USA renews ATL-based “Chrisley Knows Best” for third season

USA Network has renewed Atlanta-based reality series “Chrisley Knows Best” for a third season following the show’s successful second season debut.

The season three renewal includes 12 episodes featuring Atlanta’s Todd Chrisley, his wife, five children and two grandchildren.

Last week’s opener raked in record setting ratings with a combined audience of more than 7 million total viewers.

“Viewers have embraced the Chrisleys for their witty one-liners, laugh-out-loud moments and heartfelt everyday situations,” said Chris McCumber, President of USA Network in a press announcement.  “This family has made an indelible imprint on pop culture, and we’re excited to continue the entertaining journey with them in season three.”

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Atlanta Walker Stalker convention, ATL WEBFEST this weekend, Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf visit Columbus

The Walker Stalker Convention ran downtown Atlanta this weekend, where thousands of fans showed up to meet most of the cast of AMC’s hit show “Walking Dead.”

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The second annual ATL WEBFEST will be held on the Georgia Tech campus October 24 – 26, 2014.

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Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf attended a special screening of their new war movie Fury at Fort Benning Army base in Columbus, Georgia this week.

Showbiz seminar this weekend, ‘Beyond the Lights’ premiere and ATL industry opportunities

Producer Luke Ryan, of the Alchemists media company, will be sharing tips on how to get into the showbiz business from 2 to 5 p.m. at Senoia United Methodist Church, 229 Bridge St. Cost is $20 to attend and you can register here: ksumebus.com/GAEntertainmentBus. Go get that education, boo!

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Love & Basketball director Gina Prince-Bythewood was in town for an advance screening of her new movie Beyond the Lights at the Regal Atlantic Station. She was joined by several of her celebrity friends, including Nate Parker, Claudia Jordan, WNBA wife Bo Talley, actress Keshia Knight-Pulliam and more; twas definitely a YBF (Young, Black and Fabulous) moment!

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The Georgia Department of Economic Development has posted some new industry opportunities on their Help Wanted Hotline page. Get your grind on!

OWN’s “2 Fat 2 Fly” Now Filming in Georgia

The Oprah Winfrey Network’s new docu-series “2 Fat 2 Fly” is now filming in Georgia.

The network was recently added to a list of films and television series currently in production in the state on ComeTourGa.com.

The docu-series features two best friends Ramone Dickerson and Corey Simmons as they take their food truck business on the road, selling the Columbia, South Carolina duo’s the secret weapon: stuffed chicken wings.

OWN president Erik Logan said in a press release, “This series will be a great addition to our Saturday primetime lineup. The escapades of these two best friends are fun to watch and there seems to be no limit to what they might do in their quest to make their business a huge success.”

OWN ordered eight episodes of the hour-long docu-series, which is expected to air on Saturday nights in early 2015.

Read the full press release.

FX’s ‘Archer’ drops ISIS acronym, “The Walking Dead” tours, Marvel pays $63K for magnolia trees, Starz renews ‘Survivor’s Remorse’

FX network is stopping the use of an acronym used on the Atlanta-produced show Archer for the past five seasons because it’s also the name of an actual Jihadist group. Good call, FX!

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Senoia, Georgia is the home of the AMC television series The Walking Dead, which launches its fifth season Sunday night, and Atlanta Tours is showing you some of the shots used on the show. Welcome to Georgia!

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Marvel is paying $63,000 to replace the eight magnolia trees they removed while shooting the Ant-Man movie around Atlanta. I’m sure this is just chump change to them, but thanks ya’ll!

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Starz is renewing Atlanta-based Survivor’s Remorse despite its less than impressive ratings for the series’ debut. Clearly, Starz ain’t tripping that people ain’t watching.

REELTALK: “DEVIOUS MAIDS” RENEWED, LGBT FILM FESTIVAL AND CASTING CALL!

“MAGIC MIKE” SEQUEL: It’s official. The sequel to the 2012 movie starring Channing Tatum will begin filming soon in Savannah, Georgia. “Magic Mike XXL” is casting for lots of extras, specifically “locals to Savannah.” The new movie is expected to be released July 3, 2015. http://on-ajc.com/1rFqENG

“DEVIOUS MAIDS” RENEWED: Lifetime has renewed Atlanta-shot “Devious Maids” is coming back for a third season in 2015, according to Deadline.com. http://bit.ly/1vriwQQ

LGBT FILM FESTIVAL: Atlanta’s LGBT film festival will showcase more than 80 feature films—including one that stars Academy Award-winning actress Mo’Nique—when it takes place October 2-9 at Landmark Midtown Cinema. http://bit.ly/1vpPErf

CASTING CALL: Your chance to join the cast of Marvel’s Ant-Man movie is here! New Life Casting is holding is looking for talent whom has previous bartending and/or wait staff experience and is available to shoot on the night of October 3 in Atlanta. http://bit.ly/1uWnQu9