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Rodney Ho covers TV and radio, from Atlanta’s stations to the hottest “American Idol" news.

TV briefs: Ryan Seacrest's new girlfriend; Whitney Houston; Todd Chrisley; Erin Andrews and Pam Oliver;

Former Dunwoody resident Ryan Seacrest, the busiest man in Hollywood, has a new girlfriend Shayna Taylor.

She acknowledged this for the first time on TMZ when the pair returned at LAX from a vacation to Italy and France.

He broke up with actress, singer and dancer Julianne Hough last year after more than two years together.

On her Instagram page, she identifies herself as a model, fitness trainer and chef. I guess Ryan has a type, doesn't he?  You can see shots of her with Ryan on said page such as this oneRumors of their coupling started hitting the gossip pages late last year.


Check out the first promo photo from Lifetime's upcoming biopic of Whitney Houston and her tumultuous relationship with Bobby Brown, Though they spent their latter years together in Atlanta as chronicled in Bravo's 2005 reality show 'Being Bobby Brown,"  the film is set during their early relationship in Los Angeles in the 1990s. They met in 1989 (which this photo presumably is set based on the hair styles) and married in 1992. They divorced in 2007.

Below is Yaya DaCosta as Whitney and Arlen Escarpeta as Bobby.

FOR TV- WHITNEY AND BOBBY- Yaya DaCosta (Whitney) and Arlen Escarpeta (Bobby) (Credit: Jack Zeman/Lifetime 2014)


John Walsh's "The Hunt" debut Sunday night on CNN opened to solid numbers last night: almost 1 million viewers. For CNN, that's pretty good and it was stronger than either Fox News or MSNBC.


Erin Andrews (right) gets promoted at Fox while Pam Oliver gets moved off the first team. Both are based in Atlanta. CREDIT: Getty Images

Erin Andrews, who ostensibly lives in Atlanta but is almost never here, replaces fellow Atlanta resident Pam Oliver as Fox's top sideline reporter.

Andrew will work with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.

Oliver moves to the No. 2 position with Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch after two decades there.

According to, Oliver was stunned by the move, though her bosses thought enough about her to fly down to Atlanta and give her the news in person.

“To go from the lead crew to no crew was a little shocking,” Oliver said to “I said I wanted to do a 20th year [on the sidelines]. I expressed to them that I was not done and had something to offer. Again, I think it was predetermined coming in. Not at that meeting, but two years ago it was determined that no matter what I did or did not do, a change would be made for this year.”

Her bosses eventually agreed to give Oliver one final year on the NFL sidelines.

Oliver will remain at Fox Sports last week but will instead do long-form pieces, specials, major interviews and some producing as well.


Todd Chrisley with his son Chase at TCA promoting "Chrisley Knows Best" on USA. CREDIT: Getty Images

At the Television Critics Association shindig I haven't been to in seven plus years, Atlanta's Todd Chrisley of USA's "Chrisley Knows Best"  answered the "are you gay?' question from The Wrap with aplomb though he made a curious statement at the end:

I don't believe that being gay is something you should be ashamed of,” he said. “I don't believe it's something you should hide. And if I wanted to date someone, I would call you and I would ask you go to dinner with me. But right now, I'm very content in my life with where I am. Today, I'm not gay.”

Maybe we can check in tomorrow and see if things had changed.


"Weird Al" Yankovic's parody of Pharrell Williams' "Happy" features "Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet, actress, talk-show host and "Archer" voiceover star Aisha Tyler, film actor Jack Black, comedienne Kristen Schaal and comic Margaret Cho, who spent a good portion of her past six years shooting "Drop Dead Diva' in Peachtree City. Check it out here.


And somehow, I missed this from two months ago on YouTube's "Epic Rap Battles in History." This is Rick Grimes of "The Walking Dead' vs. Walter White of "Breaking Bad."

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

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