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“Jersey Shore”: An Anthropological Field Guide

If you have been as fortunate as to come into contact with a teen or 20- to 30-something in the past three weeks, they have more than likely referenced a television program by the title of “Jersey Shore.” As they describe said television show, you have probably found yourself confused and at a loss for words about the characters and situations described. After the jump, your guide to understanding this wild subspecies and the show that glorifies them.
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Frisky Rant: A “Teen Mom” Needs A Break Too

MTV has aired two episodes of “Teen Mom,” a spinoff of the “16 and Pregnant” series, and Farrah, the only pregnant teen who chose to go it alone, has casually dated two guys in both episodes. She doesn’t want to be a single mother forever, but she’s careful about who she introduces to baby Sophia. Farrah’s mother and sister think her only priority should be her daughter. Her sister even said Farrah was an irresponsible mom for going on a date while Sophia visited her great-grandmother. The mother and sister don’t seem to understand that they’re all on the same page when it comes to the baby. Farrah is going to college, works at a fast food restaurant, and is the dominant caregiver of Sophia. But sometimes a mom, even one who became pregnant when she was in her teens, deserves a break too. If Farrah were a married woman in her 20s, her mom and sister would probably beg her to take some time alone or with her husband. But in reality, Farrah is able to plan a schedule that allows her to take care of all her responsibilities and spend time with her baby, so it shouldn’t be a big deal if she’s able to also fit in a date or two. Keep reading »

Frisky Rant: Catelynn And Tyler Shouldn’t Be On “Teen Mom”

OK, I have a little confession to make: I watched every episode of “16 and Pregnant” repeatedly and now I’m obsessed with the spinoff show, “Teen Mom.” I admire these teens for being much stronger than I could be as a 20-something. (Although I can’t say they’re smarter. Condoms? Hello?) Anyway, I really enjoyed Catelynn and Tyler’s segment of “16 and Pregnant” because they were the only couple that chose to give their baby up for adoption. I cried for them when they struggled with the decision and its aftermath, but when I watch “Teen Mom” I wonder why they’re on the show at all. Keep reading »

Forks, Washington: The Real Twilight Saga

In 2004, after “The O.C.” drew in a zillion viewers with its Seth Cohens and Marissa Coopers, MTV decided to launch a little reality show called “Laguna Beach” to show folks what it’s really like to be a teenager in Orange County. So it’s only natural that, after a million zillion Twihards tripped over themselves to see “New Moon” on opening night, that someone would think to film a reality show about what it’s really like to live in Forks, Washington. Today, producer Zig Gauthier is in Forks, holding casting sessions for just such a show. The show could follow students inside Forks High School, though (presumably) there won’t be any vampires or werewolves among the brood. Or it could focus on older Forks residents, as a rainy version of the “Real Housewives” franchise. I’m definitely voting for the former. There’s gotta be at least one girl in that high school who has assumed the name Bella, and every freaking school has an Edward. Hopefully, they’re dating. [MTV] Keep reading »

“Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid” Is Sure To Be Quality Programming

My 9th grade boyfriend once told me, “Women are crazy and men are stupid. And women are crazy because men are stupid!” Alas, I never touched that guy’s wee wee and he still lives with his mom and dad—so reductive gender stereotypes haven’t worked out for him so well.

But they have fared better for the authors Howard Morris and Jenny Lee, whose self-help book, Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid, was picked up by ABC as a sitcom. According to a Publisher’s Weekly review of their book, Morris and Lee are a self-described “major nut bag” and a “genuine dunce” who found love. Ah, nut bag and dunce: role models for us all!

I doubt I’ll be TiVo-ing, since a show implying women are “crazy” in romance doesn’t exactly endear me as a viewer. But who knows? Maybe it’ll be brilliant! (Snickers.) [The Hollywood Reporter] Keep reading »

Julian Casablancas Performs “SNL” Christmas Song


One of my favorite albums of the year is the Julian Casablancas solo record Phrazes for the Young — if you’re a fan of The Strokes, especially their first record, and you love Julian’s voice as much as I do, buy this album, like, now. One of the bonus tracks on the album if you download it off of iTunes is “I Wish It Was Christmas Today,” which originally was a skit on “Saturday Night Live” featuring Horatio Sanz, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan, and Tracy Morgan. Last night, Casablancas performed on Jimmy Fallon’s show, and the host, as well as Sanz, came on stage to assist him as he sang the holiday tune. Check it out above and remind yourself of the original, after the jump… Keep reading »

How Snooki Could Rule The Snookiverse

Major injustice alert! Snooki has been fired from her job. Not because of all the drinking and clothing removal that’s gone down on “Jersey Shore.” But her newfound celebrity requires travel, and when Snooki requested time off to make a press appearance, she got sacked. “I was a receptionist at a corporation,” she said. “I was getting good money, like $13 an hour. I got fired when I asked for time off to go to L.A.” [E! Online]

Don’t worry, Snooki. We think you can make money by just being you. Seriously, someone has already suggested the Snooki Snuggie, and that thing could make millions. Here are some things we think our favorite guidette should consider to make money and build her brand. Keep reading »

The Boob Tube: Hot Weekend TV For December 19-20th 2009

    Saturday

  • “Juno” on Cinemax at 9:00 a.m.
  • “Teen Mom” on MTV at 10:00 a.m.
  • “My Baby’s Daddy” on Comedy Central at 11:00 a.m.

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“Real Housewife” Lynne Curtin Gets Even More Loopy

Lynne Curtin is my second favorite cast member on “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” probably because she doesn’t take herself or anything seriously. Last season, I kept wondering what made her so loopy and lackadaisical. This season, the mystery was narrowed down a bit. When she appeared on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live,” programming executive and host Andy Cohen asked her if rumors of her mushroom habit were true. Lynne said they weren’t. But on last night’s episode, she took pain medications after having a face lift and seemed her normal self. (You can see all the weird moments in the video above.) The other cast members blamed her crazy, airhead moments on the meds, yet she was enamored by the possibility of wild mushrooms growing in the Florida Everglades. That seemed strange to me, and I suspect she’s on some feel-good stuff regularly, even when she hasn’t had surgery. What are your thoughts on Lynne’s far-out demeanor? Keep reading »

RuPaul Pulls A Palin

The second season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” the drag queen competition show, is coming soon and because this promo shot is so genius, you can be sure we’ll be watching. It’s a perfect spoof of Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue. Sashay, shante. Keep reading »

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