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

Scott Wilson (‘The Walking Dead’) glad to see Hershel return in flashback

  • 2:39 pm Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
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SPOILER ALERT: Lots of them here in case you haven’t kept up with the show. But I figure most folks reading this have already seen season four.

Scott Wilson finished up a meaty episode as Hershel earlier this season, an episode where he fought mightily to save lives while people were keeling over from a deadly strain of swine flu.

The next day, showrunner Scott Gimple gave Wilson the bad news: Hershel was going to die three episodes later. But it was a gloriously shocking and meaningful death. The Governor didn’t buy Rick’s overture for both sides to live together in peace. [More]

Video: ‘Walking Dead,’ RHOA reunion mayhem, ‘Idol’ death spiral

  • 8:26 am Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho

CineStars’ Brittany Umar and I discuss the biting season finale of “The Walking Dead,” the latest from reunion mayhem with the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and the death spiral that is “American Idol.”

TV/radio briefs: ‘The Walking Dead’ ratings, ‘Suits’ at Ga. Tech, Fish 104.7 & MercyMe

  • 4:21 pm Monday, March 31st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Terminus is an old railroad facility in Mechanicsville. Sanctuary? Not so much. Ratings? Huge! CREDIT: AMC

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” season four finale last night drew its second best ratings ever and best season finale numbers at 15.7 million last night.

Of those, 10.2 million were 18-49 year olds. That level of younger viewers hasn’t been seen by any non-football regular series since “American Idol” in its heyday.

The “Talking Dead” after show with Andrew Lincoln drew another 7.3 million, a series record.

The show averaged 13.3 million viewers, up 24 percent over season three.

The drama will be shooting again soon for season five. For the first time since season one, the show shot in downtown Atlanta. The producers [More]

‘The Walking Dead’ season 4 finale recap (‘A’)

  • 11:41 pm Sunday, March 30th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Go figure. No major character died. Surprise!

Instead, it was just good ol’ meanie Joe who took it in the neck. Or more accurately, Rick’s teeth in the neck.

Joe did what every stupid classic bad guy has ever done in a Bond film.

Instead of just killing Rick, Carl and Michonne immediately, Joe has this deep need to explain himself. He tells Rick not only why he is killing him but then goes through his entire methodology. (Austin Powers, where are you now?)

When Daryl tells Joe that they are good people, Joe scoffs. Rick killed his friend Lou. Retribution is fair.

Then he [More]

‘Walking Dead’ season 4 finale preview: odds on who is going to die

  • 10:39 am Saturday, March 29th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Before the season three finale, with the Governor ready to attack the prison, we knew people were going to die. (And they did.) Again, when the Governor (again) attacked the prison during the mid-season finale, he and Herschel perished.

This time around, it appears Rick is going to face off against the gang  Daryl is hanging with – and they’re hungry for revenge. Surely, there will be some reunions among the survivors. And we know something is not right about Terminus.

So death, which is always hovering over the survivors, is inevitable because it’s a season finale and Something Big Is Supposed [More]

‘The Walking Dead’ recap (‘Us’): season 4, episode 15

  • 12:51 am Monday, March 24th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Can quirky Eugene really save the world? CREDIT: AMC

Terminus is here! Is this truly the end of the line?

This second half of season four has had our survivors splintered off after the prison blowup. Over the weeks, each group has seen the Terminus/Sanctuary signs on the rail tracks. Everyone is going in the same direction, hoping perhaps to see who made it post prison.

This penultimate episode before the finale features a lovely reunion between Glenn and Maggie.

It also shows Daryl learning the “rules” of his new group of merry men led by the oddly likable bad guy Joe.

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Here are highlights from the show:

1) Reunited [More]

‘The Walking Dead’ recap (‘The Grove’): season 4, episode 14

  • 11:45 pm Sunday, March 16th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Tyreese, Lizzie and Judith before they find the Grove. CREDIT: AMC

When AMC informed me they weren’t going to give me the advance screener for this episode, I knew at least one character was going to die. That’s usually how it goes.

Sadly, we had two tonight.

This was one of the toughest episodes emotionally in awhile because we lost the two girls Mike and Lizzie.

This was yet another hour focused just on one group of survivors. We get to hang out with Judith, Carol, Tyreese and the two sisters.

We knew before this episode that Lizzie was a problem child. She had trouble understanding what the zombies are. She didn’t see them as [More]

‘The Walking Dead’ recap (‘Alone’): season 4, episode 13

  • 10:00 pm Sunday, March 9th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Lee DeWyze's song was the focal point during the opening and closer for the Bob Stookey storyline on "The Walking Dead" this past Sunday. CREDIT: AMC

The thematics this week focus on being alone vs. being in a group. Of course, it’s better being in a group. It’s hard to say if that’s revelatory. It seems more like a plot contrivance.

And it is the second week in a row we see Daryl – and Daryl is almost content after the drunken escapades of last week. He tries to teach Beth how to use the crossbow – sober. But as she approaches an easy kill, she steps in a bear trap or something along those lines. It hurts her ankle badly.

He and Beth find shelter at a [More]

‘The Walking Dead’ recap (‘Still’): Daryl and Beth bond

  • 10:00 pm Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Fans of Daryl Dixon have been starved this season. He hasn’t had any major storylines since his bro Merle died last season.

After after mid-season finale, Daryl ended up after the Governor’s rampage with… Beth.

And he’s none too thrilled about it.

Tonight, we get the deepest backgrounder of Daryl to date thanks to some moonshine and Beth’s goading.

To date, Beth has been more caretaker than zombie fighter. In seasons two, three and four, she’s had moments to sing. She spent the first half of this season taking care of Judith and even had a boyfriend (briefly.). After some deaths, she acted strong [More]

Six things we learned from ‘The Walking Dead’ (‘Claimed’), season 4, episode 11

  • 10:00 pm Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 by Rodney Ho

This was a relatively low-key “Walking Dead” but still fraught with tension and conflict. And the writers tease us with a possible reason why this whole mess happened but it’s “classified.” (Classified? Is this information that valuable? It’s not as if Glenn could suddenly Tweet the news to the world.)

Here are six things we learned from this episode, which has to be a frustrating one for Daryl Dixon fans because yet again, he’s not in this one:

1)  Abraham does not appear to be the new Governor. Michael Cudlitz’s character looked menacing when we saw him at the end of last [More]