candace Cameron Bure has outlasted [More]

ID’s ‘Karma’s a B*tch’ show features Atlanta teenager

  • 8:00 pm Thursday, May 8th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

In 2011, 12-year-old Jessica Maple was outraged that her great-grandmother’s house had been ransacked and robbed.

She was double outraged when the cops didn’t aggressively pursue who had done it.

So she used skills she had learned at a Junior DA summer camp at the Fulton County District Attorney’s office and figured it out herself.

My colleague Alexis Stevens wrote a story about it in 2011 and it went national.

Now the cable network Investigation Discovery highlights Jessica’s case on its hit show “Karma’s a B*tch” with an elaborate re-enactment on Thursday, May  at 8 p.m. (repeated at 11 p.m.)

Executive producer Liz Massie [More]

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.


“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]