Reality Check: Bret Michaels RVing on Travel Channel
May 25, 2013 4:00 AM
Bret Michaels is shown here with the family Winnebago.
"Rock My RV With Bret Michaels" has the Butler native taking a hands-on approach to hosting Travel Channel's new reality show, which debuts at 9 p.m. Sunday.
Bret Michaels with his little sister, Nicole.
Bret Michaels with his grandfather and the family Winnebago.
By Maria Sciullo Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Butler native Bret Michaels is no stranger to reality television ("The Apprentice," "Rock of Love With Bret Michaels," "Bachelor Pad," among others) but now he tries his hand at hosting.
"Rock My RV With Bret Michaels" premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday on Travel Channel. Mr. Michaels, who reckons he's spent more than 3 million miles living in RVs, will help a design team transform beat-up vehicles into "the most groundbreaking, insane, tricked-out RVs on the road today," according to press materials.
There will be 15 half-hour episodes and one hourlong finale as part of Travel Channel's "We Are Summer" initiative across multiple platforms.
Mr. Michaels, who spent his childhood riding in the family Winnebago, will also design a custom RV for the winner of a complementary online contest to be held during June and July.
"I am a self-proclaimed 'drealist' -- a dreamer and a realist -- and consider myself to be the ultimate RV adventurer," Mr. Michaels said.
"For me, RVs are so much more than just a mode of transportation -- They're a tradition and a huge part of both my personal and professional life. Some of my best childhood memories are from RV road trips, and a pastime I now share with my own kids. This is a passion project for me."
• West Virginia University grad Dan Moyers took the blame for his Red team's failures on "Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius" (Discovery, Wednesdays), which impressed the judges but didn't stop them from voting him out of the running for the $50,000 prize.
Because there is a playback element to the show, however, Mr. Moyers still has a chance to re-join the competition. The teams this week were charged with designing and building robots that would compete in three events -- 100-meter dash, javelin throw and long jump.
Red team easily won the dash but failed badly at the other two events.
"I saw some really stupid engineering from you guys," said judge Mark Fuller, adding that the three remaining Red team members were smarter than their designs.
"I'm going to make this easy on everyone ... I believe the captain should go down with the ship," Mr. Moyers said before deliberations.
Still in the mix: Eric Whitman, who is studying robotics at Carnegie Mellon University.
• Fox's "Master Chef," which debuted its fourth season last Wednesday, promises viewers will see some interesting work from Philadelphia contestants. But how is it Pittsburgh "home chefs" once again have not been featured on the show?
"I think we've been intentionally avoiding Pittsburgh because we are not Steelers fans," joked judge Joe Bastianich. "We just want to avoid the whole football thing."
Mr. Bastianich does have a local connection, however. His mother, Lidia Bastianich, opened her eponymous restaurant, Lidia's, on Smallman Street in 2001.
Olga George, an assignments editor at KDKA-TV, reached the top 100 out of thousands of applicants. She got to cook for the judges, but her effort was not broadcast on the first episode. She could conceivably win her apron and a shot at competing in the main draw of "Master Chef."
• Kree Harrison wasn't the only "American Idol" loser earlier this week. The York Dispatch reports that a couple watching the finale got into a fight over who would win -- that would be Candice Glover -- and they both were arrested and charged with two counts of simple assault and one count of aggravated assault.
Knives were involved, and no surprise, alcohol. Gregory L. Stambaugh, 57, and Karen Elaines Harrelson, 48, were drinking -- according to the police report, started with beer and tequila as early as 5 a.m. that day -- and wound up stabbing each other during the argument.