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Gov. Chris Christie Says His Weight is 'Fair Game' for Late Night TV Hosts (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 5th 2011 9:45AM
Chris ChristieDuring his lengthy press conference yesterday to announce that he's still not running for President, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie answered dozens of questions from reporters on a variety of topics.

He even addressed how he's become such a figure of fun for late night TV hosts.

Saying "it's not news flash to me that I'm overweight," Christie said making jokes about his girth is "fair game" for late night TV hosts, but only if their jokes about it are good.

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'Real Housewives' Live Tour: Yes, It's Real

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 15th 2011 11:00AM
Nene, Caroline, JillNot a dream! Not a hoax! The star's of Bravo's 'Real Housewives' franchise are going on the road for a live show. Yes, a live show.

According to Bravo, the live tour will give fans "the chance to get up-close and personal with their favorite cast members." Look for the ladies to discuss their biggest televised moments and fights, reveal cast secrets and interact with the audience in a question and answer format." The live tour, like many fan conventions, will feature various packages to give fans access to the Bravolebrities. The Red Carpet Package will give fans access to a pre-show cocktail party, hosed by 'The Real Housewives,' walk a red carpet, receive a tour laminate and premium seating.

Cast members from 'New York,' 'New Jersey,' 'Orange County,' 'Atlanta' and even 'Miami' are scheduled to appear. Good news for 'Real Housewives of Miami' fans. See a full list of scheduled attendees below.

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'South Park' Finally Takes On Jersey (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Oct 11th 2010 3:30PM
'South Park' prides itself on skewering any race, religion, celebrity, politician or civilian in the public eye and doing so in a timely manner. That is why their production schedule resembles a weekly magazine more than an animated show. Matt Stone and Trey Parker like to keep the series topical.

It is a little surprising they didn't nail the 'Jersey Shore' cast earlier, but they seem to be making up for lost time.

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SomethingPitchy: What It's Like to Audition for 'American Idol' (VIDEO)

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted Aug 6th 2010 2:00PM
American Idol AuditionsNew Jersey has become a breeding ground for reality show hopefuls recently, but this week's 'American Idol' auditions brought out people with talents other than bench pressing and fist pumping.

'Idol' wannabes swarmed the Izod Center in East Rutherford hoping to sing for the producers of the show, different from past years when the auditions held the chance of meeting TV judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and some other musical chairs cast of characters.

Rejected singers told SomethingPitchy that mostly tweens were making it to the next round due in large part to 'Idol' lowering its age minimum to 15 this season. Season 10 just might end up being made up entirely of Bieber-a-likes. (Dear god, no.)

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'Wicked Summah' Headed to TruTV?

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 22nd 2010 9:15AM
TruTVGet ready for a 'Wicked Summah' on TruTV.

According to Broadcasting & Cable, 'Summah,' which is being described as an unofficial spinoff of MTV's runaway hit, 'Jersey Shore,' is in the "very early stages of development" at TruTV, according to a network spokesperson.

Filming will be set on Cape Cod, though no word on when the series will actually hit the airwaves.

Doron Ofir Casting, the company behind 'Shore,' is casting the show. (For a taste of who might wind up on the show, check out its casting website.)

And speaking of 'Jersey Shore,' MTV recently announced that the show, which will be filming in Miami and Jersey, will return for a second season on Jul. 29.

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'Jersey Shore' Cast Heading Back to NJ for End of Season Two

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 9th 2010 11:26AM
Jersey ShoreIt is with a heavy heart that I write the following: the cast of MTV's 'Jersey Shore' will be returning to New Jersey (my home, incidentally) to film the remaining segments of the second season of that monstrosity. Fans of the show get to watch Snooki and the rest of them frolic in debauchery for the last part of the season from the actual Jersey Shore rather than the beaches of Miami which sadly decided not to keep them.

A casting notice was also put up for additions to the cast. It's sort of like the second season of 'The Transformers' cartoon in which a bunch of new robots were added to the cast in an effort to sell more action figures.

In this case, the casting notice is likely just in case the existing cast decides to move on to bigger and better projects, like 'Celebrity Apprentice' or the next generation of 'Fear Factor.'

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Scott Caan Will Be Danno in New 'Hawaii Five-O'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 5th 2010 2:03PM
scott_caan_into_the_blue_oceanThe 'Hawaii Five-O' pilot just got a bit more interesting. Tough guy actor Scott Caan has been cast as Danno, joining Alex O'Loughlin as Steve McGarrett. What makes it interesting is that in the original series, McGarrett was the older member of the squad, the leader based on experience if not seniority. Danny Williams was a younger guy, with McGarrett as sort of his mentor.

O'Loughlin and Caan are the same age. That would mean that they'll be more like partners. Like Sam and Callen on 'NCIS: Los Angeles,' which is reminiscent of 'Starsky and Hutch.'

Well, there's nothing wrong with that, but it's not exactly the original, is it? It's a new version of 'Hawaii Five-O' and, apparently, that's the point. Like the updated 'Star Trek' movie, which coincidentally, was written by the same guys, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who are doing the pilot.

So while this show will focus on an elite branch of the Hawaii State Police with McGarrett and Danno, it's not the same old CBS franchise.

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Food Network and HGTV pulled off Cablevision in Northeast

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 2nd 2010 10:31AM
scripps_network_chartRepeat after me, "I want my Food Network, I want my HGTV!" That's what the disgruntled Cablevision subscribers might be shouting soon if Scripps Networks and Cablevision don't reach a deal on fees.

As of 12:01 on New Year's Day, three million TV subscribers in suburban New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were shocked that Food Network and DIY and HGTV and all the Scripps networks were off Cablevision.

I don't know how the corporate folks feel about this kind of negotiation, but as a TV viewer I think it sucks. I used to live in that market and if I was expecting to watch Food Network, I would expect to see it.

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New Jersey lawmakers don't like Jersey Shore

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 24th 2009 10:00AM

Jersey ShorePerhaps there is such a thing as bad publicity. New Jersey lawmakers are looking to cancel the MTV reality series Jersey Shore via a boycott of its advertisers. Mind you, MTV has been dealing with controversy since its inception (as has Jersey Shore), so this move is unlikely to cancel the series. If anything, given the anti-establishment vibe of the channel, it may even make it more popular. MTV should send the lawmakers a gift basket.

While I'm no fan of the show, it shouldn't be canceled in this manner. One can only hope that poor ratings contribute to its demise (although that's not likely at this stage).

This sort of end would only give those that support it more fuel for the fire. MTV might be facing less criticism if they had a more ethnically diverse cast for the show. On the other hand, the network might be seeking the criticism out like the attention-whore that it is in an effort to reinforce its reputation.

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MTV's Jersey Shore: yet another chance to laugh at the Garden State

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 11th 2009 7:06PM
As much as I loved The Real Housewives of New Jersey, I knew that I was loving it for all the wrong reasons. I'm New Jersey all the way: born here, went to college here, have lived here all my life. About ten percent of the people I've met fit the yelling, lunkheaded Jersey stereotypes we've seen on TV since The Sopranos; what I don't understand is where reality TV's recent fascination has been with the louder residents of the Garden State.

First it was Housewives. Then it was Cake Boss, where Buddy Valastro and his crew scream and gesture so much it's a wonder how their cakes don't collapse in the oven. Even TLC's relatively gentle Masters of Reception seemed to highlight the more "Jersey" aspects of my home state.

Now we have Jersey Shore, an MTV reality series premiering December 3. It documents goings on last summer in a shore house with the "hottest, tannest, craziest Guidos," according to this particularly annoying promo:


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Real Housewives of New Jersey to guest on Mercy

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 4th 2009 3:27PM
mercy_duo_nbcThe other day I wrote about watching Mercy during a mini-marathon that aired last Saturday on Bravo. Is it possible that someone at NBC Universal was reading my plaudits for the company using Bravo to promote an NBC drama series? I think so, because today comes to the news that two of the Real Housewives of New Jersey will guest on Mercy.

That's right; you didn't read it wrong. Teresa Giudice and Jacqueline Laurita, the two who were having babies in season one of the show, will appear as themselves on the NBC medical drama, according to the Ausiello Files.

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Could this have been the "crazy" thing Shepard Smith was talking about?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 28th 2009 8:04PM
The other day, Fox News newsman Shepard Smith announced on his Facebook page that something "crazy" would be going down on his show. Just what kind of crazy are we talking about? A monkey wearing a Napoleon hat crazy? Putting two bananas in your ears and barking like a walrus crazy? TiVoing Brothers crazy?

He never officially confirmed just what the "crazy" thing would be, but I wonder if this is it. Smith, the Fox News Channel's equivalent of Edward R. Murrow, issued an official apology for his network's (and I'm actually quoting) "lack of balance."

The "lack of balance" in question referred to Fox correspondent Shannon Bream, who conducted an interview with Republican candidate for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, but failed to nail down his Democratic opposition Jon Corzine. Smith said he didn't know the candidate wasn't interviewed and that "If I had control, it wouldn't have happened." Quick, someone check The Weather Channel for Hell's temperature and five-day forecast!

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What You Missed Last Night: Clinton solves the Conan/Newark feud

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 9th 2009 2:33PM
At first I thought it was kinda lame that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was going to solve the Tonight Show feud with Newark, NJ mayor Cory Booker via video instead of in person, but it actually worked out better this way (plus she's probably busy with, you know, world stuff).

She was able to intervene in the dispute but at the same time make it clear that she didn't even know what it was about and didn't want Conan to ever bother her again.

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The end is near for Guiding Light

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 28th 2009 2:30PM
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There will be no reprieve from the governor, no last minute miracle save. No, the end is approaching and Guiding Light will stop filming the week of August 3. The CBS soap opera will air its last show on September 18, 2009, and the 72-year-long run of America's most enduring daytime drama will officially wrap.

Fans have been hoping that somehow, someway Guiding Light would find a new home, but neither CBS nor Procter and Gamble have been able to save the show. Soapcentral.com has reported that efforts have been made to no avail. "We have not been able to secure an outlet to carry the show moving forward. We are extremely disappointed with this outcome, but we are confident we have exhausted every possible option," said TeleNext Media SVP Brian T. Cahill.

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Driver arrested in death of American Idol contestant

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 27th 2009 3:00PM
American Idol fans might remember Alexis Cohen, who auditioned for the show twice. She was hit and killed by a car a few days ago and the police have arrested the driver for reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. Here's video of one of her auditions and her blow up after being rejected by Simon, Paula, and Randy. I thought she had a pretty good voice. Maybe not for Idol but for a rock band.

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