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Rodney Ho covers TV and radio, from Atlanta’s stations to the hottest “American Idol" news.
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Five minutes with Dolvett Quince about new season of ‘Biggest Loser’ with former athletes

  • 8:41 pm Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
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Former Atlanta trainer Dolvett Quince is the only remaining trainer from the last season of “The Biggest Loser,” when winner Rachel Frederickson was pilloried for looking too skinny.

The show has always had its critics, that it shows unrealistic weight loss for the average viewer since people on the show get to spend six hours a day working out.  Plus, it appears many people will do anything to lose weight for the financial prize, not necessarily for health.

Star trainer Jillian Michaels yet again left the show earlier this year and was clearly not pleased with how she was portrayed or how [More]

Ken Burns talks up latest PBS documentary ‘The Roosevelts’ starting Sept. 14

  • 5:08 pm Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
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Ken Burns is the Oprah Winfrey of documentarians. He is revered by loyal viewers, historians and  A-list celebrities who happily provide narration work when asked.

The man has tackled America’s biggest events, people and trends with trademark lyricism and elegance be it  Mark Twain, the Civil War, baseball or jazz. His latest effort provides a window into the world of presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, plus his wife Eleanor.

The seven-part, 14-hour series “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” debuts on GPB at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, with new two-hour episodes airing the rest of the week.

“Nobody’s ever done all [More]

Is Fox 5’s Cynne Simpson dating Chris Tucker?

  • 12:13 pm Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Cynne Simpson and Chris Tucker: are they an item? CREDIT: Getty Images

There is evidence online via photos and video that Fox 5 anchor Cynne Simpson is dating actor and comedian Chris Tucker.

A Puerto Vallarta online publication in July posted a photo of Tucker and Simpson together and identified Simpson as his girlfriend. The story led with this:

Popular actor and comedian Chris Tucker, known for his role in the “Rush Hour” trilogy, and other blockbuster films like “Friday,” “Money Talks” and “The Fifth Element,” recently enjoyed three days in Puerto Vallarta with his son, Destin, and his girlfriend, FOX 5 Atlanta commentator, Cynné Simpson.

This website included another shot of them. [More]

Apollo Nida belatedly enters federal prison Sept. 11

  • 3:32 pm Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Apollo Nida has been told by federal authorities to repay $1.9 million he allegedly ripped off various individuals and financial institutions. CREDIT: Bravo TV

TMZ reports that “Real Housewives of Atlanta” hubby Apollo Nida went ballistic in front of “Real Housewives” cameras with his wife Phaedra Parks over not placing funds in his prison account and didn’t report to federal prison by the U.S. Marshal’s deadline of noon, Wednesday, Sept. 10.

As of 4:30 p.m. EST, TMZ said he was “AWOL.” Earlier, TMZ also reported that there has been tension between Parks and Nida the past couple of months. He felt she hasn’t supported her, choosing to go on book tours instead, while she feels he is focused more on partying than spending time [More]

‘America’s Got Talent’ top 12 recap

  • 11:20 am Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Christian Stoinev and Scooby make an oddball team and they have plenty of skills but as an act, they are not top 6 worthy. CREDIT: NBC

The standing ovations were rife Tuesday night on “America’s Got Talent.” And they were mostly well earned.

Several of the final 12 acts rose to the occasion. A few stumbled. But overall, it was a good night for “AGT.”

Three acts I’m certain will get through: Acro Army, Quintaveous Johnson and Emily West. Will two magicians get through? All three did a good job but I really do think both Mike Super and Mat Franco will make it through.

Then it gets trickier. Miguel Dakota doesn’t necessarily deserve it but he may end up squeezing through given the pimp spot and that teen [More]

What’s up with BET’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’?

  • 5:43 pm Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
BET's "Let's Stay Together," shot in Atlanta, has not been cancelled but its future appears to be very much in jeopardy. CREDIT: BET

For years, BET’s romantic comedy series “Let’s Stay Together” has been paired up with “The Game,” but it has always been the lesser of the two in terms of ratings or attention.

Both shows finished their most recent seasons April 29. That month, BET renewed “The Game” for an eighth season.

“Let’s Stay Together”? BET was silent and five months later, remains so.

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While “The Game” is now back in production in Atlanta, “Let’s Stay Together” remains on ice after airing 55 episodes going back to 2011.

A BET spokeswoman said the show has not been cancelled but [More]

CBS 46 brings back noon news program Sept. 15

  • 5:16 pm Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Jocelyn Connell will anchor the CBS46 new noon program starting Sept. 15. CREDIT: CBS46

CBS 46 (WGCL-TV) is bringing back a noon news program on Monday Sept. 15 after dumping it three years ago.

At the time, in a press release, then news director Eric Ludgood  (now at Fox 5) said CBS 46 management chose to drop the noon newscast because they believe people mid-days are more likely to be checking news online.

At the same time, it got rid of its 9 a.m. “Better Mornings” show, replacing it with the national “The Better Show” lifestyle show that had aired at noon.

Jocelyn Connell, who reports in the late afternoon and evening newscasts, will anchor and [More]

‘Sons of Anarchy’ fan sees final season of ‘Hamlet on Harleys’ with deep admiration, sadness

  • 2:41 pm Tuesday, September 9th, 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

An assignment editor at the AJC Todd Duncan is an obsessive “Sons of Anarchy” fan and wrote this piece about the show as it returns tonight for its seventh and final season on FX:

It’s been called Hamlet on Harleys.

Tuesday marks the beginning of the seventh and final season for FX’s highest-rated show Sons of Anarchy.

It’s a bittersweet time for the show’s millions of fans. While they desperately want to know how this dark drama will unfold following last season’s gut-wrenching final episode, they also don’t want the ride to end.

SOA follows the life of Jackson “Jax” Teller (Charlie Hunnam) [More]

Video: Talking ‘Utopia,’ Tom Arnold, Iyana Vanzant

  • 8:37 am Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

CineStars’ Brittany Umar and I discuss the debut of “Utopia” on FOX, Tom Arnold at the Atlanta Improv on September 18-20 and “Iyanla Fix My Life” on OWN.

‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ recap: final reunion show

  • 11:06 pm Monday, September 8th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Stevie J being held back during the reunion taping. CREDIT: VH1

Is the bromance between Stevie J and Benzino truly over?

It sure looks like it. Both guys doubt they’ll be able to fix this mess.

The pair have been friends for many years but Joseline created a rift between the two dudes that may not be reparable as long as Joseline is in the picture.

Althea, Benzino’s fiance, doesn’t appear to be the problem but right before the reunion, Stevie J and Benzino got into a social media battle over their girls. That made things more tense than normal when they got to the reunion stage.

Producer Stefan Springman handled the interviews of both [More]

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