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

‘The Walking Dead’ encloses a Senoia neighborhood with 15-foot wall

  • 2:47 pm Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
"The Walking Dead" is replicating 2009 CBS reality show "There Goes the Neighborhood" (shown above) by building a 15-foot wall around several homes. CREDIT: Rodney Ho

Associated Press reports that AMC’s “The Walking Dead” has received clearance to enclose a Senoia neighborhood of about 10 homes with a 15-foot wall, apparently as a new safe haven from walkers.

It will be built soon and be up through November, which means it will be a major plot location for the second half of the season.

The story said the wall will be made to look like concrete but really isn’t.

This reminds me of a CBS summer reality series that aired in 2009 called “There Goes the Neighborhood.”  The producers built 20-foot walls around several homes in Kennesaw. Seven [More]

TV briefs: ‘Halt & Catch Fire,’ ‘Kandi’s Wedding’ ratings, ‘The Walking Dead’ ’80s-style theme song, Anna Lynne McCord

  • 2:21 pm Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Bravo's spin-off show 'Kandi's Wedding" opened at a solid 2.4 million viewers.

AMC’s ‘Halt & Catch Fire,” shot in Atlanta but set in Texas in 1983, opened Sunday night with a soft 1.2 million viewers, 900,000 fewer than the most recent AMC series “Turn.”

But the pilot was available online for two weeks before its TV debut so it’s hard to say if that opening means much. What is more important is the next couple of weeks. And AMC is surely hoping for some big DVR pick up as well.

Meanwhile, Bravo is likely to be thrilled that Atlanta-based “Kandi’s Wedding” opened at a solid 2.4 million viewers, far better than the openings for [More]

‘The Walking Dead Escape’ hits Philips Arena May 31

  • 5:00 am Monday, May 26th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

If just watching the bleak, post-apocalyptic zombie world on TV isn’t enough, Robert Kirkman, the creator of “The Walking Dead” series, has developed something more hands on.

Coming to Philips Arena May 31, “The Walking Dead Escape” is an interactive, immersive obstacle course where attendees can be a zombie or a human being trying to avoid becoming a zombie.

“The Walking Dead,” which is currently shooting season five around metro Atlanta, is the most popular cable series in history, averaging more than 13 million viewers this past season. It draws more 18-to-49 year-old viewers than any other non-sports program on TV. It [More]

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]