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Atlantan Daryl Chill Mitchell interview for new Fox show “Brothers”

Chill with Michael Strahan

Chill with Michael Strahan

By 2001, long-time Suwanee resident Daryl “Chill” Mitchell had a pretty decent resume as an actor: “House Party,” “Galaxy Quest,” “The John Larroquette Show,” “Veronica’s Closet.”

Then he got into a nasty motorcyle accident that year that paralyzed him from the waist down. But that didn’t end his acting career. After rehabbing at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, he nabbed a role as a fast-talking bowling alley manager on NBC’s “Ed” and a part in the action film “Inside Man.”

Now he’s co-starring in “Brothers,” a sitcom debuting Friday at 8 p.m. on Fox featuring Mitchell (who goes by Chill in real life and on the show) and Mike Strahan, a former NFL player, as bickering brothers. I interviewed him by phone yesterday during a break shooting the show, which is the only program on broadcast network television featuring a minority cast. And he happens to be the only lead character in a wheelchair.

On being the only broadcast minority TV show: “It is weird. …

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Kelly Osbourne – a lady? ‘Dancing With the Stars’ female opening

Kelly with Louis Van Amstel

Kelly with Louis Van Amstel

The pouty rebellious rocker teen of Ozzy Osbourne from that MTV reality show transformed herself into a lady – at least for “Dancing With the Stars.”

Kelly Osbourne (with her loving parents watching) actually did a respectably elegant Viennese Waltz. “That was the most fun I ever had,” she said. She will certainly be around awhile given her fan base and her surprising skill.

Who did you like the most among the women?

  • Macy Gray
  • Kathy Ireland
  • Natalie Coughlin
  • Melissa Joan Hart
  • Kelly Osbourne
  • Debi Mazar
  • Mya
  • Joanna Krupa

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My other observations:

Quirky bird: Macy Gray. She is not much of a dancer and her goofy facial expressions are distracting. Yes she’s oddly fun to watch given how she embodies eccentricity.

Sexy bird: Mya. She may have not done a proper Viennese Waltz and peeved Len Berman (a three point discrepancy from the other judges, which almost never happens). But who cares? She …

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Local TV stations, Weather Channel scramble to cover flooding, including Jim Cantore’s thoughts

Jim Cantore

Jim Cantore

 

 

 

 

The surprise flooding also forced local TV stations to improvise a bit yesterday as reporters and editors worked 18 hours days to handle the ever-changing story.

Normally this time of year, the Atlanta-based Weather Channels’ Jim Cantore is standing wind-whipped on the Gulf or Atlantic coast reporting on an incoming hurricane. Instead, Monday night, he was in a canoe in Buckhead, pointing out a car up to its roof in the muddy waters of Peachtree Creek.

“This is surreal, amazing, amazing, especially when you consider this is not a tropical event,” he told viewers.

Cantore said Tuesday it’s the worst storm he’s covered in Atlanta since the Blizzard of 1993, and the only difference between the floods and rain here and the floods and rain of the scores of hurricanes he’s covered over the years is “the rain in hurricanes is sideways. This was straight down.”

Tuesday night he planned to cover the Atlanta storm from Vinings, probably the …

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Tom DeLay finds his wild thing on opening of ‘Dancing With the Stars’

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I don’t plan to blog regularly about “Dancing With the Stars.” But I had to check out the first couple of nights to see how the likes of Donny Osmond, Chuck Liddell and Kelly Osbourne do. Oh, and the first politician on the show Tom DeLay.

First night is the eight guys. There may have been a lack of great technique but charisma galore.

Who was your favorite among the guys Monday night?

  • Aaron Carter
  • Mark Dacascos
  • Tom DeLay
  • Donny Osmond
  • Chuck Liddell
  • Michael Irvin
  • Louie Vito
  • Ashley Hamilton

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My favorite: Donny Osmond. The man has grown up on the stage and has been entertaining since was “an embryo,” as he says, so this is right up his alley. He showed charm and a passable amount of grace. He also rocked the salsa relay. His sister Marie did well a couple years ago. Donny will be around til the final 5 guaranteed.

Cleanest: Aaron Carter. The former boy band singer has both technique and a confidence that should …

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Former Atlantan Alyson Hannigan interview for ‘How I Met Your Mother’

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Like David Hasselhoff (”America’s Got Talent”), Ryan Seacrest (”American Idol”) and AnnaLynne McCord (”90210″), Alyson Hannigan grew up in Atlanta. She left for the bright lights of Hollywood at age 11.

“I learned there were seasons in the year,” she said in a phone interview earlier this month. “And I learned you should be early to places. I got a little of that good Southern hospitality. In L.A., people are 15 minutes late and think they’re on time.”

Hannigan now is just happy to have found a steady gig after “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” thanks CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother,” which returns tonight for season five.

In the first episode back, she’ll try to get Robin and Barney to define their relationship – by any means necessary. Yes, her character Lily can be like that.

Hannigan wouldn’t give much in the way for teasers but the show’s 100th episode will feature a big dance number. “I will definitely need some extra practice time with my two left feet,” she said.

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TV best bets with return of ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ ‘CSI,’ ‘Desperate Housewives,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘NCIS’

Credit: Rick Maiman/AP

Credit: Rick Maiman/AP

This is the big week. Yes, the week when literally 20-plus new and returning shows flood the airwaves.

Many of TV’s top shows are back, including “CSI,” “Desperate Housewives,” (left, with Drea Matteo joining the cast) “Grey’s Anatomy,” “NCIS,” “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Mentalist.”

Plus, TV viewers seeking new climes will have plenty to sample. Among the most promising: CBS’s “The Good Wife”on Tuesday, ABC’s “Modern Family” on Wednesday and ABC’s “Flash Forward” on Thursday.

MONDAY

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” 1 p.m. WAGA, 8 p.m. CMT (syndicated debut) — Jeff Foxworthy’s show in sped-up form.

Dancing With The Stars” 8 p.m. ABC (ninth season debut) — Tom DeLay, put on those dancing shoes!

Heroes” 8 p.m. NBC (fourth season debut) — A mysterious carnival clan arrives.

How I Met Your Mother” 8 p.m. CBS (fifth season debut) – Barney and Robin? Boyfriend/girlfriend? Or not? Lily tries to clarify.

House” 8 p.m. Fox …

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It’s like 2008 all over again at the Emmy’s

It felt like deja vu tonight at the Emmy’s. AMC’s “Mad Men” and NBC’s “30 Rock” won the two drama and comedy awards respectively – just like a year ago.

The drama actor and actress went to Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad” and Glenn Close from “Damages” – again. (”I’m thankful Glenn Close is a woman, Cranston cracked during his victory speech.) And Alec Baldwin took home the best actor in a comedy role for a second time, too. The only newbie is Toni Collette for best actress in a comedy.

By being repetitive, perhaps folks might remember these winners in two weeks. But probably not.

The bottom line: the Emmys don’t matter to the average viewer. They have not shown any influence whatsoever on what people watch. This contrasts to the Oscars, which frequently fuel the box office gross, and the Grammys, which can stoke CD (and now, download) sales.

But they can give struggling shows a bit of prestige and helps the resumes of the winners.

Take the first person who won: the charming …

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Football dominates Atlanta ratings, Gucci Mane, U2 top radio acts

Football is back in full and Atlantans ran with it.

Most of the top 20 primetime shows last week featured various football matchups. Naturally, the South Carolina/Georgia game on ESPN was the biggest draw last Saturday night at 599,000 viewers. Clemson at Ga. Tech last Thursday Sept. 10 brought in 375,000 and came in fourth, sandwiched by two NFL games Sunday.

Also, Marietta’s Melanie Oudin’s efforts at the U.S. Opoen brought in a big crowd on ESPN2 last Wednesday: 166,000 viewers.

Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” in the meantime, had one of its stronger local outings yet with 215,000 viewers Sept. 10. Nationally, it drew 3.2 million veiwers, the second best outing this season after seven episodes.

It just beat out MTV VMA’s awards, which drew 9 million nationally and 212,000 locally.

BET’s Atlanta-based “Frankie & Neffe” rebounded from a big dropoff week two to 1.3 million in its third week. In other shows shot in Atlanta, Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva” drew its …

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Project Runway: Dinosaur Chic

Irina's winning newspaper coat

Irina's winning newspaper coat (MyLifetime.com)

Aha! Finally, a solution to the ailing newspaper industry: make fashion out of all the unread newspapers that are lying around. It promotes recycling; gives you plenty of time to catch up on your reading; and now it justifies fashion as a disposable industry!

Only on this show is “wearability” a plus one week and a dreaded mistake the next week.

Gordana’s dress was gorgeous – it caught my eye coming down the runway. And yet the judges thought it commonplace.

On the other hand, Irina crafted what started out to be a fantastic coat – an extremely wearable one too, IMO – but I just thought it looked unfinished. It had a dramatic shape (even if it did instantly remind me of everything designed by Laura from Season 3), and that was it.

(As well, Shirin’s dress was way less origami than it was Leanne from Season 5 – all repeating folds.)

But it was a good week overall. The designers excelled at making newspaper look and …

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‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ recap, episode 8: Kim takes a fall

Kim sings! Kim falls! Kim whines! Kim cries!

Yes, this episode became a Kim Zolciak spectacle. Surely, she wouldn’t consider this one a “snoozefest.”

She hooks up with R&B producer extraordinaire Kandi Burruss, who has turned “Tardy for the Party,” some lame country tune into a hot dance/pop tune. Kandi also made it so Kim only has to sing three notes.

But when Kim arrives at Kandi’s home to record the song, she freaks out. She acts as if she’s about to go skydiving or drive a stock car for the first time at 180 miles an hour. She compares her fear of singing to giving birth. “I’m not wanting to sing,” she tells Kandi.

Um… so why is she doing this? Kandi is a class act, coaxing nervous Kim into the studio and gets her to sing. Kandi then autotunes Kim so she sounds as good as Britney.

Kim (and everyone else) was impressed with Kandi’s re-do of the song. “This superseded my expectations a million percent,” Kim said.

Kim’s singing ambitions are modest: “I want to be a one-hit …

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