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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 ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ season finales of ‘Project Runway,’ ‘Franklin & Bash’

  • 11:32 am Saturday, October 18th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
boardwalk empire series finale

HBO, which just announced a stand-alone digital channel in 2015, is closing shop Sunday on “Boardwalk Empire” after five seasons. The drama was a solid performer but never reached the levels of popularity of other recent HBO dramas such as “True Blood” and “Game of Thrones.”

Amazon on Friday at 12:01 a.m. also brings back the second season of John Goodman’s ‘Alpha House,” a spoof about Washington politicians who live under one roof. The network does not release ratings but obviously the show did well enough to merit another round.

The long-running “Project Runway,” now on Lifetime, turns the lights out for [More]

TV best bets with returns of ‘Chrisley Knows Best,’ ‘Top Chef,’ BET Hip Hop Awards

  • 8:43 pm Sunday, October 12th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Snoop Dogg presides over the BET Hip Hop Awards, shot at the Atlanta Civic Center. CREDIT: BET

The annual BET Hip Hop Awards, shot in Atlanta last month, airs on Tuesday night with Snoop Dogg as host and performers such as Rich Homie Quan, Young Thug, T.I. and MC Lyte.

On the same night, Atlanta’s “Father Knows Best” Todd Chrisley returns for his second season.

And “Top Chef” features two recurring judges with Atlanta ties: Hugh Acheson and Richard Blais. And one of the competitors is Ron Eyester of Atlanta.

Plus, two well-received series finish their freshman years: Cinemax’s “The Knick” on Saturday and WGN’s “Manhattan” on Sunday.

MONDAY

“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS — Amy and Bernadette accuse former [More]

TV best bets with return of ‘American Horror Story,’ ‘Arrow,’ ‘Supernatural’

  • 12:45 am Monday, October 6th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
"American Horror Story" changes up its plot lines every season but uses many of the same actors. The season is set in 1952 Jupiter, Florida, telling the story of one of the last remaining freak shows in America, and their struggle for survival.

The CW continues rolling out some of its returning shows later than the other broadcast networks: “Supernatural” on Tuesday and “Arrow” on Wednesday

FX, with “The Strain” over, brings on the even creepier fourth season of “American Horror Story” on Wednesday.

And ABC introduces its latest sitcom “Cristela” on Friday.

Among broadcast shows doing well so far in ratings; Fox’s “Gotham” (Monday), CBS’s ‘”Scorpion” (Monday), NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura” (Wednesday) and ABC’s ‘How To Get Away With Murder” (Thursday)

MONDAY

“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS — Raj’s girlfriend, Emily, gives Penny the cold shoulder.

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Tommy [More]

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]