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'Bones': Warming up to the 'Jersey Shore'-inspired episode?

bonesImage Credit: Richard Foreman/FoxNews of Bones doing a Jersey Shore-inspired episode this fall was met with mixed reaction, even though exec producer Stephen Nathan made a pretty convincing argument to EW’s Michael Ausiello why even viewers who despise the MTV reality show should be entertained: “It will do what many people in America would like to see themselves — which is one of those people dead.” After watching Emily Deschanel’s chat with Access Hollywood (below), I’m on board. She confirms that Antonio Sabato Jr. will guest in the episode. (I was recently reminded of his dimples on an episode of TNT’s Rizzoli and Isles, when he guested as a male nurse too nice for Angie Harmon’s cop character to date) And though we’ve already heard that forensic anthropologist Brennan will be an expert on guidos and guidettes, Deschanel explains why — and it makes total, hilarious sense: “She watched what she thought was a documentary on television, which was obviously one of those reality shows that we’ve all seen or have avoided, either way. So it’s kind of funny: You don’t expect her to know about any of these things, but she kind of treats it as an anthropological study of cultures.”

I love that: Someone as intelligent and pop-culturally challenged as Brennan (does this mean she finally replaced her TV?), gets duped because it wouldn’t occur to her that television would sink that low. READ FULL STORY

'Jersey Shore': Pauly D loses the gel and The Situation gets an App

The Jersey Shore has been on the air long enough for us to be familiar with the GTL routine. But I’m pretty convinced cast member Pauly D needs to update his acronym to GGTL (Gel, Gym, Tan, Laundry). How much product does he use to get his hair to stick up like that? And more importantly, why does he spend so much time and product on this look? I get it. It’s his signature. The Situation’s got his rockin’ abs. JWoww’s got her, umm, boobs. And Pauly D has hair that probably stores secrets just like Gretchen Weiners’.

Knowing DJ Pauly D’s signature style resembles a porcupine, I was pretty surprised when I saw him showing off a natural look for this GQ photo shoot. But what shocked me most was how he looks exponentially better with normal, non-gelified hair! I must admit, part of the new appeal is that little curl in the front, mostly because I think he kind of looks like he belongs in 1961’s West Side Story. Swoon. But in all seriousness (if there is such a thing when discussing Jersey Shore), why would he not sport this style more often? I’m no hair stylist, but this seems to be a big step in the right direction. Not to mention, think about how many bottles of gel he’d save! So please consider this my official PopWatch plea for Pauly D to retire his spiky hair. READ FULL STORY

DVD rental stores with tanning beds. Now you can RMT! (Rent Movie, Tan)

video-store-tanningImage Credit: David Friedman/Getty ImagesIn the days of Netflix, Apple TV, and Redbox, brick and mortar DVD rental shops are slowly becoming a thing of the past. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that 33 percent of independently owned video rental stores boast tanning beds in order to boost revenue and remain in business. One third! That is an absolutely horrifying statistic.

I am completely blindsided by this strange pairing: tanning beds and DVD rentals. I can understand a couple of inspired shop owners creating this as a gimmick to attract customers, especially in an area near the Jersey Shore house, but one third of all video rental shop owners doing this? When did I miss the memo that this was the next biggest business venture? I guarantee that if I had pitched an idea like this in my college entrepreneurship class, my professor would’ve stared at me blankly and told me to go back to the drawing board. And more importantly, where are these stores? If more than 3,500 video rental stores have tanning beds, they must exist in places nowhere near The Situation’s orange abs.

Instead of installing some tanning beds to boost revenue, this past winter, my hometown’s mom and pop-owned DVD rental store opened a liquor store on the side. READ FULL STORY

'Dancing With the Stars': Steve-O pulling for the Hoff; Audrina and The Situation talk training

DWTS-MTVImage Credit: Craig Sjodin/ABCYou know what’s been missing from your morning? Season 8 contestant Steve-O’s take on Dancing With the Stars season 11! Obviously. When EW asked the Jackass star after the VMAs who he’d like to see win, Steve-O said “David Hasselhoff all the way. I was rooting for The Situation. But I went up and introduced myself to him tonight and he was too cool for me so f— that guy. Now I am Team Hoff.” Whoa! We had better luck than Steve-O in snagging the Jersey Shore figurehead’s attention — the press pass may have helped! After the break, The Situation and Audrina Patridge talk season 11, and I make a shocking ballroom prediction I will likely regret. Also: I’ve just decided my motto for DWTS this fall will be “Regrets Only.” Are you with me? Do you feel aliiiiiiiiiive? READ FULL STORY

'Jersey Shore' recap: Wifed Up

Last night’s special episode of Jersey Shore started with Angelina walk-of-shaming away from Vinny’s increasingly-popular bed. Maybe he realized that he was becoming the human incarnation of the Community Smush room, because Vinny decided to make a change. He met a nice girl in the club, and purposefully did not make moves to smush, smash, or slam. “This is the kind of girl you take out on a date,” he explained, sounding like an archeologist describing the lost city of Atlantis. Alas for our poor openhearted Vin, Ramona the dancer turned him down. Twice. He got flowers, and he got a haircut, but he had no girl. All wifed up with nowhere to go. READ FULL STORY

The Situation denied use of his own name. Let's help the guy out!

JerseyShore_TheSituationImage Credit: MTVThe Smoking Gun uncovered court documents yesterday showing that Jersey Shore star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino was denied a trademark on his nickname by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for his planned clothing line. The problem was “Situation” was already trademarked by a Memphis clothing company last year, and the USPTO lawyer decided any further claim on the name would be confusing. (Sorrentino’s lawyer’s contention that the added “The” made it totally different, alas, went nowhere.)

To recap: The Situation needs a new nickname. So we here at PopWatch are ready and willing to help him out. Our first stop is the good ol’ thesaurus, which will tell me all the suitable synonyms for “situation”. Let’s try a few on for size: “The Circumstances”? Too wishy-washy. “The Condition”? Sounds like a disease. “The Status Quo”? Too…Latin. What do you think? If the Situation can’t be the Situation, who should the Situation be?

'Jersey Shore' recap: Community Smush

Jersey-SHore-SnookiLast night’s episode began with a fight between two people who have no reason to hate each other. It ended with a night-vision makeout sesh between two people who have every reason to hate each other. Angelina called her boy toy “Daddy.” Snooki’s man-bot called her “Mommy.” When Vinny heard that his girl-crush worked at Hooters, he proudly noted, “She’s a classy girl.” Jose told Angelina to behave, so she decided not to. Life is topsy-turvy. Left is right. Right is wrong. The Situation summed it up sagely: “F—ing Santa Claus is dead.”

At one point, the camera lingered on Ronnie victoriously thrusting his pelvis into the back of Sammi’s head, while Sammi flashed us a confused stare. Some day, far in the future, alien robots from space will sift through the wreckage of our civilization. And they will find that video. And they will say: “That…was America. READ FULL STORY

Snooki compared to Lindsay Lohan by judge: Is that fair?

Yesterday, America’s favorite miniature reality nugget Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi was in a New Jersey court to face charges stemming from her July arrest during production of season 3 in Seaside Heights. Snooki was fined $500 and ordered to perform community service as punishment for being drunk and disorderly on the beach. But the judge also admonished Snooki (“Rude, profane, obnoxious and self-indulgent is not the way to live your life. If this was your idea of a good time, it appears your recent celebrity has affected your judgment.”) and he called her a “Lindsay Lohan wannabe.”

Now, I’m not saying that Snooki is an innocent angel, but she’s hardly on some kind of destructive Lohan-esque path. She’s on a reality show which pretty much demands that she have fun and go out and drink alcohol. Plus, as anyone can attest to on the show, Snooki is hardly “rude” or “obnoxious.” She’s actually one of the more endearing castmembers on the show. I may be a Jersey Shore apologist, but I’m also tired of people being so mean to this cast. You can dislike the show. You can choose not to watch it. These kids aren’t hurting anyone (except for maybe the few random folks they have gotten in fights with) and, personally, I don’t think they deserve such vitriol. But then again, to use the words of the judge, Jersey Shore IS actually my idea of a good time.

MTV greenlights scripted series about a fame-seeking teen

Bo-BurnhamImage Credit: BryanIf Paris Hilton, the Kardashians, and the Jersey Shore cast have taught us anything, it’s that with the right look, a good publicist, and the ability to ham it up for cameras on cue, almost anyone can become famous without doing much of anything at all. MTV is taking that idea and rolling with it for a new still-untitled scripted series, starring rising comedian Bo Burham, who will also write and executive produce the show, about an American teen fresh out of high school who makes it his mission to become a celebrity despite a lack of actual “talent.”

The new show is the latest scripted series on MTV’s slate, joining the just-finished Hard Times of R.J. Berger , an upcoming adaptation of the U.K.’s Skins, and Teen Wolf, an update of the 1985 Michael J. Fox movie.

What do you say? Will you be tuning into this new pilot? What do you think of MTV’s new scripted fare?

'Jersey Shore' recap: 'I just drank cigarettes.'

jersey-shore-episode-6Image Credit: MTVWhen last night’s episode began with Snooki taking off her sombrero just long enough to vom her cigarette into the bushes while accidentally mooning the camera, you probably figured you and Jersey Shore were in for a quiet night. (Maybe you opened up a bottle of rosé, or turned on some light jazz.) After that act of splendid debasement, Shnookums decided she needed a bed with a man in it. First, she tried Pauly’s bed…but it was too hair gel-y. Second, she tried The Situation’s bed…but it was too six-packy. Finally, she tried Vinny’s bed… and it was juuuussst right. Little did Snooki realize that Vinny is DTS, which means “Down to Snuggle” and is “STD” backwards. Smushing ensued. By way of play-by-play, Snooki gifted us this nightmare: “It’s like putting a watermelon in a pinhole.”

So far, so silly. But viewers, what followed was a true tale of humanity, of misunderstood motives, of sister turning against sister. It was a tragedy of errors. READ FULL STORY

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