Hulk Hogan: I coulda brought down the Georgia Dome (again)

Dynamite? Pfffttt.. we should have called Hulk Hogan.

The colorful pro wrestler belatedly offered his explosive charms following the Georgia Dome’s demolition Monday morning.

More than 300 pounds of explosives collapsed the steel in the upper ring and about 4,500 pounds of dynamite crumbled the Dome’s concrete columns this morning, AJC sports writer Tim Tucker reported. The operation was almost completely successful (a little of the remaining structure still has to come down) but, crucially, Mercedes-Benz Stadium is A-ok. It could probably do with some window washing but was otherwise unaffected by the enormous explosion.

MORE: The epic battle between Falcons QB Matt Ryan and pro golfer Rickie Fowler at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Here’s what the Hulk had to say later:

The first time the Georgia Dome exploded was Hollywood Hogan vs @goldberg. Now they had to implode it. They should have just called me and Bill again brother. HH http://pic.twitter.com/A9n3hr18Jl

— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) November 20, 2017

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What is up with Constance Jones, formerly of ‘Good Day Atlanta’?

Posted Monday, November 20, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Constance Jones was on Fox 5’s “Good Day Atlanta” for just a hot second before leaving to move back to Miami earlier this year with no explanation given.

Jones has since landed a new gig as a correspondent for a new TLC features/lifestyle talk show “Young Americans” hosted by “Jersey Shore” alum Jenni “JWoww” Farley. The show debuts in January, 2018 though a specific date has not been announced. JWoww, 31, is married with two kids.

RELATED: Sharon Lawson takes over for Constance Jones on “Good Day Atlanta”

The show is gunning for Millennials based on the production company’s sales pitch:

“Young Americans!” is a magazine style National Television Series focusing on entertaining, educating and empowering Millennials to be the best they can be! Each episode will be taped in different millennial “hotspots” such as South Beach, New York City and Los Angeles.

Jones will be one of the South Beach correspondents. She’s in the promo video here.

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‘Floribama Shore’ features Atlantan Kirk Medas Nov. 27

Atlanta’s Kirk Medas, part of MTV’s new show “Floribama Shore.”

Posted Monday, November 20, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

MTV’s “Jersey Shore” became one of the biggest reality show phenomenons of all time when it debuted in 2009.

The concept was nothing special: seven Italian-American-ish young men and women live in a house for the summer and party – a lot. What worked was the wacky personalities and how much fun they all seemed to have.

They quickly became household names – at least their nicknames were: “J-Woww,” “Pauly D,” “The Situation,” “Snooki.” Catchphrases abounded: “GTL” – as in gym, tan, laundry; “fist pump,” “grenade,” “smush.”

RELATED: “Jersey Shore” original cast would love a reboot and are not thrilled with the “new” version without them

Sure, the novelty quickly wore off and the show was gone by 2012. But MTV wasn’t going to let a successful idea die permanently. It’s resurrecting the concept for a new generation, moving down South to the Florida panhandle near the Alabama shore. Thus, the 2017 show name: “Floribama Shore.”

One Atlanta resident is part of the eight-person cast: 25-year-old Kirk Demas. He spent this past summer in Panama City. And he’s a “Jersey Shore” acolyte.

“I was like 15, 16,” said Demas, who works at a local HVAC company. “They were just so ratchet and fun. My friends watching would say, ‘Dude! I could see you doing that!’ Now it’s happening.” (His favorite? Pauly D.)

Indeed, he was just hanging with a buddy in Panama Beach interviewing for a spot on the show when the producers called him over. In the end, he got picked – not his friend.

“I’ve always been known as the life of the party,” he said. “I’m outgoing. I always have a smile on my face.”

Panama Beach is a popular vacation spot for Atlantans and Demas said as a high school student a decade ago, he regularly went there for spring break when it was easier to drink under age. The city, he noted, has cracked down on that.

Their beach house is down the road from Panama City’s most famous club Club La Vela, which bills itself as “the largest nightclub in the USA” with a capacity of 6,000 people, 10 theme rooms and 48 bar stations. (Currently it’s under renovation until New Year’s.) In the first episode, they stop at Ms. Newbies.

All eight get jobs doing “beach service,” meaning selling jet skis and parasailing and the like, plus putting up and taking down umbrellas and lawn chairs. Not tough, Medas said.

During the first episode, Medas seems very chill. But he said when he gets drunk, he becomes super sensitive to strangers who disrespect him. And his alter-ego when he gets toasted has a name: Dirk.

He was single while on the show (he’s dating now) but said he didn’t chase every available woman. “I was very conservative,” he said. “I knew my mom would be watching. I didn’t want to do too much.”

His take on his roommates:

  • Gus, 22 (Tallahassee): “A super sensitive country boy.” [And based on the first episode, a player.]
  • Nilsa, 23 (Panama Beach): “Very wild and off the wall.”
  • Kortni, 21 (Panama Beach) “By far the wildest one of us all. She’s crazy. She’s loud. She talks trash. She’s funny. One of my favorite by far. She’s very ratchet and off the wall.”  [She gets so trashed in the first episode, she doesn’t even make it to the club. And yes, she is seen peeing in places that are not toilets.]
  • Aimee, 24 (Atmore, Ala.) “She’s straight country. She’s the most Alabama person I’ve met in my life.”
  • Codi, 25 (Westminster, S.C.) “As South Carolina as they come. He’s funny. He’s very Southern twangy if that makes sense.”
  • Candace, 24 (Memphis) “A strong independent black woman. Very opinionated, a sweetheart.”
  • Jeremiah, 22 (Amelia Island, Fla.) “Has a great heart but you may think he’s a douche.”

Will this show create catchphrases like their older “Jersey Shore” brethren?

“We didn’t really try,” Medas said. “There are some catchphrases we used that are going to end up being a thing.”

And though he never got used to the cameras, he said he had a lot of fun and would be willing to do it again. “We have a strong bond,” he said. “We talk every day. I would live with them again for sure.”

TV PREVIEW

“Floribama Shore,” 10 p.m. Monday, November 27, MTV

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Falcons QB Matt Ryan, pro golfer Rickie Fowler in epic battle at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

What Georgia Dome?

With the dust clearing, literally, at the site of the Atlanta Falcons’ former home, quarterback Matt Ryan went toe-to-toe with pro golfer Rickie Fowler for dominance of team’s new digs, Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

And by dominance we mean, who will prevail in a series of ridiculous “sports” events such as extreme golf cart racing, hit-the-button-to-open-the-roof and then what appears to be a freestyle game of tag.

Check out the hilarious video to find out who wins.

MORE: The Georgia Dome comes crumbling down

High-tech tickets and other techno gadgetry at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Why Matt Ryan and Devonta Freeman are excited about Mercedes-Benz Stadium

The Falcons opened the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium this fall in an exhibition game against the Arizona Cardinals. The new venue is a technological marvel brimming with unique restaurant and retail options, an impressive art collection, enough fiber optic capacity to allow every fan to tweet and Snap to their heart’s content and this positively ginormous “halo board” and complementing sound system that will ensure no one misses a moment of the action.

Here’s another video starring Fowler and Ryan:

That’s not all Ryan’s been up to in between games. Earlier this year, the 17th annual News 95.5 & AM 750 WSB Care-a-Thon, held to help fund family support services, research and the fellowship program at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, gave donors at the $1,500 level the opportunity to join Ryan for dinner at the Buckhead Maggiano’s.

The October event, hosted by Wes Durham, was packed.

“You guys are amazing to work with,” said Ryan, who was joined at the event by his teammate Taylor Gabriel. “It’s been a great partnership.”

Ahead of time, the crowd got to meet the real star of the show, 10-year-old Teryn. She’s been a Children’s Healthcare patient for nearly her entire life, and just finished chemotherapy.

“It wasn’t fun. It depressing. It was painful and I was nauseas all the time,” she said. “God got me through it, and I’m so glad it’s over.”

The crowd jumped to their feet, No. 2 leading the standing ovation.

“You did so good!” he said afterward – giving her a big thumbs up. Then they posted for this photo:

She’s 10 and has spent much of her life in the hospital. @childrensatl helped her meet a new friend tonite thx to @wsbradio’s Care a Thon http://pic.twitter.com/JsV5h3lml6

— Jennifer Brett (@Jennifer__Brett) October 18, 2017

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3 Tips to Make Window Replacement a Success

3 Tips to Make Window Replacement a Success

When it comes to planning a window replacement for your Atlanta home, you want durable and attractive windows and to have them expertly installed so they provide long-term benefits such as energy savings and added value. To help you get the greatest return on investment from this major expense, here are some tips on how to make sure your project is a success:

Define Your Goals and Needs First

There are lots of good reasons to replace older windows, and you may be planning a window replacement for your Atlanta home because your existing windows are drafty, the wood is badly deteriorated or they’re not functioning well anymore. Before you choose new windows and pick an installer, give some serious thought to what you want to accomplish. Are you looking to save money on energy costs, so efficiency is a primary concern? Do you want to elevate the curb appeal of your home, so it’s important to pick just the right style of window? Perhaps you want to gain both of these benefits, plus you also want to maximize the value that new windows add to your home.

Vet Your Installer Carefully

The long-term success of your window replacement project largely depends on the skill and reliability of your installer. There are lots of window replacement “specialists” in Atlanta, so it’s vital to vet potential hires carefully. Look for a well-established company that has years of experience, and one that has its own dedicated window installation crew and doesn’t subcontract. A history of providing top-notch workmanship and customer service is also important, so check unbiased third-party reviews with online sources like Best Pick Reports. You should also contact prior customers and ask pertinent questions about any installation contractor you’re considering hiring.

Choose the Right Windows

With so many different products on the market today, choosing the right windows for your home can seem like a daunting task. An experienced, reputable window installation contractor is your best source of advice about your options because they’ve compared all the different manufacturers and know the ones who make quality products that perform well in our hot, humid climate. Your installer can also help you weigh material types, styles and features so that your new windows suit your needs and match your budget perfectly.

If you’re planning to replace the windows in your Atlanta-area home and need expert help, contact us at Echols Roofing today!

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Al Franken cancels Atlanta appearance and is cut from a PBS special

Al Franken was to make two appearances tonight, including one in Atlanta, and both are canceled.

The comic turned senator scrapped his planned visit to the Book Festival of the MJCCA to promote his book “Al Franken, Giant of the Senate,”after broadcaster Leeann Tweeden shared allegations of lewd behavior on Franken’s part. The event, which was to have been facilitated by local broadcaster Bill Nigut, had sold out. Festival organizers have contacted ticket holders to say they’ll be presenting options in coming days.

Franken also was to have been part of a previously recorded PBS special honoring David Letterman. In a statement PBS saidthe inclusion of Sen. Franken in the broadcast at this time would distract from the show’s purpose as a celebration of American humor. Every year, this program is edited for both length and content to keep it entertaining and focused on its intended purpose as a celebration of American humor.”

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Tweeden said she and Franken were part of a USO tour in 2006 that included a skit he wrote, during which they were to kiss. She had planned to rebuff him for comic effect, but he demanded they rehearse ahead of time, wrote in an public message posted on social media.

“He came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth,” she wrote. Her post includes a photo of Franken making a lewd gesture next to her while she was asleep.

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TV best bets with ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ ‘Who Killed Tupac?’ ‘She’s Gotta Have It’

DANCING WITH THE STARS – “Episode 2509” – The five remaining couples advance to the Semi-Finals as the competition heats up in anticipation of next week’s crowning of the coveted Mirrorball trophy, on “Dancing with the Stars,” live, MONDAY, NOV. 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. (ABC/Eric McCandless)
FRANKIE MUNIZ, WITNEY CARSON

Posted Monday, November 20,  2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Thanksgiving week features some tasty classics as well as fresh material.

But before then, “Dancing With the Stars” concludes its 25th run Tuesday. (The performance show is postponed locally on WSB-TV for the Falcons game until 2 a.m.)

A&E debuts a series where investigators try to dig in to figure out who killed Tupac Shakir. Jeff Daniels stars in a new scripted series on Netflix debuting on early Wednesday called “Godless.” Spike Lee brings back “She’s Gotta Have It” set in 2017 as a TV series on Thursday on Netflix. And BET celebrates 30 years of “Soul Train” on Thanksgiving as well.

Plus, the Grinch is back on NBC Friday night.

This covers Monday, November 20 through Sunday, November 26, 2017.

MONDAY

“Kevin Can Wait” 8 p.m. CBS — After Kevin insists he can handle cooking a full Thanksgiving dinner for Vanessa and his family, he realizes he’s in over his head and secretly asks his flirtatious neighbor, Wendy, for help.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — Atlanta’s Jon Mero is part of the top 12 performing live for the first time.

“Monday Night Football” 8 p.m. WSB/ESPN — The Falcons (5-4) are trying to build momentum against the Seattle Seahawks (6-3).

“Baltimore Rising” 8 p.m. HBO — A profile of activists, police officers, community leaders and gang affiliates who work tirelessly to hold Baltimore together, especially in the aftermath of the 2015 death of Freddie Gray in police custody.

“Man With a Plan” 8:30 p.m. CBS — When Adam discovers that the pastor he hired for their wedding was a phony and he and Andi aren’t really married, he scrambles to find a way to fix it before she finds out.

“The Gifted” 9 p.m. Fox — More refugees pour into the Mutant Underground, but the group faces a threat when they discover one of them is a spy working for Sentinel Services.

“Scorpion” 10 p.m. CBS — On Thanksgiving, Team Scorpion’s new neighbor, Florence, joins them at sea on a mission to destroy a floating island of trash, but her flawed contribution leaves her, Walter and Happy stranded on the quickly dissolving island.

“The Brave” 10:01 p.m. NBC —After embarking on mission after mission to keep the world safe, the team is confronted with a task that hits close to home.

“Dancing With the Stars” 2 a.m. WSB (25th season performance finale) — The Falcons game pushes the show back six hours locally.

TUESDAY

“The Middle” 8 p.m. ABC — Axl heads to Chicago to visit Hutch for the weekend but discovers that his friend, who has his own apartment and a job, is now acting more like a responsible adult than the free-spirited college student he once knew.

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — The team’s Thanksgiving plans are put on hold while they track an elusive arms dealer in D.C. who recently murdered an MI6 officer who was Sloane’s close friend.

“Fresh Off the Boat” 8:30 p.m. ABC — Louis gets himself into a sticky situation when he lies to Jessica and tells her that he loves her newly finished horror novel.

“Major Crimes” 9 p.m. TNT— While dealing with a difficult personal matter, Sharon continues to investigate the disappearance of the St. Joseph’s Three.

“This is Us” 9 p.m. NBC — Kate and Toby’s lives take an unexpected turn.

“Dancing With the Stars” 9 p.m. ABC (25th season finale) — One thing’s for sure: Drew won’t be taking the mirror-ball trophy.

“Who Killed Tupac” 9 p.m. A&E (new series)— Civil-rights attorney Benjamin Crump crafts a team of experts, friends and relatives to investigate the iconic life and tragic death of Tupac Shakur.

“Damnation” 10 p.m. USA — When the local farms face foreclosure, Seth and Amelia must find a way to win them back. Creeley and Bessie run afoul of the Black Legion.

“Chicago Med” 10 p.m. NBC (third season debut) — The doctors try to bring justice to the perpetrator in the shooting of Dr. Charles.

“NCIS: New Orleans” 10 p.m. CBS — Pride second-guesses evidence suggesting homeless kids are the suspects in the murder of a petty officer.

WEDNESDAY

“Godless” 8 p.m. Netflix (new series) — Notorious criminal Frank Griffin (Jeff Daniels) and his gang of outlaws are on a mission of revenge against Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell).

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — Say bye bye to Atlanta’s Desi Williams last week.

“20/20” 10 p.m. ABC — Behind-the-scenes secrets behind classic holiday movies.

“Criminal Minds” 10 p.m. CBS — When an UnSub in Miami sensationalizes his crimes by giving the local media exclusive footage, the BAU is called in to investigate.

“Mr. Robot” 10 p.m. FX — Mr. Robot wants answers; the FBI closes in; and Angela hits rewind.

“Little Women Atlanta” 10:02 p.m. Lifetime (special) — The ladies get together for a special holiday dinner to talk turkey and spill the tea.

THANKSGIVING

“She’s Gotta Have It” 3:01 a.m. Netflix – Spike Lee reboots his classic film 31 years later in TV form.

“Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” 9 a.m. to noon NBC — Performers include Flo Rida, Goo Goo Dolls, Andra Day and Atlanta’s Angelica Hale.

“The Mistletoe Inn” 8 p.m. Hallmark — An aspiring romance novelist attends a writers’ conference at a quaint Vermont inn, where she bonds with a published author who’s dealing with writer’s block.

“Young Sheldon” 8:30 p.m. Fox — Sheldon struggles with newfound popularity after utilizing statistics to help the football team.

“Mom” 9:01 p.m. CBS — Bonnie suffers withdrawal after giving up cable TV to help Christy pay for her law school applications; and the women rally around Jill after she has a breakdown in her favorite department store.

“30th Anniversary of Soul Train Special” 10 p.m. BET  — A look back at one of the most influential music shows of its day.

FRIDAY

“Frontier” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (second season debut) — Jason Mamoa is back creating mayhem.

“Finding Santa” 8 p.m. Hallmark — A parade Santa gets injured when he falls off his sleigh, so a quest begins to find a new Santa who’s perfect for the job.

“Frosty the Snowman” 8 p.m. CBS — The fact he is melting has nothing to do with climate change.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” 8 p.m. NBC — “He hadn’t stopped Christmas from coming, it *came*! Somehow or other… it came just the same.”

“Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” 8 p.m. ABC — The legend of Santa Claus from 1970.

“Trolls Holiday Special” 8:30 p.m. NBC — The eternally optimistic Poppy, queen of the Trolls, learns that the Bergens no longer have any holidays on their calendar.

“Grammy’s Greatest Stories” 9 p.m. CBS — Carrie Underwood and John Legend host an all-encompassing retrospective of epic moments from the past 59 years of Grammy history.

“The Rap Game” 10:02 p.m. Lifetime (fourth season debut) — Jermaine Dupri’s five new artists are tested on their foundation; and despite getting advice from Bow Wow.

WEEKEND

“Wrapped Up in Christmas” 8 p.m. Saturay Lifetime —Christmas is one of Heather’s (Tatyana Ali, “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”) favorite times of year but this year, as the manager of the upscale Town Center Mall, she has to be the Christmas Grinch and cancel the leases of under-performing stores.

“The 66th Miss Universe Pageant” 7 p.m. Sunday Fox — Steve Harvey hosts again.

“2017 Soul Train Awards” 8 p.m. Sunday BET — Erykah Badu hosts.

“Shameless” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — A blast from the past shakes up Fiona, and Frank gets involved with Liam’s PTA.

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — With things looking up for Rick’s group, an argument breaks out at the Hilltop.

“Xscape: Still Kickin’ It” 9 p.m. Sunday Bravo (season finale) — Will Xscape keep it together?

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO — Larry (Larry David) is blackmailed by an employee and tormented by someone from his past.

“SMILF” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Bridge, Eliza and Nelson participate in an extreme mud run.

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‘The Walking Dead’ recap (‘The Big Scary U’): season 8 episode 5

Josh McDermitt as Dr. Eugene Porter, Austin Amelio as Dwigh – The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 5 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Posted Sunday, November 19, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

“I like killing people. I say it’s about killing the right people. You kill the right people at the right time. And everything falls into place. Everybody’s happy.” – Negan to Gregory

Negan is obsessed with his nether parts. He brings them up constantly. In this episode, various synonyms of the word penis come out of his mouth because that makes him sound… smart? Or simply a Beavis & Butthead lover all grown up?

Well, the murderous dictator is a self-described a**hole. So it all makes sense there.

But in a weird way, he sees people as a resource and power in numbers. That’s how he has been able to amass a passable empire, at least in this corner of Virginia. He converted Eugene to the Saviors by making him feel wanted. He tried to convert Carl, Daryl and Sasha. He failed on those fronts. A 25 percent conversion rate is okay in baseball, maybe not so good in the apocalypse. Now he’s trying No. 5 with Gabriel.

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He’s trapped in a trailer with creepy dude Gabriel, who stupidly attempted to save Gregory and got left behind instead because Gregory is that guy. And Negan, instead of just killing said creepy dude, decides to spend a lot of this episode conversing with him. Ultimately, despite Gabriel’s valiant attempt and failure to kill Negan, Negan later convinces Gabriel to help him escape. How? He “confessed” to not killing his first and only real wife when he needed to after the zombie apocalypse had begun. (Gabriel, in the meantime, talks about trying to spend each day to redeem himself for letting his flock perish, that he wants to die with a purpose, not pointlessly.)

While Negan is inside the trailer, his secondary leaders try to figure out upstairs what to do without him. The void in leadership is obvious but who might fill the void if Negan is gone for good? They are already battling for top dog.

But like in an episode of “24,” it’s also time to find the mole. We know it’s Dwight. The Saviors realize someone internally has been feeding intel to Rick, allowing his crew to choke off the Saviors’ outposts. Gavin and Regina are especially incensed. Dwight tries deflection by focusing on trying to fix the current dilemma before the workers rebel. There is a legitimate worry that the workers could lturn on them, it could go bad quickly and they need the workers for food and laundry and such.

Eugene throws water on Regina’s plan to use workers to fight off the walkers while a band of Savior soldiers escape. Dwight agrees and Eugene later thanks him for the support since Eugene would be the most obvious mole given his prior allegiance to Rick.

Right now, the Sanctuary are not able to get supplies because of the walkers surrounding the grounds. They are rather quickly starting to run low on water and will eventually fall short on food as well. (They don’t appear to have much in the way of farmland.) Plus, they stopped electricity to save fuel and it’s super hot.

Negan and Gabriel use the “zombie goop on myself” way of trying to trick the walkers from seeing them. (See Rick and Glenn, season one, or Rick and Jessie & her family season six.) For a time, it works. But then Gabriel trips and for some reason, that triggers the walkers to attack them. The rules on this show are that arbitrary. They do make it inside in the end.

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At this moment, some workers come upstairs to complain about the heat and lack of water. The Saviors’ soldiers’ jobs are to protect the workers and in exchange they are kept as slaves, safe from walkers. When they get too uppity, Regina shoots one, just in time for Negan to arrive.

“A lot of you fine folks thought I was dead,” Negan declared, zombie goop all over his leather jacket. “Chewed up, never to be crapped on again. Well, here’s a little refresher on who the hell I am. I wear leather, I have Lucille and my nut sack is made of steel. [Yup, nether region reference again!] I am not dying until I am damn good and ready!”

Steven Ogg as Simon – The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 5 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

He cleans up and sends Eugene to prison. With his managers back in the meeting room, an angry Negan said he wants to root out the mole and get things back in order. Eugene, who had accidentally touched some paint on a chess piece Dwight had been working on earlier, looks at paint on his finger and the paint on a bag Gabriel had carried and figured out that Dwight is the mole. Will he rat Dwight out?

He has an opportunity in front of Negan right after the meeting but chooses to stay mum. Negan says if Eugene can figure out how to solve this, he will be duly rewarded. If he fails, Negan will kill him quickly so it’s not even worse when the workers rebel and the Sanctuary falls apart.

At the end, Eugene gives Gabriel some welcome gifts in his prison cell but Gabriel appears deathly ill. Is he overheating? Did he get bit and we missed it? Why is he telling Eugene to get Dr. Carson back to the Hilltop? Is he hallucinating?

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Meanwhile, Rick and Daryl are having a difference of opinion after the remaining Savior survivor from the chemical plant tells them all the soldiers is dead from the Kingdom.

We know that’s not true. Carol, King Ezekiel and Jerry made it back. But Rick and Daryl believe the Savior before he croaks.

Daryl takes some TNT from the truck and plans to blow a hole in the Sanctuary to let the horde of walkers in. He thinks Negan will have no choice but to surrender. But stupidly noble Rick is worried the worker slaves might perish as collateral damage. Daryl doesn’t care and thinks most will survive anyway.

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To stop Daryl, Rick decides to fight him (think Jesus and Morgan two episodes ago). Punches are thrown. A bloody cut appears on Rick for the umpteenth time above his left eye that will be fine in a couple of days. Daryl even gets Rick in a choke hold after Rick throws the bag of TNT away from Daryl onto the truck. The truck blows up. The two stop fighting, staring at the explosion and realize Daryl’s plan is now officially over.

They split off like a peeved married couple. Daryl goes to Alexandria, presumably. I’m not sure what his next move is. Rick goes to re-negotiate with the Scavengers,as shown in the trailer for next Sunday. On his way, Rick sees a helicopter that doesn’t seem to be Negan’s. He has never mentioned he has such equipment. What’s going on? Who’s is it?

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Earlier, we see Simon supporting Gregory after Gregory showed up to warn them about a pending rebellion. Unfortunately, he was a little late to the game and Negan sees right through Gregory’s efforts to negotiate, saying he is trying to play it both ways and then makes penis references again. Gregory promises that he could convince his Hilltop people to support him and the Saviors and not Maggie. Negan isn’t so sure but he decides to give him a chance. We know how that turns out.

Overall. this episode was heavy on exposition, the lightest on combat this season. There are some interesting twists, including Daryl and Rick comically fighting each other and Negan’s minions jockeying for power. It was nice to learn a bit about Negan’s background but it doesn’t really make him any more sympathetic even if he did work with kids before the apocalypse. He justifies his leadership style as a way to force people to focus on their “strengths” as a way to deal with weaknesses and to ensure compliance and stability. Or something like that. He’s more Johnny than Daniel if you want a “Karate Kid” reference.

Grade: B

 

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‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ recap: season 10, episode 3 – Nothing Burger City

Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

This episode was a relative nothing burger. So I will make this brief.

The most compelling event was NeNe Leakes’ husband Gregg suffering heart issues and going to the hospital. We see NeNe driving to the hospital before Gregg has a procedure and Gregg sounds super nervous. NeNe herself is acting far more nonchalant than many people would but it appears she and Gregg are in a good place since they got remarried.

Anyone who hasn’t followed NeNe since this was shot in July knows that Gregg turned out okay.

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Porsha

Porsha yet again vows to avoid friends in favor of family. Of course, the whole point of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” is for castmates to interact with each other. So Porsha’s point of being on the show is not exactly solid now.

She also wants to open a nail salon within three months. A real estate consultant says nine months is more realistic and she needs to write up a business plan. Yes, can you imagine Porsha trying to write a business plan? Plus, she has no actual background in nail salons beyond being a patron. Her sister Lauren who does a lot of work for her, is feeling a kind of way, that she deserves more credit for helping Porsha out. They get into an argument and Lauren stomps out.

Porsha later shows up at Sheree’s party and nothing terrible happens.

Cynthia

Cynthia goes out on a date with someone within a decade of her age this time. (The 21-year gap last week was a bit much for her.). His name is Will Jones, he’s 42 and he’s not only handsome but comes across as super mature and says all the right things. He doesn’t even bring his smartphone to the restaurant so he could focus on Cynthia. “He’s the male version of me and I love me some me!” she said. “It’s a connection!”

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Sheree


Don’t cross Sheree if you’re a contractor – or a party planner.

She goes ballistic because her party planner Tiffany for her mom’s ’70s-themed 70th birthday is MIA. Then Tiffany bails on her at he last second, citing “tension” between her and Sheree. I don’t have a lot of sympathy for the party planner. You work with Sheree, you should expect tension.

In the end, it appears the party went off without any major hitches, with or without Tiffany.

This is not her first party planner problem but the other one led to her most famous catchphrase many years ago:

Kandi

Cross-promotion alert. Kandi and her staff talk about Xscape and the difficulties she’s having there which folks are seeing at 9 p.m. on her spin-off show. Carmon, her right-hand woman, is returning to insurance and Kandi is stressed because she has a hard time trusting folks. But they quickly segue into Kandi being upset that Kenya didn’t bother telling her she got married and how awkward her time with Porsha was at Shamea’s bridal shower. She also revealed she spent $5,000 to fly to Africa for Shamea’s wedding.

Kenya

Hiding Marc Daly: Kenya is shown leaving a voicemail message for her hubby Marc, who lives in New York. It seems clear he doesn’t even want his voice on the show and she said the poor man is suffering from all the media attention. It’s clear RHOA producers desperately want to have him on the show and have enticed him with money but he has refused. She did intimate they are having plenty of sex when they are together and NeNe notes that he has some of his clothing hanging in the closet. NeNe didn’t question the legitimacy of her marriage this time around.

GRADE: C-minus

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What Paris Hilton says she and Britney Spears invented

One of modern society’s most cherished cultural mores is in place because of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.

We’re talking about the selfie, of course. They totally invented it. According Paris, anyway.

By the way, if you’re into selfies you’ll want to check out Bytes, a techno-themed restaurant in Midtown that features large LED screens, iPad ordering and  “interactive selfie mirrors in the bathrooms,” AJC food writer Yvonne Zusel reported. (Who knew that Bytes and the zillions of have Paris and Brit to thank?)

Anyway, celebrated their history making pose in this funny tweet. Happy anniversary, ladies!

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11 years ago today, Me & Britney invented the selfie! http://pic.twitter.com/1byOU5Gp8J

— Paris Hilton (@ParisHilton) November 19, 2017

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