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TV/radio briefs: 'Hell's Kitchen' casting, 'Hap and Leonard' moves to Atlanta, CoCo Brother

By RODNEY HO/, originally filed Monday, September 12, 2016

Want to get Gordon Ramsay freakin' mad and screw up his signature Beef Wellington?

Fox's "Hell's Kitchen" is coming to Atlanta to seek more contestants today. It's an open call. Come on by the Art Institute of Atlanta from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m and pitch yourself.

The sturdy reality competition show returns for season 16 on Friday, September 23. Fox has already cleared seasons 17 and 18 as well.

In case you miss it, you can certainly go to these other open casting calls later this week:

CITY                                       DATE                                      VENUE

Chicago, IL                              Friday, Sept. 16                      Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago

Dallas, TX                               Friday, Sept. 16                      Art Institute of Dallas

For additional casting information, including forms and eligibility requirements, please visit:



SundanceTV announced last week that season two production of the critically acclaimed “Hap and Leonard” will start on September 19 in Atlanta.

Starring James Purefoy (“The Following”) and Michael Kenneth Williams (“The Night Of”), the show has added two key actors for season two: award-winning Brian Dennehy (“Death of a Salesman”) and Irma P. Hall (“A Family Thing”).

"Hap and Leonard," according to the show descriptive, is set in the late 1980s, "a darkly comic swamp noir of two best friends, one femme fatale, a crew of washed up revolutionaries, a pair of murderous psycho killers, some lost loot, and the fuzz."

The show moved from Louisiana, which has capped its film production tax credits. WGN's "Underground" moved to Savannah for its second season from Louisiana.

The network has shot two other shows in metro Atlanta: "Rectify," which returns next month for its fourth and final season and "The Red Road," which lasted two seasons.




Atlanta's Cory "CoCo Brother" Condrey held a rally in New York City Sunday on the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

He performed music from his CD project "#America."

According to a press release, "#America graphically lays out the issues of today’s world with the hard hitting declaration “We Declare War,” inciting “the real Christians” to stand up and address the issues of the day."

“Our 9/11 heroes gave their lives with no consideration of skin color, black lives matter, or blue lives matter because We All Matter!…Jesus Matters!,” Condrey said. “The Church must STOP being quiet and afraid!  We simply must unify again to Stand for America.”

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

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