Reality Check: Ian Terry the funny man on 'Big Brother'

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Although Shaler Area graduate Ian Terry continues to confound his fellow Houseguests (is he really naive or a master strategist?), fellow Pittsburgher Ashley Iocco is flying so under the radar, the girl's toes are practically dragging on the ground.

Ms. Iocco, who went to Franklin Regional High School, hasn't been given much screen time on the thrice-weekly CBS broadcasts. She's gotten more time on the online and Showtime feeds, however.

One particularly funny exchange earlier in the week had Mr. Terry wandering outside to sit on an oversized chaise lounge with her. Before they could say much of anything, buff contestant Shane Meany strode into the yard, shirtless.

He proceeded to lift weights in front of them, prompting Mr. Terry to later tell the cameras that under such circumstances, personality and brains -- and humor, apparently -- are his best chance at winning the attention of the opposite sex.

Turning to Ms. Iocco, with whom he has shared a brief on-screen kiss, he said, "Actually, I was doing the same amount of weight earlier, except, I wasn't struggling."

That drew a laugh and a smile from Ms. Iocco.

Neither was up for elimination. Instead, it was three times and still no charm for Janelle Pierzina, who was evicted this week. She had formerly played the game as a regular contestant and an all-star. This summer, Ms. Pierzina entered the Big Brother house as a coach/mentor, but a game change last week resulted in her joining the regular players.

On Wednesday, she found herself up for elimination after the Power of Veto swapped her for another player, and the next day, she was blindsided by an 8-1 vote.

Also on reality TV ...

• For those who just can't get enough of Abby Lee Miller, "Dance Moms" production company Collins Avenue recently announced ... more Abby Lee Miller. Her Penn Hills dance studio is making do without her as she tapes 10 episodes of "Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition" in California.

A field of 12 girls and boys ages 6-13 must learn routines and perform them for a panel of judges, including Ms. Miller, choreographer Richard Jackson and Robin Antin, who created the girl group Pussycat Dolls.

The show, which will premiere this fall on Lifetime, is staged at the Los Angeles Theatre.

Meanwhile, on "Dance Moms" this week: drama. Yelling. Tears. Abby Lee Miller choreographing a routine for Brooke about Anne Frank, and her mom, Kelly Hyland, says, to the effect, "Who is this Anne Frank? Anyone ever heard of her?"

Next up, return of the Candy Apples!

• CBS's "The Price Is Right" will hold a contestant search at the Rivers Casino Aug. 22 from 1-7 p.m. Legal U.S. residents 18 or older must bring the completed forms available at

If selected, contestants will be flown to Los Angeles for a taping of the show, although appearing on stage to play the game is not guaranteed.


Maria Sciullo: or 412-263-1478 or @MariaSciulloPG. First Published August 11, 2012 4:00 AM


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