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Video: Discussing ‘The Voice’ winner, ‘Food Network Star,’ ‘SYTYCD’

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‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ coming to Northeast Georgia

Ty Pennington, host of 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.' CREDIT: AP

Ty Pennington, host of 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.' CREDIT: AP

ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” has come to metro Atlanta twice since its 2003 debut, as well as stops in Augusta and Savannah. The show has built more than 150 homes for families in need of help all over the country. It’s coming back to Northeast Georgia next month for a week-long construction project.

Although the family hasn’t been named yet, the show is holding a pep rally in Madison (about 60 miles east of downtown Atlanta) for people interested in volunteering for the build. It’s at the Morgan County High School gymnasium Thursday night (June 30) at 7 p.m.

Ty Pennington, a former Grant Park resident, has been host of the show since its inception eight years ago. He’ll announce the family July 10.

Legendary football coach Vince Dooley will emcee the rally with the Atlanta Falcons cheerleading squad. (It doesn’t appear Pennington will be at the rally.)

The show’s television production team and …

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Ben Shapiro explores TV’s left-wing ways in ‘Primetime Propaganda’

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Television producers are considered a liberal bunch.

That isn’t surprising. But conservative columnist Ben Shapiro believes this doesn’t have to be. In his new book, “Primetime Propaganda: ’The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV,” the Harvard Law graduate said conservatives need to break through this hegemony.

“I want conservatives to stop seeing entertainment as something to shy away from,” he said in a phone interview last month. “We keep saying TV is horrible. Let’s boycott shows! But you can’t boycott them all. You’re handing the weapons to the liberals. They can say, ‘Well, you’re not boycotting this show. It must be okay.’ ”

Conservatives do exist in Hollywood. Some even thrive. But they are often in the shadows, Shapiro said.

As a result, liberals, he said, have slipped their ideology into shows over the years from “The Twilight Zone” to “All in the Family,” from “Friends” to “Glee.” (Interestingly, he interviewed Earl Hamner, the creator of “The …

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104.7/The Fish moves afternoon host Dan Ratcliffe to new off-air position

Dan Ratcliffe in 2010. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Dan Ratcliffe in 2010. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

In its first on-air move since its inception in 2000, Christian pop station 104.7/The Fish has hired a new afternoon host, moving long-time on-air personality Dan Ratcliffe to an off-air post.

According to a memo sent to staff by program director Mike Blakemore, Ratcliffe takes on a “new department head position as Creative Services Director for Salem Atlanta. He will be taking his creative and production talents to a new level overseeing production for all stations, including web streaming. He will also, over time, be overseeing the digital and social media platforms for all the Atlanta properties. Dan’s voice and production skills are unmatched in this market. This is a huge step for him and we are very excited to have someone of Dan’s caliber to be heading up this critically important initiative.”

Ratcliffe will be replaced in late July or early August by Beth Bacall, who is currently on Star 99.1, a Christian station …

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‘Chuck’ actor Vik Sahay in Atlanta for ‘American Reunion’

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Vic Sahay as Lester Patel -- Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC

Vik Sahay as Lester Patel — Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC

I grabbed some coffee today at the Renaissance Hotel bar in Midtown with actor Vik Sahay, who plays angry Buy More employee Lester Patel on NBC’s cult show “Chuck,” which is set to end its five-year run this fall with 13 episodes.

Sahay is going to be Stiffler’s boss in the upcoming “American Pie” sequel “American Reunion,” shot here in Atlanta and scheduled for theaters in the summer of 2012.

“This is an important movie for a lot of the actors,” Sahay said over coffee. “But the atmosphere is really loose and relaxed.” Although he was not there in 1999 for the original movie, he said he felt welcomed by the likes of former Atlantan Alyson Hannigan, Jason Biggs and Chris Klein.

As Lester on “Chuck,” Sahay typically only …

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Was Jon Stewart doing ‘Amos n Andy’ imitation of Herman Cain?

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Jon Stewart and Fox News have been going back and forth the past few days ever since Stewart appeared on Chris Wallace’s show. How liberal is Jon Stewart? How conservative is Fox News?

Then Georgia presidential candidate Herman Cain took offense at a recent Stewart imitation of Cain. After Cain jokingly said he’d like bills to be only three pages long, Stewart mocked him via a voice somewhat like Cain’s and implied Cain does not like to read. Here’s the exact joke:

JON STEWART, HOST, “THE DAILY SHOW”: While Pawlenty attempts to get us to face the problem inside us, candidate Herman Cain offers real solutions to fictional issues.

HERMAN CAIN (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Don’t try to pass a 2,700-page bill. You and I didn’t have time to read it. We are too busy trying to live, send our kids to school. That’s why I’m going to only allow small bills, three pages. You will have time to read that one over the dinner table.

STEWART: Bills will be three pages. If I am president, …

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Kim Zolciak shows off her baby in ‘Life & Style’

The original baby news cover story seven months ago.

The original baby news cover story seven months ago.

For a fee that should help pay for a boatload of diapers, Kim Zolciak gave Life & Style magazine an “exclusive” featuring photos of her and her month-old baby Kroy Jagger or K.J.

She had her son with Atlanta Falcons player Kroy Biermann. The unmarried couple met about 13 months ago. This is her third child.

The photos can be seen here on The New York Daily News website.

Zolciak has been supplementing her “Real Housewives of Atlanta” income by feeding “news” to Life & Style. She informed them about her brief lesbian relationship with DJ Tracy last year. She told them about her pregnancy (though she broke that news on Twitter). Then twice, she gave them photos of her pregnant body.

The Bravo show, production wise, is about to wrap up its fourth season and is set for a fall debut. We have not heard any police action so if there were any altercations, they were kept to the show only. And Zolciak told Q100 recently that she and …

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HLN’s Nancy Grace loses her syndicated ‘Swift Justice’ show

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This was actually reported weeks ago but I was hoping to get an interview with Nancy Grace so I could provide something truly fresh. Unfortunately, she has been so wrapped up in the Casey Anthony case, the CNN publicist hasn’t been able to track her down for me. So this is what I know:

Grace’s freshman syndicated show “Swift Justice With Nancy Grace” will no longer be starring Nancy Grace.

The program, shot this past year in Atlanta at Georgia Public Broadcasting studios in Midtown, will move to Los Angeles and be led by a new host: Jackie Glass, a judge in the Clarke County District Court in Las Vegas. Glass oversaw the 2008 O.J. Simpson case in 2008.

So what happened? The official story is that CBS Television, which produces the show for syndication, wanted to move the show to Los Angeles for financial reasons. A spokesman wrote to me that it’s cheaper to produce …

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Cumming native Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino join ‘Law & Order: SVU’

Kelli Giddish promo photo when she was on "Chase." CREDIT: NBC

Kelli Giddish promo photo when she was on "Chase." CREDIT: NBC

Cumming native Kelli Giddish keeps finding work on network television.

In 2009, she shot “Past Life” on Fox in metro Atlanta, but the paranormal drama bombed early last year.  She was quickly placed on an NBC’s “Chase,” a police procedural that did poorly and failed to last one season.

Now NBC is giving her a third shot by giving her a role as a detective on an existing show: Dick Wolf’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” which is entering its 13th season this fall. It’s the only “Law & Order” still on the air. USA’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” ended its ten-year run earlier this month. “Law & Order: Los Angeles” was axed by NBC after a year. The original “Law & Order” died last year after 20 years on the air.

With Chris Meloni leaving and Mariska Hargitay cutting her responsibilities, NBC has also brought in “Cold Case” veteran Danny Pino this fall. More in this press release.

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790/The Zone ‘Young Guns’ experiment is over

(l-r) Hunter Weeks; Matt Baxendell; Kirk Carter; Matt Dagostino CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

(l-r) Hunter Weeks; Matt Baxendell; Kirk Carter; Matt Dagostino CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

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“Young Guns” are out. “Football Night in Atlanta” is in.

With 790/The Zone’s new commitments to the Atlanta Falcons, management decided to create an all-year-around football show every weeknight at 7 p.m. with John Michaels. It began last month.

Michaels has been part of the air staff for awhile, doing several football specialty shows over the years, including the Falcons pre-game show.

The football-heavy mid-day show hosted by Tony Barnhardt and Wes Durham will be back on the air July 18 after taking a few weeks off, Saltzman said.

Last summer, 790/The Zone sought new talent through a series of applications and tryouts and took four of them last August to form the “Young Guns.”

“The experiment worked in terms of developing young talent and how they fit into the rest of the station,” said Andrew …

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