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TLC features local clogging team Synergy on ‘Dance Down South’

This has been good times for clogging on TV.

TLC's "Down South Dance" special features Cumming-based clogging crew Synergy featuring coach Sarah Darby. CREDIT: TLC

TLC's "Down South Dance" special features Cumming-based clogging crew Synergy featuring coach Sarah Darby. CREDIT: TLC

The often mocked dance style, which includes elements of folk and tap, is alive in well in the South.

First, “America’s Got Talent” this summer featured the North Carolina clogging group All That. That studly group of guys made it to the semifinals.

Now TLC is testing out a potential show with a pilot called ‘Down South Dance,” which comes on at 11 p.m. tonight right after the season finale of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”

In the hour-long special which could be turned into a series, two nationally competitive clogging teams are featured. One, called Synergy, is based out of Cumming at Sole Impulse Dance Studio.The other team, Sapphire, is from Gaffney, S.C.  There’s no love lost between the two crews.

Sapphire’s coach Chip Harrison likes to take players from other teams. He considers his team and the Cumming team …

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WSB picks up Rush Limbaugh, moves Clark Howard to 8 p.m.

Rush Limbaugh jumps to 95.5FM and AM 750 News/Talk WSB starting at noon, October 1, 2012. CREDIT: AP

Rush Limbaugh jumps to 95.5FM and AM 750 News/Talk WSB starting at noon, October 1, 2012. CREDIT: AP

Rush Limbaugh, the most popular radio talk show host in America for more than two decades, is moving to AM 750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB.

Limbaugh will take WSB’s noon-to-3 p.m. weekday time slot starting Monday. Oct. 1.

“When you have the biggest talk personality on the biggest news/talk station in Atlanta, I expect the chemical reaction will be positive,” said Ben Reed, Atlanta market manager for Cox Media Group, which includes The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Our listeners will benefit from it.”

Limbaugh has been on news-talk 640/WGST-AM since the late 1980s and consistently has been the station’s biggest draw.

For WSB, Limbaugh’s arrival means several changes to its weekday lineup:

- Syndicated talk show host Neal Boortz, now based primarily out of Naples, Fla., will see his daily stint cut back an hour. He will be on the air from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Boortz is …

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‘The Voice’ guaranteed two more cycles

the-voice-nbc-episodic-hed-2012NBC has renewed “The Voice” for the spring and fall of 2012. No surprise.

Ratings have held up very well this fall. On Monday night, even against all original shows and Monday Night Football, the show drew a sold 12 million viewers and a 3.9 18-49 rating, second best of the night behind only football.

Sure, it’s easy to forget most of the singers (though I did like the last woman last night named Cassaddee Pope, who brought a lot of character and spirit, if not always pitch, to her take on “Torn.”) But it’s easy to take in.

Not much going on in the “Idol” world that I can find.  Britney Spears get rainbow hair extensions?  Keith Urban tells press he’s having a great time doing auditions for “Idol.” Nicki Minaj launches Playful Pink perfume. Yup, that’s what’s going on people.

And Andy Williams died. That has nothing to do with “Idol” or “X Factor” or “The Voice” but it’s worth noting because he was an icon, whose Christmas music kept him relevant until his death. He was one …

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Who is out first on ‘Dancing With the Stars: All Stars’?

Pamela Anderson got the hook even quicker than her first time around on DWTS. CREDIT: ABC

Pamela Anderson got the hook even quicker than her first time around on DWTS. CREDIT: ABC

Pamela Anderson tried to bust a move but ended up being a bust – again.

She was the first celebrity cut from the “Dancing With the Stars” all star edition on ABC tonight, which surprised nobody, not even Anderson herself.

“I was ready for it,” Anderson said. “We got the lowest score. We’ll keep dancing.”

Indeed, her cha cha didn’t impress the judges, who gave her a  17 points out of 30, by the lowest score among the 12 celebrities. (The only others with fewer than 20 were Kirstie Alley and Bristol Palin.)

Ratings for the first episode Monday night were way down from a year ago, when they were 18.9 million viewers and a 3.9 18-49 rating. This year’s debut was a mere 14.1 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating.

The big difference: NBC’s “The Voice,” which pulled in a 12.2 million viewers but 60 percent more 18-49 viewers with a 3.9 rating.  (”Monday Night Football” on ESPN outdrew everything on …

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Mara Davis celebrates final Radio Free Lunch today with theme: goodbye

Mara Davis's final day on 92.9/Dave FM is (partly by design) 9/29. But her final Radio Free Lunch was today. Final song: Kenny Loggins' "This is It." CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Mara Davis's final day on 92.9/Dave FM is (partly by design) 9/29. But her final Radio Free Lunch was today. Final song: Kenny Loggins' "This is It." CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Mara Davis gave a tearful farewell to her beloved “Radio Free Lunch” today on 92.9/Dave FM, which will run a fundraiser for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta starting tomorrow through Friday.

Her beloved themed lunch hour has lasted 18 years since Davis arrived at what was then Z93. She was the only jock to survive the transfer to Dave FM in 2004 and the lunch hour returned after a brief break. The format was simple: she’d suggest a theme e.g. songs which reference the seasons, songs which refer to other songs, songs that include a saxophone, et. al and play tunes mostly within format. She’d also throw in clips of cheesy songs that Z93  or Dave would never play for fun. (For a time, this segment was sponsored by McDonald’s.)

But now Dave is going away in favor of sports talk, something CBS announced …

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Newnan’s Maggie Elizabeth Jones stars in new Fox show ‘Ben and Kate’ debuting Sept. 25

benandkateI realize that interviewing an eight year old is not quite like talking to Oprah or Bill Cosby. And I’m no Cosby in terms of getting kids to say the darndest things, especially actors.

I didn’t get anything glorious from a phone interview with Newnan’s own Maggie Elizabeth Jones, who plays a sweet young child on the sweet new Fox sitcom “Ben and Kate,” which debuts at 8:30 p.m.

The show stars Dakota Johnson as a controlling, uptight single mom Kate with a daughter, played by Jones, who has an immature, goofy brother named Ben (Nat Faxon), who shows up every so often to create mayhem.

Though Maggie is eight years old, she plays a five year old. “I’m pretty short,” she said.

Maggie already has an impressive resume. She was the daughter of Matt Damon’s character in “We Bought the Zoo” and had a small role in last year’s re-make of “Footlose,” shot in Atlanta. She splits time between Newnan and Los Angeles. “Los Angeles is pretty,” she said. “I like it.”

Does she miss the Southern …

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‘The Houstons: On Our Own’ on Lifetime with Bobbi Kristina debuts Oct. 24

HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 16: Bobbi Kristina Brown (R) and Nick Gordon arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere of "Sparkle" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on August 16, 2012 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Maury Phillips/Getty Images For A+E Networks)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – AUGUST 16: Bobbi Kristina Brown (R) and Nick Gordon arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere of "Sparkle" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on August 16, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Maury Phillips/Getty Images For A+E Networks)

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Just over eight months after Whitney Houston’s death, several key families members are set to debut a new reality show October 24 that only exists because of Houston’s death.

Lifetime will air back-to-back half-hour episodes of ‘The Houstons: On Our Own” that day and a dozen more Wednesdays at 9 p.m.

The reality series will follow daughter Bobbi Kristina, sister-in-law and manager Pat Houston, Houston’s brother Gary and mother, Cissy Houston, along with Bobbi Kristina’s rather close buddy  Nick Gordon. Most of the action will take place in metro Atlanta, where Pat …

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Athens duo create a Comedy Central animated series ‘Brickleberry’ debuting Sept. 25

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The opening scenes of the new Comedy Central series “Brickleberry” is sanguine: shots of waterfalls, beautiful park vistas, a sunrise and bunnies rubbing noses.

But then you see two bears humping. Wildcats humping. Mooses humping.

Welcome to the world of Brickleberry National Park, courtesy of two Athens residents, Waco O’Guin and Roger Black. The series, obviously targeting adults, debuts tonight at 9:30 p.m. with a key executive producer attached: Daniel Tosh.

Tosh has been promoting the show on his program “Tosh.O” aggressively. And given that Tosh is the No. 1 program on Comedy Central, it virtually guarantees big audience numbers for at least the first couple of weeks of its ten-episode run.

Already, Comedy Central has committed to scripts for a second season of two.

For O’Guin, a 2000 University of Georgia graduate who has lived in Athens ever since, this is a potential breakthrough after years of struggling to gain a wider audience for his admittedly juvenile sense of …

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Video: talking Emmys, ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta,’ ‘

Brittany Umar of Cinestar talks with me about the Emmys, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and “Secret Princes.”

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

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Fox 5’s ‘Good Day Atlanta’ adds former Braves Ron Gant to host

Ron Gant will join "Good Day Altanta." CREDIT: Fox Sports South

Ron Gant will join "Good Day Altanta." CREDIT: Fox Sports South

Fox 5’s “Good Day Atlanta” is adding a fourth member to its “Good Day Atlanta” team: former Atlanta Brave Ron Gant.

He starts next month, joining Gurvir Dhindsa, Karen Graham and Buck Lanford.

[UPDATE 10/22/12: The start date for Gant is Thursday, October 25.]

Gant had been a Braves analyst the past four years for Fox Sports South.

“ He is a good communicator, with an engaging personality and will be a refreshing addition to morning news,” said Bill Schneider, general manager, in a statement.

Gant effectively replaces long-time “Good Day Atlanta” host Mark Hayes, who joined an NBC affiliate in Dallas in April.

The press release does not specifically state what Gant’s role will be on the show, which airs from 4:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. A spokeswoman said he will mostly co anchor from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. with Lanford and Dhindsa but will have other roles as well possibly during the other times.

Gant has been a studio …

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