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Caleb Johnson won season 13 of “American Idol.” He’s part of the “Idol Live” tour, coming Thursday to Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta. Here he is during the season finale in May 2014. CONTRIBUTED BY FOX

‘Idol’ tour soldiers on in shrunken form

As recently as 2011, “American Idol” was America’s most popular TV show, likely the last program that will ever average 30 million viewers a week given how splintered audiences have become. Today, “Idol” isn’t even the most popular singing competition show, averaging about 9 million viewers a week this past ...

Changes at WRAS will benefit public radio news fans

The partnership between Georgia Public Broadcasting and Georgia State University’s radio station 88.5/WRAS-FM announced Tuesday will benefit fans of public radio news programming who have long complained about rival 90.1/WABE-FM, which airs classical music during much of the day.So while WABE airs classical music from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ...

Snellville mom survives ‘Naked and Afraid’

Snellville’s Sabrina Mergenthaler, a stay-at-home mom of three, was dropped into the jungles of Bolivia last November without food, water or clothing for Discovery’s hottest new show, “Naked and Afraid.” She and her husband, Bob, stumbled upon the show last year. “We were laughing and I said, ‘I can do ...

Summer Benton, a homicide detective with the Atlanta Police Department, is featured on the TLC show “Women of Homicide.” Her first appearance is April 16.

TLC series focuses on female Atlanta homicide detective

Summer Benton, an Atlanta Police Department homicide detective featured on TLC’s new show “Women of Homicide,” can rock a fedora as if she were part of “The Untouchables.”“We’re known as the hat squad,” she says on the show. “You have to solve a homicide before you can get a hat.”Over ...

“The Returned,” with (from left) Clotilde Hesme and Pierre Perrier, on the Sundance Channel is about dead folks who reappear. Be ready for subtitles, though.

5 TV shows worth a binge

The word “binge” in years past has had a negative connotation, often involving an abundance of food.But when it comes to television, “binge watching” has become a virtue, making the act of sitting on a couch for hours on end, eyes glazed over, a virtue.This type of activity became en ...

Jeff Garlin ("The Goldbergs") performs at Laughing Skull April 8 to 12 and will be doing a Q&A at a film he executive produced "Finding Vivian Maier" at Lefont Sandy Springs April 12.

Garlin to test new material in Atlanta

Jeff Garlin may play a clueless dad wearing 1980s-era Cosby sweaters on ABC’s new MTV-era sitcom “The Goldbergs,” but to him, the gimmick of revisiting leg warmers and acid-washed jeans doesn’t really matter. “It’s just a great family show,” said Garlin, who will be in Atlanta this week at the ...

CNN doubled its recent viewing averages with 24/7 coverage of the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.

CNN’s obsession with missing plane boosts ratings

With no big news stories to report in February, CNN saw its ratings drop to alarmingly low levels. So when a Malaysian jet mysteriously disappeared March 8, CNN latched onto the story with 24/7 coverage. The result: CNN doubled its recent viewing averages, pushing the Atlanta-based network ahead of rival ...

Bo Bice, season 4 runner up on “American Idol,” now lives in Covington and was convinced by Emily Roach to co-produce and judge Rally Idol, a fundraiser Friday, March 21, 2014 at Buckhead theatre for the Rally Foundation.

‘Idol’-inspired fundraiser for kids with cancer

A year ago, east Cobb’s Emily Roach had to do community service in advance of her bat mitzvah. But instead of just volunteering a few hours at a charity, the 12-year-old wanted to go bigger. She was already active with the Atlanta-based Rally Foundation, which raises funds for childhood cancer ...

Sam Champion, who’s now with the Weather Channel, rehearses ahead of his new morning show, “AMHQ,” which starts Monday. “We don’t want people to change the channel,” he said. “We want them to get everything they need before they go out the door.” AKILI-CASUNDRIA RAMSESS / SPECIAL

Sam Champion embraces Weather Channel, Atlanta

Last fall, amiable weatherman Sam Champion was riding high as part of ABC’s “Good Morning America” team that sprinted past NBC’s “The Today Show,” breaking that show’s two-decade run as the nation’s most popular TV morning show. The longtime New Yorker loved his job, loved his city. He was not ...

Chelsea Handler, host of E!’s ‘Chelsea Lately” and author of several best-selling books, comes to the Fox Theatre for a stand-up show March 15, 2014.

Handler maturing — to a degree

Comic Chelsea Handler just turned 39 and said she’s feeling more like an adult.“I stopped smoking a year ago,” the late-night host said in a recent interview. “I’ve stopped taking Xanax to sleep. I want to be of clean mind and body for this tour.”Handler, host of E!’s “Chelsea Lately” ...

 
 
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