You didn’t have to be Italian to be horrified by “Jersey Shore,”
MTV’s new reality show about a summer share house in the Garden State—it’s exactly what you would expect from the eight trashiest 20-somethings they could find, complete with free-flowing alcohol, macho posturing and dumbass nicknames
But it certainly didn’t matter that producers edited the show so the slurs “guido” and “guidette” appear about 127 times in the very first episode. Unsurprisingly, New York magazine now reports MTV’s publicists are receiving friggin’ death threats, apparently from angry Italian-Americans. Keep reading »
Everyone at The Frisky is anxiously awaiting the premiere of the sixth and final season of “Lost.” We mark our calendars with big Ls for every day that brings us nearer. Did Locke get Jacob killed? Did Juliet survive? Will we ever get an actual explanation on the polar bears? In the name of higher education, I guess, ABC is getting together real college professors to bring us the internet-based Lost University. It’s a community, it’s a conspiracy, it’s a second chance for those of us whose inferior college opportunities didn’t include courses like Philosophy 101: I’m Lost, Therefore I Am. “It’s the perfect marriage of entertainment and education,” says professor Sean Carroll of Caltech, whose Introductory Physics of Time Travel will be one of the online video courses for students who find their way to Lost U. I’ve gotta go do beer bongs at a frat kegger now, to drown my sorrows. Lost U rejected my enrollment application without even letting me take the placement exams. [Slate] Keep reading »
Before having back surgery this past spring, I’d never laid eyes on a full episode of “Gilmore Girls.” Yes, I came late to the party. Very late. The show debuted in 2000 and went off the air in 2007. So when I found myself virtually immobile for weeks at a stretch, with nothing but Netflix (and a bottle of Percocet) to keep me occupied, I decided to give the show, which people whose opinions I respected told me was a classic, a whirl.
Despite writing for a TV-centric website for a chunk of time, I’ve never been one to get full-on obsessed with a TV show (not since my “My So-Called Life” days, anyway.) But “Gilmore Girls” incited, nay demanded, an unprecedented level of boob tube devotion in me. If the show’s brilliant dialogue, comfy-cozy aesthetic and kick-ass soundtrack wasn’t enough, the lead characters — two flawed, hilarious, complicated and fiercely independent women — sealed the deal. Keep reading »
The holiday season is never the best in terms of television and, really, what other terms would we be talking about here? There are far too many reruns and new episodes tend to be Christmas-themed, which is just annoying. Not to mention the commercials that suggest you buy your loved ones cars as gifts? Really, who does that? But have no fear, there is some great TV coming up this week, from the season finale of “Top Chef” to the second episode of our new fave “Jersey Shore” — [Which I will be liveblogging in between doing shots of Jagermeister. Kidding! About the Jager. -- Editor] — to Barbara Walters sitting down with the 10 most fascinating folks of the year. Check out previews after the jump. Keep reading »
I simply cannot bring myself to get completely excited about the upcoming season of “The Bachelor” — premiering Jan. 4 — since ABC picked that gigantic robotic bore
, Pilot Jake Pavelka, to be their token stud this time around. However, I am hopeful that Jake’s generic good looks will attract the crazies, i.e., the bachelorettes that are dying to fall in love with him at first sight — since that’s the real reason I watch this garbage in the first place. Check out the promo for the new season above — way to butcher the dude’s last name, BTW. Keep reading »
It’s no secret that we’re a society of tough-love advocates. Simply turn on the TV, and any self-help series has at least one critical, blunt caregiver or role model trying to motivate participants wanting to change for the better. Each week, we can watch Dr. Phil, “The Biggest Loser” trainer Jillian Michaels, Simon Cowell, and countless others offer no-nonsense opinions and advice that often incite anger, frustration, and crying jags before they inspire change. Keep reading »
Oh, to be a fly on the wall in some beer-drenched frat house full of peeps who don’t understand “30 Rock” is satire. In last night’s episode, Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) went for Lasig surgery—that’s an off-brand Lasik—and got her hair did in a ferocious new ‘do, all to look TV-ready for Jack’s new show, “Dealbreakers.” It backfired, of course, and that was even before the high-definition camera. [Hulu] Keep reading »
Will you remember where you were and who you were with the night “Jersey Shore”
premiered on MTV? I will, because the show was just that friggin’ awesome.
The show follows eight tri-state area locals as they spend the summer living, working, and partying together on the Jersey Shore. They’re all self-identified “guidos” and “guidettes,” which has offended some in the Italian-American community who believe those words are slurs. But the cast and producers insist that being a “guido” is a lifestyle — involving copious amounts of hair gel, fist-pumping, spray tanning, and drinking — that transcends race or ethnicity. Whatever. I call it entertaining. Keep reading »
When I started watching “So You Think You Can Dance,” my husband gave the entire living room a wide berth. He’d hear Mary Murphy’s banshee-like glee at putting a dancer on the “hot tamale train,” and off to headphone land he’d go. But, summer had just started, my graduate school employment had just ended, and it was the beginning of the recession. TiVo meant I could watch the show whenever I wanted. There was no escape for him. Keep reading »