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Rodney Ho covers TV and radio, from Atlanta’s stations to the hottest “American Idol" news.
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Wendy Williams is tired of the ‘ratchetness’ of ‘Real Housewives’

  • 3:24 pm Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29:  Wendy Williams attends The Match Bachelor Showcase benefiting The American Heart Association hosted by Wendy Williams on September 29, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Match)

Wendy Williams is the Pied Piper of Pop Culture. Her daily ‘Hot Topics” segment is what has driven her talk show to new ratings heights this season, seen locally at 10 a.m. on Fox 5.

Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise is like one of the necessary food groups for Williams to talk about, be it Theresa Guidice’s legal troubles or that Kenya Moore/Porsha Williams fight earlier this year. But when I asked her last week about the upcoming season 7 debut of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” she said she no longer watches. She also skips the “Love and Hip Hop” shows.

Instead, Williams [More]

11 Alive’s Jaye Watson chronicles her MS scare

  • 1:31 pm Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Jaye Watson thought for a few days earlier this month that she had MS. CREDIT: 11 Alive

Jaye Watson, a veteran 11 Alive news reporter, considers herself a healthy person who takes care of herself. She is teased at work for eating “tree bark and dirt.”

But her left leg had that dreaded “pins and needles” feel for a few weeks. Then it spread to her left hand. One morning, she felt general weakness and could barely type. A medical expert then gave her a bombshell early diagnosis: ” You have a high chance of having MS.”

Multiple schlerosis is, as WebMD describes it, “a long-lasting disease that can affect your brain, spinal cord, and the optic nerves in [More]

‘American Idol’ bits: Phillip Phillips rooting for Giants in World Series, coming to Atlanta Symphony Hall Nov. 6

  • 11:03 am Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: National anthem singer Phillip Phillips watches batting practice before Game Two of the 2014 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Georgia’s own “American Idol” winner from season 11 Phillip Phillips, fresh off singing the National Anthem last week during game two of the World Series, is rooting for the San Francisco Giants, who are ahead 3-2 over the Kansas City Royals.

He has a personal reason: fellow Leesburg native Buster Posey, the Giants All-Star catcher.

“He’s four or five years older than me. When I was entering high school, he was graduating. I remember watching him play in high shcool. He was an incredible player. He still is! I know his sister. We  had classes together,” Phillips said in an interview Friday. [More]

Halloween TV tricks and treats

  • 5:24 am Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

On Halloween Eve and Halloween, the evil ghouls and ghosts will haunt the TV airwaves. Here’s a sampling:

October 30

ABC: A repeat of the always entertaining “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” at 8 p.m.

CBS: The 12th and final season of “Two and a Half Men.” Walden asks for Alan’s help with adjusting his priorities in life after a health scare on Halloween.

October 31

TV Land: Six episodes of past “Halloween” -themed “Roseanne” episodes going back two decades. October 31, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

AMC: As part of its Fearfest, the network will spend most of Halloween airing the film “Halloween” and [More]

Who finished eighth on ‘Dancing With the Stars’?

  • 10:26 pm Monday, October 27th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
DANCING WITH THE STARS - "Episode 1906" - International superstar Pitbull returned to the ballroom and for the first time joined Julianne Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli as a guest judge MONDAY, OCTOBER 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on "Dancing with the Stars." Pitbull kicked-off the night with a steamy performance of his hit single "Fireball" followed by the nine remaining celebrities performing to a mix of his hits and personal favorite songs. Dance styles included Salsa, Rumba, Foxtrot, Tango and Jazz.  (ABC/Adam Taylor)
ARTEM CHIGVINTSEV, LEA THOMPSON

Antonio Sabato Jr. has been confounding on ‘Dancing With the Stars” because he looks like he’d be a gazelle on the dance floor.

Instead, he often looked like my bulldog: stiff, flat footed, a bit unsure of where he needed to be. It’s amazing he even finished eighth tonight.

But alas, that leaves two inferior dancers Michael Waltrip and Tommy Chong, both with lower average scores through seven weeks than Sabato.

Chong is a fan favorite, just a fun presence at age 72. He is clearly not going to get much better and received deserved 7s for his quickstep tonight after receiving the [More]

Ryan Cameron inducted into Georgia Radio Hall of Fame

  • 4:52 pm Monday, October 27th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Current V-103 morning host Ryan Cameron, a new inductee into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame, with former V-103 morning host Mike Roberts, who was inducted in 2013. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Several years ago, V-103 morning host Ryan Cameron was nominated for the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame. He didn’t get in.

But this past weekend, in his second try, the hometown favorite was inducted with seven others.

“Tonight, unbelievable,” said Cameron, who has been on Atlanta radio for more than 23 years with V-103 and the original Hot 97.5, after the induction ceremony at the Hilton in Marietta Saturday. “Everybody who was monumental to my radio career was in the room, which made it that much sweeter.”

Cameron was thrilled to have former V-103 morning host Mike Roberts (Georgia Radio Hall of Fame [More]

Adult Swim welcomes ‘Mike Tyson Mysteries’ October 27

  • 3:06 pm Monday, October 27th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Mike Tyson is all animated on Adult Swim solving mysteries with a wise ghost, an adopted Korean daughter and a talking pigeon. Yes, it's very realistic. CREDIT: Adult Swim

Atlanta-based Adult Swim, in targeting young males, likes it weird. “Squidbillies,” “Aqua Teen” and “Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories” all qualify.

Welcome “Mike Tyson Mysteries” to the fold, debuting Monday at 10:30 p.m. It’s a clear homage to the 1970s classic “Scooby Doo” series featuring weekly mysteries and a mystery van. The music evokes FX’s “Archer.” The dialogue is probably even funnier if you are watching with illicit drugs in your system. (We’re looking at you Shaggy!)

Then there’s Mike Tyson himself, once a successfully yet vicious boxer with a terrible reputation (and a rape conviction under his belt) who has become [More]

‘The Walking Dead’ recap (‘Four Walls and a Roof’): Season 5, Episode 3

  • 12:04 am Monday, October 27th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Gabriel in episode 3 of "The Walking Dead," season 5.

What is the good that comes out of this bad?

Good question Sasha!

We see a good man go down in Bob in a house of worship.

“Nightmares end,” Bob states before he passes. “But they shouldn’t end who you are.”

Well said, Bob. Well said.

And we see the group split up, one to wait for Carol and Daryl, the other, to D.C. to find a cure or something for this plague.

It’s a bittersweet episode indeed.  But at least Daryl comes back at the very end… with Carol? Maybe? We’re left with a mild cliff hanger there.

The good news is the cannibals who had [More]

TV best bets with returns of ‘2 Broke Girls,’ ‘Two & Half Men,’ ‘Mom’

  • 7:12 pm Sunday, October 26th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
"And The Reality Problem" - A reality show producer approaches Max and Caroline about shooting an episode of ìKeeping Up With The Kardashiansî at their cupcake window, on the fourth season premiere of 2 BROKE GIRLS, Monday, October 27, 2014 (8:00-8:30PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Kim Kardashian West appears as herself. Kim Kardashian, from left, Max Black (Kat Dennings) and Caroline Channing (Beth Behrs), shown. Photo: Neil Jacobs/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

With CBS’s half-season experiment with Thursday Night Football over, they are moving “The Big Bang Theory” back to Thursdays from Monday. On Thursday, they are also returning “Mom,” “Two and a Half Men” (final season) and “Elementary” and debuting a new show “The McCarthy’s” relatively late in the fall season.

And “2 Broke Girls” arrives for its fourth season with  Kim Kardashian appearance. I would call that a warning.

ABC also cancelled the first broadcast show of the year: ‘Manhattan Love Story.” Its audience kept shrinking into its third week and showed no signs of encouragement. Its lead in ‘Selfie” is holding [More]

PBS series ‘America By The Numbers’ with Maria Hinojosa returns to Clarkson

  • 5:24 pm Sunday, October 26th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Maria Hinojosa hosts a new PBS series "America By the Numbers," with an upcoming episode featuring Clarkston, GA on GPB Knowledge. CREDIT: Handout

Journalist Maria Hinojosa came to Clarkston two years ago to chronicle the small town as a symbol of the melting pot that is America and how demographics are shifting. The pilot episode aired on Georgia Public Broadcasting and was called “America By the Numbers.” (You can read my original story here from Sept. 3, 2012.)

She hoped to turn it into a series, which she finally did by 2014 with an eight-episode run. Locally, it is seen on GPB Knowledge, a secondary channel.

She also decided to return to Clarkston to check out the 2013 local elections where for the first [More]

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