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

TV best bets with season finales of ‘Scandal,’ ‘Parenthood,’ ‘Mom,’ return of ‘Devious Maids’

  • 12:20 pm Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
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Although the official (and increasingly outdated) broadcast season isn’t over until next month, several shows are ending a bit early.

“Mom” on CBS finished its first season tonight and will be back next season. NBC’s “Parenthood’ ends its fifth season Thursday with its fate for a sixth season a tossup. NBC’s “Community” also closes its fifth season the same night and is also on the fence. ABC’s “Scandal” is certain to be back for a juicy fourth season after Thursday.

Lifetime’s “Devious Maids,’ shot primarily in Stone Mountain but set in Beverly Hills, will return on Sunday night.

And in the most intriguing [More]

TV best bets with return of ‘Mad Men,’ season finales of ‘Suits,’ ‘Justified’

  • 5:05 am Monday, April 7th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Elisabeth Moss and Jon Hamm are becoming more like rivals on "Mad Men" as the 1960s close in on the 1970s. CREDIT: AMC

AMC’s “Mad Men” begins its final season this Sunday with all signs pointing west.

The show is now reaching the end of the 1960s and there is an end game at hand in a sense. But don’t get too excited about 2014. The season’s final episodes will actually air in 2015.

Among season finales, FX’s “Justified” finishes its fifth season Tuesday while USA’s “Suits” ends its third season Thursday.

These highlights cover Monday, April 7 through Sunday April 13.

MONDAY

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Tough call who will go next.

“Bones” 8 p.m. Fox — Remains found in a log in a [More]

TV best bets with series finale of ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ returns of ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Unforgettable’

  • 12:51 pm Sunday, March 30th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

CBS is bidding farewell to its sweet, endearing comedy “How I Met Your Mother” forever on Monday when we all finally find out what happens to the mom and whether the gang live happily ever after.

The biggest show returning to the airwaves is on HBO: “Game of Thrones,” season four. And CBS’ brings back “Unforgettable” for a second season spring debut on Friday.

One Georgia-based show on Destination America debuts Saturday: “Hillbilly Preppers.” (Yes, it combines elements of the country with people expecting the world to end.)

And two more close shop: Lifetime’s “Kim of Queens” ends its first season Tuesday with [More]

TV best bets with season finales of ‘Walking Dead,’ ‘Duck Dynasty,’ ‘Honey Boo Boo,’ series finale of ‘Single Ladies,’ ‘Psych’

  • 12:06 pm Monday, March 24th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
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Two series are going away forever: VH1′s “Single Ladies” and USA’s “Psych.”

“Single Ladies,” set in Atlanta, is leaving after three seasons Monday in a relatively unceremonious fashion, without any closure, leaving fans in a bit of a lurch.

USA’s light-hearted “Psych” Wednesday is being treated with far more care after eight seasons of 1980s pop covers, pineapples and fake psychic.  It is closing shop with Shawn closing shop. And USA will have a special after-show with the stars. (Flashback! The two main stars James Roday and Dule Hill visited the University of Georgia in 2010 and I got to interview [More]

TV best bets with return of ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ ‘Drop Dead Diva’

  • 10:47 am Monday, March 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

The 18th season of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” returns Monday with Atlanta’s NeNe Leakes as one of the dancers and local resident Erin Andrews as a new cohost.

And Peachtree City shot “Drop Dead Diva” begins its final season on Sunday on Lifetime.

Plus, part-time Atlantan Ron White salutes the troops Sunday night in his annual comedy shindig on CMT.

MONDAY

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC (18th season debut) — NeNe Leakes, Billy Dee Williams and Drew Carey are among the stars.

“Bones” 8 p.m. Fox — The remains of a repo man are found in a septic tank.

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TV best bets with ‘Bachelor’ finale, returns of ‘Property Brothers,’ ‘Hell’s Kitchen’

  • 3:05 pm Sunday, March 9th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
The Scott twins are in Atlanta now shooting 'Property Brothers," which returns for its sixth season Wednesday at 9 p.m. on HGTV. CREDIT: HGTV.

Two Atlanta-based shows arrive this week. First up is USA’s first reality family program “Chrisley Knows Best” on Tuesday featuring a Roswell family. Then HGTV’s “Property Brothers,” shooting for the first time in Atlanta last year, returns on Wednesday.

Otherwise, “The Bachelor” and Juan Pablo wave goodbye on Monday and CBS finishes it’s fifth season of “Undercover Boss.” (How can folks not figure out what the show is by now?)

Lifetime does a nice retrospective on its “Army Wives” while Fox brings back “Hell’s Kitchen” on Thursday for an 11th season, bumping the near-dead “Rake” to Fridays.

NBC brings two new series to [More]

TV best bets with ‘True Detective’ season finale, ‘Cosmos,’ Lindsay Lohan, returns of ‘Bates Motel,’ George Lopez

  • 4:12 pm Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Linday Lohan is trying the reality TV route on OWN Sunday. Does anybody really want to watch that?

Otherwise, Fox that same night is opting for a more noble cause: resurrecting “Cosmos,” the Carl Sagan opus from 34 years ago.

A&E brings the sophomore year of popular “Bates Motel” Monday while George Lopez tries his hand at sitcom comedy again with “Saint George” Thursday on FX.

And HBO closes its successful first season of “True Detective” Sunday.

The mysterious Atlanta-shot “Resurrection” (set in a small Midwest town) debuts on Sunday on ABC.

This covers Monday, March 3 to Sunday March 9, 2014.

MONDAY

“The Bachelor: The Women [More]

TV best bets with the Oscars, returns of ‘Dallas,’ ‘The Voice,’ ‘Scandal,’ ‘Survivor’

  • 11:00 pm Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 by Rodney Ho

With the Winter Olympics over, networks are bringing back their big guns.

TNT has “Dallas” back on Monday. NBC carts in “The Voice” the same night, plus “Hannibal” Friday. CBS opts for a new season of “Survivor,” where teams are broken into three stereotypes: brains, brawn, and beauty. ABC’s offering on Thursday is a return of “Scandal” after a two-month hiatus. Plus, Fox’s “American Idol” starts its top 13 live show on Wednesday – with hopes it can rebound from record low ratings last week competing with the Olympics (and getting beaten by a repeat of “The Big Bang Theory,” to [More]

TV best bets with Jimmy Fallon, end of Olympics, season finale of ‘Downton Abbey,’ return of ‘Amazing Race’

  • 12:09 pm Sunday, February 16th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

The Winter Olympics will feature the popular women’s figure skating this week before closing ceremonies Sunday.

Otherwise, most broadcast networks are opting mostly for repeats. CBS is bringing back its 24th edition of “The Amazing Race” while GPB concludes the current season of “Downton Abbey” on Sunday.

And in the late-night wars, Jimmy Fallon officially takes over “The Tonight Show” on Monday night, followed by the debut of Seth Myer’s talk show.

Fallon’s opening week includes guests such as Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Will Smith, U2 and Michelle Obama.

This covers Monday Feb. 17 through Sunday, Feb. 23.

MONDAY

“Almost Human” 9 p.m. Fox — A [More]

TV best bets with Winter Olympics, Westminster Dog Show, Walking Dead

  • 1:36 pm Monday, February 10th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: Mimi, 5, a Britney Spaniel rescue dog, demonstrates skills for the upcoming agility competition as part of the Westminster Dog Show on February 6, 2014 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This is the first year for the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster to be held this Saturday at Pier 94 in New York, ahead of the big event - the 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

While the Winter Olympics dominate the airwaves and the headlines this week, counter-programming includes the Westminster Dog Show on USA Tuesday and new episodes of “The Following,” (Fox  on Monday), “Being Mary Jane” (BET on Tuesday), “True Detective” (HBO on Sunday), “Downton Abbey” (GPB on Sunday) and “The Walking Dead” (AMC on Sunday.)

MONDAY

“Almost Human” 9 p.m. Fox — The deaths of two genetically enhanced children appear to be connected to a designer drug.

“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC — Juan Pablo courts eight women in New Zealand.

“2014 Olympic Winter Games” 8 p.m. NBC — Women’s Alpine skiing, men’s freestyle skiing and [More]