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2012 TV year in review in Twitter form: Walking Dead, Andy Griffith, Honey Boo Boo, Amanda Davis

"The Walking Dead" is the hottest show out there and it's shot locally. CREDIT: AMC

"The Walking Dead" is the hottest show out there and it's shot locally. CREDIT: AMC

I’m all for brevity so here’s a year in review about TV, national and local, using no more than 140 characters, in Twitter form:

- AMC zombie drama “The Walking Dead” (shot in Senoia) infected even more fans, breaking 10 million viewers a week. But we still miss T-Dog!

- Andy Griffith’s 1960s show remains as popular as ever in Atlanta, gets 7:30 p.m. slot on WATL-TV. Soon after, he goes fishin’ in that great lake in the thereafter.

- Atlanta lost MTV’s “Teen Wolf” to Los Angeles, but USA’s “Necessary Roughness,” VH1’s “Single Ladies” and many BET shows still thrive.

- Farewell to classy Channel 2 Action News anchor Monica Pearson after 37 years and 3,700 hairstyles.

Honey Boo is visited by my colleague Jenn Brett a few months ago. CREDIT: Jennifer Brett/

Honey Boo is visited by my colleague Jenn Brett a few months ago. CREDIT: Jennifer Brett/

- The world redneckonized pageant girl Alana ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Thompson and her wacky Georgia family. Sure beats being Kate Gosselin!

- Step off, “Real Housewives of Atlanta”! Welcome VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta,’ where cheating, love triangles and creepy smiles prevailed.

- Speaking of ‘Housewives,’ Kim Zolciak leaves the show in a hail of curse words and bad juju. Her reward? A spin-off show.

- “X Factor” and “The Voice” sucked viewers away from “American Idol.” But Georgia winner Phillip Phillips had a hit with “Home.”

- Put away your Kit Kats: Brenda Leigh Johnson ends a seven-year run on TNT’s “The Closer.” Her colleagues solder on in “Major Crimes.”

- Atlanta’s TNT resurrects “Dallas” with a new generation of Ewings to scheme with Bobby, Sue Ellen and iconic J.R. (Larry Hagman, R.I.P.!)

- Marc Cherry’s “Desperate Housewives” leaves Wisteria Lane after eight seasons. Cherry’s new Lifetime show ‘Devious Maids’ debuts in 2013.

Steve Harvey has adjusted well to daytime talk show world in Chicago. CREDIT: AP

Steve Harvey has adjusted well to daytime talk show world in Chicago. CREDIT: AP

- Atlanta-based radio host and comic Steve Harvey moves to Chicago for his new syndicated talk show, which becomes a robust hit.

- Fair share of awkward moments when Madonna tried to turn back the clock during the Super Bowl halftime show. MIA’s middle finger didn’t help.

- The grouchy doctor is no longer in: “House” and Hugh Laurie shut down the medical mysteries after eight years on Fox.

- More changes at “Good Day Atlanta.” Farewell, Mark Hayes and Cheryl White. Hello, Ron Gant.

- Fall broadcast TV season generates no big hits – unless you count NBC’s “Revolution” (”Walking Dead Lite”) as a hit.

- Pass the doughnuts: Savannah Paula Deen has diabetes, nabs an endorsement deal for a diabetes drug. Anthony Bourdain reams her.

- Howard Stern takes over judge’s chair on ‘America’s Got Talent.’ He gets plaudits but ratings fall off. And go figure: a dog act won.

- Showtime’s conspiracy thriller “Homeland” keeps viewers riveted by Claire Danes’ facial contortions.

- We will always love you, Whitney Houston. And the new year won’t be the same without Dick Clark.

- Busy year for Anderson Cooper: he comes out, loses his syndicated talk show, gets retina burn in Portugal and wears an eye patch.

- The Olympics draws mondo ratings for NBC. Phelps, Gabby, Lochte: how quickly we forget!

- Who woulda thunk it? PBS becomes home to a buzz-worthy drama in ‘Downton Abbey.’ Thank you, Brits!

- “Good Morning America” overtook NBC’s ‘Today” show for the first time in 17 years. Biggest loser? Ann Curry, ousted as ratings slid.

- A casting misfire: Lindsay Lohan’s ill-fated, stilted comeback effort as Liz Taylor in “Liz & Dick” crashes and burns on Lifetime.

- CNN pulls in the big bucks for Time Warner but ratings woes led to change at the top: former NBC honcho Jeff Zucker takes over in January.

- Wrong-way move: veteran Fox 5 anchor Amanda Davis caught in a DUI accident and is now taking personal time off.

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17 comments Add your comment

Never forget

December 31st, 2012
9:41 am


People don’t forget

shelley wynter

December 31st, 2012
9:50 am

what bottom feeding troll would write to fire someone who covers radio and tv news? never forget i hope you were being facetious if not you are a lonely, no friend having wacko. i hope your new year starts off with an apt fire, and your computer shorts out when the firefighters pour water on it. Now isnt that nice to say? happy new year. d….d

Mercedes S.

December 31st, 2012
10:47 am

Thanks, Rodney… and, while Brenda may have been the solder that united her team on “The Closer”, I’m sure the old gang can soldier on just fine in “Major Crimes”

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December 31st, 2012
11:46 am

What kind of company renews the abysmal “Necessary Roughness” but cancels “Men of a Certain Age?” I don’t get it.


December 31st, 2012
12:08 pm

Best new show of the year, even surprised me as I didn’t expect much. It’s NASHVILLE, and the musci is great! Wednesday night will show clips of all previous episodes to catch those who have not been watching up on it, and then next Wed. starts the all new season. Bring it on, that hour just flys by.
BTW, anyone heard of a new reality show in the making about a 17 yr. old Playboy bunny from the hills(pun intended, I hope) of KY? Understand she calls herself “BUNNY HOO HOO” ! It’s just a rumor now, but would not surprise me at all.


December 31st, 2012
12:09 pm

****CORRECTION*****That would be “MUSIC” of course, don’t even know what “musci” is.


December 31st, 2012
12:18 pm

It’s pathetic of one’s career as a news reader when they are more known for their constantly changing hairstyles, such as the Curly Howard look, than actual abilities.

Calling It Like It Is

December 31st, 2012
12:42 pm

And how about all of the changes on Atlanta radio and what a cluster it has become?

Rodney Ho

December 31st, 2012
12:44 pm


December 31st, 2012
12:53 pm

The only good thing about tv in 2012 is The Walking Dead. Everything else was garbage.


December 31st, 2012
5:29 pm

Another thing about Jeff Zucker… other than being former NBC honcho and his move to CNN, he leaves his postion as Katie (Couric) show EP, and Katie show hires former Martha (Stewart) show EP.

A few other TV mentions: Guy Rawlings’ short-lived run at CBS Atlanta. Entertainment Tonight hiring CNN talent Rob Marciano to replace departed co-host Mark Steines. Farewell to ABC soap ‘One Life to Live’, and the cancellation of OLTL replacement ‘The Revolution’. Atlanta Housewife NeNe Leakes lands starring role on NBC comedy ‘The New Normal’… even as Salt Lake City NBC station says “no” to airing NBC comedy.


December 31st, 2012
6:17 pm

You are “OH SO WRONG, ROHO” as far as the fall season generating no big hits. NASHVILLE is considered a big hit by most in the business, and that is why it was picked up for a full season by ABC.


December 31st, 2012
6:26 pm

Wicked pic of Michonne @ top, wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of that shiv.

Personally I won’t miss T-Dog or Monica, but I will miss J.R., Whitney and Dick Clark.

Rodney Ho

December 31st, 2012
8:56 pm

@Dum-Bass. It’s all relative. Nashville is doing okay for a 10 p.m. show on primetime on a major broadcast network. It is averaging about 6 million viewers and a 2 share 18-49. DVR usage is helping the show boosting 18-49 to a more respectable 3.0 share or so and close to 9 million total viewers. Feel free to define that a big hit. I would call that respectable in this day and age but not a big hit. Personally, I like the show and am glad it will make it through the rest of the season and will likely get a second season.


January 2nd, 2013
12:28 pm

Regarding Anderson Cooper, who cares. Regarding Lindsay Lohan, enough already. No one cares. Regarding Honey Boo Boo, there are some morons (aka yankees) who would believe that all in the south are like that family. What a waste of electricity. Southerners should care. Anthony Bourdain is self-absorbed and without talent. Thanks for not mentioning the Kardashians. They should be the poster family for useless. It’s amazing what people will watch.

Daryl Dixon

January 3rd, 2013
11:45 am

SO !


UH !