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Talking ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ ‘Jersey Shore,’ ‘Dancing With the Stars’

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Marietta’s Alton Brown signs three more years with Food Network

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Marietta’s Alton Brown has signed another three-year deal with the Food Network, according to Deadline.com. This means the mad scientist food expert will continue to host “Good Eats,” “Iron Chef America “and “The Next Iron Chef” for the foreseeable future.

Brown has been executive producing and hosting “Good Eats” since 1999 and has shot more than 240 episodes, all here in Atlanta. He has hosted “Iron Chef America” since 2005 and three seasons of “The Next Iron Chef,” which debuted in 2007.  He will also make a couple of appearances on the upcoming “Next Food Network Star.”

In other words, his near ubiquity on the channel continues.

The Food Network apparently sent out a release, which I just got when I requested confirmation. It says the network and Brown will also seek other series ideas down the road. In the past, he’ s done some  on-the-road shows called “Feasting on Asphalt” and “Feasting on  Waves.”

In the press release, here’s what Brown had to say:

“Food is a great …

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TV best bets with season finales of ‘The Game,’ ‘Teen Mom 2,’ ‘Top Chef’

blaiseSeveral series are finishing up their seasons this week, including BET’s biggest hit to date, “The Game” on Tuesday, MTV’s hugely popular “Teen Mom 2″  Tuesday and Bravo’s deliciously fun “Top Chef: All Stars” Wednesday where Atlantan Richard Blais (right)  faces off against Mike Isabella for $200,000.

A few new series are showing up, too, including TLC’s reality program “What the Sell?” Tuesday, ABC’s medical crime drama “Body of Proof” Tuesday and CBS’s humorous “Chaos” Friday.

And country music fans will enjoy the Academy of Country Music awards show Sunday on CBS with Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean and Toby Keith among the performers.

MONDAY
“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Both Ralph Macchio and Kirstie Alley did well last week. Can they maintain the momentum tonight?
All Together Now: A Celebration of Service” 8 p.m. NBC — A salute to American service and volunteerism.
“American Pickers” 9 p.m. History — The pickers meet up with Easyriders …

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‘Celebrity Apprentice’ recap: who’s the crazy one now?

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The two local “Celebrity Apprentice” contestants made Atlanta proud during Sunday night’s episode. As opposing project managers, both NeNe Leakes (for the women’s team ASAP) and Lil Jon (for the men’s team Backbone) created well-liked commercials for telecommunications company ACN.

Unfortunately, one team had to lose and it was NeNe’s. But NeNe was not on the chopping block. Instead, it was contentious, wearily stubborn 70-year-old Dionne Warwick.

While the concept of the show is really nothing more than “The Surreal Life” dressed up with business tasks, it does reveal interesting aspects of celebrities we wouldn’t otherwise see. Sadly for Warwick, a beloved R&B legend, we saw a cranky, unpleasant woman who didn’t always pull her weight on tasks.

During this task, Warwick’s downfall was deciding to cut out early on NeNe’s team while they were editing the …

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Georgia TV/movie production tax credits spared the ax

(l to r) Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin and Woody Harrelson star in Columbia Pictures' ZOMBIELAND.

(l to r) Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin and Woody Harrelson star in Columbia Pictures' ZOMBIELAND.

In 2008, the state of Georgia upped tax credits for movie and TV production companies to 30 percent. That is a huge give away, but supporters argued this was the only way the state could compete for these types of jobs with Canada and other states such as Louisiana and New York.

The good news: it worked. In came big budget films, both good (”The Blind Side,” “Zombieland”) and not so good (”The Killers,” “Hall Pass”). Several TV series have planted roots here, several which could be around awhile, including the CW’s “The Vampire Diaries,” Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva,” and AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”

BET has practically turned Atlanta into its second headquarters with series (”The Game,” “Let’s Stay Together”), a talk show (”The Mo’Nique Show”) and awards shows (”BET Hip Hop Awards,” “The Soul Train Awards”). On top of that, a massive 30-acre studio has just been built …

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Night jock Darik Kristofer leaving Star 94 after three years

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Night jock Darik Kristofer is leaving Star 94 after three years.

What was unusual about his departure was how amicable it was and how honest both parties were about it.

“Darik is going to make a killer addition to whatever station is smart enough to grab him up,” program director Scott Lindy wrote. “He was hired at Star 94 at a time when he needed to play a role that is no longer one we have for him. He’s a pro and a good friend.”

In an interview last night, Kristofer said when he walked into Lindy’s office at 5:30 p.m. before what would be his final shift, he knew quickly what was about to happen. He said he respects Lindy and understood why his contract was not renewed. “I’m leaving with clarity,” he said. ‘I get it. There’s a level of humanity and understanding Scott has. I was taken aback by his kindness when I was in the office with him. He was so incredibly complimentary. We see eye to eye. I said I feel the same way. You just articulated the fit or lack there …

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Rashan Ali leaving V-103 after just one year [UPDATES included]

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rashan-at-mic-2009-150x150Rashan Ali announced on air today that she is leaving V-103 after just one year.

She said she’d like to pursue a full-time career on television. V-103 decided not to renew her contract after her last one was up. But they did allow her to announce her departure on air, which isn’t all that common in this day and age.

“It had been toiling in my heart for a month,” she said in an interview after the show.  “We just decided it would be best on both ends. It’s all in positivity. I can walk away with my head held high.”

After having a baby, Ali came back to radio last year excited for the opportunity to reunite with Ryan Cameron, who helped get her on radio in the first place. The pair worked for several years on Hot 107.9. After Cameron left for V-103 in 2004, she stayed behind to host the morning show.  She lost her job at Hot in 2009 after the station opted for a …

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Kim Zolciak and Kroy Biermann looking for new digs in Roswell

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“Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Kim Zolciak and her new beau Kroy Biermann have been fishing for fancy new digs as they get ready to have a baby together.

They are currently in talks to lease a property in Roswell with seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms, according to the real estate agent Rebecca Currie. Brielle, Kim’s daughter, Tweeted about the property earlier this month.

The 11,000 square feet home on two acres is currently for sale at an asking price of $3.25 million. The couple originally made a lower offer earlier this month, but it was rejected.  Currie told me today she’d love for someone to buy the house, which is owned by a retired athlete. But a rental is better than keeping it empty.

The home has been for sale for nearly six months under its current owners. I did a little research and found the home is owned by former NBA player Antonio Davis and his wife Kendra and we featured it on our website last year. Davis played for the Pacers, Raptors and Bulls …

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Cee Lo Green’s ‘Forget You’ not forgotten on Atlanta radio for second week

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Atlanta’s Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You” (or whatever you want to call it) tops the Atlanta radio charts for the second week in a row.

It’s got maximum airplay on Wild (87 spins) and Q100 (93 spins), plus moderate rotation on both Star (29) and V-103 (24), plus two spins on Hot 107.9.

The song beat out former No. 1 Nicki Minaj’s “Moment 4 Life” by ten spins. Fastest rising song is Rihanna’s “S&M,” which is up 38 spins for the week and is No. 6.

Top 10 in Atlanta radio
1. Cee Lo Green “Forget You” 235 (-1)
2. Nicki Minaj “Moment 4 Life” 225 (-6)
3. Bruno Mars “Grenade” 196 (-26)
4. Lady Gaga ” Born This Way” 185 (+1)
5. Enrique Iglesias ” Tonight” 181 (-5)
6. Rihanna “S&M” 163 (-38)
7. Kanye West “All of the Lights” 145 (+4)
8. Chris Brown “Look at Me Now” 142 (+10)
9. Trey Songz “Love Faces” 132 (-7)
10. Pink “F**kin’ Perfect” 124 (+4)
SOURCE: Mediabase 24/7

New song adds for each station
Hot 107.9: no adds

V-103: Chris Brown “She Ain’t You”

Majic 107.5: Jennifer Hudson

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Piers Morgan slams Delta, misses ‘America’s Got Talent’ auditions

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Piers Morgan. SOURCE: NBC

Piers Morgan, host of his own show on CNN and “America’s Got Talent’ judge, tried to get to Minneapolis from New York via Delta Air Lines yesterday. But he got turned around and complained about it incessantly on Twitter (kind of like former Fan sports talk update guy/producer Chadd Scott last week.)

His flight was on its way to Minneapolis when it turned around back to New York.

In the end, he missed “America’s Got Talent” auditions yesterday.

He was peeved and gave it his all to his 470,000-plus followers.

Here’s the entire sequence from yesterday. Enjoy!

My plane was 50 mins away from landing in Minneapolis for AGT auditions today, when it turned round and is now heading BACK to NY.

Can someone explain to me, perhaps from Delta, what the **** is going on – as none of your crew seem to have the foggiest?

I will now be landing back in New York an hour before I’m supposed to start judging AGT auditions in Minneapolis. Thanks Delta.

Someone told me …

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