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TV briefs: Kandi Burruss, Steve Harvey's 'Little Big Shots,' 'Saints and Sinners,'

By RODNEY HO/, originally filed Thursday, March 10, 2016

Kandi Burruss released the first photos of her son to People magazine. She presumably got a little extra cash for the privilege.

Ace Wells was born January 6. It's Kandi's first child with Todd Tucker.

“It’s like starting all over,” Burruss told the magazine. “We were like, ‘Which bottles do we use? What diapers do we buy?’ Simple stuff that you would think I already know and I don’t. It’s silly.”

See the photos here.

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" was taped a few months ago and she is still very pregnant on the show. My guess the birth will probably be on the season finale, coming soon.


Steve Harvey is host to a kids talent show called "Little Big Shots." CREDIT: NBC

Part-time Atlantan Steve Harvey, already host of three shows, may have a fourth hit on his hands.

Last night's debut of his NBC show "Little Big Shots" drew 12.7 million overnight viewers, holding well after "The Voice."

The show featuring child prodigies ages 3 to 14 and Harvey's patented off-the-cuff humor will move to its regular time slot this Sunday.

According to, this was NBC's alternative series debut since "The Voice" in 2011. The 2.9 18-49 share was the best since Fox's "The X Factor."

Harvey already hosts his own talk show, "Family Feud" and ABC's "Celebrity Family Feud."


Saints and sinners

Atlanta's Bounce TV's first scripted drama "Saints and Sinners" drew 1.3 million viewers over two airings Sunday night.

That's the biggest viewership in the network's five-year history.

“This is a watershed moment for Bounce TV. Having a huge, record-setting audience tune-in for the debut of an original series and the show becoming part of the national conversation socially, with #SaintsAndSinners trending alongside The Walking Dead, Downton Abbey and the Democratic Presidential Debate, is a tremendous achievement,” said Jonathan Katz, Chief Operating Officer of Bounce TV, in a press release.

The series focuses on an Atlanta megachurch and the seamy underside of its operations.

On Sunday night, the top three ad-supported cable shows for African Americans were all shot in Atlanta: "The Walking Dead," "Real Housewives of Atlanta" and "Saints and Sinners."

I spoke with Oprah Winfrey earlier this week on the set of Atlanta-produced "Greenleaf," an upcoming OWN drama set in a Memphis megachurch scheduled to debut June 21.  Amazingly, until I mentioned it to her, she had no idea about "Saints and Sinners." She seemed surprised she hadn't heard about it. I don't think that was necessarily good news in her brain.


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