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Teresa Giudice, Danielle Staub react to 'South Park' episode, look to 'SNL' next

south-park-1409-jerseyOn South Park, no one is safe from ridicule, and considering the ridiculous behaviors from the casts of Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives of New Jersey, the Garden State reality stars seem long overdue for the Comedy Central treatment (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery). New Jersey’s most famous inhabitants were the subject of last night’s “It’s a Jersey Thing,” in which animated versions of the smush-loving, table-flipping gang moved to South Park, Colo. Jersey Shore‘s Snooki was seen as a snorting, crawling Pickle Monster, while Real Housewives‘ Teresa Giudice was a loud, foul-mouthed mother, whose husband Joe’s rippling biceps blinded his fellow dinner guests … so basically, they weren’t too far from their actual selves. All in all, the reality stars couldn’t be happier (a spoof is better than silence, no?) — or so some of them tell EW.

Former cast member Danielle Staub, who’s been portrayed as the villain of the series, got a laugh from the depiction of her former castmates. “I was pleasantly surprised it wasn’t just me being made fun of for a change,” Staub tells EW. “You realize you’re something else when you’re being made into a cartoon. It’s pretty funny.” Giudice, for her part, released a statement to EW saying she is “honored to be mocked by them,” yet considers herself lucky by default. “Poor Snooki though! I got off easy compared to her!”

Speaking of Snooki, the Jersey Shore cast took to their Twitter pages to respond to the episode: READ FULL STORY

Happy Social Media Day. Now give me my stinking TV badges

Mashable has declared June 30 Social Media Day, which is really weird because I could have sworn that was every day. Everyone celebrate by tweeting something stupid (like a link to this post) and then sharing it on Facebook. What a rare treat for your friends and followers. I had a family once. Do you remember when you had a family? Those are so last season! What even made you think of them? READ FULL STORY

The 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years: Here's our full list!

1105_coverTo help celebrate Entertainment Weekly‘s 20th anniversary (one more year and we can finally drink booze!), the writers and editors have carefully curated a list of the 100 greatest characters in pop-culture over the last 20 years. Whether the fictional women, men, ogres, muppets, babies, and cartoon rockers who made our list were initially created before 1990 didn’t matter so long as they made a lasting impact in the culture after 1990. Some characters were so inseparable in our minds and hearts — like a certain highly articulate TV mother and daughter, for example — that we simply listed them together. (Hey, it’s our list, so we get to make the rules.) Rest assured, we carefully deliberated, debated, argued, and bickered over who would make the cut and where they deserved to be ranked; after you take a look at our list, please feel free to do the same in the comments. READ FULL STORY

'Idolatry': A Lee DeWyze surge, a Tyra Banks twist, and a bit of season 8 longing on 'American Idol'

Lee-Harry-Connick-Idol_320.jpg Image Credit: Michael Becker/PictureGroup After 11 weeks of live performances in this ninth season of American Idol, the show and its participants decided to shake things up and offer us some alternatives to the overarching “Crystal! Crystal! Crystal!” story arc: Kara DioGuardi compared Casey James’ vibrato to the sound of a bleating lamb. Simon Cowell gave his best Tyra Banks speech to Lee DeWyze. And Crystal Bowersox herself channeled a little Eric Cartman. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but with only three weeks left before somebody’s at the Nokia covered in tears, confetti, and Big Mike’s biceps, my cohost Missy Schwartz and I were feeling a little punchy ourselves. So press play below and READ FULL STORY

'The Simpsons' gingerly supports 'South Park'

Ha, Ginger-ly. Anyone catch The Simpsons‘ subtle chalkboard shout-out to South Park last night? “Simpsons did it!” So did Jon Stewart. Which show will come out in support of last week’s heavily censored South Park next? It’s gotta be House. A Danish wind turbine will huff and puff and blow the words right onto that white board in between “Lupus?” and a rough sketch of Cuddy’s ass.

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Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

'South Park' creators address bleeping: 'It wasn't some meta-joke on our part'

In a statement posted at South Park Studios, Trey Parker and Matt Stone clarified some confusion about its heavily censored episode, “201,” which made fun of the Prophet Muhammed and the icons of several other religions. After the episode, viewers naturally wondered if the bleeping throughout Kyle’s entire “I learned something today…” speech was a satiric nod to the whole idea of censorship by Parker and Stone or if it was enforced by the network. “It wasn’t some meta-joke on our part,” said Parker and Stone. “Comedy Central added the bleeps. In fact, Kyle’s customary final speech was about intimidation and fear. It didn’t mention Muhammad at all but it got bleeped too. We’ll be back next week with a whole new show about something completely different and we’ll see what happens to it.”

Meanwhile, Newsweek reports that the NYPD has stepped up security at Comedy Central following violent threats made by an Islamic extremist group called Revolution Muslim. The group’s website has since been taken down.

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'South Park' creators 'warned' by radical Muslim website: Um, holy [bleep]!

south-park-censoredSouth Park has been tackling so many sacred cows and hot potatoes for so long now — from Scientology to Steven Spielberg, NAMBLA to the N-word — that when I watched last week’s episode, I barely winced when creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone decided to celebrate South Park‘s 200th episode by taking on the depiction of the Muslim prophet Muhammad, for the second time.

Then, on Sunday, Revolutionmuslim.com, a radical Islamic website, reportedly posted an item about the South Park episode referencing Theo van Gogh, the Dutch filmmaker who was killed by a Muslim extremist for his 2004 short documentary Submission, about women, violence, and Islam. “We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo van Gogh for airing this show,” said the post. “This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them.” The site then featured a graphic photo of the mutilated filmmaker, and published the addresses of Comedy Central New York offices and the South Park production company in Los Angeles. Finally, it embedded a video of a radical Muslim preacher calling for the assassination of anyone who has “defamed” Muhammad which included photos of Parker, Stone, and van Gogh.

As the characters on South Park would say: Holy [bleeping] [bleep]! READ FULL STORY

'South Park' creators' 'Book of Mormon' to open on Broadway in 2011

stone-parkerImage Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesThe long-rumored Broadway writing debut of South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone finally has a date: The Book of Mormon, described as a traditional musical comedy with untraditional subject matter, will open in March 2011. Parker and Stone, who earned an Oscar nomination for the musical genius they displayed in the big-screen South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut, are penning the book, music, and lyrics with Robert Lopez, a Tony winner for Avenue Q. (Lopez has said the South Park movie was one of his major influences writing the gloriously perverse puppet show.) Parker will direct with Jason Moore, who earned a Tony nomination for Avenue Q and most recently staged the irreverent Shrek the Musical. The show will be produced by Scott Rudin and Anne Garefino. The cast will be announced at a later date.

What do you think? I couldn’t be more excited. We know Parker and Stone are familiar with the subject matter — both from their 1998 film Orgazmo (about a Mormon with martial arts skills who enters the world of adult films to pay for his wedding) and the 2003 South Park episode “All About Mormons.” We also know Broadway truly has always been a dream of theirs. Music has been a part of everything they’ve ever done — from their very first film together, 1996’s Cannibal! The Musical (which is now available in its entirety on Hulu!), through 14 seasons of South Park (their 200th episode airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET on Comedy Central). What’s your favorite musical Parker and Stone moment? After the jump, just a few of mine… READ FULL STORY

'South Park' gears up for 200th episode: Will we see Muhammad?

200Image Credit: Comedy CentralComedy Central’s South Park celebrates its 200th episode Wednesday night. The plot: Every celeb the show has ever dissed bands together to file a class action lawsuit against the Colorado town. Watch a clip after the jump and tell us which celeb you’re most excited to see return: I was surprised that I got a little teary-eyed over Mecha-Streisand. READ FULL STORY

What should 'South Park' spoof next?

South Park has a long history of lampooning celebrities — Michael Jackson, Tom Cruise, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, R. Kelly, and many more. The sex addicts support group in “Sexual Healing,” last night’s season 14 premiere about Tiger Woods, even guested “Mr. Clinton,” David Letterman, David Duchovny, and Charlie Sheen. Oh, and auto-erotic asphyxiation killed Kenny. David Carradine, you bastard! (Watch the entire episode at SouthParkStudios.com.)

Where do they go from here? What or whom should South Park spoof next? Justin Bieber? John Mayer-Jessica Simpson? Jersey Shore? Teetering-on-the-brink-of-bankruptcy Blockbuster? Proposed taxes on sweetened beverages (Cartman’s mom takes out second mortgage once the initiative makes its way to Colorado)? Twitter? They’ve gotta do something with Twitter, although it would definitely corrupt the “no smart phones” policy of the South Park kids, which is honestly pretty refreshing.

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

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