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City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP
City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
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Nick Cellini exclusive interview: life after a bit gone bad

nick_celliniNick Cellini, two months removed from a tasteless morning bit that got him fired from 790/The Zone, was back in a studio Thursday, headset on, mic open, expressing dismay about Jason Heyward’s jaw injury and bad odor memories from the old Yankee Stadium.

The difference: he’s doing a podcast in the back of an office near the Punchline Comedy Club. The likely audience for his podcast is in the hundreds rather than the tens of thousands of listeners who caught him every morning on Mayhem in the AM on his old radio station, where he worked for more than 16 years.

His paycheck is gone, too, along with his two former colleagues Chris Dimino and Steak Shapiro.

But all is not lost. By doing the podcast, Cellini’s keeping his mind busy, trying to create a sense of normality after one of the toughest moments in his professional career. And he found out who his friends really were, including a few who have placed ads on his podcast. (Two buddies Ray Voght and Patrick Wiebeld help him …

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What TV shows are being shot in metro Atlanta?

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TV productions continue to flourish in Atlanta.

In 2011, I found 25. In 2012, I came up with 33.

This year? I counted 52 in production or have aired this year.

In other words, I’m busier than ever.

Most of the programs are reality programs but there are 19 scripted productions, a record to date since the state passed sweetened tax credits in 2008. Without said credits, only Tyler Perry’s programs and perhaps “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” would even be here.

This compilation below includes shows that are distributed on a network (or via syndication) that airs nationally. Netflix, Amazon and the like have not shot any shows here that have made it to series (though Amazon tested a pilot of “Zombieland” that didn’t make the cut.)

On the list, I’ve been able to confirm only one show which has aired multiple seasons that is officially over: Discovery’s “Auction Kings” after four seasons.  But several programs are on the potential chopping block, including USA’s …

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‘Walking Dead’ Walker Stalker convention in Atlanta Nov. 1-3, 2013 with Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln

Norman Reedus plays Daryl Dixon and will be at the Stalker Walker convention November 2, 2013.

Norman Reedus plays Daryl Dixon and will be at the Stalker Walker convention November 2, 2013.

You may have watched Daryl Dixon and Rick Grimes for years on AMC’s most popular drama “The Walking Dead.” In November, you’ll be able to see them in person at the first “Walking Dead”-inspired convention in downtown Atlanta, the Walker Stalker Con.

Credit Nashville residents Eric Nordhoff and James Frazier, “Walking Dead” fans who were inspired to create the convention after visiting Senoia last November, where “The Walking Dead” is partially shot.

While the show was producing its season 3 finale, the two friends were able to meet several of the actors and decided soon after to start a “Walker Stalkers” podcast about the show. Over a span of a few months, they began drawing a following, peaking with 23,000 downloads in March. They interviewed executive producer Greg Nicotero and several of the actors.

“We were blown away he wanted to be on our podcast. And it snowballed …

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Fred Kalil stepping down as 11 Alive sports anchor

fred kalilAfter more than two decades, the esteemed 11 Alive sports anchor Fred Kalil today announced during the 6 p.m newscast that he is stepping down from that much coveted job.

News director Ellen Crooke send out this note to staff today:

Our Fred Kalil …the guy we all love, the guy who makes us laugh, the guy with a heart the size of Buick has an announcement he wants to share with all of you. We are sending it to all of you first before we tell the community tonight. Just remember Fred will continue to cover sports for us on air… in fact watch sports tonight as he previews this weekend’s biggest college game ! We love ya Fred !

In this farewell video narrated by Jaye Watson, he expressed his love for sports and his desire as a young man to become an anchor, a dream he pulled off with aplomb.

He had a benign cyst removed from his brain in 2000 but it took months for him to recover short-term memory. He returned to the air three months later and …

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Frank Ski to start at D.C.’s WHUR, expand from there

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Frank Ski will be back on the radio airwaves September 9 but not in Atlanta – yet.

The former long-time V-103 morning host will start a solo afternoon show on Washington D.C.’s urban AC station WHUR-FM 96.3, where he did a tryout in April.

This confirms what multiple sources had told me earlier this weekend.

From there, he hopes to expand to other affiliates, including a station in Atlanta.

While most radio personalities have a six-month non-compete clause which prevents them from working in radio in that market, Ski has an even more draconian one-year non compete. So he wouldn’t be able to be on air in Atlanta until late December even if he wanted to.

The WHUR gig “wasn’t even an idea I came up with,” Ski said in an exclusive interview. “It was an idea [WHUR] General Manager Jim Watkins came up with after I spent a week filling in in D.C.”

His producer Nina Brown and he went to D.C. without knowledge they were doing a tryout until they got there. He thought at first that it …

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Exclusive: K Michelle (”Love & Hip Hop Atlanta”) gets an eviction notice

K Michelle was given an eviction notice for not paying her final two months rent in Atlanta before moving to New York. After hemming and hawing, she eventually paid it off. Her new album did debut at No. 2 last week, selling 72,000 copies.

K Michelle was given an eviction notice for not paying her final two months rent in Atlanta before moving to New York. After hemming and hawing, she eventually paid it off. Her new album did debut at No. 2 last week, selling 72,000 copies.

On Sunday’s episode of “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” on VH1, cast member and R&B singer K Michelle said she was leaving for New York City to focus on her music career. She has sine said she is joining the original (and less popular0 “Love & Hip Hop,” New York edition.

Yesterday, her Atlanta landlord filed an eviction notice against her for failing to pay her last two months rent before leaving town. (If this sounds vaguely familiar, see this story about Kenya Moore over at “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”)

[UPDATE: August 27, 2013: She paid up her rent to the landlord, empty threats notwithstanding]

The filing to Fulton County magistrate court says she owes $6,450 (plus late fees), plus an additional $1,250 in filing and administrative fees. The …

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We have moved! Move with us!

Funny. I’m currently selling my home and moving into another one.

Effectively, that’s what we’re doing here, too. My new Radio & TV Talk home is now at

http://www.accessatlanta.com/weblogs/radio-tv-talk/

Please move to that URL. All my old entries going back to March, 2009 on this current platform (Wordpress) shall remain for now.

The biggest difference (besides the look) is the fact you now have to register to comment. The good news there is hopefully the trolls will go away.

To begin, click the registration link at the top of the COMMENTS section. Once you are registered, you can comment as many times as you like on any of our stories or blogs, as long as you follow our guidelines for commenting.

It’s a relatively new piece of software so there are many issues that hopefully will be dealt with. Please email me at rho@ajc.com if you have any suggestions on how we can make it more user friendly.  The hope is that this new software will be more compatible with mobile devices, …

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‘American Idol’ Chicago auditions recap

Johnny Keyser is back! He should have made it further last year.

Johnny Keyser is back! He should have made it further last year.

Thank you Deirdre for corralling everybody over to my “moving!” blog entry to comment on the show Thursday night while I was out. I’ll tell you all when the commenting issue on the new software is fixed.

Without all the set up from day one in New York, they chose to highlight more talent in Chicago. Far more talent.

And that made for a more entertaining two hours. We saw 16 people make it to Hollywood, twice as many as in New York.  We saw only five bad ones. There wasn’t a situation liks Wednesdahy where the singer was closer but not quite there.  Among my favorites; MacKenzie (country), Curtis (the gospel guy), Kez (fire performer) and Lazaro (stutterer).

If spoilers are to be believed, a mere three of them, though, make it to the final 40.

First up:

Mackenzie Wasner, 17, Leiper’s Fork, TN (“Whenever You Come Around” Vince Gill) – This blond country singer has …

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“American Idol” season 12 debut recap

AMERICAN IDOL: Pictured L-R: Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Mariah Carey at the Chicago auditions of AMERICAN IDOL airing on the two-night premiere Wednesday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Jan. 17 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).  CR: Michael Becker / FOX.

AMERICAN IDOL: Pictured L-R: Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Mariah Carey at the Chicago auditions of AMERICAN IDOL airing on the two-night premiere Wednesday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Jan. 17 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). CR: Michael Becker / FOX.

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Based on opening night in New York, Nicki Minaj brought color, pizzazz and the occasional British accent to the “American Idol” stage season 12. Whether that will help enliven the ratings is a big question mark.

Overall, this panel is a bit tougher than past years. They turned away some passable singers, even one that’s missing a leg.  Nicki, especially, set the tone and would often say singers weren’t quite ready for primetime if they fell just short of the mark.

I can’t say I necessarily saw the next “American Idol” tonight though, based on spoilers, three of the eight singers we …

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Confirmed: Lifetime drops Peachtree City’s ‘Drop Dead Diva’ after four seasons

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Three months ago, I questioned whether Lifetime was going to renew “Drop Dead Diva,” a dramedy shot out of Peachtree City since 2009.

Why? In the past, they had given the show a green light for a new season no later than September. By mid-October, I had heard nothing. So it was fair for me to think Lifetime was truly on the fence about the show.

Indeed, the silence continued until a Deadline.com story yesterday confirmed what creator Josh Berman had feared: Lifetime is sending the show to heaven after four seasons. Unless Sony, the production company, can find another network to pick it up, metro Atlanta is losing another show. (MTV’s “Teen Wolf” decided to move to Los Angeles after two seasons.)

Deadline.com is almost always accurate in situations like this. I have not heard back from folks at Lifetime or Berman himself just yet but will update this when I do get independent confirmation. [UPDATE at 12:38 p.m. EST: A Lifetime spokeswoman confirmed that Deadline is 100% …

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