The final episode of Jersey Shore – the highest-rated series in MTV history; the first important artifact of the Meme Generation era, when catchphrases and plot points became hashtag fodder; the show that accidentally assembled a cast that amounted to a reality-character Trope-Superteam, recalling that old Umberto Eco line about Casablanca, “the clichés are talking among themselves, and celebrating a reunion,” except that these clichés were real people before they disintegrated into self-parody; a show that, in fact, seemed to argue that the whole process of “growing up” in America has been replaced by a process of active self-parody, as if the rise of social networking has transformed us into a nation of brands hunting for recognition, as if we have all become TV characters on a long-running sitcom that stopped being good seven years ago but still scores high in a key advertising demo, as if we’re all trapped in the ninth season of Friends when no one was funny and everyone was pregnant but at least they all had better hair and more expensive clothes — was pretty boring. READ FULL STORY »
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Gym, tan, rebuild New Jersey?
It doesn’t have quite the same ring as GTL — but that’s the goal of the Jersey Shore cast’s upcoming “Restore the Shore” benefit, which airs tomorrow at 11 p.m. on MTV. The network just announced a slew of new details about the event, revealing that it’s no ordinary telethon.
Instead of urging viewers to call in their donations in hopes of speaking to a celebrity, “Restore the Shore” asks donors to send in money via their Indiegogo site. MTV stars from shows like Awkward, Teen Wolf, and, of course, Jersey Shore will then personally call donors during the fundraiser to thank them for their contributions. READ FULL STORY »
In light of the destruction wreaked by Hurricane Sandy, Snooki, JWoww, and their fellow Jersey Shoremates have taken to Twitter to express well wishes for the residents of New Jersey’s Seaside Heights — their home for four seasons of filming. The cast wrapped filming the final season of the MTV reality show in July.
Seaside Heights suffered bad from the hurricane and my prayers go out to everyone affected! We are all fine here…love you JS❤
NiC0LE P0LiZZi (@snooki) October 30, 2012
Snooki may have abandoned clubs for cribs, but the new mom is still struggling to control her potty mouth. The Jersey Shore star cursed twice during an Access Hollywood Live interview with Billy Bush and Kit Hoover earlier today.
Our favorite meatball first called the people who questioned her parenting skills “a**holes,” then said “sh*t” when recalling her own reservations about motherhood. The reality star is initially oblivious about her actions, then covers her mouth the second time around once she realizes what she said. Well, if Tom Hanks can drop an F-bomb on live television, Snooki should certainly be expected to.
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MTV has never been shy about overextending a successful franchise into oblivion. So it was more than a little bit surprising when the network announced that the new season of Jersey Shore would be last. True, the show has taken a ratings tumble ever since season 4′s trip to Florence, a frustrated attempt at high-camp that wound up feeling like Last Year at Marienbad performed by gorilla ballerinas. True, the show’s whole pop-culture moment is at least one year gone. But this is MTV we’re talking about. MTV, which implemented the Kristin Cavallari option to keep The Hills alive while simultaneously convincing the world that a show about Whitney Port made any sense whatsoever. MTV, which gave pretty much every Jackass cast member their own vanity spin-off, including Wildboyz, which was actually pretty fun, and Viva La Bam, which might actually be the worst television show of all time. MTV, which couldn’t give a reality show to just one Simpson sister. MTV, which still airs The Challenge. READ FULL STORY »
In a completely and totally unscripted sit-down with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, Mitt and Ann Romney stopped by to chat a lot about the issues — and then some unimportant stuff, which, this being PopWatch, is really of greater interest to us.
In the Romney Rapid Fire Round, the presidential candidate and his wife took on questions about their guilty pleasures (donuts for her; peanut butter sandwiches for him), who they’d cast as each other in a movie (he flubbed, accidentally saying “Gene Hackman”), and what they wear to bed (“I think the correct answer is, ‘as little as possible,’” he said.)
Among the other notable moments? When Strahan asked whether they preferred Honey Boo Boo or Snooki. The choice was easy for Romney: Snooki! “Look how tiny she’s gotten. She’s lost weight, and she’s energetic. Her spark plug personality is kinda fun,” he said.
Watch the entire interview below. And if you only want to see the smut, skip to the 15:30 mark.
You know that moment in Who Framed Roger Rabbit when innocent Baby Herman reveals he’s actually a lecherous middle-aged dude in a baby’s body? (Click here if you’re scratching your head in confusion.) Well, the following Funny or Die video is sort of like the reality TV equivalent of Baby Herman’s transformation.
The clip, a collaboration between the comedy site and MTV’s election-focused Power of 12, purportedly proves that Snooki, The Situation, and the rest of the Shore gang are actually well-informed members of the electorate — when shooting’s over, at least. If you’ve ever yearned to watch Snooki peruse Mother Jones, see Ronnie’s biography of French thinker Maurice Duverger, or hear JWoww mispronounce “hegemony,” then this is the video for you. And don’t x out prematurely; the segment’s very best joke is also its last.
When reality stars sing, the results can be totally inoffensive (Brooke Hogan’s career) or surprisingly decent (Paris Hilton’s “Stars Are Blind” — seriously, it’s like a watered-down “Underneath It All”! In a good way!). More often, though, their songs are auto-tuned nightmares and tone-deaf raps, music that makes you yearn for a sweet shot of Adele to take the pain away.
In that vein, I offer up Teen Mom Farrah Abraham’s new single. Is it the worst piece of “music” in recorded history? It’s possible — though Abraham’s got some serious competition from other misguided reality crooners. Let’s survey the candidates, then decide which is the most rotten apple at the very bottom of the barrel:
Farrah Abraham (Teen Mom), “Getting Up from Rock Bottom”
The Lowdown: Knowing that this 21-year-old mother has endured substance abuse, depression, and her boyfriend’s death might make you feel bad about crapping all over her musical venture. But when a song is this dismal, it’s tough to practice the golden rule. Be sure to turn your speakers down before hitting “Play” on the linked SoundCloud file, unless you’d like to suffer from Pounding Eardrum Syndrome.
Worst Lyrics: Vocal effects are applied so thickly that you can’t really understand a word Abraham is yelping. Blessing in disguise?
Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi has announced the name of her progeny! Snooki confirmed this morning to USA Today that the baby will be named Lorenzo (her female cast members previously blurted out the name during a Jersey Shore interview).
No word yet on if he’ll be taking the surname LaVelle or Polizzi. Any suggestions for a middle name? Fonzarelli perhaps?
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