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Archive for October, 2010

Star 94 moves Christmas concert to Center Stage with Train, Plain White T’s

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After seven years at the Gwinnett Arena, Star 94 has scaled back its Jingle Jam to a much smaller venue: Center Stage, which seats about 1,000.

The acts aren’t half bad. The two big names are Train (right), which has made a major comeback thanks to its song “Hey, Soul Sister,” and Plain White T’s, which has several pop hits under its belt including “1,2,3,4″ “Hey There Delilah” and “Rhythm of Love.” An up-and-coming singer Christina Perri is included as well.

The difference: all the tickets are free and can only be won through the radio station. The  Jingle Jam included free tickets for sure but most people purchased tickets.

Star 94’s 2010 strategy is what rival Q100 has done in recent years. For instance, last year, it held a Kelly Clarkson concert around Christmas last year at Vinyl in Midtown for Q100 fans only.  Gary Lewis, program director at Q100, promises a holiday concert of some sort but wouldn’t be more specific so my gut reaction is they are going to go big this …

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Get thee to the plastic surgeon! ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ recap, ep. four

“I still wanted to look like NeNe, the black woman that I am – but a better version.” – NeNe Leakes to People magazine.

NeNe-Leakes-Nose-Job-Before-After-PHOTOSTo be on a reality show, you need to have a base level of vanity. So it’s not surprising a high percentage of the “Real Housewives” on the various franchises appear to have had work done.

But NeNe Leakes wouldn’t necessarily be the first one you’d think of who would have work on her face. (Her breasts? A different story.)

Yet there she is in Monday night’s episode getting a nose job on top of a breast implant reduction and some liposuction.

Her excuse? Stress over her son Bryce’s problems and marital issues with Gregg. She has some cash now. Her rationale: why not take advantage and do something for herself for a change? During the entire storyline, Gregg is absent from the cameras. While she gets drugged up before surgery, she asks for him (”I need to see Gregg!”) and it’s kind of sad. She has a friend Diana be a surrogate support system.

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USA Network casting call for athletes and coaches for TV drama pilot ‘Necessary Roughness’ Nov. 4

Callie Thorne, best known for her fiery role on FX's "Rescue Me," is starring in "Necessary Roughness" as a therapist to a football team.

Callie Thorne, best known for her fiery role on FX's "Rescue Me," is starring in "Necessary Roughness" as a therapist to a football team.

Atlanta is a big town for professional NFL players, retired players and local college grads with football experience. So for anybody seeking an acting outlet or wanting to relive their glory days, USA Network’s television pilot “Necessary Roughness” may be an outlet.

The drama is seeking football players, refs and coaches for a casting call on November 4 at James R. Hallford Stadium (formerly Memorial Stadium) in Clarkston.

This is a pilot set for taping in November and December. The producers will then have to wait and see if the drama actually gets picked up by USA. Unlike the broadcast networks, USA is more discerning in terms of spending money on a pilot so the fact the project has gotten this far bodes well for it making it on air.  Among cable networks, USA draws some of the biggest audiences out there for its dramas, many such as …

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Whatever happened to… Flip Spiceland?

flipLong-time WXIA-TV meteorologist Flip Spiceland voluntarily left the station in early 2008 for what ended up being a short-lived public relations job which lasted all of three weeks because a grand jury went after the company for fraud.

Spiceland then repped North Metro Technical College. But that college merged with another one, leaving him jobless again.

Recently, he found a position with the United Way, helping with fundraising in Paulding County working out of the Douglasville office. “I’m delighted,” he said. “It’s really rewarding.”

He’s used to still being recognized “almost constantly.”

And with a name like Flip Spiceland, that’s understandable. He said when he calls companies to remind them about United Way contributions, people have called the area director to make sure it wasn’t a joke. He also does face-to-face presentations with companies. The last one he did, in which he discussed logistics related to the campaign, ended with a Q&A. The first question: “Is Flip …

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Inductees of the 2010 Georgia Radio Hall of Fame include J.J. Jackson, Kirk Mellish, Tom Hughes

Former WGST-AM morning man Pat Hughes was a career achievement award winner.

Former WGST-AM morning man Tom Hughes was a career achievement award winner.

The fourth annual 2010 Georgia Radio Hall of Fame dinner over the weekend featured a Fox 97 reunion and induction of several radio names from the past. Among the winners: former WGST morning man Tom Hughes, former WQXI-AM/Fox 97 jock J.J. Jackson and Kirk Mellish, the weather guy for AM 750 and now 95.5 FM News/Talk WSB.

“With my skill set, I don’t know what I would have done without radio,” said Hughes, who was last on the radio in late 2006. “Now I have found out: I would have done nothing!”

The witty Hughes also noted that WGST’s newsroom, once 35 employees, is now down to four. “Or as Clear Channel calls it,” he cracked, “the homestretch.”:

More seriously, he noted, “before syndication and before voicetracking and corporatization, we made some good, important radio. It’s an honor to be here.”

Kirk Mellish

Kirk Mellish

Mellish, referencing the line, “When the weather is hellish, tune into Mellish,” joked that …

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TV best bets with ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Auction Kings,’ ‘In Treatment,’ season finale of ‘Project Runway’

L-R: Owner Paul Brown, manager Cindy Shook, and assistant manager Jon Hammond CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

L-R: Owner Paul Brown, manager Cindy Shook, and assistant manager Jon Hammond CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Two programs shot in Atlanta are debuting this week and they couldn’t be any more different.

First, on Tuesday, there’s Discovery’s reality series “Auction Kings,” which features Gallery 63, a Buckhead auction house. Paul Brown heads the operation each week. It is, in many ways, a higher-end  “Pawn Stars.”

On Sunday, AMC introduces its latest drama on Halloween called “Walking Dead,” based on the comic-book series. Its gruesome and grim but is very much a character drama like other AMC shows. And it features Atlanta in a very obvious way.

For something a bit more sedate but also a riveting character study, HBO’s award-winning “In Treatment” series begins its third season. And season eight of “Project Runway” draws to a close after a decent, if not riveting, season.

MONDAY

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Despite only seven dancers left, ABC is still obnoxious enough …

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MTV’s ‘My Super Psycho Sweet 16 Part 2,’ shot in Atlanta, debuts tonight

Brigg (Chris Zylka),  Skye (Lauren McKnight), and Derek (Matt Angel)

Brigg (Chris Zylka), Skye (Lauren McKnight), and Derek (Matt Angel)

They’re baaaack!

“My Super Psycho Sweet Part 16,” MTV’s first foray into the horror flick genre last year did so well, the network quickly called for a sequel.

Atlantans and co-creators Alexander Motlagh and Jacob Gentry were able to shoot both films in Atlanta.

This time around, Skye (played by Lauren McKnight) survived the roller rink nightmare from the first movie where her father hacked up a bunch of people, including the nasty Sweet 16 gal.

That first film played off the MTV reality show “My Super Sweet 16.” This time around, that premise is no longer on the table.

It’s now Skye on the run, going to her mother’s home several hundred miles from the scene of the crime. She feels guilty because she left the Sweet 16 gal to die when she could have saved her.

Naturally, there’s another party and more horror about to befall the hapless attendees. She can’t outrun her past.

Gentry said the budgets were slightly …

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Robin Meade gives HLN a nice morning boost

Robin Meade on the set of "Morning Express" October 20, 2010. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Robin Meade on the set of "Morning Express" October 20, 2010. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

HLN morning host Robin Meade is encouraged to express her opinions on news stories – but she won’t wade into touchy issues such as the Ground Zero mosque or Muslims on airplanes that have gotten others in trouble lately.

“When it comes to politics,” Meade said, “that’s not something I take a side on. We try to be right down the middle. If there’s a 20-second clip from a Republican, then there’ll be a 20-second clip from a Democrat. We will time it down to the second to be fair.”

In other words, the Atlanta-based host whose catchphrase is “Good Morning Sunshine” is unlikely to repeat a Rick Sanchez, recently let go from CNN after making impolitic comments in a radio interview about Jon Stewart and his soon-to-be-former bosses.

At the same time, she said, “we can be ourselves and make no apologies for it.”

Meade’s big on punctuating her reactions in short verbal bursts. For instance, on …

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A very funny parody of social media usage

This has nothing to do with Atlanta. But we in the media can relate. This is a parody done by the Dallas Fox 4 station of journalists’ love affair with social media using a fake City Hall shooting. Tweet about it if you can – from Starbucks!

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Jim Breuer was not high during an interview to promote his Punchline shows Oct. 22-24

JimBreuer-ImNotHighCoverJim Breuer used to be quite the pot smoker, especially during stressful points in his life. Not anymore. But as he has noted many a time, he always looks baked.

So the title of his new autobiography, “I’m Not High,” is not ironic but sincere.

In fact, since Bill Cosby lectured him a few years ago, Breuer became a “clean” comic. This means no cursing and a brighter view on life.

“It’s not dark,” said Breuer, in Atlanta this weekend from Friday to Sunday at the Punchline. “It’s not sexual. I could end every joke with an F bomb or sexual shock. But I have more respect for people who don’t.”

Breuer said he was never filthy but would curse a lot. Then he started looking at guys like Brian Regan and Jerry Seinfeld. “I realize their material wasn’t that different,” he said, “but they had class about them.”

And Cosby’s words truly resonated with him. “He said, ‘I want to make sure that your audience will always be inspired.’ It was a powerful thing he said. And I never forgot it.”

He …

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