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TCM features four classics from Andy Griffith July 18

I’m on vacation until July 21. If you have any breaking news, please send it to Jennifer Brett of Buzz at jbrett@ajc.com. Thanks. In the meantime, here’s something I wrote before I left:

a-face-in-the-crowd-poster1Atlanta-based Turner Classic Movies (TCM) honors the late great Andy Griffith tonight, Wednesday, July 18 by airing four of his classic films.

Griffith passed away July 3 at age 86. TCM’s four-film memorial tribute is set to begin at 8 p.m. with Griffith’s brilliant performance in Elia Kazan’s “A Face in the Crowd” from 1957 The night also features the hilarious service comedy “No Time for Sergeants” from 1958. Here are the details:

8 p.m. – A Face in the Crowd (1957) – with Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau and Lee Remick. Directed by Elia Kazan.

10:15 p.m. – No Time for Sergeants (1958) – with Myron McCormick, Nick Adams, Murray Hamilton and Don Knotts. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy.

12:30 a.m. – Hearts of the West (1975) – with Jeff Bridges, Donald Pleasance, Blythe Danner, Alan …

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Eric Andre (Adult Swim, “Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23′) comes to the Earl July 17

I’m off until July 21. Until then, if you have breaking TV/radio news, contact Jennifer Brett at jbrett@ajc.com. Until then, here’s something I wrote before I left:

Eric Andre's talk-show set takes a beating - as does Eric. CREDIT: Adult Swim

Eric Andre's talk-show set takes a beating – as does Eric. CREDIT: Adult Swim

Atlanta-based Adult Swim over the past decade has built its reputation for its anything-goes ethos, nurtured by shows such as “Robot Chicken” and “Tim and Eric Show, Great Job!”

“The Eric Andre Show” fits right in. Andre’s show includes pranks and bits (he messes with Tea Party members and Mensa conventioneers) mixed with talk-show moments that mock talk-show conventions. He includes fellow comic Hannibal Buress as his sidekick and a house band.

At the same time, he likes to destroy his set and go nude when necessary. (”I’m a masochist,” he said.) The show evokes a bit of Tom Green, Ali G and Martin Short’s Jiminy Glick. And for folks with even longer memories, Andre’s program will bring back memories of the original Adult Swim show, …

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Who will be on the ‘Idol’ panel in 2013?

Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson were the 2011 and 2012 judges on "Idol." Could all three be gone for 2013? "Idol" needs to sign by next month who the panelists will be. CREDIT: AP

Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson were the 2011 and 2012 judges on "Idol." Could all three be gone for 2013? "Idol" needs to sign by next month who the panelists will be. CREDIT: AP

I’m still on a break this week so I’ll just pose a question that may in fact already be answered: who will be on the panel for season 12 of “Idol”? We know host Ryan Seacrest is back but nobody else.

[UPDATE, Sunday, July 15: I know I'm breaking the rules here since I'm on a break, but I wrote this before I left and there has been obvious breaking news this past week, with both Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez leaving. Neither move was a particularly big surprise given their performances this past year. Mildly entertaining in spurts, especially when he was edited during auditions, Tyler ended up being more a limited, goofy cheerleader than a good judge. He has a perfectly fine career as lead singer of Aerosmith. Lopez has revived her career in music, endorsements and acting so she is …

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TV best bets with the finales of ‘The Bachelorette,’ ‘Eureka,’ return of ‘Project Runway’

I’m on vacation until July 21. If you have any breaking news, contact Jennifer Brett of Buzz at jbrett@ajc.com. Until then, here’s TV tips before I left. If there were changes made in the interim, I apologize in advance.

Heidi Klum is back as host of "Project Runway," which returns on Lifetime July 19. CREDIT: Lifetime

Heidi Klum is back as host of "Project Runway," which returns on Lifetime July 19. CREDIT: Lifetime

The dog days of July means not much going on. ABC’s “The Bachelorette” gives way to “The Bachelor Pad.” Syfy’s “Eureka” takes a bow. And on Thursday, “Project Runway” returns for a 10th season on Lifetime. And two reality competition shows finish up: Bravo’s “Around the World in 80 Plates” and “The Next Food Network Star.”

MONDAY
The Bachelorette” 8 p.m. ABC — Seventeen rejected bachelors come back to dish about Emily.
Fear Factor” 8 p.m. NBC — Players must climb a building engulfed in flames
“The Closer” 9 p.m. TNT — Provenza tries to help his ex-wife locate her wedding ring.
Eureka” 9 p.m. Syfy (series finale) — Wormholes randomly materialize around Eureka …

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Who might fill Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Idol’ shoes ?

Another “American Idol” shoe has dropped with Jennifer Lopez’s disclosure she’s leaving the Fox show — one day after Steven Tyler saying he’s vamoosing as well.

Fortunately, we have AJC music blogger Melissa Ruggieri to more than watch the “Idol” store while radio/tv blogger Rodney Ho’s on vacation.

Join the discussion on her Atlanta Music Scene blog and see who might be sitting in J.Lo’s judging chair next season.

– The AJC’s Radio & TV Talk blog

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AMC’s ‘Small Town Security’ out of Ringgold debuts July 15

I’m off until July 21. If you have breaking TV/radio news, contact Jennifer Brett of Buzz at jbrett@ajc.com. Here’s something I wrote before I left:

The JJK crew in Ringgold, GA get the spotlight on a new AMC show "Small Town Security." CREDIT: AMC

The JJK crew in Ringgold, GA get the spotlight on a new AMC show "Small Town Security." CREDIT: AMC

For many years, Ringgold’s Joan Koplan wanted to be a celebrity. You know, just famous.

Her husband Irwin humored her but never thought it could possibly happen given she ran a personal security firm.

But then a specific genre of reality TV came along, focused on slice-of-life segments from parts of the country rarely seen in scripted TV, often in small towns such as “Pawn Stars,” “Cajun Pawn Stars.” “American Hoggers,” and “Shark Wranglers.”

AMC, home to “Mad Men” and “The Walking Dead,” is jumping into the fray, giving Joan a chance to show off her quirky family business, JJK Security, in a reality show called “Small Town Security,” which debuts Sunday for the first of eight episodes after the fifth season debut of “Breaking …

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Behind Steven Tyler’s decision to quit ‘Idol’

Fellow AJC blogger Melissa Ruggieri’s got it covered.

See Melissa’s post — including reaction from Joe Perry, lead guitarist for Tyler’s Aerosmith — at her Atlanta Music Scene blog.

– The AJC’s Radio & TV Talk blog

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For ‘Idol’ crowd, here’s your home

I’m off until July 21. Hope you guys are enjoying the month while I’m out. I’m sure there’s some “Idol’-related news even during the dog days of July. Dierdre will hopefully keep you up to date below.

Join my Facebook fan page and Twitter.

By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

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Steve Guttenberg (’Police Academy,’ ‘Cocoon’) signs new book at Marcus Jewish Community Center July 12

I’m on break until July 21. Until then, if there is any breaking TV/radio news, pass it on to Jennifer Brett of Buzz fame at jbrett@ajc.com. Here is an item I wrote before I left:

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Steve Guttenberg’s big hit films from the 1980s still pop up on TV on occasion: notably, “Diner,” “Police Academy,” “Cocoon,” and “Three Men and a Baby.”

The 53 year old actor recently penned a memoir (“The Guttenberg Bible”) focused on his earlier acting years, recounting the wild and crazy times when he was one of the most popular actors in the day. He will be doing a Q & A with Conn Jackson and book signing at the Marcus Jewish Community Center July 12 at 7:30 p.m.

I spoke with him last week:

Q: What made you decide to write the book now?

Guttenberg: I was telling stories to a friend starting out as an actor. He just thought they were funny and said I should write a book. I had a conversation with my agent. He thought this could be a great book.

Q: But you don’t really name names, do you?

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9/11, by far, is our most unforgettable TV moment

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A new study ranks the Sept. 11 tragedy nearly twice as memorable by TV viewers as the second-ranked moment — the coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

– Share, discuss: The TV moments you remember the most

– More photos: Scenes from other top TV moments

– Age, gender matters: The murders of JFK and John Lennon and why we rank them differently

(Note: Commenting on this topic is at our Chatter blog)

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