- 10:55 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Mimi Faust doesn’t quite understand freedom of the press.
She gets all upset when Benzino said he wanted to is place her on the cover of Hip Hop Weekly — without paying her for the honor. He simply wants her cooperation for an interview and a photo shoot. She wants $10,000. He balks. He’s a journalist, he says. He doesn’t have to pay her diddly squat to put her on the cover.
So she threatens to sic lawyers on Benzino and storms out. As a public figure, unless the magazine deliberately slanders her, she has virtually no legal leg to stand on [More]
- 4:32 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
‘American Idol” runner up Jena Irene had her share of critics on this blog this year. Many just found her style grating, her enunciation poor.
But you have to give her credit for working on her craft, taking critiques seriously and improving week by week. She was also far more versatile than most of her competitors. able to work behind a piano a capella and rocking it with the live band. And the bottom line is she has charisma and can sing, two important components for any artist.
I spoke with her in an advance of the upcoming stop at Verizon Wireless [More]
Radio/TV briefs: Kicks Country Fair 2014 with Miranda Lambert; Kicks afternoon jock shift; ‘Jeopardy contestant
- 3:12 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
- 9:16 am Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
This is a very quiet week on TV, with the only really notable show returning being Lifetime’s “Project Runway” on Thursday as it enters its 13th season.
Otherwise, Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” wraps up the same night and Gordon Ramsay‘s “Hotel Hell” returns on Monday. (Gotta have Ramsay on at all times on Fox!)
WGN enters the scripted series game with its critically acclaimed “Manh(a)ttan)” on Sunday about creating the atom bomb during the 1940s.
And if you’re into those dopey shark films, Syfy has a new one on Saturday night.
“The Bachelorette” 8 p.m. ABC — The rejected guys dish on Andi and each [More]
- 5:02 pm Friday, July 18th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
On June 26, TV host Claudia Jordan ran into Rickey Smiley at his Uptown Magazine cover issue party in New York City. Smiley off the cuff invited her to come down to Atlanta and sit in on the show. Jordan had no idea he was quietly auditioning her to replace Ebony Steele, who was doing “Dish Nation” TV work in Los Angeles at the time. “I sat in for two days, came back for a third,” she said in an exclusive interview after her second day on the show this past Wednesday at Radio One’s Atlanta headquarters in downtown [More]
- 4:15 pm Friday, July 18th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Atlanta-based TNT has a hit on its hands with “The Last Ship,” which gets a second season of 13 episodes.
Its popular “Major Crimes” series gets another 15 episodes for a fourth season in 2015.
And its sci-fi series “Falling Skies’ will close shop next year with ten more episodes in its fifth and final season.
“The Last Ship has become this summer’s top drama among key adult demos with its epic scale and visceral storytelling. Major Crimes continues to be one of the most enduring and popular crime-drama franchises on television. And Falling Skies has begun an ambitious and thrilling story arc this [More]
- 3:23 pm Friday, July 18th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Morning host Jason Bailey is out and former 790/The Zone afternoon host Mike Bell is in at 92.9/The Game.
Bell came on air at 3 p.m. today to announce his arrival. Starting Monday, Bell officially joins Carl Dukes and the show time will add an extra hour, ending at 7 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. The show will air from 2 to 7 p.m.
Up to this point, 92.9/The Game has failed to – or resisted – hiring any talent from 790/The Zone. (The 2 Live Stews anybody?)
- 7:17 pm Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Matt Passmore’s character Neil Truman has it all. A great job. A beautiful wife. A lovely daughter. A big house.
But he’s not satisfied in the new USA drama “Satisfaction,” which is shot in Atlanta but is not specifically set in any particular city. (The only obvious evidence of Atlanta in the pilot episode I could ID is 191 Peachtree.)
The drama, much of which is shot at EUE Screen Gems near Lakewood, debuts Thursday, July 17 at 10 p.m.
In the first episode, Neil has a Jerry Maguire-like feeling that his job is empty, his life is empty. He wants something more. [More]
- 5:11 pm Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
TMZ reports that Joseline Hernandez just went nuts on the set, taking the fighting that is the norm on the show to new heights.
“Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” taped its reunion shows for season three in New York City at the old 106 & Park studios on Tuesday and Wednesday. A source of mine who knows the players confirmed what TMZ said happened on Tuesday.
Benzino apparently peeved Joseline when he joked about her alleged cocaine use. Joseline’s beau Stevie J, on a couch across from Benzino got up and approached Benzino, my source said. Stevie J, perhaps play acting, [More]
- 1:00 pm Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
CBS46′s news director Lane Michaelsen has left the station abruptly after just 15 months for a new job.
Two sources tell me he wasn’t happy with the resources Michaelsen was given to try to lift the station’s ratings. The station is frequently in fourth place outside of the 11 p.m. telecast.
Managerial turnover at CBS46 has been chronic since WGCL-TV came into existence two decades ago.
At the time Michaelsen was hired, his boss Trey Fabacher sent these comments via email to staffers: “Michaelsen has built a solid reputation of leading quality newscasts and storytelling. Rating increases have been seen very quickly at [More]