Tonight marks the fourth season premiere of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. The reality show has introduced us to some of the mid-Atlantic’s most colorful characters, from fiercely protective big sister and mother Caroline Manzo to Fabulicious! table flipper Teresa Giudice (still a contender on this season of The Celebrity Apprentice) and even Cop Without a Badge heroine Danielle Staub. But these ladies aren’t all that Jersey has to offer. The Garden State has been fertile ground for great fictional characters in pop culture. Below, we run down five of our favorite Jersey-born-and-bred characters. (Sorry, Shore fans! Snooki doesn’t technically count as a fictional character.)
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Confession: When Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Shereé Whitfield gave Watch What Happens Live viewers a first listen to her new single “Who Gon’ Check Me Boo?” on Dec. 18, I may have reflexively let out a squeal of exhilaration. May have. Okay… I totally did. Yes, PopWatchers, I am coming out with it once and for all: I am a “Closet Freak” for Real Housewives music (shout-out to Miss Lawrence, heeeeeey!). READ FULL STORY »
Teresa is one of those people who’s impossible to argue with. Not because she’s a great debater — her comebacks are some variation of “SHUT UP!” or “No, YOU are!” after the three seconds it takes for her to comprehend what’s been said — but she’s so dumb that any insults or valid arguments fail to have the intended effect on her. She’ll never answer a question in a satisfying way because she rarely understands the question in the first place. If I were Melissa, I’d want to throttle her for not being able to come up with anything she “regretted” saying about me. Arguing with a brick wall can be infuriating.
The Twitterverse seems to think Andy Cohen was too hard on Teresa last night, but I disagree. I think even he’s getting frustrated with how she seems to believe her own lies, and I think it’s valid that he asked for clarification on what “distanned” meant. America needed to know.
Perhaps the most jaw-dropping instance of Teresa’s stupidity and delusion: READ FULL STORY »
I thought 2010 was the Year of New Jersey. Then we saw this news: Last night’s Real Housewives of New Jersey premiere attracted 2.87 million viewers, making Monday the best night in Bravo’s history, according to the network. Add to that the fact that interest in Jersey Shore has only increased in its third season, and that I see posters for Jerseylicious more than I see my own face, and it’s official: I was wrong. Clearly, 2011 is the year in which we will fully embrace the Garden State (until next year) with successful series that spout more stereotypes than a third-rate stand-up comic at an open mic night. Because, if we listen to reality TV, New Jersey is a state full of loud women with big hair and beefy husbands who are
suspicious waste management workers entrepreneurs. Actually, that’s true. (Hey, I live there half the year.) But! It’s also full of other wonderful things that should be highlighted on the small screen. Television, here are the New Jersey-centric series I want to see in 2011: READ FULL STORY »
When it comes to TV marathons this Christmas, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a sampling: On CHRISTMAS EVE, networks embracing the holiday spirit include AMC, which will alternate between the movies Miracle on 34th Street and White Christmas from 10 a.m to 6 a.m ET, and FX, which will air Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! four times in a row starting at 6 p.m. ET. I think we can also give Animal Planet the benefit of the doubt: It’s showing Planet Earth from noon to 6 a.m. ET (peace on earth, and all). Networks that are clearly saying bah humbug, on the other hand, include A&E, which has Criminal Minds scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 a.m. ET, and ID (Investigation Discovery), which has programmed Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry? from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. ET. That’s my personal favorite. Less offensive counterprogramming includes History’s UFO Hunters marathon from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET (with Alien History of Planet Earth breaks at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET) and Syfy’s Star Trek: The Next Generation marathon from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. ET.
CHRISTMAS brings with it some cheer: AMC will show the movie Scrooged 10 times in a row, starting at 10 a.m. ET, and, of course, TBS will be continuing its 24 hours of A Christmas Story, which will have begun at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve. FX will once again push Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, this day airing it six times in a row starting at 7 a.m. ET. WE must have toys on the brain, booking the movie Big for three consecutive airings starting at 10:30 a.m. ET (and for those who can’t turn back the clock in the end, it leads into Golden Girls, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET). VH1, perhaps wanting to give parents spending the wee hours of the morning assembling presents something fun to have on in the background, has I Love the New Millennium running from 3 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET. (It’s followed by a Best of I Love The… marathon from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET — something fun to have on in the background while they nap?). Still, I’d argue IFC is the winner this day, programming a Freaks and Geeks marathon that starts at 6 a.m. ET on Christmas and doesn’t end until 6 p.m. on Dec. 26. Other contenders include BBC America, which has Doctor Who running all day from 12 a.m., leading into the Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol special at 9 p.m. ET; the predictable Discovery with MythBusters from 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. ET; Travel Channel with Man v. Food from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET; and Bravo with The Real Housewives of New Jersey from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET. TNT gets points for originality, choosing to gamble on The Librarian trilogy, starring Noah Wyle, starting at 2:45 p.m. ET. The award for worst Christmas marathon goes to ID, which has the festive I (Almost) Got Away With It airing from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET.
On 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 »
'Real Housewives of New Jersey' sons to appear on 'Millionaire Matchmaker': Let's pick their perfect match!
Bravo has confirmed that Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo’s sons, Albie and Christopher, will appear on the upcoming season of The Millionaire Matchmaker. These boys are not self-made millionaires (Christopher’s entrepreneurial skills haven’t paid off yet, and Albie’s legal future is temporarily on hold), but rather the children of successful parents. Regardless, they seem to work hard and have escaped falling victim to a nasty case of entitlement that has affected other Housewives children. And considering everything that’s gone down over the course of two seasons, Albie and Chris still seem to be carrying on relatively normal lives. Good morals, a close family, and a connection to Andy Cohen? Where do I sign up?
Now I know Patti Stanger comes from a long line of matchmakers, and finding people’s soulmates is her job and everything, but I consider myself pretty fluent in Housewife, so here’s my take on who the boys should be looking for: READ FULL STORY »
If you watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey, you know that even the classiest events have the tendency to end in table-flipping or hair-pulling. Former cast member Danielle Staub’s newest reality show, however, will assure people that not all events in the Garden State end in drama. Staub has begun filming Social, a new reality show set to air on Wealth TV, available to HDTV customers. The network confirmed Staub’s role in the show: “It’s a phenomenal show and people are excited to have Danielle,” said Cary Sandoval, creator and executive producer.
Sandoval describes the show as a re-imagined Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, with Staub tackling the role of Robin Leach by traveling to the homes of fabulous friends and attending events ranging from birthday parties to black tie affairs. While her New Jersey home provides easy access to Manhattan and the Hamptons, Sandoval left the idea of traveling across the country, and even overseas, open. “[We want to] incorporate the fact that she’s an international socialite,” he said.
Despite being portrayed as the villain (or victim, depending what side you’re on) during her two seasons on RHONJ, there will be no high school behavior or mean girls mentalities on this new show. “Danielle is an absolute sweetheart. They’re going to see the show as a polar opposite to what she was portraying on Real Housewives,” Sandoval said. READ FULL STORY »
After two seasons of sex tapes, table-flipping, and hair extension-related lawsuits, The Real Housewives of New Jersey will continue on without the show’s self-proclaimed villain, Danielle Staub. But don’t worry, she’ll be back before you know it…with her own reality show! Staub recently spoke with EW about her decision not to return to RHONJ, the closure (or lack thereof) she experienced with the ladies during the two-part reunion special, and how she plans to remain in the public eye.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Bravo recently announced that you are not returning for season 3 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Who’s decision was that? How did it come about?
DANIELLE STAUB: Well, I knew going into the reunion that I had really no reason to return. I had finished my memoir, my book was out, I’m hitting my marks, and I’m moving on and trying to move up. I don’t think there was anything left. Do I stay on a show where people really hate me? Where I don’t even think they know why? I think that it just became a really big mean girls circle, and it was time for me to say, “I respect myself too much for this.” And not just me — my family, my loved ones. People that care about me were like, “Please do not go back,” because they’re scared for me. It’s scary! I mean, think about it: If you saw your mother, or your loved one, or your best friend being treated like that and you couldn’t do anything about it? And then you worry for them until they get back home from taping an episode. I mean, it’s time for me to go. READ FULL STORY »
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