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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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Chalk it up to primo locations, local crews, Southern hospitality, and high ratings.
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