By Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
December 9, 2003
Sharp-eyed viewers may have noticed the name of Andrew Glassman listed
on the credits of last night's season finale of "Average Joe"
on NBC. Yes, that is the same Andrew Glassman who spent four years
as a reporter for WCAU in the early 90's.
Glassman, 36, was the executive producer and writer of the reality show
that featured a beauty queen who had to choose among (gasp) regular
looking guys, instead of the "ringers" that
permeate reality TV.
The former general assignment reporter probably could relate to the
premise as he had a high-profile romance with WCAU news anchor Jane
Robelot while both were at the station.
In the mid 90's, Robelot and Glassman relocated to New York.
Robelot spent time at CBS and Glassman worked for WNBC for three years.
After, their relationship ended, Glassman moved to the west coast where
his father, Havertown native plastic surgeon Harry Glassman and his wife
Victoria Principal (of "Dallas" fame) live.
He relocated to the Los Angeles bureau of CNBC, where he covered many
entertainment stories including the first seasons of
"Survivor" and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."
While working on those stories, Glassman met a bunch of producers and
thought that he could do the same.
"Many of the same skills I used as a reporter translated to the
reality television world - being able to read people, etc."
Glassman pitched a couple of shows to the networks and ended up with
"Average Joe" earlier this year. The show was filmed in
April and a second installment was quickly done in Hawaii in July before
the first hit the air.
"Average Joe" has been a pleasant surprise for NBC. It
won its timeslot last week with 14-million viewers.
Glassman is currently editing the second season of "Average
Joe" which debuts in January on NBC.
Though Lisa Thomas-Laury was a last minute scratch for the WPVI/Boscov's
Thanksgiving Day Parade, WPVI still led with a 14.7 rating/28 share.
It beat the Macy's Day parade on NBC, which had a 9.2 rating/17 share
and the CBS coverage of Macy's which had a 3.7 rating/7 share.
Each rating point equals 28,743 homes.