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TV briefs: Freddie Freeman's wife on 'Say Yes to the Dress,' TBS's 'Meet the Smiths,' TNT's 'The Librarians'

By RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com, originally filed Thursday, February 12, 2015

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman smilies as he announces that he has agreed to terms with the team that will keep him in a Braves uniform for eight years, on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Atlanta. Braves General manager Frank Wren said, "Freddie has established himself as one of the best young talents in the game." David Tulis / AJC Special

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman's 23-year-old wife Chelsea Goff is featured in this Friday's "Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta" on TLC.

Goff married Freeman in November.

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"He is just a great person. We've been together almost three and a half years and he still opens my car door for me," she said on the show, which airs at 10 p.m. Friday.

Her ceremony dress was an embroidered mermaid gown with an extended train and customized sweetheart neckline. Her reception dress was a beaded V-neck with a textured net skirt with ostrich feathers.

Sportingatl.com ranked her No. 1 among wives and girlfriends of Atlanta athletes.

Chelsea Goff (now Freeman) shows off her ceremony dress on "Say Yes to the Dress' Atlanta airing Friday at 10. CREDIT: TLC

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The cast of "The Librarians."

Atlanta-based TNT has renewed "The Librarians" for a second season. The unusually titled fantasy adventure drew the second highest ratings of any new drama in 2014, behind only TNT's "The Last Ship."

Counting multiple platforms, TNT said the show reached 11.4 million viewers a week. Ten new episodes will air later this year.

"The Librarians" center on an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around. The series was based on a film trilogy TNT aired years ago starring Noah Wyle (now on TNT's "Falling Skies", who pops in on a recurring basis.)

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Sportsman Kenny Smith and Gwendolyn Osbourne-Smith arrive at the Premiere Of Starz "Survivor's Remorse" at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on September 23, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Atlanta-based TNT is airing a preview of a new reality show "Meet the Smiths" after the NBA All Star Game this Friday. It features former NBA star Kenny "The Jet"  Smith and his wife and five kids.

While his family is based in Los Angeles, he visits Atlanta often as a basketball analyst for TNT's "Inside the NBA."

Smith's reality show debuts April 3 at 9 p.m. on sister station TBS.

Gwendolyn, his wife of eight years, notes in the preview that "Kenny 'The Dad' Smith isn't as cool as Kenny 'The Jet' Smith."

When he mentions how people "Google' him, one of his daughters scoffs: "You're not THAT poppin'!"

"You look like a big peanut head," his garrulous six-year-old son Malloy says.

"They need to re-nickname him 'The Snail,' " his older son AJ notes.

"I am the coolest person they know even though they don't know it," Smith says.

This is a formula that goes back to 2002's "The Osbournes," followed by similar shows such as "Run's House," "Deion's Family Playbook" and the current Atlanta-based USA show "Chrisley Knows Best," to name a few. (It feels far less contrived than "Chrisley Knows Best," if that matters much to you.)

He is pretty laid back but does get a little nutty when his teen daughters try to look sexy. He also likes to use tortured analogies, referencing microwaves, beaches, rabbits and fires.

While he's in Atlanta, we will get to meet him hanging with his NBA analyst buddies such as Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley.

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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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