Static: ‘Amazing Race’ features Central Texas couple
Reality TV’s love affair with the Austin area is still going strong.
Central Texas has churned out countless small-screen stars in recent years, and casting directors keep coming back for more.
The latest edition of CBS’ “The Amazing Race,” for instance, features former Austin High School and University of Texas football player Trey Wier, 23, and his girlfriend, Alexis “Lexi” Beerman, 22. The show debuts at 7 p.m. Sunday on KEYE.
“I’m his cheerleader, and he’s my cheerleader,” Beerman says in a saccharine video introduction.
The competition this season, the show’s 21st, promises to be interesting. Wier and Beerman are up against teams featuring Chippendales dancers, monster truckers, substitute teachers and life partners who traded city life for a goat farm, among others.
If they win the $1 million prize, Beerman says she hopes they can, for starters, move out of their parents’ houses.
“I’m so ready for that,” she confesses.
And, oh yeah, she’d like to “get a ring soon.” No pressure, Trey.
Over on NBC, viewers of “The Voice” have already seen a couple singers with Austin ties this season, including Suzanna Choffel and Brian Scartocci.
Catch “The Voice” at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday on KXAN.
A newcomer, the Discovery Channel’s “Texas Car Wars,” spotlights car flippers, including some from Round Rock, bidding on jalopies they hope will sell for big bucks after repairs aplenty. Tune in at 9 p.m. Thursdays.
Other reality shows airing right now with Central Texas ties include several big-time hits on the A&E network: “American Hoggers,” “Storage Wars Texas” and “Shipping Wars,” a program inspired by Austin-based shipping service uShip.
More are on the way, too. There have been numerous casting calls here in recent months, for everything from Fox’s “X Factor” to MTV’s “The Real World.” A couple home improvement shows, too. So, if you haven’t spotted a friend or neighbor on TV just yet, stay tuned. It’s bound to happen soon.
NFL Network joins lineup
Love the NFL? Got Time Warner Cable?
Well, well, well … today’s your lucky day.
Time Warner Cable has – finally – reached a multi-year deal to carry NFL RedZone and the NFL Network.
NFL RedZone, which offers real-time game highlights Sunday afternoons, can be found on channels 442 and 1699 (HD). To watch, you’ll need to be a subscriber to the Sports Pass tier.
Watch the NFL Network on channels 439 and 1597 (HD) if you have basic digital or Sports Pass service.
“We’re delighted to have reached an agreement for NFL Network and NFL RedZone that provides a good value to our customers,” Time Warner Cable’s Melinda Witmer said. “The additional games this year and the proven appeal of NFL RedZone will certainly prove to be a draw for our customers. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with the NFL.”
The addition of NFL Network gives Time Warner Cable customers access to exclusive games, such as “Thursday Night Football,” the Senior Bowl and every preseason matchup. Other programming includes “NFL GameDay,” “NFL Total Access” and “NFL AM,” a recently launched four-hour morning show that airs weekdays.
Bright House Networks, another large cable provider, also has picked up NFL RedZone and the NFL Network.
And what about the Longhorn Network, you ask? I have nothing new to pass along. Sorry.
A Star is born
KNVA Channel 54, Austin’s CW affiliate, is searching for its next CW Austin Star.
The person selected will be front and center at entertainment events around town, such as concerts and movie premieres, representing the station and filing reports that will be shown on air and on the Web.
Four finalists will be chosen by KNVA staffers, while a fifth will be picked via an online poll.
Interested? You have until Oct. 3 to submit a video at thecwaustin.com.
A winner will be named in November.
Channel surfing …
“Real Housewives” alum Bethenny Frankel has landed her own talk show, which is set to debut in fall 2013. Fox-owned TV stations across the U.S., including Austin’s KTBC Channel 7, have already signed up to air “Bethenny.” … University of Texas students living at 26 West, a student housing project at 600 W. 26th St., now have access to the Longhorn Network. The West Campus apartment complex, acquired by American Campus Communities in 2011, reports it has signed a deal with Grande Communications, which carries LHN, making the network available to more than 1,000 residents. … Brick House Tavern and Tap, 11680 Research Blvd., is now allowing football fans to call ahead and reserve, at no charge, a primo seat to watch their favorite NFL team in action each Sunday. Call 343-2000 or visit brickhousetavernandtap.com to learn more. … Read my blog at austin360.com/tvblog or follow @gdinges on Twitter to get the latest updates on local radio and TV stations.