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Rihanna’s ‘Rude Boy’ tops Atlanta radio for 3rd week

rihanna_rudeboy_single-coverRihanna continues to dominate the Atlanta radio scene with “Rude Boy,” which was spun 365 times the past week on six different stations.

Georgia is represented on the national top 40 charts by B.o.B (”Nothin’ On You”), climbing at No. 4; Lady Antebellum (”Need You Now” at No. 6 after peaking at No. 2), Usher at No. 16 with “OMG,” Trey Songz at No. 20 with “Say Aah,” Justin Bieber at No. 33 with “Baby” and Ludacris at “My Chick Bad.”

On the country chart, Lady Antebellum is tops with “American Honey.” Zac Brown Band’s former No. 1 song “Highway 20 Ride” is at No. 5. Jason Aldean’s about to hit the top 10 with “Crazy Town.” Luke Bryan, seen last week on “Celebrity Apprentice,” is at No. 16 with “Rain is a Good Thing.” Little Big Town has the No. 29 song with “Little White Church.”

On the urban chart, five of the top 10 songs are repped by Atlantans. Ludacris with “My Chick Bad” is at No. 2 after peaking at No. 1. Monica’s “Everything to Me,” which had peaked at No. 2 was at No. …

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Who’s out next on ‘Dancing With the Stars’?

Was it time for Jake to go?

  • Yes. He did well but it was time.
  • No! There were at least one or two others who should have gone before him.

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“Bachelor” fans could only keep Jake Pavelka on so long.

He is the fifth person out on “Dancing With the Stars.”

“This is the best season of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ I’ve ever seen,” he said after he got the bad news Tuesday night. “Thank you for keeping me for six episodes. I can’t even put into words how much I’ve enjoyed it. This is a lot harder than i thought it would be.”

Pavelka, clearly a dancing beginner, put a lot of enthusiasm and energy into his dances. He improved steadily throughout the competition but he clearly had no realistic shot at winning. He often had slipped and tripped up. His most memorable moment: aping the Tom Cruise “Risky Business” dance.

It’s obvious the three best dancers are Nicole Scherzinger, Pamela Anderson and Evan Lysacek with Erin Andrews, Chad Ochocinco and …

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Previewing Adult Swim’s ‘The Boondocks’ back on May 2

boondocksAaron McGruder, creator of “The Boondocks,” is not doing interviews but Adult Swim allowed me to screen the first episode of the new season, which begins Sunday night at 11:30 p.m.  after a two-year break.

The plot line is typically satirical: Huey Freeman, noted for his big hair and permanent scowl, is named a “hostile youth” and “ten-year-old domestic terrorist” linked to Barack Obama in October 2008 because they were friends on MySpace. (Wasn’t MySpace already passe even by 2008?)

He is visited by a journalist, who talks to Huey, his brother Riley (identified as “local hoodlum” thrilled that a black president will allow him to freely be a hoodlum) and their grandfather Robert, called a “civil rights legend” who the journalist says is either a “pathological liar” or in the “early stages of dementia.” He also talks to mixed race neighbors who happen to be Obama volunteers and Uncle Ruckus, who supported John McCain and hates anti-Obama. Plus, rapper Thugnificant jumps on the …

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Erika Christensen (’Parenthood’) interview

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For NBC, it isn’t 1994 anymore. And it never will be again. There’s no “Seinfeld” or “Friends” or “E.R.” in sight. The network’s ragtag schedule is a mix of critical, modestly rated hits (”The Office,” “30 Rock”), non-hits that somehow were given a green light anyway (”Community”), aging dramas (”Law & Order: SVU”) and middle-of-the-road reality TV (”The Biggest Loser,” “Celebrity Apprentice”).

And after the Jay Leno 10 p.m. debacle, NBC is seeking 10 p.m. programs of any sort to fill the gaping holes.

“Parenthood” isn’t going to become NBC’s next “Law & Order” by any stretch of anybody’s imagination. But in this day of reduced expectations, the low-key,  slice-of-life dramedy based on the 1989 Ron Howard film is doing pretty well for itself. After opening at 8 million March 2, the show quickly stabilized around 7 million viewers and 18-49 ratings in the high 2’s.

A few years ago, those results would have meant instant cancellation. Today, they mean hope.

NBC is spending …

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Brandweek says ‘Undercover Boss’ only had temporary positive impact on Hooters

hooters.0419According to Brandweek, CBS’s “Undercover Boss” only gave Atlanta-based Hooters a temporary boost in their image, based on a “buzz” meter. The hit show aired the Hooters episode Feb. 14.

Its current perception is no better than what it was in January.

Two other brands measured, 7-Eleven and White Castle (neither of which are available in Atlanta as retail stores) both showed measurable improvements in brand perception after their episodes aired.

Coby G. Brooks, the CEO of Hooters, had some problems on the episode, most notably with a franchise owner in Texas who made some female employees eat food off a plate without utensils to get off work early. It was a bit humiliating and the manager was not fired (then again, Brooks wasn’t in a position to do so since it was a franchise, something not explained on the air.). He also was surprised to hear some women say how much they found the chain degrading.

His solutions also didn’t seem very systemic, even if they helped some …

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Bravo films ‘Housewives’ Phaedra Parks, Cynthia Bailey, Kandi Burruss at Steeplechase

Ben Evans photography sent me some photos he took over the weekend at the Steeplechase event, which featured Kandi Burruss, Dwight Eubanks and two of the new “Real Housewives of Atlanta” Phaedra Parks and Cynthia Bailey.

He said the Bravo cameras were rolling so obviously we’ll be seeing the Steeplechase during season three, which is in production and is set for a fall airing. The 45th Annual Running of The Atlanta Steeplechase in Kingston, GA near Rome benefited the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation of Atlanta and the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. The event is attended annually by more than 20,000 guests. To view all images from this event, visit the link here.

Phaedra Parks and Cynthia Bailey at the Steeplechase. Credit: Ben Evans Photography

Phaedra Parks and Cynthia Bailey at the Steeplechase. Credit: Ben Evans Photography

Dwight Eubanks with two unnamed women. Photoimagesbyben.com

Dwight Eubanks with two unnamed women. Photoimagesbyben.com

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TNT renews ‘Southland’

southland11aTNT first saved “Southland” from death after NBC canceled the L.A.-based drama last year and aired the six episodes that NBC had not used before axing it.

After studying the ratings for the show on TNT this winter, the Atlanta-based network has decided to give the show a third season.

The six new episodes averaged 2.1 million viewers on TNT (2.7 million if you count DVR usage up to seven days.) That isn’t as good as shows such as “Leverage,” “Hawthorne” or “The Closer” but was obviously good enough for TNT.

One key fact: “Southland” drew the youngest audience of any show on TNT with a median age of 47. And advertisers like it young.

“This is not a charity renewal,” said Michael Wright, who oversees programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies. “It wasn’t wildly impressive. Nor was it bad. It did okay. But when you add to that, it’s simply a fantastic show. We’re thrilled to bring them back.”

He said the show will be back on a level that will enable it to maintain its …

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95.5/The Beat’s free concert w/ B.o.B., Jay Sean; Hot 107.’s Birthday Bash with Ludacris

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95.5/The Beat is holding a free concert May 22 at the Mall at Stonecrest featuring Jay Sean (left, with top 5 hits “Down,” “Do You Remember”) as well as Atlanta’s rising star B.o.B. (Top 5 hit “Nothin’ on You”) and Travis Porter (”Go Shorty Go”).

The event, which runs from noon to 4 p.m., will also include a fun kid’s activity area and a D&D Custom Car Show, as well as all the Beat DJs: Murph Dawg, CJ, K-Dub, Maverick, Mami Chula, Johnny D, Traci Steel, Mo Reilley and Adam.

Rival Hot 107.9, in the meantime, is holding a more traditional paid concert at Philips Arena, its annual birthday bash celebrating its 15th anniversary. The first two artists on the bill are Atlanta’s Ludacris and Plies, who has been at the bash a couple of times before. The concert is set for June 19. Luda was a jock on Hot back in the 1990s before he broke it big. You can get tickets here from $10.79 to $104.

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Praise, Fish, Project, Dave have a great March in Arbitron ratings

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The Lord smiled upon the two major Christian stations in town in the March Atlanta Arbitron ratings, which covers March 4 through March 31.

Gospel station Praise 102.5 continues to hit record highs in its ratings, reaching No. 3 overall and top 5 among 18 to 34 year olds and 25 to 54 year olds. Its overall rating is up 39 percent over March 2009, up a whopping 71 percent among 25 to 54 year olds and more than doubled among 18 to 34 year olds.

Fish 104.7 also had its best numbers since Arbitron began using people meters in early 2009. It’s overall ratings are up 45 percent from March 2009. The morning show Kevin & Taylor is showing impressive strength across the board, finishing in the top 5 among 18 to 34 year olds and 25 to 54 year olds.

FYI: I cannot provide specific ratings numbers, per Arbitron policy. I can reference rankings, though.

ROCK: Dave FM continues to be tops among 25 to 54 year olds with its strongest month since last June. Project 9-6-1 is by far the most …

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TV best bets with season finales of ‘Cold Case,’ ‘Ruby,’ ‘Trauma,’ return of ‘The Hills’

cold-Case-tv-03You can’t always get what you want. Fans of CBS’s “Cold Case” (left) may have to heat up the phone lines and the Web if they want to save the seven-year-old show, which has seen ratings dip and costs rise. This Sunday’s episode could be the final show, with the Rolling Stones as the musical backdrop.

Fox is starting Thursday with a week-long set of shows which focus on music, from “Fringe” to “Bones.” (This shouldn’t be much of a stretch for “American Idol.”)

NBC’s “Trauma,” which ends its season Monday, is unlikely to come back next season, but its Friday reality show “Who Do You Think You Are?” will be.

Style’s biggest show (literally) “Ruby” set in Savannah gets two-hour treatment Sunday while MTV is finally ending “The Hills,” which returns for one more season Tuesday.

MONDAY
“Chuck” 8 p.m. NBC — Sarah and Chuck tangle with Spanish spies on a European train.
“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Kate Gosselin is gone – finally. But we are sure going to miss …

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