101 (Terrifying) Ways to Leave a Game Show [Kicking Back with Jersey J...

The typical summer TV schedule is usually jammed with cheap-to-produce “reality” shows that send me running to Redbox.  But a new show has come along to challenges Summertime monotony. The spectacle of untrained contestants plummeting off of a cliff, being catapulted high into the...

Outrageous Court Show Clips: Kicking Back with Jersey Joe [BEST OF FaN...

Originally published 06/10/11 Turn on your TV any weekday afternoon and you’ll find the channels jam packed with court shows.  Each year, we are treated to a few new names, while the old standbys keep getting renewed season after season. While most are your standard small claims courts case,...

SAVED BY THE BELL: How a Big Part of Our Childhood Almost Never Made i...

It’s the classic children’s TV show all Generation X’ers grew up with.  See how SAVED BY THE BELL evolved over the years and barely avoided cancellation after a much different pilot episode!  Every American kid in the 90s woke up to this show on Saturday mornings....

Jersey Joe Does New Orleans [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Jul01

Jersey Joe Does New Orleans [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

It’s the city of soul food, jazz music, Mardi Gras, and of course Ground Zero for Hurricane Katrina.  It’s been almost six years since the hurricane hit New Orleans, Louisiana and while there are still signs of devastation present, the city is very much back on it’s feet.  I recently returned...

Be Your Own Mechanic with THE CHILTON MANUAL: Kicking Back with Jersey Joe [BOOK WEEK] Jun24

Be Your Own Mechanic with THE CHILTON MANUAL: Kicking Back with Jersey...

When I was a kid, my grandfather and uncle would always be out in the garage tinkering with their cheap as could be cars.  They would never change the oil when they were supposed to, never check the tires, and really not do much maintenance at all.  They would only pop the hood when it was...

DiGiorno Pizza & Wyngz [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Jun17

DiGiorno Pizza & Wyngz [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

Can a frozen pizza and chicken wings from the same box be as good as advertised?  DiGiorno has a new line of pizza combos in your grocer’s freezer and I put it to the test. It’s the next evolution of frozen pizza.  DiGiorno has added an assortment of side dishes and packaged them into a combo...

All Roads Lead to Breezewood – The Town of Motels, Food, and Fuel! [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Jun03

All Roads Lead to Breezewood – The Town of Motels, Food, and Fue...

Who wants a hamburger, or needs a bathroom, or how about just to top off the gas tank?  Well, flip your signal on and head to Breezewood – because all roads will eventually take you there! Breezewood — it’s one of the few spots in the United States where you will encounter a traffic...

This Ain’t No Clip Show: Jersey Joe’s Year One Rewind [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] May27

This Ain’t No Clip Show: Jersey Joe’s Year One Rewind [Kic...

It’s been a full year since I’ve officially been writing my own blogumn here on FaN.  With this being Memorial Day weekend, I thought it would be a good idea to catch up on the topics I’ve written about.  Let’s see what’s changed in a year’s time. MAY 31, 2010 STAR TREK SLOTS In my first...

Another Piece of Vintage Vegas Folds Its Hand [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] May20

Another Piece of Vintage Vegas Folds Its Hand [Kicking Back with Jerse...

The Sahara Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas closed its doors on Monday, leaving only two of the original Rat Pack gambling joints still in operation.  It’s a bittersweet goodbye for the famous casino whose absence is turning the north end of the famous Strip into a ghost town/ The Moroccan-themed...

Is “Soul Daddy” America’s Next Great Restaurant? NBC Thinks So [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] May13

Is “Soul Daddy” America’s Next Great Restaurant? NBC...

On Sunday, May 1st, just hours before President Obama took to the air to inform the world that Osama Bin Laden was shot dead, NBC crowned the champion of their newest reality series, America’s Next Great Restaurant.  The winning concept, Soul Daddy, opened to the public in three cities the...

I thought Colgate knew all about dental care! [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] May06

I thought Colgate knew all about dental care! [Kicking Back with Jerse...

After eating all that Easter candy, you better be brushing your teeth!  What would your mother say?  The name Colgate instantly makes you think of your teeth and dental care.  They’ve been on the front lines in the war against tooth decay and cavities for decades.  I truly thought they knew...

The Best $1.99 Meal West of the Mississippi [Kicking Back With Jersey Joe] Apr29

The Best $1.99 Meal West of the Mississippi [Kicking Back With Jersey ...

I’m about to share with you one my hidden travel secrets.  For less than $2 I am going to make sure that your belly is full and not only full, but extremely happy.  No tax.  No hidden costs.  No joke. So, where can you find this unbelievable deal?  It’s the $1.99 shrimp cocktail at the Golden...

NoBunny Knows Easter Better than Cadbury Creme Eggs Apr22

NoBunny Knows Easter Better than Cadbury Creme Eggs

You’ve seen the commercial, you’ve seen them in stores, and you’ve probably eaten a ton since you were a kid.  You know its Easter when Cadbury Crème Eggs make their annual appearance.  No kid’s basket would be complete without them. But from bunny to Britain, they’ve traveled a long way to...

10 Gut-Busting Infomercials [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Apr15

10 Gut-Busting Infomercials [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

You see these commercials running all day and all night long.  They make great filler and are a cheap source of revenue for TV stations.  The geniuses behind these products are constantly working on the next big thing that will make our lives easier.  I’ve found no less than ten gut...

Turn Your Kitchen into a PF Chang’s China Bistro [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Apr01

Turn Your Kitchen into a PF Chang’s China Bistro [Kicking Back w...

Easy Asian food prepared right on your stove that’s just as tasty as the high-quality food you would find in a PF Chang’s China Bistro?  That’s what the bag claims.  I’ve noticed some of the restaurant’s signature dishes popping up in my grocer’s freezer; so my stomach and I gave it a...

SHARPIES: One of the Greatest American Inventions Ever! [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Mar25

SHARPIES: One of the Greatest American Inventions Ever! [Kicking Back ...

Open up any junk drawer in your house and I’m sure you’ll find one.  Just about every person born in this country in the last 40 years has used one.  Sharpies, the ultimate magic marker have been a staple of our lives since the 1960s and more than 200 million have been sold worldwide. The...

KITTIES! [Kicking Back With Jersey Joe] Mar18

KITTIES! [Kicking Back With Jersey Joe]

Right now, I think we could all use some cheering up!  Let’s both take a second, relax,  and check out these hilarious cat videos I’ve found online.  Maybe you’ve seen one, maybe you’ve seen them all… but there’s no way you won’t chuckle at least a little! First up… how about some kittens...

The LEPRECHAUN Movies [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Mar11

The LEPRECHAUN Movies [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

He’s not Chucky, he’s not Jason Voorhees, he’s not Freddy Kruger, but with St. Patrick’s Day coming up, I was recently reminded of one of the craziest slasher movie villains… Leprechaun.  For seven films, nobody could take us from South Dakota, to Vegas, to outer space all to defend his gold...

Kicking Back with Jersey Joe: The Sport of Kings – A Day at the Horse Race Track Mar04

Kicking Back with Jersey Joe: The Sport of Kings – A Day at the ...

It’s the sport of kings!  Horse racing has been around since well before explorers discovered North America.  While still popular as cheap form of gambling entertainment the industry has been on the decline for decades.  But as I found, the sport is more than just horses running around in a...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: The First Sign of Spring – McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes Are Back! Feb25

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: The First Sign of Spring – McDonal...

You know spring is just around the corner when the granddaddy of all American fast food chains, McDonald’s rolls out their most heavenly treat – the Shamrock Shake!  How can you improve on perfection?  Oh, they’ve found a way! Now, I know I regularly review fast food here on my blogumn, but...

Kicking Back with Jersey Joe: Turn Your Kitchen into an Uno Chicago Grill Feb18

Kicking Back with Jersey Joe: Turn Your Kitchen into an Uno Chicago Gr...

Who wants pizza?  Most of us probably do at one point or another.  Recently, I was browsing the frozen foods aisle at my local Shop-Rite supermarket and noticed a wide variety of Uno Chicago Pizzas to cook at home.  Uno Pizza whenever I want?  Sounds like a plan to me! The choices in the...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: How Can I Get Out of Taking Bitewing X-Rays at the Dentist Office? Feb11

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: How Can I Get Out of Taking Bitewing X-R...

As if going to the dentist isn’t bad enough… aren’t those terrible bitewing x-rays they shove in your mouth like going through a horrible alien abduction?  Why does my insurance company say that I have to have them, and is there any way not to gag on these medieval things? Last Saturday was...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: The Super Bowl of Commercials and Why We...

Sunday evening, more than half of the TV sets in the US will be tuned in to Super Bowl XLV.  The game itself is quite a spectacle, but the commercials now have an audience all their own and advertisers have found a clever way to get their message across – even before the game begins! The...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: HOT IN CLEVELAND Jan28

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: HOT IN CLEVELAND

It’s about time that someone figured out that the classic television sitcom is not dead!  Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick, and Betty White are proving that with each and every episode of Hot in Cleveland, which just entered its second season on TV Land. So, what makes this show...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: Ouch! Who’s the Genius That Invented Blister Packs? Jan21

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: Ouch! Who’s the Genius That Invent...

By now the holidays are winding down and we’re all still going through the mountain of gifts and cards that we’ve received.  This year, my aunt and uncle gave me a mini-mag light, and it came in one of those impossible to open plastic casings known as a blister pack.  I took the scissors to...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: The BK Jalapeno Cheddar Stuffed Angus Burger Jan14

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: The BK Jalapeno Cheddar Stuffed Angus Bu...

Last year, I wrote about Burger King’s new marketing strategy to add premium items to their restaurant’s menu.  Over the summer, we were treated to BBQ Ribs and at that time the company had also announced plans to create stuffed burgers.  Well, Happy New Year, because with the start of 2011...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: Spider-Man’s 30-Foot Plunge Off Broadway Jan07

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: Spider-Man’s 30-Foot Plunge Off Br...

It sounded like a great idea when we bought our tickets to the ill-fated December 20, 2010 performance of Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark.  It was going well, until with only a few minutes left, actor Christopher Tierney plunged 30 feet into a pit in the center of the stage while fellow FaN...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: The Man Who Brought Some Holiday Cheer To One World Trade Center Dec17

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: The Man Who Brought Some Holiday Cheer T...

It’s been over 9 years since the 9-11 terrorist attacks destroyed the twin towers of the World Trade Center.  Sadly, the last Christmas season celebrated there would have been in 2000, now 10 years ago.  Since that time, no significant sign of the holidays have appeared at the site, but...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: The First Sign of Christmas We No Longer See Dec10

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: The First Sign of Christmas We No Longer...

Nat King Cole’s Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Gene Autry’s Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and Bing Crosby’s White Christmas.  When I was a kid, we would start to hear these songs way back in August.  No, we weren’t singing them, but we would get to hear them on just about every television...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: The Christmas Classics and the Books We&...

Remember when times were simpler?  When the names Rudolph, Scrooge, the Grinch, and even Jesus could put a smile on your face?  As a kid, they were all a part of Christmas and can be found in just about any bookstore this time of year.  But, sadly there are a couple books from my childhood...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: The BBQ Sundae

Could it be the ultimate infusion of two of the greatest foods ever – BBQ and a sundae?  With all the talk of McRib on FaN lately, I was shocked when I saw this advertised on the side of a local BBQ truck and had to give it a try! Joey’s BBQ, located in Hoboken, New Jersey and within eyeshot...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: WHEEL OF FORTUNE [From Megahit to Casino and the Best Contestant Ever] Nov12

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: WHEEL OF FORTUNE [From Megahit to Casino...

I’VE GOT A GOOD FEELING ABOUT THIS.  Could you solve that puzzle with only the L showing?  Long time fan Caitlin Burke of New Jersey just did and it won her a trip to the Caribbean!  But, the Wheel of Fortune as we know it today was quite a different show in the beginning. Wheel of Fortune is...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: Pee Wee Herman on Broadway Nov05

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: Pee Wee Herman on Broadway

He was a major part of growing up in the 8’s generation.  Pee-Wee Herman and his Saturday morning show were hilarious must-watch television for both children and adults.  That is, until the show and the popular character were yanked off the air by the actor’s big mistake. Now, Pee-Wee’s back...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: Candy Corn – From Snack to Liquor [More Than You Ever Wanted To Know] Oct29

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: Candy Corn – From Snack to Liquor ...

So is it a candy, a vegetable, what’s left after the wick burns out of your candle?  Candy corn is absolutely a staple of the Halloween celebration in the United States.  Bags upon bags show up in the grocery stores to fill the trick or treat baskets.  But, do we really know where this stuff...

Kicking Back with Jersey Joe – How I Got Verizon to Lower My Phone Bill Oct22

Kicking Back with Jersey Joe – How I Got Verizon to Lower My Phone Bil...

Can you hear me now?  With our economy still climbing out of the toilet, just about everyone is looking to save a buck here and there.  For the past few years, I’ve noticed my Verizon phone bill slowly creeping up and up.  Well, I got on the phone and did something about it. I am probably one...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: Knock It Off With The Confusing Prescription Drug Ads Oct08

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: Knock It Off With The Confusing Prescrip...

I was flipping through my Sports Illustrated yesterday and instead of reading about the upcoming World Series, the Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company of America would rather discuss treatment for gout.  Gout?  I don’t drink enough to suffer from gout!  After flipping through a few more pages, the...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: I Survived the Burger King New York Whopper Pizza Oct01

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: I Survived the Burger King New York Whop...

It’s a Whopper!  It’s a pizza!  No, it’s both and it’s certainly a mouthful.  Burger King is once again experimenting with new menu items and they’ve gone way over the top on this one!  I recently had the pleasure of giving this artery killer a try. The New York Pizza Burger is as huge as the...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: The Great Cardboard Bear Re-Enactment Sep17

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: The Great Cardboard Bear Re-Enactment

Have you ever come face to face with a bear?  How about a cardboard one with a news reporter hiding behind?  “This is what it might have looked like, if it wasn’t a cutout.” I’ve never have personally run into a bear, but my grandmother did years ago on our patio.  Fortunately, they’re...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: Domino’s Pizza – Bring Back the Noid Sep10

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: Domino’s Pizza – Bring Back ...

Avoid the Noid!  Remember the little Domino’s Pizza guy that was splashed all over our TV’s in the 1980’s?  He’s long gone and ever since Domino’s has struggled to find an image for the chain.  After a few black eyes, the company recently reformatted their pizza recipe and made a serious...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: Bring Back UNSOLVED MYSTERIES!

. a favorite blogumn by Jersey Joe   Jersey Joe Says: My second FaN Favorite blogumn is my campaign to bring back Unsolved Mysteries.  I really miss this show.  I loved watching all the compelling reenactments, hoping that I would have the clue to solve the mystery. From June 25, 2010...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: The Motorola Droid X [FaN Favorites] Aug27

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: The Motorola Droid X [FaN Favorites]

. a favorite blogumn by Jersey Joe Jersey Joe Says: I chose my Droid X review, since it was my first technical review for Fierce and Nerdy.  Also, it was fun to share along with everyone as I discovered the new features and workings of the phone and then to comment along with everyone. From...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: The Six Flags Magic Money-Sucking Machine Aug20

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: The Six Flags Magic Money-Sucking Machin...

. a blogumn by Jersey Joe The roller coasters, the thrills, the heart pounding rides!  No summer would be complete without a visit to the old amusement park.  The rides and attractions have really come a long way thanks to technology.  Riders are pushed to the limits with coasters that climb...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: Is There Really Fruit in McDonald’s Real Fruit Smoothies? Aug13

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: Is There Really Fruit in McDonald’...

. a blogumn by Jersey Joe McDonald’s – say the name and anyone on this planet will know their golden arches, burgers, and of course, Ronald McDonald.  Just about every person in the United States has indulged at one of their restaurants, either for a quick meal or for a tasty treat. ...

Jersey Joe: Bob Barker, Come on Down! Aug06

Jersey Joe: Bob Barker, Come on Down!

. a blogumn by Jersey Joe When I was a kid, I would love having a day off of school.  It always meant that I would get to watch the great daytime television I was always forced to miss.  I couldn’t wait for 11am, when I would tune in (yes, we had a roof top antenna, so I had to tune in) CBS...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: The Motorola Droid X [Nerd Reviews] Jul30

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: The Motorola Droid X [Nerd Reviews]

. a blogumn by Jersey Joe So, Verizon Wireless has decided to challenge Apple’s domination of the smartphone market by rolling out their super-duper new phone, the Droid X from Motorola.  With my last cell phone dying and my contract up, I decided to go all high-tech and pick up this...

Kicking Back with Jersey Joe: What the Hell is Wrong with HELL’S KITCHEN? Jul23

Kicking Back with Jersey Joe: What the Hell is Wrong with HELL’S...

. a blogumn by Jersey Joe Get out of my kitchen you no good donkey!  It’s raw!  Stop f***ing wasting my time, madam.  Sound familiar?  If you’ve watched FOX in the last few months, you’ve no doubt seen Chef Gordon Ramsay screaming in a promo.  His venerable show is in the middle of the...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: Actually, I Would Like To Be An American Idiot Jul16

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: Actually, I Would Like To Be An American...

. a blogumn by Jersey Joe I don’t want to be an American Idiot and I hope that I don’t fit into that stereotype during this 90 minutes of rock and roll, all set to a story, and originally produced as a album by the band Green Day.  Last week, I had the chance to see one of the newest shows...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: “Don’t Call Me Shirley” [Celebrating 30 Years of AIRPLANE] Jul02

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: “Don’t Call Me Shirley”...

. a blogumn by Jersey Joe It’s one of the greatest satirical movies ever made!  With big name stars and a whole list of imitators in the years after; no movie has dealt out the laughs the same way the original Airplane and the sequel Airplane II did.  Now, the original Airplane turns 30 and...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: Bring Back UNSOLVED MYSTERIES! Jun25

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: Bring Back UNSOLVED MYSTERIES!

. a blogumn by Jersey Joe Missing persons, ghosts, UFO’S, lost lovers, lost heirs, the unexplained, and more!  For one hour a week Unsolved Mysteries used to scare the crap out of me, but I couldn’t stop watching.  The thought that I might hold some vital clue to solve a case was and still is...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: Are You the Next Oprah Winfrey? [BOOK WEEK] Jun18

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: Are You the Next Oprah Winfrey? [BOOK WE...

. a blogumn by Jersey Joe Are you the next Oprah Winfrey?  Would you love to live like Oprah?  Would you love to host your own show on her new cable network, OWN?  Who wouldn’t, right?  Well, now we ALL have the chance! Just about every red blooded American knows who Oprah Winfrey is.  Most...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: I Heart Harlem (Jazz Clubs) Jun11

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: I Heart Harlem (Jazz Clubs)

. a blogumn by Jersey Joe Up until a few weeks ago, I had never visited any of the streets above the 100’s in New York City.  The opportunity came when I was invited to celebrate a friend’s birthday with a jazz tour of Harlem.  I had no idea what to expect.  Sure, I had stereotypes of what...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: The Burger King Ribs Edition Jun04

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: The Burger King Ribs Edition

. a blogumn by Jersey Joe Burger King, one of America’s fast food giants has made some big changes to its menu.  A few months ago, they introduced their line of XLT burgers to compete with the Angus Three Pounders from McDonald’s.  Now, they’ve added a big ticket item – ribs!  With BK being...

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: The Star Trek Slot Machine May28

Kicking Back With Jersey Joe: The Star Trek Slot Machine

. a new pop culture blogumn Jersey Joe Captain’s Log… Stardate May 2010. This week marks the official launch of the Jersey Joe blogumn.  It’s continuing mission… to explore strange new ideas, to seek out new ideas and new points of discussion, to boldly go where no blogumn has gone before! I...

FIERCE ANTICIPATION: Jersey Joe Edition V

. a substitute blogumn by Jersey Joe Ryan’s still on hiatus, but he’ll be back for the season premiere next week!  Until then, we once again get to enjoy the rants of everyone’s favorite fill-in — Jersey Joe! FIERCELY ANTICIPATING The Series Finale of Law and Order Dun Dun!  Everybody...

FIERCE ANTICIPATION: Jersey Joe Edition IV

. a substitute blogumn by Jersey Joe Ryan is continuing his internship on the International Space Station, but due to the volcano in Europe, he is unable to return from orbit, therefore you once again get to enjoy the rants of everyone’s favorite fill-in — Jersey Joe! FIERCELY...

FIERCE ANTICIPATION: The Jersey Joe Edition III May07

FIERCE ANTICIPATION: The Jersey Joe Edition III

. a substitute blogumn by Jersey Joe Ryan has been gone for quite some time, now.   We can only assume that he’s been assimilated by the Borg coll, so once again we’re stuck with the rants of everyone’s favorite fill-in — Jersey Joe! FIERCELY ANTICIPATING The Next Flavor of Mountain Dew...

FIERCE ANTICIPATION: The Jersey Joe Edition II Apr16

FIERCE ANTICIPATION: The Jersey Joe Edition II

. a substitute blogumn by Jersey Joe Ryan is still off on his maternity leave, so once again we’re stuck with the rants of everyone’s favorite fill-in — Jersey Joe! FIERCELY ANTICIPATING The Final Ticks of the Clock for 24 [Ed. Note -- skip to next section if you're not caught up on the...

FIERCE ANTICIPATION: The Jersey Joe Edition Mar05

FIERCE ANTICIPATION: The Jersey Joe Edition

. a substitute blogumn by Jersey Joe Regular readers of Ryan Dixon’s blogumn have undoubtedly noticed my rants in the comments section below the majority of these FA posts.  I was surprised and honored when I received Ryan’s phone call at 3am from the 112th precinct, to ask if he could bum...