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

TV best bets with returns of ‘Homeland,’ ‘Castle,’ ‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘Vampire Diaries”

  • 8:19 am Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
"The Vampire Diaries" enters its sixth season as the longest-running drama series shot in Atlanta. CREDIT: the CW

A handful of older shows come back this week after the flood was unleashed last week.

On Monday, it’s ABC’s “Castle” and CBS’s “NCIS: Los Angeles;” on Wednesday, it’s CBS’s ‘”Criminal Minds;” on Thursday, it’s the CWs’ “The Vampire Diaries;” on Friday, it’s ABC’s “Last Man Standing” and on Sunday, it’s ABC’s ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos.”

A couple of major cable shows are done for the year, including two FX shows “The Bridge” on Wednesday and “The Strain” on Sunday. The biggest return? Showtime’s fourth season of “Homeland” Sunday.

And gingerly, networks are introducing (mostly lesser) new shows such as ABC’s ‘Selfie” Tuesday, [More]

TV best bets with returns of ‘Big Bang Theory,’ ‘The Voice,’ ‘Scandal,’ ‘Survivor,’ ‘NCIS’

  • 4:44 pm Saturday, September 20th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

This is the big week for broadcast TV to roll out the big guns including the top comedy (“The Big Bang Theory” moves to Mondays on CBS), the top drama (“NCIS” on Tuesday”) and the top reality program (“The Voice on NBC Monday).

Cable is wrapping up a few summer series including “The Lottery” on Lifetime (Sunday), “Ray Donovan” and “Masters of Sex” on Showtime (Sunday), “Dallas” on TNT (Monday) and “Outlander” on Starz (Saturday).

CBS is also closing shop its two big summer series: “Under the Dome,” which lost a significant number of viewers year over year, on Monday and “Big [More]

TV best bets with returns of ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ ‘New Girl,’ ‘The Good Wife’

  • 1:48 pm Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
"The Mindy Project" returns for a third season this week. CREDIT: Fox

The fall season kind of begins this week.

Among the returning shows: season 19 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” on Monday, Fox’s ‘New Girl” and “The Mindy Project” Tuesday and “The Good Wife” on CBS Sunday.

NBC’s biggest show “America’s Got Talent” concludes Wednesday while MTV’s “Finding Carter,” shot here in Atlanta, ends its first season on Tuesday (but will return next year.)

Then there are a handful of new shows. (The real flood begins next week.)

On Wednesday, Fox brings out “Red Band Society,” a teen drama set in a pediatric ward and shot in Atlanta.

On the same night, NBC trots out [More]

TV best bets with final season of ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ series finale of ‘Kitchen Nightmares,’ Ken Burns’ ‘Roosevelts’

  • 10:21 am Monday, September 8th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
On FX's seventh and final season of "Sons of Anarchy,"  Jax (Charlie Hunnam) goes on a solo night ride. CREDIT: FX

FX rolls out the seventh and final season of the violent family drama “Sons of Anarchy” Tuesday while Gordon Ramsay finishes up “Kitchen Nightmares” after seven seasons on Friday night.

Two reality shows return with Atlanta ties: former local trainer Dolvett Quince returns on “The Biggest Loser” Thursday while Ramsay’s 13th season “Hell’s Kitchen” includes a La Grange chef.

And two new series of very different ilk have Georgia connections.

First, Tyler Perry’s latest OWN series “If Loving You Is Wrong,” shot in Atlanta, debuts Tuesday. Then on Sunday, Ken Burns‘ latest documentary series “The Roosevelts” arrives in seven parts and 14 hours [More]

TV best bets with Emmys, season finales of ‘Falling Skies,’ ‘Covert Affairs,’ ‘Pretty Little Liars’

  • 8:51 am Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

The annual Emmys will air Monday night on NBC featuring Seth Meyers as host. Expect a lot of references to Netflix, Matthew McConaughey, “Veep” and “Game of Thrones.” And will “Breaking Bad” get a happy farewell with a clutch of Emmy wins?

Plus, the summer is nearing its end and the broadcast networks are about to start their traditional fall seasons.

Among summer season finales: ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” and USA’s ‘Covert Affairs” Tuesday, ABC’s “Motive” and HGTV’s “Property Brothers” Wednesday, Syfy’s “Defiance” Thursday and TNT’s “Falling Skies’ Sunday.

MONDAY

“66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards” 8 p.m. NBC — Seth Meyers hosts the [More]

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]