- 5:30 am Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
CineStars’ Brittany Umar and I discuss Atlanta-based”Survivor’s Remorse” executive produced by LeBron James, TNT’s “On the Menu” with former Atlantan Ty Pennington as host and the Food Network’s “Food Truck Face Off” with “Atlanta Eats” owner Steak Shapiro as the judge.
‘American Idol’ bits: Adam Lambert sub judge, anticipated songs ‘Idol’ contestants will sing season 14
- 10:27 am Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Adam Lambert will guest judge in place of Keith Urban during the upcoming New York auditions Wednesday.
He has expressed a past desire for a full-time judging job but it’s unclear if ‘Idol” ever seriously considered him.
He’d be the first former “Idol” to sit in even as a guest judge that I can recall. (If I’m wrong, please point it out.)
Urban is mourning the death of his wife Nicole Kidman‘s father.
The season 8 runner up was a mentor last year and did a fine job.
Lambert has been spending the summer fronting Queen in Australia and Europe.
Here are some songs we’ll probably [More]
- 9:12 am Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
“America’s Got Talent” has only six acts but NBC stretched things out to two hours by having the finalists spend hour one reprising a past performance.
Fortunately, this is a solid final group of acts. I’m having a hard time deciding who will win it all but I will go for who I think the producers are signaling by placing her at the end: Emily West.
Why? She has the majestic beauty, the maturity and the soaring voice necessary to take this home. Sure, she’s old fashioned and not remotely current but “AGT” isn’t really designed to look for the next pop [More]
- 9:51 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
The first dancer eliminated was an easy pick: track star Lolo Jones, who tanked Monday night and readily admitted her stiff, awkward performance was an embarrassment. As a competitive athlete, she is going to kicking herself for a long time.
The weirdness of her being a 32-year-old virgin and hasn’t slow danced since high school probably didn’t garner her a lot of sympathy votes.
Lolo accepted the decision with grace. She knew it was coming.
Surprisingly, Jones didn’t have the lowest judges’ scores. That would go to Betsey Johnson, but she was certain to survive. Her esprit de corps was incredible.
“Dancing With the [More]
- 3:42 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Homicide victims don’t come back to life – at least in this non-zombie world of ours.
But homicide shows apparently can.
TLC in April debuted a crime reality series called “Women of Homicide” featuring Atlanta Police Department homicide detective Summer Benton. The show, which also focused on two Cincinnati female homicide detectives, did so poorly, TLC dumped it after two episodes. (My original story on the show.)
Cable networks rarely kill shows off that quickly but executives clearly figured out this was the wrong show on the wrong network. TLC is better known for profiling individuals and families outside the norm of [More]
- 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
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.
- 9:37 am Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
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.
- 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]