TV/radio briefs: B98.5’s Madison James, Tommie Lee, ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ renewed, Corey Dylan as Cadillac Jack’s new partner

Originally posted Thursday, April 18, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Netlix has given a second season to Atlanta-produced horror drama “The Haunting of Hill House” but with a new name and new story line. 

The sophomore season, returning in 2020, will be dubbed “The Haunting of Bly Manor.”  I have not heard back from Netflix about whether the second season will also be shot in metro Atlanta.

According to E!, the series will be based on the late-19th century Henry James novel “The Turn of the Screw.” That book features a governess hired by a man who's taking care of his niece and nephew after the death of their parents and when she gets to the home, it’s haunted.  

"Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy are masterful at creating authentically frightening stories that leave audiences on the edge of their seats, but unable to look away," said Netflix Original Content VP Cindy Holland in a press release. "We're excited to continue our partnership with them on The Haunting series and future projects to come."
Netflix said it was the seventh most binged show on the service last year and reviews were largely positive. On Rotten Tomatoes, 91 percent of viewers liked it and an 8.7/10 on imdb.com among 108,000 plus voters. 

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Tommie Lee -- whose real name is Atasha Chizaah Jefferson -- showed up to court on March 14 for a hearing and was ordered to take a drug test. Authorities said she tested positive for alcohol.

Photo: Photo: WSB-TV

Former “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” star Tommie Lee, TMZ reports, was trying to escape more jail time by requesting to be placed in a special mental health program after allegedly attacking her daughter at a middle school last fall. 

TMZ found out the assistant district attorney determined Lee's criminal history and other factors "make her an inappropriate candidate for an accountability court." She has been imprisoned dozens of times over the years for various infractions, many of them related to parole violations. 

She has claimed she is bipolar and showed up to court recently drunk. 

If convicted, she could face up to 54 years in prison. 

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Madison James, the afternoon jock at B98.5, was let go on Monday. 

The company, per policy, declined to explain why. 

James, a Tennessee native, has been with Cox Media Group for 17 years at stations in Richmond and Greenville, S.C. before coming to Atlanta to do afternoons at the adult pop station. 

A replacement has not been named for what had been James’ 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. slot. 

James is a former Division I college basketball player and fitness trainer. She has two dogs Twix and Buddy. 
B98.5 is consistently a top-rated pop station in town. In March, it was tied for fifth with Christian pop station 104.7/The Fish at a 5.7 share, according to Nielsen Media. 

B98.5 and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution are both part of CMG. 

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Corey Dylan is now in her third month as part of the “Caddy & Corey” morning how on Kicks 101.5.

Honestly, I missed the announcement because Cumulus never sent me the release so I’m essentially writing this just as a way to note for the record that it happened. 

She replaced Ali Mac, who was let go in January. She is Cadillac Jack’s fourth on-air female partner following Kristen Gates (now at 94.9/The Bull), Dallas McCade (now mid-days) and Ali Mac

Dylan was previously an on-air guest host on “TMZ” and HSN, and had been a morning host at Hot AC station Mix 100.7 (WMTX-FM) and AM Tampa Bay 970/WFLA-AM in Tampa.

The press release quotes former PD Brian Thomas, who lost his job soon after: “I feel so fortunate for Corey to join Cadillac Jack in mornings. Her multi-media experience will create one of the best country shows in radio.”

Cadillac Jack has been with Kicks and/or its former sister station Y106 for 25 years. 

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