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The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Episode 410: “We Come in Peace (And Packing Heat)” recap:Editor's note: On Monday, we chose to observe the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with our own public service project. Not recapping RHOA.With the NFL lockout still in place, Kim Zolciak and her Atlanta Falcon boy toy/baby daddy Kroy Biermann opt to while away the hours at Sharp Shooters USA in Roswell. In an effort to redefine family fun, baby K.J. is with them. As they arrive with tot in tow, the sole female employee at Sharp Shooters USA is silently paraphrasing Reese Witherspoon’s dialogue from “Sweet Home Alabama” (“Look at you. You have a baby. In a firing range.”). Kim instantly makes Swiss cheese out of her paper target using a variety of lethal weapons (“She’s a great shot, a real pistol-packin’ mama,” praises her instructor). Kim is hesitant about actually owning a firearm, however, until she spots a nine millimeter with a bubble gum-hued handle. “Oh, this is adorable,” she tells Kroy. “I’m excited!”
Former "The Walking Dead" executive producer Frank Darabont's connections to Atlanta didn't end with his unceremonious Season Two ouster as boss on the Atlanta-shot hit zombie drama last year. "The Shawshank Redemption" director has now struck a deal with Atlanta's TNT to co-produce a pilot of "L.A. Noir" for the basic cable drama network. According to TNT reps, the show will be set in Los Angeles in the 1940s and 1950s and track "the epic battle L.A. police chief William Parker and mobster Mickey Cohen." The show will be a fictionalized account of author John Buntin's critically acclaimed non-fiction account of the era, "L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City."
The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Episode 409: “Unlikely Duos” recap:It’s the first all-new RHOA of 2012 and, perhaps not coincidentally, Georgians can now purchase alcohol on Sundays. As our weekly incentive to consume copious levels of grain alcohol opens, Phaedra Parks is explaining her funeral home business strategy to her pastor mama, Regina. “I want to have funerals worth dying for!” she explains. “I don’t want to just throw ‘em in the ground, I want to throw ‘em in the ground with a bang.” At deadline, the jury remained out on how that prospective slogan might play on a church fan.
“The woman is stalking me!” laughs Tasha Smith on reprising her role of Atlanta beauty salon owner Angela Williams in Tyler Perry’s latest TBS sitcom, “For Better or Worse.” The sitcom’s first season concludes tonight with a pair of episodes airing on TBS starting at 10 p.m. With his latest show, Perry departs from his usual laugh track-laden, family-oriented fare to target older viewers with some serious relationship challenges stirred into the laughs.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Episode 408: “New Tricks” recap:As this super-sized 75-minute televised sign of the apocalypse opens, Sheree Whitfield is visiting her attorney Phaedra Parks to complain about the less than stellar outcome at her child support hearing with ex-hubby Bob Whitfield.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Episode 407: “Law by Sheree” recap:As this week’s bonus episode of the television equivalent of a Georgia 400 16-car pile up opens, viewers learn details about about Sheree Whitfield’s sketchy ex Bob Whitfield’s surprise legal maneuver in Sunday’s episode. He’s filed a petition to modify his child support agreement, claiming his income dropped from $20,000 a month to $3,000. Or as Sheree shrieks at her attorney Phaedra Parks, “He wants to modify a child support agreement he’s never made!” Sheree fears Bob’s celebrity status as a former Atlanta Falcon will hamper her efforts in court. Phaedra assures her she’ll get her money.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Episode 406: “Three Wigs and a Baby” recap:As this week’s smorgasbord of intellectual malnutrition opens, Kim Zolciak is clutching her wig, downing a cream cheese adorned bagel and heading out the door to give birth. She preps her Atlanta Falcon baby daddy Kroy Biermann appropriately: “Whatever I do or say today, don’t hold it against me.” With a previous pregnancy, her epidural didn’t take. Or as Kim more thoughtfully phrases it: “It was nine pounds au naturel. It was like a Mack truck driving through your whoo ha.”
The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Episode 405: “Whine Bar” recap:As this week’s exercise in liver sadomasochism opens, we learn Phaedra Parks owns a cut glass cake plate and dome. With her initials painted on it. She’s baked Kandi Burruss a cake and delivered it to her Tags Boutique after last week’s Ridickulous surprise stripper-gram resulted in multiple accidental blindings on the rooftop of the Renaissance hotel. Apparently, Phaedra believes a conciliatory cake can make up for an adult entertainer interpreting the word “cocktail” a touch too literally. However, the most horrifying element of this sequence has nothing to do with Phaedra or Kandi. It’s the Bravo advertisement for some atrocity titled Kim Zolciak’s Due Date scheduled to hurl onto the airwaves next Sunday at 9 p.m.
When you take an unexpected five-month powder from the airwaves after beaming into the nation’s living rooms every night for 17 years, some interesting theories crop up about the state of your health. Just ask beloved Turner Classic Movies host and Academy Awards historian Robert Osborne, who exited his famous Atlanta-based TV bachelor pad July 11 for what the network described as “minor surgery followed by a vacation.” As an early holiday gift to viewers in full-on Robert withdrawal, the 79-year-old returns to the airwaves and his primetime hosting job Thursday at 8 p.m.
RHOA recap: Lawrence gets mugged by Tina Turner & Madonna, Phaedra’s super-sized gift leaves a bad taste
The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Episode 404: “Jewels Be Dangled” recap:As this week’s episode of locally produced migraine-triggering reality television opens, Kim Zolciak is receiving a mea culpa visit from Phaedra Parks. Last week, the Atlanta attorney’s husband Apollo got into an intense verbal altercation with Cynthia Bailey’s hubby Peter at Kim and her boy toy baby daddy Kroy Biermann’s baby shower. A lavish apology gift basket is delivered. As is frequently the case with RHOA, there’s a teachable moment for viewers. Kim’s social etiquette tip? “Note to self. Keep the ex-cons and the [expletive] off the guest list next time.”