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BET greenlights yet another Atlanta-based production ‘Single Black Female’

From 2010: Kris Bagwell (right) talks with Salim Akil, writer, producer and director of BET's show "The Game", which films at the EUE/Screen Gems Studios Wednesday October 6, 2010. Kris Bagwell, executive vice president for the EUE/Screen Gems Studios at the former Lakewood Fairgrounds. Brant Sanderlin bsanderlin@ajc.com

From 2010: Kris Bagwell (right) talks with Salim Akil, writer, producer and director of BET's show "The Game", which films at the EUE/Screen Gems Studios Wednesday October 6, 2010. Kris Bagwell, executive vice president for the EUE/Screen Gems Studios at the former Lakewood Fairgrounds. Brant Sanderlin bsanderlin@ajc.com

BET has greenlit a pilot for a new Atlanta-based hour-long drama called “Single Black Female,” according to Deadline.com.

Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, who created BET’s biggest show “The Game,” are the executive producers.

The show -not to be mistaken for VH1’s ‘Single Ladies” or the film “Single White Female” – will feature a black woman who hosts a popular Atlanta-based talk show. Casting does not appear to be finalized.

Mo’Nique would be a great choice to play the host, though that would be awkward since BET axed her actual Atlanta-based talk show last year after two seasons.

Mara Brock Akil wrote the film “Sparkle,” which stars the now late Whitney …

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Fred Armisen (’SNL’) talks about IFC’s ‘Portlandia: The Tour’ at Variety Playhouse Feb. 23

fred-armisen-carrie-brownstein-portlandiaFred Armisen for years has been known as a sketch comic on “Saturday Night Live,” playing characters ranging from Barack Obama to Prince to Steve Jobs.

But he has extended his comedic resume to IFC sketch show “Portlandia,” which uses Portland, Ore. as its palette and stage. Armisen and musician Carrie Brownstein play different characters gently sending up the quirky, liberal city where riding a bike and eating organic is a way of life.

“Portlandia,” which airs Fridays at 10 p.m., is only in its second season yet the pair has taken the show on a national tour, stopping in Atlanta Thursday at the Variety Playhouse in Little Five Points. The first seven dates sold out, starting, of course, in Portland in December.

[UPDATE 2/20/12: The first show sold out so they’ve just added a second show at 10:30 p.m. Buy tickets here.)

“We had never done a live performance together before,” said Armisen in a phone interview from New York City earlier this week. “At first, we didn’t know what …

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Moby suspended from South 107 in Rome for cursing

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Moby was suspended from South 107 Monday for an accidental curse word. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Moby, the veteran syndicated country DJ, was suspended indefinitely from South 107 in Rome after he accidentally uttered a word combining the Lord’s three-letter name and “damn” on Monday.

For now, Kevin Daniels will cover the shift from 6 to 10 a.m. Hometownheadlines.com broke the news.

Moby, in an exclusive interview Monday night, said his North Fulton County studio was hot this morning so when he thought the mic was off, he cursed about the furnace being on. Listeners heard him.

“I hated it happened,” Moby said. “It won’t be repeated. A lesson learned. In the studio,  you always have to assume the mikes are open.”

Howard Toole, a managing member of Rome Radio Partners (which operates South 107), said “it crossed the line with a lot of listeners and advertisers.” So the station chose to suspend him but then opened up their website for people to comment on whether to keep him …

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History’s ‘Top Shot’ features Cumming custom knife maker Dylan Fletcher

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Dylan Fletcher of Cumming battles for $100,000 in "Top Shot." CREDIT: History

Dylan Fletcher held his first gun at age three.

And he’s been shooting ever since. The 31-year-old Alpharetta custom knife maker can now use his prowess to win $100,000 on History Channel’s “Top Shot,” which enters its fourth season Tuesday.

“It’s a great experience competing against the best shooters in the country,” Fletcher said earlier this month by phone. “It’s a lot of fun to go out there. But it’s hard work doing TV. People see 42 minutes out of three days of filming. It’s a hectic schedule.”

A fan of the show, Fletcher said he loves the competition part, eschews the “drama” that occurs between contestants. He thinks his group was fairly tight knit and didn’t get into too many tiffs. So he had his own attitude coming in: “I’m here to shoot. I don’t care about the arguments.”

In fact, in the first episode, Fletcher is on screen for maybe a few seconds tops. Presumably, we’ll see more of him …

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Whitney Houston tribute boosts Grammy ratings to 2nd best in history

Adele won all six categories she was in, including Record of the Year and Album of the Year. CREDIT: AP

Adele won all six categories she was in, including Record of the Year and Album of the Year. CREDIT: AP

The Grammy Awards drew a whopping 39 million viewers last night, up from 26.6 million a year ago.

In all likelihood, the boost came from the death of Whitney Houston as viewers sought a place to view a live tribute. L.L. Cool J, the host, gave a tasteful prayer at the start and they re-played a portion of Houston’s 1993 Grammy performance of “I Will Always Love You.”

At 10:40 p.m. EST, after an “In Memorium” segment, Jennifer Hudson sang a strong and achingly respectful performance of Houston’s signature song  “I Will Always Love You.”

The other factor was anticipation of Adele’s comeback performance after throat surgery. And Adele did not disappoint, just happy to be able to sing again and getting the deserved accolades for her album that will not stop, “21.”

The 18-49 rating of 14.1 was the biggest since 1990, according to Nielsen’s preliminary ratings. (Final numbers …

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Three biggest ‘Idol’ stars shine in Grammys

Jennifer Hudson poured her heart and soul out in tribute to Whitney Houston at the Grammys last night. CREDIT: AP

Jennifer Hudson poured her heart and soul out in tribute to Whitney Houston at the Grammys last night. CREDIT: AP

“Idol” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe had to have felt a surge of pride last night watching the Grammys last night. The trifecta of “Idol” superstars – Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson – were all featured and all proved their worth in various ways.

Early on, Clarkson dueted with Jason Aldean on their No. 1 hit “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” Aldean’s mic died in the end but otherwise, Clarkson did a superb job as always and proved she can jump genres easily.

Later, Underwood teamed with the ageless Tony Bennett for the classic “It Had to Be You.” While this is not the most natural voice combo, she balanced respect of his stature and her own vocal skills with his classy delivery.

And after nearly three hours of anticipation, the Grammys presented their annual “In Memorium” which segued cleanly into Hudson’s emotionally wrenching “I Will Always Love …

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‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ recap, season 4, episode 13: When it rains, it pours!

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Having watched Marlo Hampton the past few weeks, what are adjectives to best decribe her? (Pick up to 3)

  • Bourghetto
  • Tiresome
  • Insecure
  • Obsessed with labels
  • Spoiled
  • Insufferable
  • Won’t ever shut up
  • Gold digger
  • Entertaining

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So while Rihanna, Coldplay and Taylor Swift were ruling the Grammys over on CBS, Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” were taking us on a trip to South Africa in the most schizophrenic episode yet.

The first half: the usual silliness and pettiness that makes the show such a junk-food joy. Part two: poor kids warm the hearts of these self-centered women and make them (briefly) forget their trivial arguments.

We continue the idiotic argument Marlo Hampton got into with Shere Whitfield in the episode two weeks ago. (Bravo skipped a new episode last week for the Super Bowl.)

The argument seems to drag on so long that it seems like it lasted two weeks and we were merely coming back in real …

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TV best bets with Whitney dedications, returns of ‘Survivor,’ ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ ‘The Amazing Race’

Whitney Houston died Feb. 11, 2012. She was 48. CREDIT: AP

Whitney Houston died Feb. 11, 2012. She was 48. CREDIT: AP

During a week where the country is mourning the death of Whitney Houston, her name will be a fixture on plenty of news and entertainment shows beyond just the Grammy’s Sunday.

The NAACP Image Awards on NBC Friday is live so Houston will get plenty of good love.

On Monday, Lifetime has rejiggered its schedule and will air “The Bodyguard” starring Houston and Kevin Costner at 8 p.m. BET’s “106 & Park” will air a three-hour tribute that night starting at 6 p.m. right before “BET Honors” at 9 p.m., which was pre-taped before her death.

At 9:30 p.m. Monday, VH1 will do a special news special and a “greatest moments” special Thursday at 11 p.m. VH1 Classic Tuesday will play Houston videos A to Z from noon to 8 p.m.

On Tuesday, Amber Riley will sing “I Will Always Love You” on Fox’s “Glee,” which is purely coincidental since it was taped weeks ago.

On Thursday, OWN will air a two-hour special (9 to 11 p.m.) featuring the 2009 …

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Former Atlantan Whitney Houston reported dead at age 48

Your favorite Whitney Houston songs (or renditions? (Pick up to 3)

  • I Will Always Love You
  • Greatest Love of All
  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody
  • How Will I Know
  • Star Spangled Banner
  • I’m Your Baby Tonight
  • Saving All My Love For You
  • Didn’t We Almost Have It All?
  • Where Do Broken Hearts Go?
  • Something else

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Whitney Houston has reportedly died at age 48. CREDIT: AP

Whitney Houston has reportedly died at age 48. CREDIT: AP

R&B singer and former Atlanta resident Whitney Houston died Saturday night at age 48.

TMZ reports she was found unresponsive this afternoon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. People.com said she was going to be at Clive Davis‘ annual pre-Grammy party at the hotel Saturday night, though earlier reports falsely said she was going to perform. (Davis guided her career.) The party, the magazine said, featured tributes from Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Alicia Keys and Diddy.

Police are not sure how she died but TMZ Sunday morning said she was taking Xanax …

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‘The Voice’ winner Javier Colon to serenade Valentine’s Day crowd at Variety Playhouse

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NBC’s “The Voice” was a huge surprise hit last spring and winner Javier Colon was buoyed by having a second chance after previous efforts to break it big had failed. (He had been with Columbia Records from 2002 to 2006.)

But when he released an album in November with Universal Republic, hardly anybody noticed, even though reviews were respectable.

“It wasn’t just Javier Colon’s high, supple, long-breathed, achingly sincere tenor that made him the winner on the premiere season of ‘The Voice’ this year. It was also his personality as a family man, earnest striver and all-around nice guy. He doesn’t break character on his new album, ‘Come Through for You,’ which is filled with advice like, “If you want to make it in love, you’ve got to be ready to give everything.” - New York Times.

“Not only does Colon sound invested in these songs — the result, surely, of having actually written them, which is another change from the pre-fabricated ‘American Idol model — he …

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