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Forget ‘The Situation’: In The Wake Of Reality Hits Like ‘Jersey Shore,’ Oxygen Has A Special On Real New Jersey-Bred Celebrities

July 8, 2010

Oxygen is doing a special on celebs that really are from New Jersey, not the upstarts of Jersey Shore

Jersey is hot.

No, we’re not talking about the thermometer hitting 105 degrees in Newark this week.

We’re talking about the much-hyped flood of reality shows set in the state, namely “Jersey Shore,” “Jerseylicious,” “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” and “Jersey Couture.”

Jersey girl and Jersey defender that we are, we’ve often noted that the much-maligned Garden State was/is the home of talented folks. We’re not talking about The Situation. And, no offense, we’re not talking about Tracy and Olivia on “Jerseylicious.”

We’re talking about talent like Jack Nicholson and Martha Stewart, people beyond famous native sons like Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi.

Well, Oxygen announced Thursday that it was doing a special on exactly that topic. It’s called “25IEST: Jersey Celebs” and will air July 20, after the finale of “Jersey Couture.”

The list from our NewJerseyNewsroom.com editor of Hollywood’s Jersey-born A list includes Tom Cruise, Bruce Willis, Danny DeVito,
Susan Sarandon, Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Kirsten Dunst, James Gandolfini, Ed Harris, Queen Latifah, Ray Liotta, Jay Mohr,
Joe Pesci, John Travolta, Christina Ricci, Whitney Houston, Piper Perabo and Brooke Shields.

Here is the Oxygen press release. Jersey haters, read it and weep.

ARE YOU FROM JERSEY?

OXYGEN MEDIA UNCOVERS HOLLYWOOD’S JERSEY ROOTS WITH

“25IEST: JERSEY CELEBS” PREMIERES TUESDAY, JULY 20 AT 11PM ET/PT

One Hour Special Featuring Ann Hathaway, Wendy Williams and Martha Stewart Follows Season Finale of Original Series “Jersey Couture” at 10pm ET/PT

New York, NY – July 8, 2010 – Oxygen counts down Jersey’s Top 25 celebrities who were either born in, raised in, or have lived in the hottest of states when Oxygen’s “25iest: Jersey Celebs” premieres on Tuesday, July 20 at 11pm ET/PT. The one-hour special follows the season finale of original series of “Jersey Couture,” featuring the Scalis (New Jersey’s “First Family of Fashion”).

Viewers will be surprised when the special reveals which celebs embody the classic Jersey attributes of brashness and bling, and which go against the stereotype. From typical Jerseyites like Wendy Williams and Bruce Springsteen to surprise Jerseyites like Martha Stewart and Anne Hathaway, “25iest: Jersey Celebs” will have you rethinking what’s great about the Garden State.

“Oxygen’s 25iest” is a series of fast-paced pop-culture filled countdown specials of today’s hottest people and trends. Whether it’s the “25iest Bad Girls Gone Good,” the “25iest Celeb-U-Tots,” or the “25iest Hollywood’s Most Outrageous Celebrity Gifts,” Oxygen lists the favorites with added trivia and gossip.

At least Tracy and Olivia, of the hit Jerseylicious, are really from Jersey

And during the season finale of “Jersey Couture,” Chrissy, Kim and Diane realize that they have different visions for the future of Diane and Co. And Chrissy is forced to contemplate her place in the business.

“Oxygen’s 25iest: Jersey Celebs” is executive produced by Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato and Tom Campbell of World of Wonder Productions and Gabriel Rotello served as co-executive producer from World of Wonder.

“Jersey Couture” is produced by Magilla Entertainment with Brian Flanagan and Matthew Ostrom serving as executive producers. Laura Palumbo Johnson and Jacqueline Cardillo Garofano are co-executive producers.

From QVC To FX: Shameless Self-Promotion Of Our Interview With Kurt Sutter, Creator of TV’s Edgy ‘Sons of Anarchy’

October 19, 2009

We told you that home shopping is one of our guilty pleasures, but great TV programming is also one of our passions. And FX is one of our favorite networks, and its drama “Sons of Anarchy” is one of our favorite shows.

Today our interview with Kurt Sutter, a fellow New Jersey native and the creator/producer of  “Sons,” is on NewJerseyNewsroom.com. It’s a Web site, started by former Star-Ledger reporters, that we have been writing for while looking for a full-time gig.

Some may think it strange that we can turn from the safe haven of QVC to FX, home of some of TV’s most risk-taking shows. But we’re interested in many aspects of pop culture. That’s how we roll.

If you don’t like sex, nudity and violence on TV, don’t tune to “Sons of Anarchy.” But we do, and that’s part of the reason we watch the show. But we’re also drawn because it’s a compelling drama. The lead, Charlie Hunnam, is pretty easy on the eyes, too.

“Sons” is about an outlaw motorcycle club in California, with elements of “Hamlet.” Sutter, who is from Clark, N.J., also has a small role in the show as jailed Sons of Anarchy member Big Otto. Sutter’s wife, actress Katey Sagal, plays the tough matriarch of the club, Gemma.

We also have a second story on how Sutter feels about the business of TV up on NewJerseyNewroom.com.

Although Sutter is no fan of New Jersey, like many natives who have gone on to bigger and better things, he is proud of his blue-collar roots and work ethic.

We’ve heard another Jersey guy, actor James Gandolfini of “The Sopranos,” make the exact same comments about his background and its impact on his career.

And need we state the obvious: Bruce Springsteen.

We’re cut from that same Jersey blue-collar cloth.

Sutter may not talk up Jersey, but it’s like being a lapsed Catholic. You may try to shake off the religion, but it sticks with you. So does Jersey. Sutter was down to earth and nice, not a Hollywood prima donna.

Right now we’re working on a story on a Bon Jovi documentary that will air on Showtime.

In that doc, Tico Torres articulates his thoughts about what it means to be from the Tri-State area when he talks about Bon Jovi.

“We’re going to fight to make it the best band, the best music and the best show possible,” he says. “That’s inherent in our upbringing. That’s a Jersey-New York signature. You’ll find it with anybody from that area.”