If you've found yourself in Scottsdale, Arizona lately, looking around the bar and thinking, "This is just lame," you're in luck. Troy and Marcus, two mediocre club promoters in the area, have gotten their own "The Hills"-style webseries and are getting ready to blow that town up in a big way.
Imagine: a club with a men's room that has flat-screen TV's and leather floors. A place where Tyga's "Rack City" plays on a loop all night and the shutter shades never come off.
It's called "Bottle Poppaz," and it stars Fabrizio Goldstein (The Fat Jew) and Jonathan Sollis -- the same guys who brought you "The SkinNY."
So if the return of Spring means drinking promotional flavored vodkas and getting buck with your friends, keep your eyes peeled for what these guys have in store.
A few months before the show exits its teenage years, The Real World has been renewed for a 28th season. MTV also renewed the Challenge for its 23rd orgy/season. The 27th season is currently filming in St. Thomas. There were no details about where the 28th season will be filmed, or what the next Challenge twist is.... keep reading »
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi's pregnancy and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino's addiction issues could veer MTV's next season of "Jersey Shore" away from party-land and toward the starkly serious. For the first time since the show premiered in 2009, the cast's personal dramas may actually hurt the program.
Two of the regular eight cast members will likely be sober on the sixth season of the show, which is filming in Seaside Heights, N.J., once again this summer. Snooki, who is often the life of the party, is likely to put partying on hold due to her pregnancy, and The Situation recently entered rehab, reportedly at the Utah's Cirque Lodge, to battle a prescription pill addiction. While a coherent cast might be a boon to any other program, it could prove a detriment to "Jersey Shore."
Celebrity rehab specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky recently spoke about The Situation's addiction issues and what he hopes to see happen on the next installment of the MTV show.
"He's severely addicted. Let's not pretend that's not the case," Pinsky told WetPaint.com. "I think it's a terrible idea he's going into production so soon."
Pinsky, who has not treated the reality star, added, "Personally, I would like to see him going to two meetings a day and not party at all. I would like to see him in sober living and NOT in the house they normally shoot in."
Other addiction specialists agree that The Situation has to change his living situation in order to stay sober down at the shore.
"Research tells us that people just leaving rehabilitation need to change the unhealthy environments that got them there in the first place," Kevin Sabet, a former senior advisor to the White House on drug policy and an expert on substance abuse, told The Huffington Post. "It may not make for good TV, but he would do well to take it easy for a while and celebrate his recovery. He'll be much better off in the long run."
But a "Jersey Shore" house without The Situation actually living there isn't what fans want to see. It's the drunken fights, party scenes and ridiculous confessionals that most people tune in for -- all of which is celebrated on fansites and blogs (warning to readers: the linked sites contain some racy language). Now, some might actually start tuning in to see how Snooki and Sitch handle their newfound sobriety, while rooting for their failure.
Because they will both be under the microscope of public opinion while they handle their personal issues, paparazzi shots and cellphone videos of the two stars potentially using drugs or alcohol could open a whole other can of worms and wipe out whatever star power they and the show still have.
It's rare that real life actually ruins a reality show. Usually more drama is good news for producers, especially by the time a series is on its sixth season. But television critics don't think these particular changes will benefit MTV or "Jersey Shore" production company, 495 Productions.
"Real life shouldn't be able to ruin a reality show, but it can ruin a cartoon in an instant," said TVGasm.com senior editor Ronnie Karam. "What if 'South Park's' Cartman went on a diet and read 'How to Win Friends and Influence People'? What if Wile E. Coyote stopped chasing the Road Runner and just invited him to lunch? ... The only thing I know for certain is, I would turn off my TV."
Karam added, “What's the point of DVRing a bunch of drunk promiscuous idiots if they're not gonna be drunk or promiscuous anymore?"
In Touch Weekly senior editor and blogger Dorothy Cascerceri agrees, and thinks loyal "Jersey Shore" viewers will be in for a surprise in Season Six.
"The show centers around drinking and partying, so how long can the show go on for?" she said. "It could transform into a hybrid of 'Celebrity Rehab' and 'Teen Mom,' but the show as viewers know it is going to change drastically going forward."
Could those changes include new cast members? Rumors have started swirling recently that 495 Productions was considering bringing in new people to shake up Season Six in light of Snooki's and The Situation's changing lifestyles. However, "Jersey Shore" creator SallyAnn Salsano dismissed the stories, telling WetPaint, "I don't know where that [rumor] came from, but not from us."
At the end of the day, not everyone is worried about what's next for "Jersey Shore." Newsday television critic Verne Gay said he actually thinks the new additions -- Snooki's bump and The Situation's sobriety -- will breathe life into a show that has reached a plateau.
"It may actually help ... You'll see a whole new aspect of their personalities, and that could mean different story dynamics," Gay told The Huffington Post. "'New' is good, because we've already seen the 'old' and are pretty sick of it."
"Jersey Shore" does need the help. Despite being the highest-rated show on MTV, its numbers are starting to drop.
"The ratings have peaked, and typically the popularity of MTV's shows are as short lived as the core viewer gets older and moves on to other shows on other networks," media analyst Brad Adgate of Horizon Media said. "The network has to find another 'Jersey Shore' hit for the next generation of MTV viewers."
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Erin Way has joined the Syfy drama as Kat in the second season.
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Matthew Carnahan tells THR that the big question in Sunday's finale is whether or not Jeannie will take a bullet for Marty.
We previously introduced you to feisty Reiko of "Real Housewives of Vancouver," and now we'd like you to meet Mary.
One of the five housewives set to appear in "RHOV" -- which premieres on Wednesday, April 4 -- Mary is the musical cast member of the show. She's also officially chin-deep in drama; newly single, Mary is "the other woman" in her new relationship. Expect some fireworks on that front!
ET Canada shot this exclusive video interview (above) with musical Mary.
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We knew the campaign to start a war with Iran was brutal, but we didn't know how ugly it would get, until now. The warmongers, we've just learned, have hired Ryan Seacrest to close the deal.
There simply cannot be any other explanation for the curious timing and unpleasant odor of his new reality show, Shahs of Sunset. Iranian Americans now know what Italian Americans felt when Jersey Shore hit the scene. You see, Seacrest has compiled a less than impressive sample of what is in fact one of America's most highly educated and financially successful minorities, to showcase his view into the cosmetically-altered soul of Tehrangeles.
He's taken Iranian Americans -- a group that some estimates put at nearly 2 million in the United States and who have been shown by the US Census to be the most highly educated minority in America -- and reduced them to a motley of six, mostly real estate agents. Six Iranian Americans, four of whom don't even go by their original Iranian name: GG, Mike, Sammy, and MJ. Six Iranian Americans who we're told are all in their 30's, though at least four could easily pass as somewhere in their 40's and one -- the out-of-the-closet Reza -- is more than likely a reincarnation of the deceased pop star Freddie Mercury, as he might have looked in his 50's. (No offense to the great Freddie, of course.)
And what do they do? Get drunk, fight and talk about their earth-shattering careers as real estate agents and daddy's girls. It's a convenient portrayal of Iranian Americans to those Americans who know little about them: what would be wrong with bombing a country full of idiots like this? And it's a doubly convenient Kardashianization of the Iranian American youth: "Observe, young Iranian Americans, don't follow your parents, grandparents and siblings into medicine, engineering, internet technology or other fields of higher education and certainly don't get involved in politics, especially about Iran, because you can be famous by being a bubblehead."
"I don't like ugly people," one of the Shahs of Sunset cast members, GG, said recently. Touche. And that brings us to the delicate matter of that element of image-making that is most visible to the eye. As one current resident of Iranian-central in Beverly Hills stated on an entertainment blog recently: "Sorry to be blunt, but it shouldn't have been that hard to find any number of great-looking, glamorous Persian participants." Sorry indeed.
Seacrest and his new cache of Iranian -- nay! Persian -- underlings claim that his motives are pure, that Iranians are seen as terrorists in American eyes and he will change all that by portraying them as airheads and mimbos. But any WASPish American can tell you that the real terrorists are the Iraqis, the Afghanis, and those other folks we're bombing on CNN.
And it's not just that Seacrest has no doubt already succeeded in soiling yet another raven-haired minority (the Armenians will never forgive him, of course), it's that he keeps getting away with it. The monster that Merv Griffin built has made a fortune off of scraping the barrel of shamelessness and redefining the lowest common denominator. If we can be generous for a moment, we might even imagine that Seacrest's secretions are decent, cultured people who, lost in the glories of Internet Age notoriety, inadvertently transform into caricatures of themselves. But the Kardashians quickly snap us out of that stupor.
No, Shahs of Sunset will not be representative of the achievements of Iranian Americans; it will do what all of these flaccid ethnic reality shows have done: reduce the olive-skinned minorities of America to airheaded exaggerations and conveniently apolitical and un-intellectual prototypes for the future. In the future, you see, it would be very convenient for new Americans to prioritize the American dream of rags-to-riches via Internet infamy, over the memories of a heritage and a homeland past. In the future, Greek Americans, Arab Americans, South Asian Americans and Asian Americans should be weary of the hand of Seacrest. It's only a matter of time before he strikes their communities, too.
The actor tells THR: "He wants to prove himself to everyone around him -- to his family that he doesn't see anymore, to his peers; he has huge ambition but he's also got a big moral code within him. Those two are at war with each other."