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The 'Jersey Shore' Cast Meets the Critics ... and Survives - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 6th 2010 8:39PM
Season 2 cast of 'Jersey Shore'
Today's the first of two cable days that will wrap up the summer TCAs, and all day the buzz around the gathered critics was the late-afternoon appearance by the cast of 'Jersey Shore.' MTV Networks cleverly put them at the end of their presentation, making us suffer through presentations for shows like TV Land's 'Harry Loves Lisa,' Nick's 'Fred: The Movie,' and their own mis-reimagining of 'Teen Wolf' (think of the old Michael J. Fox movie without basketball, humor, or basically anything else... It's 'Vampire Diaries' with werewolves) before bringing out Snooki and company to meet the critics.

One thing we learned during the panel, during which the cast stood the entire time, was a new word: "Snookin'." For instance, when a critic asked Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi if she's continuing a rumored relationship, she said "Oh, I'm just snookin' around, checkin' what's going on."

The Snookster later defined the word. "If I'm snookin' for love, I'm lookin' for love. If I snook the night, I took the night." Apparently, she'll be including these in other terms in an insta-book called 'Snookstionary.' Make sure you put it on your Christmas lists now.

Anyway, new cast member Deena Nicole was there, who is a friend of Snooki's. She's from New Jersey -- unlike half the cast -- and Snooki decided to invite her into the house after realizing she was commuting to Seaside Heights all the time.

Other tidbits:

-- The company line for the cast now seems to be that they don't represent New Jersey, they represent the folks from all over the New York tri-state area who would go to Seaside and other parts of the Shore to spend the summer. When I asked Tony DiSanto, president of programming at the network, he said that that's what he used to find when he went down the shore. They did explain where everyone was from when they introduced the cast in the first episode, he said, and that the reason why the kids didn't talk about where they were from when the show debuted is that no one thought to ask.

-- About her arrest for public drunkenness, Snooki said: "Stuff like that happens in Jersey. I was in the drunk tank. I had too many tequilas. What are ya gonna do?"

-- When I asked Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, who actually is from New Jersey, what his favorite non-shore place in the state was, he said, "Atlantic City," which is on the shore last I checked. However, it makes sense if you know the kinds of folks who hang out in Seaside every summer; they go from the beach to the casino and back again, all summer long.

-- Another party line is that, even though not all the cast is Italian-American, it's more about living a certain lifestyle. It does sound like a bit of backtracking to me. "I happen to have spiky hair, a six-pack and green eyes. It's working out for me," said The Situation.

-- One of the critics asked Snooki if she'll be "snookin'" in her 30s and 40s. "I can do this forever," she said.

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I love that show but I have to say I am or should I say I was a wild child but even I never behaved like some of those from the cast and I have been to Jersy Shore and It was a blast but not all the people are the same anyways people are people!!!!!!

October 18 2010 at 2:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree with the previous statements. Its really all about perception and stereotypes. People like to be ignorant when it comes to entertainment.

I live in Louisiana, and I bet the first thing that may pop in your head is either Voodoo, living in the swamp, or being a cajun.

You just have to hope people are smart enough to read through the BS. Unfortunately I know its not the case.

August 07 2010 at 11:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Yes, but if the show was called Bourbon Street I would expect to see a lot of drunk people acting stupid.

August 07 2010 at 2:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I understand that, but I would just hope people would see that its not a representation of everyone.

August 07 2010 at 3:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That's absolutely right!

August 07 2010 at 11:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well the post by Sarah proves my point. Some people actually think this is normal behavior and goes on every time you visit NJ or some other place. Well, that only goes om during spring break and then ONLY some of the people act like that. People don't always act like that on a daily basis or they'd be either dead or in jail or in some court ordered rehab. These people are low lifes who are not from NJ and they are just payed actors nothing more. I should say alcoholic actors who after the show is gone will go back to their so so lifes.

August 07 2010 at 8:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i think a lot of people misunderstood Jersey Shore. it was never about people from Jersey... it was about the shenanigans that go on when people visit the, say it with me, Jersey Shore. so, no need to emphasize who is and is not from Jersey.

August 07 2010 at 12:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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