Here are some Georgia-connected TV news stories to take your mind off of crazy homicidal killers:
- Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, of TLC, is getting a modest test run of a reality show called “Totally T-Boz” that debuts January 1 at 8 p.m. TLC only commissioned four episodes. It will air before the debut of “The Sisterhood,” another Atlanta-based reality show featuring preacher wives. I will talk to her before the debut to get more details. (Her TLC mate Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas will star in “Rachael v. Guy: Celebrity Food Cookoff” on January 6 on the Food Network. And both are working on casting a VH1 biopic about TLC.)
OWN two months ago signed an exclusive agreement to air all of Tyler Perry’s future TV shows. He has already started shooting two at his studios here in Atlanta:
A drama “The Haves and the Have Nots” is about the dynamics of the affluent Cryer family and the impoverished family of their housekeeper Hanna, and the obstacles and secrets that exist within both families. A sitcom “Love Thy Neighbor” is set at Love’s Diner, where every day the menu serves up good food, great laughs, valuable life lessons, and a whole lot of love for its zany neighbors.
The final episode of TBS’s Tyler Perry show “For Better or Worse” aired last Friday, Dec. 7, ending a two-season run and 45 episodes.
AMC’ will air marathon episodes of seasons one and two of “The Walking Dead” in black and white in February. That could be cool in an old-school sense. The show is shot mostly in Senoia and has averaged more than 10 million viewers per episode this season with better than 18-49 ratings than almost all broadcast network shows. It returns in February for eight more episodes this season.
Speaking of “The Walking Dead,” the Parents Television Council is going after the show for its PG-14 rating considering the level of violence and gore. The executive director has written a letter to former Senator Gordon Smith, Chairman of the TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board.
“Throughout its run, the AMC program The Walking Dead has featured some of the most graphic and brutally intense violence and gore imaginable. In the current season alone the show has depicted hundreds of scenes of grisly murder both of living and “undead,” but human, characters. The intensely violent content has included depictions of the cleaving of human skulls with a machete, extreme gun violence including graphic depictions of blood and brains splattering after gunshot wounds, and the use of a sharpened human bone as a weapon to stab another character,” wrote Winter.
“Clearly, this is content appropriate to an adult-only audience, but AMC has rated every single episode of The Walking Dead as suitable for a 14 year old child.
“PTC members from around the country have sent thousands of letters to AMC asking them to reconsider the inaccurate age-based rating it has assigned to the program, but with no response. Therefore, on behalf of our better than 1.3 million members, we call on you and the TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board to immediately take any necessary steps to insure that this program is rated accurately, appropriately and for the audience for which the show is designed. For the TV Ratings system to work as it is designed, the board and you as its chairman can do no less,” concluded Winter.
Atlanta resident Julius Erving, known as “Dr. J.,” will make an appearance on an upcoming episode of “The Office” as an investor in Jim’s sports marketing business.
This isn’t Georgia connected but I love Louis C.K. This is what a Charlie Brown Christmas would look like if Charlie Brown became Louis C.K. in middle age: