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Pleasanton Weekly

News - February 8, 2008

Pleasanton father and son to be in new reality show

'My Dad is Better Than Your Dad' to debut Feb. 18 on NBC

by Janet Pelletier

Set your TiVo or prepare to plop in front of the television at 9 p.m. Feb. 18 because that's when you'll see a Pleasanton father and son compete in a new NBC reality show.

Called "My Dad is Better Than Your Dad," the game show pits dads against each other in a battle of intelligence, speed and strength.

Dustin Avila, 13, and his dad Rick will be featured on the premiere episode of the new series. The opportunity came after Dustin's casting agent told him that NBC would be holding an open casting call in San Francisco.

The pair joined a thousand other hopefuls and were called back for a second interview. Then, NBC flew father and son to Los Angeles to meet with head executives, where they were chosen to be on the show. The game show was developed by Mark Burnett, of "Survivor" and "The Apprentice" fame.

"This is going to be big; the kids are going to love it when they see the show," said mother and wife, Sandra Avila. "I think adults are going to love it, too, because it's about the dads doing most of the stunts and the kids assisting."

The show was an easy choice for Dustin, who said there's nothing he'd rather do than spend time with his dad.

"I think he's better than all the dads," the Harvest Park Middle School seventh-grader said. "He's funny, easygoing and there's not really a boring time with him. We do all sorts of stuff together--build stuff, work out--you name it, we'll do it. We both are math geeks and we both like to fly our little airplanes and ride our bikes."

And Dustin, an only child, didn't exactly have to twist his dad's arm to participate either.

"My dad wanted to try it out because he's always thought he was the best dad, so he has a chance to prove it," Dustin said.

While the details of what the Avilas do on the show and how well they do it have to be kept under wraps under strict orders by NBC, Dustin said there will be mental and physical challenges--a sort of battle of the brains and brawn--and there's money involved.

The Avilas plan to throw a big viewing party at their house and Dustin hopes this will be the first of many future entertainment opportunities.

"I'd like to get into a movie and a comedy movie, so I guess that would be pretty cool if I got to do that," he said.

"My Dad is Better Than Your Dad" airs at 9 p.m. Feb. 18 on NBC, following hit game show "Deal or No Deal."

Comments

Posted by Joan, a resident of another community
on Feb 8, 2008 at 1:33 pm

This is a great article about Dustin and his Dad. They are two great people and they deserve nothing but the best.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 8, 2008 at 4:04 pm

Thank you for the heads up! I'll make sure not to watch this crazy show! SAD...


Posted by Suzie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm

OH PLEASE, Not another reality show. Doesn't the networks have anything more intellegent to air!! ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!!!!


Posted by Pleasanton Mom, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 9, 2008 at 1:19 pm

Why be so negative about our own neighbors having fun and competing together, father and son, in a contest involving "intelligence, speed and strength"? I can't wait to see it. Yes, television as a whole is enough to make us all into Luddites! But let's make an exception here. GO DUSTIN and DAD!! Get the popcorn!


Posted by yun sang cho, a resident of Ironwood
on Feb 19, 2008 at 4:06 pm

Dustin is the best


Posted by Janet Pelletier, editor of the Pleasanton Weekly, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 22, 2008 at 12:38 pm

Just wanted to address why the Avilas weren't on last Tuesday's airing of "My Dad is Better Than Your Dad." Here is Sandra Avila's response: Dustin and Rick may be on Monday, March 10th or March 17th at 9:00 p.m. this is still not confirmed; however, we do know we are NOT on Monday, Feb. 25th.  Here is the NBC link you may want to look at. www.NBC.com/Schedule 


Posted by daniel, a resident of Avila
on Feb 25, 2008 at 5:53 pm

he is kinda not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not not cool


Posted by daniel, a resident of Avila
on Feb 25, 2008 at 5:53 pm

what i meant to say is that dustin is cool


Posted by Awesome Anson Han, a resident of Ironwood
on Mar 13, 2008 at 12:20 pm

YO! U SUCK ONLY ME,YUN, AND DANIEL ARE AWESOME SO GO BACK TO UR DUMPSTER JK UR AWESOME 2 p.s. i am more though =P


Posted by s, a resident of Avila
on Oct 27, 2008 at 5:49 pm

I go to dustin's school and i think it's totally awesome for him to join this show. And i dont think dustin's not cool. He's actually kinda cute. I am gonna watch the show