Radio and TV Talk 

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

Video: Talking ‘Walking Dead,’ CNN cuts, ‘Chrisley Knows Best’

  • 11:28 pm Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

CineStars’ Brittany Umar and I discuss “Walking Dead” fans rubbing elbows with the cast at Walker Stalker Con, CNN cutting 300 jobs and “Chrisley Knows Best” on USA.

Atlanta Walker Stalker convention tour photos and review

  • 10:46 pm Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Steve Yeun

More than 35,000 “Walking Dead” fans from all over the country converged to meet virtually the entire current cast of “The Walking Dead” at panels, in person and at parties in downtown Atlanta. On top of that, many former cast members were there as well.

The two Nashville-based “Walking Dead” podcasters and convention organizers James Frazier and Eric Nordhoff were a steady presence, moderating several of the panels and keeping the actors happy. They also managed to more than triple the size of the convention over last year’s inaugural one.

Attendees who wanted to be up close and personal to the actors [More]

‘The Walking Dead’ recap: season 4, episode 2 (‘Strangers’)

  • 10:00 pm Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus during a packed "bromance" panel Saturday. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

We finally learned the truth about Gareth and the gang: they eat people! And in this case, they barbecued and ate Bob’s left leg. Yum! (#Bobeque)

With everyone reunited and a few newcomers as well, dynamics have shifted.

Tara is accepted into the group – even Maggie – despite her ties to the Governor. Carol is accepted back as well from a very grateful Rick in a more powerful, respected position. Sasha and Bob have the hots for each other and can’t keep off each other. This level of happiness will not be rewarded. Rick warns his son Carl to never feel [More]

Walker Stalker convention returns to Atlanta October 17-19

  • 5:08 pm Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Norman Reedus remains the resident badass on "The Walking Dead" as Daryl Dixon entering season 5. CREDIT: Bravo

The Walker Stalker convention returns for a second round in Atlanta this weekend with the existing cast of “The Walking Dead” and many past cast members as well. As a bonus, two leads of “The Vampire Diaries” will show up on Sunday as well.

It’s a three-day event but all current cast members will be there Saturday or Saturday and Sunday. Friday will feature only former cast members so I expect attendance will be lightest that day. All the VIP tickets, which provide access to special parties, are now sold out (ranging in price from $200 to $1,200.) Specific VIP [More]

‘The Walking Dead’ opens season 5 to record ratings: 17.3 million

  • 4:38 pm Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Danai Gurira as Michonne - The Walking Dead _ Season 5, Gallery - Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead” is the show that keeps getting bigger and bigger each year.  Overnight ratings for the show totaled 17.3 million, the most in its history with that metrics. That’s up from an already hefty 16.1 million for season four’s debut.

When DVR usage three days after the fact  is included, the episode passed 22.3 million, the most ever for any non-sports cable telecast, beating “High School Musical 2.”

The 18-49 numbers were even more impressive: 11 million, 2.5 million more than “Sunday Night Football.” Those are demographic numbers that “American Idol” used to get in its better days but [More]

‘The Walking Dead’ recap season 5 debut

  • 10:00 pm Sunday, October 12th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Daryl and Glenn are in a tight spot with a dude with a baseball bat, about to go all Robert DeNiro on their skulls. CREDIT: AMC

Welcome to paradise!

That’s not how one would begin any “Walking Dead” recap, especially this one. This is more like “Escape From Alcatraz.” Or more specifically, “Escaprecape From Terminus.” (This begs the question: why venture to anywhere called “Terminus” in the first place, “sanctuary” promises or not?”)

This is clearly an action episode, not a character building one. Blood, guts, kills, the entire kit and kaboodle.

We knew from the end of season 4 that the killer Rick Grimes (as opposed to Farm Rick) is back in full force. His sense of betrayal and need to save his troops are embedded deep in [More]

Video: Interviews w/ Melissa McBride, Jeff Foxworthy, Lea DeLaria

  • 5:16 pm Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

CineStars’ Brittany Umar and I discuss Melissa McBride (Carol) on “The Walking Dead”, Jeff Foxworthy being elected to Georgia Music Hall of Fame & Lea Delaria of “Orange is the New Black” named Honorary Grand Marshal at Atlanta Pride.

Atlanta actress Melissa McBride transforms Carol, her ‘Walking Dead’ character

  • 10:20 pm Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 5, Gallery - Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

Carol Peletier, played by long-time Atlanta actor Melissa McBride was a bit player on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” season one. Meek and withdrawn, she was the battered wife of nasty husband Ed. She looked like potential mincemeat, easily forgotten once chomped on.

But after a zombie kills Ed, Carol volunteered to bash his skull in with a pick ax to ensure he didn’t turn into one himself.

Fellow actors and executive producers then watched her hack away with a purpose and intensity that electrified the set.

“The power of her performance blew me away,” said Greg Nicotero, an executive producer who has been [More]

AMC renews ‘The Walking Dead’ for a sixth season

  • 1:11 pm Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier and Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon - The Walking Dead _ Season 5, Gallery - Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

Even before AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead” has debuted its fifth season, the network has given the zombie drama a guaranteed sixth season.

From an economic standpoint, this makes total sense. The show is the No. 1 show among 18-49 year olds, beating all broadcast networks and averages about 20 million viewers a week, DVR usage included. Even if the show lost some ratings steam this year, it would still be a financial boon for AMC.

On top of that AMC doesn’t have a lot of other hits  at the moment. Why not give the producers the comfort and freedom to plan ahead?

The [More]

Social media savvy shows: ‘Scandal,’ ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta,’ ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ ‘The Walking Dead’

  • 12:09 pm Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
"Scandal" returns Thursday and the fans await!

Gauging the popularity of a TV show a few years ago was simple. Nielsen sent out overnight ratings the next day and that was it.

It’s now much more complicated.

First of all, 47 percent of households use DVRs, “Scandal” (ABC)

Returns for fourth season Thursday night at 9

What it is: A juiced-up drama featuring a D.C. fixer and perpetually crazy presidential intrigue.

Average viewership: 12 million

Facebook likes: 2.6 million

Instagram posts: 744,000

Average tweets during an episode: 405,000

Why it works for social media: Creator Shonda Rhimes packs in so many ridiculous plot twists and soundbites into each episode, it’s easy to miss what’s going [More]