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With Charlotte contributing an Apprentice finalist, Jeopardy contestants, (kind-of) an American Idol runner-up, and a recent Extreme Makeover subject, it seems the Queen City is getting on the do-list for national TV production companies as a new place to shoot. Other recent shows shot here have been over a dozen episodes of Discovery Channel's Surprise By Design, the room makeover show; episodes started airing in February. Fox's Ambush Makeover, was in town last week, and DIY's Restoration Reality recently shot a feature in the Wilmore neighborhood.

As someone who scouts locations for programs myself, Charlotte has several things going for it. Nice scenery, decent weather, and an untapped market in terms of a location for home improvement and reality-type shows, with a good local base of videographers, lighting and audio crews and makeup artists.

While we're talking about that, another TV show is looking for Charlotte-area participants. This is called "How To I Do" for the DIY cable channel, and producers are looking for brides-to-be who are actually "doing" some of the big event themselves, like creating food, flowers, decorating, or attire. You can e-mail your story to weddings@tentmakersentertainment.com if you'd like to see your wedding included.

The Charlotte Bobcats have tapped WJZY-TV (the old home of Hornets games) as the local broadcaster to carry just 15 of the TV games. (The bulk goes to Time Warner Cable Digital customers.) WJZY gets the promotional boost, but will basically "flip the switch" to air the games. The Bobcats will produce the games, and is hiring its production team. We already know about one Charlotte-area director who's been picked, and at least one member of the radio team will be a familiar voice to many here. But alas, as this goes to press, neither will confirm their hiring until the official releases come down from The Bobcats.

CHANGES IN LATITUDES: WBAV-FM has hired a new morning host, Jaye Delai, who comes from Montgomery, Alabama. Delai will hit the local airwaves at the end of the month... WCCB-TV has officially tapped KISS-FM DJ Adam Smasher as its co-host of Fox News Rising after weeks of on-air fill-in / auditioning. Also from WCCB, tongues are firmly in cheek as it adds an "investigative unit" to the Fox News Edge. Reporter Hartes Fernsehen is quoted as saying, "my entire career has been building to this moment."

E-mail at Shannon.Reichley@cln.com

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