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CNN launches political show today with John King at 7 p.m.

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John King’s new politics show on CNN

  • A great addition to CNN’s evening lineup
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With the historical health-care vote Sunday, John King’s new CNN political show “John King USA” couldn’t have been timed better, debuting tonight at 7 p.m.

“It’s a fabulous time to start a show covering politics and policy,” said King Friday. “I’ve been itching to get the show started the past couple of weeks.”

He did an online test show that streamed on CNN.com and said it went smoothly. (That’s a screen grab from the show above.) “To do an entire hour without any major problems was a huge plus,” he said.

Rep. Ron Paul was his test guest. Given that Paul was able to raise much of his funds as a presidential candidate for the 2008 presidential campaign via online, he felt Paul would make a good first guest. “He’s a 74 year old innovator in new media politics,” King said. “He was very gracious to come in and say hello.”

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TV best bets with return of ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ ‘Nurse Jackie’

Five years and ten seasons in, ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” Monday night hopes to regain some mojo this spring after a less-than-enthralling fall.

This meant reducing the cast to 11 and mixing celebs who will draw guys (Pamela Anderson, Nicole Scherzinger from the Pussycat Dolls) and gals (Jake Pavelka from the “Bachelor,” Aiden Turner from “All My Children”). And it never hurts to throw in some divisive figures, too, such as Kate Gosselin and Shannen Doherty.

And Edie Falco continues to make her problematic nurse character likable despite her cheating, pill-popping ways on Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie,” back Monday night for a second season:

MONDAY
“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC (10th-season debut) — The cast of 11 ranges from classy (astronaut Buzz Aldrin) to trashy (Kate Gosselin of “Jon & Kate” fame).
“The Secret Life of the American Teenager” 8 p.m. ABC Family (second-season finale) — John celebrates his first birthday.
“24” 9 p.m. Fox — With …

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Locals survive ‘America’s Next Top Model’ and ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’

Atlanta is well represented on both “America’s Next Top Model” on the CW and MTV’s ‘America’s Best Dance Crew.” And the locals survived last week on both shows.

Let’s start with “Best Dance Crew”:

Stone Mountain’s Jungle Boogie survived the fifth elimination round last Thursday on “Best Dance Crew” and made t to the final five.  The group was nearly nixed a week earlier but saved itself by burning through disco week dancing (of course) to “Jungle Boogie” by Kool & the Gang. This week, they were not even in the bottom two.

The timing was good: the next week featured Usher, a hometown boy. The crew were to riff off his video “Love in this Club.” They did well, bringing in some cool moves. Check it out:

They have a solid shot at finishing in the top 3. I think they’ll probably be there with Poreotix and Blueprint Cru.

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During the second episode of “America’s Next Top Model” last Wednesday, confident but young Marietta gal Alasia was taken down during the “nude” challenge. (Each …

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‘Fox & Friends’ has plenty of Atlanta friends

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Fox News has been beating up on CNN for years now – even in CNN’s hometown of Atlanta. But here’s an interesting factoid Fox News passed on to me earlier this month: Atlanta is the biggest market in the entire nation for its morning show “Fox & Friends.”

Last month, “Fox & Friends” averaged 1.1 million viewers nationally, triple CNN’s “American Morning,” from 6 to 9 a.m. weekdays, and up 20 percent year over year. Locally, it drew 62,000 viewers in Feburary, more doubling its 2007 average. Though it’s far behind WSB-TV, it has closed the gap with the local NBC and Fox affiliates (and beats WGCL-TV by a healthy margin.)

“It doesn’t surprise me,” said host Gretchen Carlson (above, in the middle), who has been on the show since 2006. “We get tons of emails and communication from Georgia.”

Michael Castengera, a media consultant and senior lecturer at the University of Georgia, is a bit baffled: “It must have something to do with Southern conservatism. And Fox knows how to play up …

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Whatever happened to… Rhubarb Jones?

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Former Eagle/Y-106 jock Rhubarb Jones today subbed in for Moby on Moby’s syndicated morning show heard locally on South 107.1 in Rome and WNGC-FM in Athens.

Jones has been off the radio airwaves for two years but has enjoyed a second life as a teacher of media management and director of special projects at Kennesaw State University.

“I knew it was something I wanted to do,” he said. “When I first started to college, my first idea was to teach high school history. My mother pulled me by the ear and said, ‘You will finish high school. You will finish college.” (He had me on the air this morning to talk about TV.)

She reminded him, too, that he should have a “Plan B.” Rhubarb took classes at Shorter College to learn how to teach even before his morning show gig had ended.

Rhubarb was the king of country at Y106 in the 1980s. When Moby arrived at Kicks 101.5 in 1990, he took away a big slice of Rhubarb’s audience. It was a “fierce rivalry,” Rhubarb recalled. Moby has admitted to …

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Project Runway: Season 7, Episode 9: NYC tag-team

A dreaded team challenge. Each duo had to create two looks, for day and night, based on an iconic New York neighborhood. Not surprisingly, the tension mounted like the national deficit.

duo1Maybe it’s my own control issues at play, but every time there’s a group challenge I end up annoyed to no end. I just can not fathom why a “team leader” would allow the non-leader take over.

In this case, it was team- leader Anthony who let Maya practically run the show – or at least her mouth. On the flip side, in the end, all the teams left the workroom with little drama at all – which deflated some of the episode’s potential.

Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa, who sat in for Michael Kors, joined Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and actress/model Molly Sims to judge the designs.

(*Denotes team leader)

BEST

*Emilio and Seth Aaron – Harlem

Emilio and Seth both won the challenge − a first for P.R. Emilio injected Seth’s goth tendencies with color, and Seth gave Emilio some …

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Kim Zolciak says she’s back with Big Papa (again), partly reveals sixth housewife

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Today on an interview with a Jacksonville TV station WJXX-TV, Kim Zolciak says she’s “in a good place” with Big Papa, her nickname for her boyfriend Lee Najjar. The pair have been on and off the past year.

She also said the new sixth housewife on “Real Housewives of Atlanta” season three, which starts shooting this month, is “an attorney” but wouldn’t say the name.

Based on the list of women who have been rumored to be trying out for the show, the only attorney is Phaedra Parks, who specializes in entertainment. Phaedra is an actual housewife. She got married last November to Apollo Nida and “Housewives” semi-regular Dwight Eubanks was the wedding planner, according to the Straight From the A blog.

I wrote about this rumor Feb. 12.

Parks was a producer for BET’s “Tiny & Toya” and has represented the likes of Bobby Brown and Jermaine Dupri, according to a recent Rolling Out magazine interview with her.

Jonathan Jaxson, who has worked to promote Zolciak in the past, told me …

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Dancing With the Stars: let’s play the odds

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This season’s “Dancing With the Stars,” debuting Monday, looks to be a relatively strong crew, with a blend of class (Buzz Aldrin) and trash (Kate Gosselin, anyone?) Here are my early predictions on who will do well and who won’t based on their age, physique, job, ability to draw votes and past success of similar people.

LIKELIEST TO MAKE IT TO THE FINALE

Evan Lysacek-  Five of the nine winners were athletes. And 59 percent of the top 3 finalists through the first nine seasons are guys. Those factors alone place 24-year-old Evan near the top of the list immediately. To boot, he just won an Olympic gold medal for figure skating. (Fellow figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi is a past winner.)

Chad Ochocinco – NFL players have done surprisingly well in this competition, including a winner (Emmitt Smith) and a runner up (Jerry Rice). Chad, 32, has plenty of charm, too, which should endear him to voters. The man was dubbed NFL’s “court jester” by The New York Times in a profile, …

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Two TV pilots shooting in Atlanta: TBS’s ‘Franklin and Bash’ with Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Malcolm McDowell; ABC’s ‘187 Detroit’ with Michael Imperioli

Local actor Ric Reitz, who tracks local TV and movie productions, said two scripted TV pilots will start shooting in Atlanta within the next month.

mark_paul_gosselaar_intAtlanta-based TBS has committed to a one-hour comedy pilot called “Franklin and Bash” starring Breckin Meyer (”Road Trip,” “Rat Race”), Mark-Paul Gosselaar (”Saved by the Bell,” “NYPD Blue,” “Raising the Bar,” left) and the incomparable Malcolm McDowell (”Clockwork Orange,” “Tank Girl,” “Star Trek Generations”).

It’s set to start taping in Atlanta next week. Here’s a description from a Hollywood Reporter story:

“Bash,” from Sony TV, writers Kevin Falls and Bill Chais and producer Jamie Tarses, revolves around Jared Franklin (Meyer) and Steven Bash (Gosselaar), two street lawyers and lifelong friends who, after taking down a white-shoe law firm in a high-profile case, are recruited by the firm’s patriarch [McDowell]. Bash has an uncanny ability to connect with a jury and judge, and Franklin is bent on sticking it to the …

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‘Idol,’ ‘NCIS’ dominate TV ratings, Kesha tops Atlanta radio

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Fox’s “American Idol” is still tops but its margin of victory has narrowed over time with ratings down about 5 percent year over year. In fact, its Thursday results show, with 19.3 million viewers was less than that of CBS’s hit drama “NCIS.”

“Idol” drew 571,000 (a season low) to 731,000 last week in Atlanta. Nielsen each week provides me the top 30 primetime shows in Atlanta each week and for some reason, “NCIS” does not show up, although several other CBS dramas do. I have to think that was an inadvertent omission.

Fox’s “Human Target,” which ranked 36th nationally among broadcast shows, came in top 5 in Atlanta with 299,000 viewers (and 7.8 million nationally.)

CBS’s “Big Bang Theory,” which has shown incredible growth this season in its 9:30 p.m. Monday slot, hit another series high of 16.32 million viewers. (It seldom makes the top 30 in Atlanta but did so this week, ranking No. 28 at 209,000 viewers.)

NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” which features former Atlantan Bill …

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