Junice and Rock Rockman aren’t your typical reality TV stars.
For starters, they’re not into drama. In fact, they’re out to prevent it, offering relationship counseling and life coaching services.
The couple appears on Bravo’s "Thicker Than Water," a show focused on the close-knit Tankard family. (Junice is the youngest sister of star Jewell Tankard.)
Shooting for the show’s second season is under way – and there’s a twist: the Rockmans have moved from Nashville, Tenn., to Austin. Camera crews have been busy in recent days, following Junice and Rock around town, working to capture footage for upcoming episodes.
The Rockmans serve as "the voice of reason," on the show, Rock Rockman told me during a recent interview, helping keep the peace. Folks who’ve watched "Thicker Than Water" know that’s not always easy thanks to the Tankards’ larger-than-life personalities.
"We’ve had a lot of people tell us, ‘Thanks for being yourselves,’" he said. "We’ve got very old-school values. We put faith and family first. That’s hard to do in the entertainment business, but we make it work."
Producers first approached the couple about three years ago, back when they still lived in Tennessee. After shooting a pilot and getting the green light from Bravo executives, the show went into production. Life since then has been, well, hectic, Junice Rockman said.
"When you’re filming, it’s not unusual to have 12- or 14-hour days," she said. "It takes up so much of our lives."
But the demands of the show haven’t stopped the couple from devoting time and energy to the Rockman Institute, which specializes in "building rock-solid relationships around the globe." The move to Austin was, in large part, driven by the desire to build up their business, the couple said. A new website, therockmans.com, launched last week.
So far, so good, according to Junice.
"The move has been great," she said. "We absolutely love Austin – the culture, the diversity, the people, the vastness of it all. It’s nice when you can find a place that reflects your heart."
Details on when the second season of "Thicker Than Water" will premiere aren’t available just yet. In the meantime, you can get caught up by watching clips from the first season on Bravo’s website, bravotv.com.
Ex-anchor has new job
Former KVUE anchor Jessica Vess has a new gig.
Vess, who left the city’s ABC affiliate earlier this month after seven years as an anchor and reporter for the station’s morning newscasts, has been named senior public information and media coordinator for Austin Community College.
"Jessica’s extensive experience in the media will be a tremendous asset as we continue to spread the word about ACC and the ways we serve the community," said Brette Lea, ACC’s executive director of public information and college marketing. "We are fortunate to have Jessica on our team."
The job has hours that are more family friendly, according to Vess.
"I’ve spent the past decade serving the community from a newsroom," she said. "I’m excited to continue doing that work at ACC. The success people find here paves the way for the success they’ll have through life. Every journey is worth sharing. I can’t wait to help bring those stories to our community."
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