What's The Consensus? Celebs & Bloggers Weigh In On "Jersey Shore" Season Two

What's The Consensus? Celebs & Bloggers Weigh In On "Jersey Shore" Season Two


THE TOPIC:Jersey Shore season two

THE CONSENSUS PANEL: Miss Info (MissInfo.tv); DJ Irie (DJIrie.com); David Jacoby (ESPN); Joe La Puma (Complex); Marc Ecko (MarcEcko.com & BeingMarcEcko.com); Joe Budden (Joebuddentv.com); Naturi Naughton (@NATURINAUGHTON); Jimmy Fallon (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon); Michael B. Jordan (@michaelb4jordan); Damien Scott (Complex); Dre (Cool and Dre Blog)

CONSENSUS: YES, THEY WILL WATCH JERSEY SHORE SEASON TWO.

See what the panelists are thinking below...


PANELIST: Miss Info, radio personality, MissInfo.tv

THOUGHTS: "I'm excited for the new season of Jersey Shore as much as one might be excited about a new value combo at KFC. It's gonna be fast—and salty and greasy—and delicious. But there will be waves of self-hatred and regret in every bite. That's how I felt while watching JS 1 (and pretty much every non-competitive reality series), so JS 2 will be the Double-Down of reality TV. Ronnie and the Situation and JWOWW are the factory-built chicken, bloated with growth hormones. Snooki is the flavorful lard. And all the others are the breading—necessary padding but, on their own, completely inedible.

I've seen the season two trailer, so I know we'll see JWOWW beefing with the big-leg girl, and Snooki pressing her Tempur-Pedic torso against many inebriated friends and family members, as well as all of the men of the Gym-Tan-Laundry Association thumping their chests to compensate for their feelings of inadequacy and fears for the future. Things we probably will not see but that probably happened during the taping: interactions with ethnic groups, trips to the doctor, anxious moments waiting for a follow-up call from said doctor, shameful pep rallies from giddy MTV/production execs, and shameful pitch meetings with various liquor companies. No matter, I'll still be watching and tweeting while I sit on my couch, in my SPF-slathered paleness, with my soft squeezable abdomen, and my outdated vocabulary...because mindless buffoonery is a Happy Meal for the brain."
WILL SHE WATCH? Yes

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PANELIST: DJ Irie, Miami's premier DJ & the Miami Heat's resident DJ, DJIrie.com

THOUGHTS: "I'll be honest, I was not too happy about the show coming to Miami, my backyard. I have nothing against the cast. They are all probably great people. Real talk, Mike 'The Situation' is actually a friend and a super, super cool dude. With Miami Beach not only being my home but also the base of my work, it is important to me how our city is portrayed in the media or in a television show. My concern was that if [season two] was going to be packaged and displayed in a similar way as it was on the Jersey Shore that wouldn't be too enticing. The decisions that are made in that editing room by producers, how the city or a cast member looks, are being made to make sure they have a hit show, but it may not be in the best interest of the city.

"Miami is not about fist-pumping, glittered Christian Audigier shirts, random fighting and shit—at least not the spots we do. Our scene is, in my opinion, one of the premier party/club destinations in the country. I can get it why they would want to come and be a part of that, but the clash of presentation that we put on is way different than what we saw in season one in the spots that they were going to. On the bright side, maybe they will come to Miami, see how a trendy city gets down, and learn something. Hopefully they'll leave the shiny shirts behind!"
WILL HE WATCH? Yes

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PANELIST: David Jacoby, ESPN producer & The Czar of Reality TV, ESPN

THOUGHTS: "This season of Jersey Shore is going to suck. Sorry, it is. I loved every second of last season and I'm not ashamed to admit that I have seen each episode at least four times... but it will never be the same. When the first season of a new reality show shoots, there is blissful ignorance amongst the cast and crew. No one knows how to act, no one knows if the show will be popular, no one knows if it will even make air. As viewers, we didn't know what to expect either, and when we were exposed to their culture of bad fashion, worse music, and cartoonish nicknames, we ate it up. It was like nothing we had ever seen before; the most entertaining thing was that they were real people, they really wore that much Ed Hardy, they really desired to be or date 'juiceheads', and they really thought that how well you fist-pumped reflected your value as a human being. It wasn't an act. The problem is now we have all seen that act before.

"The producers knew that they needed to make a change for season two but they made the mistake of changing the location instead of changing the cast. Anyone who lives in the Tri-State can tell you that there is no shortage of Snookis, JWOWWs, and Situations out here. Hey, Producers, for season four (three is shooting now with the same cast) would you please give us four new 'gorilla juiceheads' and 'guidettes' to mock but secretly love? Thanks, it means a lot to us."
WILL HE WATCH? Yes

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PANELIST: Joe La Puma, senior editorial strategist & resident Italian-American, Complex

THOUGHTS: "I've been waiting a long time for Jersey Shore to return because, let's face it, TV hasn't been the same since the crew left. I identify with this group, and it's not just because in college I had a blow-out haircut (don't let the spiked hair fool you, I wasn't a bitch) and wore two faux-diamond earrings. It's that they're my Italian brothers and sisters, and we stick together through thick and thin like the Gambino crime family. This season, I hope there's even more fuckery than last year, with a lot more fights, more zoo creatures being made fun of, and a lot more ignorant commentary. As far as Italians catching feelings about how the show makes them look, I say: 'Just relax and be thankful your sperm didn't create Snooki, bro.'"
WILL HE WATCH? Yes

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PANELIST: Marc Ecko, entrepreneur, MarcEcko.com, BeingMarcEcko.com

THOUGHTS: "If you want to understand Jersey, you should watch Kevin Smith movies. As far as pure entertainment, Jersey Shore is good reality TV—but like all things reality-TV, it's completely fake. I mean, there's a little thread of truth, like they didn't call it Jersey Shore and have a bunch of Chinese guys running around. I remember going there as a kid, and there's definitely a scene, like Jersey Shore girls with the hairspray. That Aqua Net shit has been around for a good 20, 25 years. MTV didn't invent that. But now, with season two, the show can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. That's the problem or the challenge with the format, with going from unknown to known. Once you cross that threshold, you change forever. At a level of celebrity, you're no longer with the pedestrians and you can't put on that authentic, kind of naïve thing. It'll be interesting to see how they manage that. Maybe moving the cast to Miami will help. Personally, I think the cast will fit in pretty fucking well there. It's no coincidence that most of the Jersey people retire in Florida—it's just the southernmost county of New Jersey."
WILL HE WATCH? Yes

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PANELIST: Joe Budden, rapper, Joebuddentv.com

THOUGHTS: "I've never seen one episode of Jersey Shore but I've heard the buzz. The show's a huge success and I plan on at least watching an episode this season. It sounds like a blast. I expect to see wild ignorance at its best. I laugh at ignorance on occasion. I don't expect to walk away from Jersey Shore with any new information. And I'm definitely not gonna watch the show and apply anything I see to New Jersey as a whole. We have all walks of life. The guido types don't really frequent North Jersey, where I'm from, so I haven't had much contact with them. I'm sure people walk away with their own impression of people who live in New Jersey—and, from what I hear, that might be a negative one. You're kinda powerless over that. But I don't think this will be New Jersey's last time on the reality-TV circuit."
WILL HE WATCH? Yes

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PANELIST: Naturi Naughton, actress, Lottery Ticket

THOUGHTS: "I was kind of late catching on to the whole phenomenon, but I've been watching repeats recently and now I get what all the hoopla is about. I'm not necessarily a 'fan' of the show, but it's definitely entertaining. The Jersey Shore is so different from East Orange, where I grew up, but in Jersey we do it big, and the whole vibe of the show is fearless—they're not afraid to say and do what they want. But there's also something almost ordinary about it—they're just in Jersey Shore, hanging out with normal problems. I think it's relatable, even if we might think they're all crazy. Of everyone, I like Snooki the most. She's a little crazy but I think she's sweet and I want to see more of her in the second season. I also like Pauly D; he has a more relaxed personality and I think he's kind of funny. He just seems cool, like a genuinely good kid. It'd be kind of interesting to see him and Snooki hook up. Wait, they haven't already hooked up already, have they?"
WILL SHE WATCH? Yes

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PANELIST: Jimmy Fallon, late night TV host, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

THOUGHTS: "I feel like Jersey Shore is National Geographic or something and I'm watching them like Jane Goodall or Jacques Cousteau. It's interesting to see how they act in their habitat, because I'm not like those people at all. It's like, holy crap! Those are real people and this is what they like. Like, there's one scene last season where they're driving through [the Jersey Shore] and they're looking at a club and there's not that many people, so they say, 'Let's go to a place that's more crowded.' That's so the opposite of me. If I see [a place] that's too crowded, I don't want to go in there. I want to go to a bar where there is nobody. It's just insane to see how they act, getting into fights and stuff.

"Here's what I would [have done] for season two. Of course I don't know how to produce television or anything, but I would do Jersey Shore goes to Paris, bring those dudes out to Paris and just see how they act—they might be more European than I am, they might be ahead of their time. And then, in the meantime, create a new cast of Jersey Shore to breed. You have the other dudes tour around in Paris, then they come back with the new cast, so it keeps flowing and growing."
WILL HE WATCH? Yes

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Consensus_MBJ
PANELIST: Michael B. Jordan, actor, Friday Night Lights

THOUGHTS: "My people back home in Newark are happy that Jersey is getting put back on the map in such a public way. Everybody knows about Jersey for something. But on the other hand, they don't wanna be known for that. Anybody I meet in Texas or in Cali, when I tell them I'm from Jersey, they say, 'Oh yeah, Jersey Shore!' and they'll do that fist-pump dance. That shit makes me so mad. I'm like, 'That's not Jersey, that's South Jersey, that's completely different from Newark and the world I'm from.' You go down to the beach in that area and the guidos, they down there. There's a lot of Italians in Jersey, but it's not only good for like gel and tans and getting your eyes edged up and your eyebrows done and stuff like that. That's an extreme, and the cast is just taking it to a whole 'nother level. And that's what people think when they think of Jersey now, just because of the show."
WILL HE WATCH? No

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PANELIST: Damien Scott, staff writer & Montclair, N.J. native, Complex

THOUGHTS: "Can the sequel top the original? I doubt it. Jersey Shore 2 will be fun, no doubt—people will get punched (hopefully not Snooki), girls will get smutted out, there'll be more ridiculous dancing, some hair pulling, and more punching—but it won't be the same. There's no way it could be; these kids are famous. They've been on Leno. Terry Richardson photographed them. Think about it: The show is called Jersey Shore but season two was filmed in Miami with kids who aren't even from the Garden State. It's a franchise. This time they know people are going to be watching. So all those off-the-cuff quotables are going to be timed for effect, fights are going to pop off over the littlest of things, and Snooki might even get some dick. Sigh. It was awesome while it lasted. Now we'll just have to wait for the premiere of K-Town. Apparently, even MTV has moved on to the next one."
WILL HE WATCH? Yes

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