TV briefs: CNN drone, Miles O'Brien, RuPaul's Drag Race, 'Food Fighters' casting call, '2 Fat 2 Fly'

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Saturday, March 7, 2015

Atlanta-based CNN recently used a drone for the first time for news purposes in Selma.

The drone shot the Edmund Pettis Bridge prior to the 50th anniversary of the march. You can see some of the footage here:

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This Tuesday at 9 p.m., CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta is doing a one-hour special about CNN aviation analyst Miles O'Brien and a freak accident that cost him his arm called "Miles O'Brien: A Life Lost and Found."

A year ago, camera box fell on O'Brien's left forearm while in Philippines. At first, he didn't think much of it but 48 hours later, he was in surgery, fighting for his life. Ultimately, he lost his left arm above the elbow.

CNN followed O'Brien throughout the year as he struggles to live life without his arm. He re-learns how to ride a bike and fly a plane.

O'Brien worked at CNN (including time in Atlanta) from 1992 to 2008 and returned last year. He is now based out of D.C.

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Credit: Rodney Ho

Credit: Rodney Ho

Former Atlantan RuPaul has had huge success with his Logo show "RuPaul's Drag Race," which debuted its seventh season last Monday. Atlanta also has a representative, a svelte 23-year-old Jason Dardo whose stage name is Violet Chachki. He won the first challenge, showing great fashion sense that impressed the judges, including Carson Kressley, Ross Matthews and Kathy Griffin.

The show airs Mondays at 9 p.m.

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NBC's summer reality series "Food Fighters" pits amateur cooks against professional cooks. It debuted last summer and is set to return this summer, with Emory University grad Adam Richman (best known for "Man Vs. Food") as host.

The show is holding a casting call Saturday March 14 at Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Atlanta from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details below and foodfighterscasting.com. You must be 9 years or older to compete.

Credit: Rodney Ho

Credit: Rodney Ho

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Best buds Ramone (left) and Corey on OWN's "2 Fat 2 Fly" series. CREDIT: OWN

The new OWN reality food truck show "2 Fat 2 Fly" shot heavily in Atlanta last year. The show debuted Feb. 28. It features Corey Simmons and Ramone Dickerson, best friends who started a food truck business in Columbia, S.C. but moved to Atlanta for greater opportunity.

The first episode featuring Atlanta is airing Saturday, March 7, at 10 p.m.

ExploreOne of our food writers Bob Townsend is featured.

Here's a summary:

After a night on the town to feel out the atmosphere, Ramone is excited about the prospects of what Atlanta could offer them while Corey remains skeptical.  The event at Sweetwater could be just the exposure they need but is 2 Fat 2 Fly ready for the big time?  Will Atlanta be the next big move or will the big city send them home packing?

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