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Hosts Rob Keefe, Dena Querubin-Blizzard, and Cydnee Welburn
Real Simple hosts Rob Keefe, Dena Querubin-Blizzard, and Cydnee Welburn

Overview

Like the award-winning magazine of the same name, Real Simple television offers strategies to help make your busy life easier and better. The weekly half-hour PBS show — hosted by (from left to right) Rob Keefe, Dena Querubin-Blizzard, and Cydnee Welburn — presents useful, smart solutions to everyday problems in an appealing, easy-to-follow way.

Want to know how to throw together a delicious last-minute dinner from whatever you have in the refrigerator? How to upgrade supermarket flowers into beautiful centerpieces? How to streamline your schedule? The answers are simple on Real Simple Television — a series unlike anything else on the air.

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Hosts

Rob Keefe

Rob Keefe

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Rob’s clever wit and warm personality help set the welcoming tone of Real Simple. Inviting viewers to learn alongside him, Rob is always eager to find a new way to tackle a persistent challenge or discover a quick, easy dinner. His goal as a single dad is to clear up his schedule to spend more time with his son. In addition, Rob will hit the road and meet interesting people and explore unique places across the country — a hallmark of the show.

Rob juggles pursuits both intellectual and irreverent. An avid reader and occasional playwright, Rob’s sketch comedy has been featured at the Westbank Café and Red Room theaters in New York and at the Improv in Los Angeles, and his film work includes Being Human with Robin Williams.

Before joining Real Simple, Rob worked extensively in theater and on television as both a writer and performer. He was trained at Boston University and the National Theatre of Great Britain and was formerly artist-in-residence at Performance Works in San Francisco. He has performed in regional theaters in Boston, New York, and San Francisco. On television, he has appeared on Guiding Light and Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show.

Though he modestly claims he’s not athletic, when pressed Rob will confess to being an accomplished runner, and has completed several marathons and triathlons.
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Dena Querubin-Blizzard

Dena Querubin-Blizzard

Real Simple welcomes Dena Querubin-Blizzard as a co-host for its second season on PBS. Whether discovering new ways to balance work and family, or working with experts to share strategies to save viewers’ time and money, Dena — a busy mother of three — brings to the program an upbeat perspective and understanding of the challenges viewers at home tackle every day.

Dena’s contagious sense of humor helps set the relaxed tone of Real Simple. An accomplished stand-up comedian, Dena has received numerous accolades, including first-place in the “Ladies of Laughter New Talent Competition” in 2004, and being featured in the New York Times and Backstage Magazine.

A native of New Jersey, Dena was also a contestant in the 1996 Miss America Pageant, and used to host “Under the Boardwalk” on NJ 101.5 FM. In addition, Dena hosted programs on Women's Health and Pregnancy for the New Jersey March of Dimes chapter.

Dena and her husband reside in New Jersey with their three children.
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Cydnee Welburn

Cydnee Welburn

As a co-host of Real Simple, Cydnee Welburn brings great enthusiasm to the show. A native of Great Falls, Virginia, she spent more than a decade studying and competing in dance. After being bitten by the acting bug, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the acclaimed Florida State University theater program.

A self-described “ rock & roll type of girl, ” Cydnee is an enthusiastic traveler — always ready to hit the road and enjoy a great concert, or just relax on the beach. This sense of spirit is grounded with her passionate commitment to the community, which has found her utilizing her training in new ways: from teaching dance to working with kids at both Theater Garden, a children’s theater company, and the Children’s Aid Society in New York City.

Cydnee embraces the philosophy of Real Simple as she puts together a lifestyle that is always on the go, but appreciates coming home to a calm and welcoming environment. Her engaging personality will also encourage viewers to face their own everyday challenges, from cooking to organizing to finding new ways to unwind.

Cydnee may be recognized from her roles in national commercials (Wendy’s, Papa John’s, Maxwell House), television shows (Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Dawson’s Creek), and independent films.
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Underwriters

  • Clorox

    Clorox

    The Clorox Company is proud to support Real Simple, and is dedicated to brands that make people’s lives easier, healthier and better. The Clorox Company is a leading manufacturer and marketer of consumer products, including such brands as Glad®, Fresh Step®, Armor All®, Brita®, Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes, and Clorox® Regular Bleach. With 7,600 employees worldwide, the company manufactures products in 25 countries and markets them in more than 100 countries. Further information can be found at www.clorox.com.

  • The Container Store

    The Container Store®

    The Container Store®, is proud to be a sponsor of Real Simple Television. The Container Store® is committed to simplifying customers’ lives by offering them more than 10,000 products coupled with personalized customer service in each of its 39 stores across the country and online at www.containerstore.com.  From the closet to the kitchen to the office and garage – anywhere you work or play – The Container Store® offers solutions to help save space and time. Every day, The Container Store®’s highly trained organization experts offer free space planning using elfa®, its best-selling product. The Container Store®’s work environment has been heralded by Fortune magazine on its annual list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the past eight years. Further information can be found at www.containerstore.com.

     

  • L’Oreal Paris

    L’Oreal Paris®

    The L'Oréal® Paris Consumer Products Division of L'Oréal® USA, Inc. is a total beauty care company with products for the entire family, including Preference, Excellence Creme, Féria, and Couleur Experte haircolors; Studio Line styling products, the VIVE line of shampoos and conditioners, the L'Oréal® Kids grooming line, Dermo-Expertise skincare, and  L'Oréal® Color Cosmetics. Further information can be found at www.loreal.com.

  • TIAA CREF. Financial Services for the Greater Good

    TIAA-CREF®

    TIAA-CREF®, the national financial services organization and provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical, and cultural fields, is proud to sponsor Real Simple Television on PBS for the 2006 season. For over 85 years, we’ve been helping to ensure the long term financial well-being of our clients. Further information can be found at http://www.tiaa-cref.org.

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Credits

Executive Producer
  • Ilene Richardson
Hosted by
  • Dena Querubin-Blizzard
  • Rob Keefe
  • Cydnee Welburn
Directors
  • Ernie Fritz
  • Dana Calderwood
Supervising Producer
  • Audrey Bellezza
Line Producer
  • Jason Scianno
Story Editor
  • Michael Koegel
Producers
  • Katie Kramer
  • Amanda Young
Director of Photography
  • Glen Mordeci
Production Manager
  • Brian Priebe
Production Coordinator
  • Marissa Price
Associate Producers
  • Jevon Bruh
  • Kerri Perri
Editors
  • Rob Hammer
  • Ken Lambert
Music
  • Pump Audio
Graphics
  • Vizual Solutions
Production Accountant
  • Andrew Fleming
Post Production Producer
  • Kristine King
Assistant Editor
  • Jasmine Way
Executive Assistant
  • Anton Shilov
Production Assistant
  • Rashida Rohan
Prop Stylists
  • Chip Cordelli
  • James Leland Day
  • Abigail Broome Jenkins
Food Stylist
  • Tara Bench
Wardrobe
  • Teresa Logan
  • Kathy Lempert
Hair & Make-Up
  • Daniel Green
Production Assistants
  • Brendan Hurley
  • Philip Schneider
Special Thanks
  • All-Clad
  • Cuisinart
  • Designtex Fabrics
  • Furniture Masters
  • Hable Construction
  • Kitchen Aid
  • Kohler/Baker Furniture
  • Ralph Lauren Home
  • SeaCloth
  • Sears Kenmore
  • Wustof
  • WGBH
  • Laurie Donnelly
  • Blyth Lord
  • Nancy Bocchino
  • Dustin Smith
  • Real Simple Magazine
  • Steve Sachs
  • Kristin van Ogtrop
  • Corynne Corbett
  • Amanda Potters
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