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Remembering Mychael Knight: “Atlanta is the city that has always nurtured me”
Atlanta fashion designer and Project Runway finalist Mychael Knight died on October 17 at age 39. In his final interview with Atlanta magazine, he talked about the state of reality TV and what Atlanta meant to him.
Atlanta’s Vern Yip weighs in on the reboot of TLC’s Trading Spaces
Nine years after the groundbreaking reality show Trading Spaces stopped production, TLC has announced a return of the series in 2018. We caught up with local cast member and designer Vern Yip on the set of the new show.
On screen, Little Women: Atlanta is all drama all the time. Off camera? Not so much.
Little Women: Atlanta launched in January 2016, and now 1.3 million viewers tune in per episode. Is the drama provoked or organic? “The story is the story,” coexecutive producer Mark Scheibal says. “Obviously, we have to produce it, put them in situations that allow it to happen or amplify it.”
Atlanta reality TV stars: Where are they now?
Tribble Reese got a master's degree, Fred Pangle is a firearms instructor, Traci Steele is writing an autobiography, and Lisa Wu has moved on to rom coms
That time I almost became a reality TV star
I was 29 and struggling to make it as a freelance writer. MTV’s Jersey Shore was the hottest thing on TV. Those idiots are getting paid, I thought. Why not me and my old buddies?
The AJC’s Rodney Ho watches every reality TV show so you don’t have to
Ho has watched every episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta and written more than 136,000 words of weekly recaps. And he knows what his audience wants.
Jermaine Dupri made his name developing young hip-hop stars. With The Rap Game, he’s at it again.
Above all, Dupri says artists need an experienced industry hand that can steer their development, shape their image, offer advice on beats and lyrics. “That’s what The Rap Game is about,” he says, “that grind, that hard work.”
Editor’s Note: Reality TV is only so real
When there wasn’t obvious conflict, the producers of Fix This Kitchen would gin some up. Continuity was key, as I came to understand later. Clothes you wore one day might need to be worn again on another. The shot of my pregnant wife unloading those boxes from the delivery truck? They were empty.
How Atlanta became the reality TV capital of the South
While the state’s film and entertainment tax credit, which was approved in 2005 and expanded in 2008, has played a huge role in luring productions, profits are only part of the draw. We spoke with reality TV producers and showrunners who say the city has a special allure of its own.
Here’s why reality TV shows keep flocking to Atlanta
Chalk it up to primo locations, local crews, Southern hospitality, and high ratings.
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