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

TV best bets with series finale of ‘True Blood,’ returns of ‘Dallas,’ ‘Dr. Who’

  • 10:59 am Saturday, August 16th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

The biggest news of the week is the series end of HBO’s gory, titillating series “True Blood” on Sunday after seven years.

Another cult classic “Dr. Who” returns on BBC America on Sunday while TNT brings back “Dallas” after a short break on Monday. ABC ends the season for “Rookie Blue” Thursday while MTV feeds us another “Video Music Awards” Sunday despite the long-running fact they hardly play videos anymore.

NOTE: This covers Monday, August 18 through Sunday August 24.

MONDAY

“Running Wild with Bear Grylls” 8 p.m. NBC — Tom Arnold and Bear explore the coastal mountains of Oregon, where they encounter river [More]

TV best bets with Shark Week, return of ‘Franklin & Bash,’ season finales of ‘Duck Dynasty,’ ‘Last Comic Standing’

  • 3:46 pm Saturday, August 9th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
"Franklin & Bash" returns Wednesday season two. CREDIT; TNT

It’s the true dog days of summer (and in many ways, the beginning of school despite the calendar) and not much is coming and going.

And there are sharks. Lots of them. Discovery is back with Shark Week, somehow finding enough material to fill many hours of original programs about the scary creatures. I didn’t list many of the actual programs so you can just find them here.

VH1’s ‘Hit the Floor” hits the road Monday, along with the summer finale of “Major Crimes” and the season finale “Murder in the First.”

A&E’s ‘Duck Dynasty” closes its sixth season Wednesday while [More]

TV best bets with season finale of ‘Deadliest Catch,’ ‘Food Network Star,’ new Starz series ‘Outlander’

  • 6:09 pm Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Starz' highly anticipated "Outlander" debuts Sunday. CREDIT: Starz

Starz and Cinemax both introduce period dramas this week.

Starz’ “Outlander” is based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon. For inexplicable reasons, a World War 2 era nurse finds her transported back two centuries in Scotland. It debuts on Saturday.

Cinemax on Friday introduces us to “The Knick,” a drama about a New York hospital in the early 1900s which considers itself “cutting edge” in terms of medical care but is shockingly primitive compared to what we have today.

Among shows that are finishing up their seasons, there’s Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” on Tuesday wrapping up its 10th season and Food Network’s sturdy “Food [More]

TV best bets with season finales of ‘Bachelorette,’ ‘Power’ and return of ‘Sharknado’

  • 3:57 pm Saturday, July 26th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Bear Grylls works with celebrities (such as Zac Efron) out in the elements. CREDIT: NBC

Atlanta’s Andi Dorfman picks between Atlanta’s sweet jock Josh Murray and Chicago’s arrogant Nick Viall on “The Bachelorette” Monday. Come on! We know who’s she’s going to pick…

Decatur’s Omari’s Hardwick finishes up his first season of Starz’ “Power” and already is set to produce the second season in New York this fall.

AMC’s “Hell on Wheels” returns Saturday night for a fourth season while broadcast TV is working reality TV. NBC is trying out a series starring Bear Grylls Monday where he works with celebrities out in the wilderness and ABC on Thursday gives a fantasy-themed reality competition show a whirl [More]

TV best bets with return of ‘Project Runway,’ ‘Hotel Hell’

  • 9:16 am Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Heidi Klum is back on "Project Runway" Thursday. CREDIT: Getty Images

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.

MONDAY

“The Bachelorette” 8 p.m. ABC — The rejected guys dish on Andi and each [More]

TV best bets with season finale of ’24,’ new series ‘Dating Naked,’ ‘The Lottery’

  • 3:57 pm Sunday, July 13th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Jack Bauer’s half-day is coming to an end Monday night for the season finale of Fox’s “24,” which actually only ran 12 hours. The final episode apparently jumps forward in time after the first 11 ran in real time.

Otherwise, there are plenty of new shows coming aboard.

On Wednesday, WE tries out its first scripted show “The Divide” about a case worker trying to save supposed innocent people on death row.

Thursday features VH1’s ‘Dating Naked,” which is self explanatory. Both USA and FX each cart out two new series back to back on Thursday. USA’s include “Satisfaction,” which was shot in [More]

TV best bets with returns of ‘The Bridge,’ ‘Masters of Sex’ and new shows featuring Halle Berry, Leah Remini

  • 8:46 pm Sunday, July 6th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Two well-received series face second seasons: FX’s “The Bridge” on Wednesday and Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” Sunday.

Halle Berry for the first time stars in a TV series Wednesday in CBS’s ‘Extant,” a Steven Spielberg produced sci-fi mystery and major risk for CBS. Then again, CBS had surprise hit “Under the Dome” last summer, so you never know what might stick.

On a lesser note, Leah Remini of “King of Queens” fame and recently on “Dancing With the Stars” grapples with life after Scientology on a new TLC reality show Thursday, the same night NBC brings forth two new sitcoms “Welcome to [More]

TV best bets with return of ‘Under the Dome,’ Miley Cyrus, Fourth of July celebrations

  • 5:00 am Sunday, June 29th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Given it’s a holiday week, there aren’t a lot of big debuts or series finales except for CBS’s surprise summer hit from last year “Under the Dome.”

This Stephen King-based miniseries was not supposed to go more than one year but it was so popular, the Powers That Be thought it would be wise to bring it back for a second season. Can they keep the momentum going? At least if you miss Dean Norris from “Breaking Bad,” he lives on here.

Lifetime Sunday brings back “Witches of East End” and Comedy Central tries out a new show where a comedian gives [More]

TV best bets with series finale of ‘Californication,’ returns of ‘Teen Wolf,’ ‘Covert Affairs,’ ‘Big Brother’

  • 5:00 am Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
David Duchovny wraps "Californication" after seven seasons. CREDIT: Showtime

David Duchovny’s often raunchy “Californication” wraps up seven  seasons Sunday, along with the quiet burial of Fox’s “Rake” Friday.

On the special event front, the “BET Awards” hosted by Chris Rock arrives Sunday, along with Showtime season finales for “Nurse Jackie” and “Penny Dreadful.”

USA’s “Covert Affairs” and CBS’s ‘Big Brother” return on Wednesday.

And the most anticipated new series of the week is HBO’s ‘The Leftovers,” in which 2 percent of the population inexplicably disappears and we see a small town pick up the pieces three years later. It debuts Sunday night.

This covers Monday, June 22 to Sunday, June 28.

MONDAY

“The Bachelorette” 8 [More]

TV best bets with series finale of ‘Drop Dead Diva,’ returns of ‘Rizzoli & Isles,’ ‘Falling Skies,’ ‘Honey Boo Boo’

  • 5:32 am Sunday, June 15th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Brooke Elliott starred in "Drop Dead Diva' on Lifetime for six seasons. The series, shot in Peachtree City, ends its run on Sunday, June 22. CREDIT: TLC

TNT rolls out three of its biggest summer hits: “Rizzoli & Isles” and “Perception” on Tuesday and “Falling Skies” on Sunday. It’s highly anticipated “The Last Ship” (executive producer: Michael Bay) leads into “Falling Skies.”

Georgia’s ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” arrives for a fourth season Thursday on TLC.  Another Georgia-based show on Sundance “Rectify” debuts the same night for a second season.

And I am feeling nostalgic because the first scripted series to sign on with Georgia after the 2008 tax credits – Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva” – ends a six-season run on Sunday. The show had shot in Peachtree City [More]