“TV Notes” column for July 14, 2013

The A&E series “The First 48” is now shooting episodes in New Orleans which will likely air in late fall, the network confirmed Tuesday.

The documentary-style reality series is shadowing the New Orleans Police Department’s homicide detectives as they work to solve murders.

The show, in its 14th season on A&E, offers an inside look at the work done by these detectives. The first 48 hours after a homicide are believed to be the most crucial in an investigation — as the case is still fresh in terms of evidence and witnesses’ memories. The show’s cameras will follow the detectives through every stage of the homicide investigations — at crime scenes, through their hunt for evidence, during interviews with witnesses and suspects, as well as through meetings with victims’ loved ones.

The show’s crews will stay with detectives for the duration of the investigations. It could be a few days or several months until an arrest is made. New Orleans residents who happen to be near murder scenes will be asked beforehand whether they agree to be filmed, and no one will be filmed who does not want to be filmed, according to a police department news release.

“The most the people of New Orleans have seen of our homicide detectives is glances of them on murder scenes, or possibly 12-second sound bites they’ve given on the local news. ‘The First 48’ is documentary-style television, and will allow residents to see the extraordinary effort, dedication and perseverance our detectives demonstrate in each and every murder case,” Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said in the release.

In its nine years of production, “The First 48” has worked in 20 cities, including Dallas, Birmingham, Phoenix, Cleveland and Memphis. Its producers chose to approach each city for a variety of reasons.

“New Orleans is one of the most unique cities in America. Its diversity, vibrant culture and rich history have made it a city ‘The First 48’ has hoped to document for years. We are excited that the time has come,” Alexis Robie, “The First 48” executive producer, said.

The city’s access agreement with the show has a one-year duration, the news release said.



Roker shows now casting

Al Roker Entertainment Inc. is now casting two new reality TV shows.

The first unnamed series will feature southern women who are sisters. The company is looking for women with larger-than-life personalities who may run a business together, or share an obsession, or are maybe the country version of the Kardashians.

The second show is looking for a “guy’s guy” who is surrounded by women in his daily life, working and/or living in a woman’s world through his job, or “girlie” hobby.

To apply or for more information, email ARETVcasting@gmail.com. Include name, age, contact information and a few photos.

WBRZ wins AP awards

The Associated Press recently awarded WBRZ-TV with Best Newscast honors for the second year in a row.

The 10 p.m. newscast, which received the award, is anchored by Sylvia Weatherspoon and Michael Marsh with weather from Chief Forecaster Pat Shingleton.

Also, reporter Michael Shingleton was awarded Reporter of the Year; Chris Nakamoto and Joe McCoy, Best Investigative Reporting; and Michael Cauble, Best Sportscast.

WBRZ also was named Best Television Website in Baton Rouge, and was runner-up for Best General News. Photojournalist Chris Sasser was honored with a third-place award for Best Videography.

Video recognized

The Telly Awards has named tommysTV as a Silver and Bronze winner in the 34th annual Telly Awards for its piece for Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area.

Close to 11,000 entries came from all 50 states and numerous countries.

TommysTV, owned and operated by Tommy Talley, produced, shot and edited the promotional video for Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, which was shown at the annual awareness and fundraising event, the 2013 Memories in the Making luncheon.

The video portrayed a day in the life of three caregivers and their loved ones with Alzheimer’s as well as highlighted the programs and services provided by Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area.

The video won a Silver Award for Use of Music and three Bronze Awards for Charity, Fundraising, and Editing.

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films.

Emmys honor SLU student

A student television news anchor-reporter at Southeastern Louisiana University’s educational access channel in Hammond has been recognized with an Emmy Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Suncoast Region.

Chrissy Carter, of LaPlace, an anchor-reporter for Southeastern Channel’s “Northshore News,” won the 2013 student Emmy for “On-Camera Performance.”

It was the only Emmy awarded to a college student in the Suncoast Region, which is comprised of all television stations and production entities in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Puerto Rico.

Two other Southeastern Channel students — Marshall Courtney and Allen Cutrer, both of Baton Rouge — received Emmy honorable mention recognitions in the “Videography” category.

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) awards Emmys to those productions achieving excellence in television at the highest level. Winners are selected after rounds of judging against the Emmy standard of excellence, not against other productions. Categories with nominees often have no winner.

The Southeastern Channel, can be seen on Charter Cable Channel 18 in Tangipahoa, Livingston and St. Tammany parishes and on Channel 17 in Washington Parish. The live 24/7 webcast and video on demand can be seen at southeastern.edu/tv.

The New Orleans Police Department, WBRZ, Southeastern Louisiana University’s Public Information Office and Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area provided items for this column. Television stations with news about programming, on-air reporters or personalities should email information to jbergeron@theadvocate.com or fax to (225) 388-0351.