“CBS ‘hearts’ Idaho,” jokes Ryan Pickett.
Pickett, 32, is explaining the network’s prime-time slate in the next couple of weeks: two reality-television shows featuring Idahoans.
Pickett, who grew up in Rigby before relocating to Boise for work temporarily in 2011, is one of five contestants on the series premiere of ”The Job." The episode airs at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8.
Boisean Idahoan: 41-year-old Eagle resident Sherri Biethman, a local franchise-restaurant tycoon who will compete on “Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites,” which has its season premiere at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13.
Pickett, in the photo above, competes for a lucrative assistant manager position at The Palm Restaurant Group on “The Job." In a phone interview today — which I'll share more of Sunday in the Statesman — Pickett explained that he grew up working in his parents’ eatery, La Pizzeria, in Rigby. He then created and started his own Pickett’s Bambino restaurants in Rigby and Idaho Falls. However, he decided to sell his stake in those businesses three years ago after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.
Pickett has since recovered.
"They don't let you use the term 'cancer-free' until you've hit five years," he said, "but so far, so good."
Biethman, a wife and mother, told an interviewer that she prefers RVs to tent camping and is well-off financially. She owns several franchise restaurants including Wetzel’s Pretzels, Cinnabon and Haagen-Dazs at Boise Towne Square, plus two Jimmy John's Subs in Meridian.
She also owns a bikini.