The Real World – Joey Kovar

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So, substance abuse Joey Kovar is back at Stage 20 for a rough (on me) episode. Yes, he’s overcoming quite a bit. Yes, he deserves a cuddle here and there for his troubles. But… the whining, crying and blaming strangers for not being his supportive family is too much.

If I were on Real World, I’d be having the time of my life. I’d go out drinking. I’d use my Real World name tag to get laid. Maybe I’d stay home that first night Joey came back… I don’t know.

He’s putting a lot on those poor kids. They aren’t showing enough love for that poor, young, handsome, perfect body, world at his fingertips guy. They have problems, too.

Maybe I can see where he’s coming from. Maybe I would have stayed home rather than go out drinking just for one night. I just don’t know.

Help me out people. If we were on Real World and were Joey Kovar’s housemate, would we have stayed home with him, at least for that first night? And dirty answers exploiting his vulnerability aren’t what we’re looking for. We already know that answer. So, how are you swinging with Joey?

I guess we should also keep in mind that all those whining moments were sewn together by some sadist producer for ratings and it may not have been that bad. He did come through at the end, right? We’ll see soon, I suppose.


Paige Davis Returns to Trading Spaces
November 18, 2007, 10:04 am
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Trading Spaces was THE home improvement show of the century. Fun, scary and full of opinionated fans. And a bubbly host.

  When the perky Paige Davis joined Trading Spaces in 2001, the show went into overdrive. Always upbeat. Always irritating the designers and carpenters by reminding them of budgets and questioning whether the family will like what they’ve done.

left: the ringmaster herself, Paige Davis

One day, Paige was missing fron the show. OK. I watched it, figuring she was sick or on vacation. The next one came and I found out that Paige was no more. That was the end of Trading Spaces for me. I’ve not watched the new hostless format since. As I talked to other people that also liked the show, they too felt the show wasn’t the same. Right… Davis was gone.

With no host, there was no continuity in the show. Why didn’t Hildi ever get ditched? I wouldn’t let her anywhere NEAR my house. Ty was gone, Frank was gone, a few new designers that sucked the life out of me came on.

Trading Spaces had gotten too happy with themselves and turned their back on what made the show popular. Too happy to the point of creating7 dozen other Spaces shows, like one for kids, one for families and, another for people’s doghouses, I think. All sucked… BAD. Some of the designers even crossed over. Big mistake.

OK, enough griping. Paige Davis is back. There is a new production company taking over. The production company that does two other good shows… Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares, both starring chef Gordon Ramsay. Doug, Hildi and, Laurie (though I could do without them all) and Frank is back!.

The new show is set to begin air in January and is currently taping new shows. More designers and new carpenters will be announced soon.

Visit her website at

Glad to have you back Paige. The show was pure shit without you.

Project Runway: Daniel Vosovic
November 8, 2007, 11:44 pm
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Daniel was one of my personal favorites out of all three seasons of Project Runway.

Daniel had the most even designs throughout the show. None so far overboard that you’d cringe. None so horrible that you’d spit at the television. Some so wonderful, you felt awe. No, he didn’t win. ACK!

Daniel seems to be doing very well for himself. Always busy and always visible.

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Profile: Josh Bernstein
October 14, 2007, 4:14 pm
Filed under: People, Spotlight


I watch the History Channel either when nothing else is on (which is quite often) or when Digging For The Truth with Josh Bernstein is on.

Bernstein’s personality and enthusiasm makes the show extremely interesting. He takes you on a time-line-like tour of theories surrounding ancient mysteries that we’ve all heard of, learned about and saw boring documentaries on. He makes this into a riveting hour of TV. You want to learn because he seems so excited about it. You’re taken through the thought process of discovery and not talked down to. You don’t have information shoved at you, instead you are made to feel that you’re making the discovery and you do need to come up with some conclusions on your own. At the end of the show, you’ve learned something. There are not many shows that can boast this with any honesty.

If Josh Bernstein was a high school teacher or principal, he’d have the smartest school around. If teachers taught with the same enthusiasm he does, the world would be an amazing place.

Actually, Josh is in fact a teacher. He is CEO and president of BOSS (Boulder Outdoor Survival School), a survival school in Utah where he teaches survival techniques like lighting a fire with no matches, etc. and also environmentalism. Learning to live within the confines of your locality and Earth itself.

Bernstein doesn’t just play someone smart reading from a prompter, he graduated from Cornell with double majors and double minors in Anthropology, Psychology, Native American and Near Eastern Studies respectively. Though he has an apartment in Manhattan, he also lives the life he teaches and spends his Utah time in his yurt.

digging-for-the-truth.jpgYoung, intelligent, good-looking, motivated and enthusiastic about life… he’s who people aspire to be and who people need to learn from. His documentaries, both past and future should be made a part of every schools’ curriculum. Maybe he could even do something to inspire teachers.


Photo: Not your typical archaeologist. Maybe, the real-life Indiana Jones was doing his episode The Real Sin City: Sodom and Gomorrah on Truth.

Bernstein has left The History Channel and a new host has taken over what Bernstein made into it’s #1 show since it started. Josh has moved over to The Discovery Channel where more broad projects await. Projects that also include other topics besides those driven by archaeology. He will be seen in a new series and specials on the channel and will also do more behind the scenes work on those and other shows. This allows him to teach more people, more stuff. New Discovery Channel programming starring Josh is set to begin in February 2008 (see bad news after the jump!). Keep and eye out for it. You won’t be sorry.

Josh’s website is HERE. Check back, it’s not quite ready yet. 

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Brandon Cruz
September 28, 2007, 2:00 pm
Filed under: People

The Courtship of Eddie’s Father

   Another one of those subtle comedies that make you smile instead of causing roaring belly laughs. You come away from this type of show feeling good. You’ve got good parents, good kids, good friends. Right.. an escape from reality.

   After this sub-genre petered out in the 70s, we were left with a new reality style format. “Hey.. life is nothing like that and people can’t relate” they thought. Well, I don’t need to relate. I relate all day long. I want out for a half hour. How comet hey ‘real up’ TV but they don’t bother to ‘real up’ models? If everyone is so worried about reality and people not being able to relate with what they see… well, models are the biggest offenders. Advertising, I guess. Can’t blame models for being good looking.

Brandon Then    

Anyway… The Courtship of Eddie’s Father was one of those shows that made you feel good. One big reason for that was Brandon Cruz.   

For 73 episodes from 1969 to 1972, we watched Brandon and Bill Bixby muddle through life together.

Once grown up, Cruz went behind the scenes in editing and has worked on quite a few projects we’d remember like South Park, the 2nd Roseanne Show, Viva LaBam and American Chopper.

 He also fronted the band Dr. Know. Later.. between Jello Biafra and Jeff Penalty, Cruz was lead vocal for the Dead Kennedys. Dr. Know has since been reformed and is still going.


I’ll have to check out his music for the radio station. I especially would like to hear the remake of the Courtship of Eddie’s Father Theme in punk style with Micky Dolenz of the Monkees. Eddie Corbett and Micky Dolenz… should be interesting.

Here’s a YouTube clip of an interview with Brandon on Dr. Know, punk and life since Courtship.