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Not For Nothin’, But ‘Jerseylicious’ And The Gatsby Girls Will Back May 15

April 4, 2011

The Jersey-based reality show that we wrote about before anyone had heard of it, “Jerseylicious,” will be back for its third season May 15.

Here is the press release about that gang in Green Brook, N.J.

THE STYLE NETWORK’S #1 SERIES “JERSEYLICIOUS” RETURNS FOR 20 ALL-NEW EPISODES IN
THE MOST DRAMATIC SEASON YET BEGINNING SUNDAY, MAY 15 AT 8PM ET/PT

Tearful and Tantrum-Filled Two-Part Reunion Special Hosted By Vivica A. Fox Will
Air Sunday, May 8 and May 15 in Advance of New Season Premiere

Los Angeles, April 4, 2011 – The Style Network’s record-breaking hit series “Jerseylicious” returns for a third season complete with cat fights, diva behavior and some surprising life-changing makeovers.

The new season of the one-hour comedy docu-soap will include 20 all-new episodes that promise to bring more of the big hair, outrageous outfits and larger than life New Jersey personalities that viewers have fallen head-over-high-heels in love with.

From N.J.’s “Queen of Mean” Tracy and sassy makeup artist Olivia to the salon’s ab-tastic intern Filippo and overly eccentric Glam Fairy, Alexa, there is no way to avoid the blow-ups, blow-outs and just plain coming to blows when these proud
Garden Staters get together at the Gatsby Salon.

Jerseylicious Season 3, Olivia, Alexa and Tracey

Don’t miss the season three premiere of Style’s highest-rated and most-watched series ever when “Jerseylicious” returns Sunday, May 15 at 8pm ET/PT.

Also tune-in Sunday, May 8 at 9pm ET/PT to catch up with your favorite New Jersey divas in part one of the “Jerseylicious: Wild and Untamed,” a tan-tastic reunion special, hosted by Vivica A. Fox (“Kill Bill: Vol. 1,” “Dancing with the Stars”). Part two will air on Sunday, May 15 at 7pm ET/PT, leading into the new season premiere.

During this new season of “Jerseylicious,” the budding stylists and business owners are at a crossroads in their professional careers while also attempting to navigate their personal lives, which have more road blocks, pot holes, breakdowns and weave-ing than the New Jersey Turnpike.

Season three picks up with tensions still high after Gayle’s Gatsby Salon won the coveted trophy for Best Hair & Make-up” at New Jersey Fashion Week – the sexy sister to New York Fashion Week where couture gets wild with the help of animal print and Aquanet – beating out rivals Alexa’s Glam Fairies and Anthony’s newly reopened salon.

The drama will continue to unravel as the cast’s personal feelings collide with work obligations. The Gatsby attempts to break the Guinness World Record for most haircuts in an eight hour period by hosting a Style-A-Thon and enlists Anthony
to help, but when Alexa show up unannounced, personal drama threatens to ruin The Gatsby’s goal.

The salons also venture into unfamiliar territory when the stylists participate in a bridal expo and attend a multi-cultural hair show.

Today, hair products and lip glosses; tomorrow, the world – or at least all of Central Jersey.

Catch up with the most unpredictable cast on television:

Olivia is finally growing up. Back together with her boyfriend Mikey, she makes up her mind to never let her toxic relationships with Tracy, Briella or Doria get in the way of achieving her dreams.

This season, looking to take her career to the next level, Olivia launches an on-location styling service provided
through the Gatsby. The real challenge begins when Gayle wants Tracy to be part of the styling service team. Olivia may be ready to move on from the drama, but Tracy has other plans in mind. Let round three of the catfight begin!

Tracy decides that the Gatsby is a much better place to develop her career and cuts professional ties with Alexa’s Glam Fairy business. Despite choosing to work at the Gatsby, her hatred for her colleague Olivia grows more and more each day. Olivia’s streak of good luck in the romance and career departments only adds fuel to the fire. Even Tracy’s onetime BFF Gigi is drawn to Olivia’s positive energy.

All this tension comes to a head when Gayle insists that Tracy work under Olivia during a Gatsby event and Tracy has a run-in with her ex — Olivia’s current boyfriend Mikey — for the first time since their traumatizing breakup.

Gigi is embracing her new slim figure and is ready to let loose. After her recent breakup with Frankie, Gigi is single for the first time in her life and is slowly discovering that she is a strong, independent woman. However, with Christy’s perpetual talk about her baby and Olivia rekindling her romance with Mikey, Gigi begins to wonder if she would rather settle down and start her own family…and if breaking up with Frankie was really the right thing to do.

Mother-daughter team Gayle and Christy are still beaming from the Gatsby winning the “Best Hair & Make-up” award at New Jersey Fashion Week and relishing the fact that they beat their rival, The Glam Fairy.

And now that Gayle has her dramatic stylists under control — for the time being, she is ready to expand her salon and make the Gatsby the most sought-after beauty destination in New Jersey.

While Christy, the salon manager, is preoccupied with her new role of mother, Gayle enters the dating scene and looks for new business opportunities. She reaches out to Anthony about partnering with her on an exciting venture as expansion is a great way to build their beauty empire.

Unfortunately, Gayle’s business relationship with Anthony drives a rift between the ambitious mother and her stressed-out daughter who is starting to feel left behind and begins to question whether she can successfully play the roles of both mother and salon manager.

Anthony’s newly renovated salon is open for business and flourishing. The only trouble is his four-chair space can’t accommodate his booming business. When Gayle makes him an offer he can’t refuse, Anthony is once again back to splitting his time between his salon and all the drama at the Gatsby.

He is welcomed with open arms by intern Filippo who quickly puts Anthony on a diet to try to get him into better shape. Additionally, Anthony gets bit by the local political bug and considers running for office, and after much discussion with
his wife Patty, their family may be expanding too.

Alexa “The Glam Fairy” Prisco still has her mind set on making the world a more gorgeous place…one smokey eye at a time. Her workspace, the Glam Factory, is thriving, even as she learns how to manage her own group of misfit stylists, but that doesn’t stop her from swinging by the Gatsby Salon once in a while to stir up some drama.

Alexa still holds a grudge against Gayle after last season’s larger-than-life blow-up, and when she finds out about Gatsby’s new on-location service infringing upon The Glam Fairy’s territory, Alexa’s resentment towards her business competitor reaches epic proportions. It doesn’t look like Alexa and Gayle will be Facebook friends any time soon.

Book your appointment now for an all-new season of “Jerseylicious,” beginning Sunday, May 15 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on The Style Network. And prepare to get the inside scoop with the cast in a two-part reunion special, “Jerseylicious: Wild and Untamed,” hosted by Vivica A. Fox on Sunday, May 8 at 8:00pm ET/PT and Sunday, May 15 at 7:00pm ET/PT.

“Jerseylicious” is produced by Endemol USA for The Style Network. Three-time Emmy winner Alex Duda is the Executive Producer, joined by Style Executive Producers Sarah Weidman and Merah Chung.

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Tracy Looks A Lot Like Olivia In New Season Of ‘Jerseylicious’

August 28, 2010

Christy in Season 2

“Jerseylicious” is coming back Sept. 5, and some of the Jersey Girls will look a lot different in Season 2.

If you don’t want anymore info about the Style Network reality show, we’re giving you a spoiler alert: Stop reading.

First of all, half of the mother-daughter team that run The Gatsby Salon is pregnant. Christy Pereira is with child, and looks fantastic. Her mom Gayle Giacomo, the matriarch of the Green Brook beauty parlor where “Jerseylicioius” takes place, is thrilled.

Tracy's new look looks like Olivia

But almost more surprising than Christy’s pregnancy is the new Tracy DiMarco. The busty, big-haired blonde hairstylist who makes makeup artist Olivia Blois Sharpe’s life miserable now almost looks like her.

Tracy is rocking some dark hair that is very straight and very flat — like Olivia’s.

As a friend pointed out, it also likes like sweet hair stylist Gigi Liscio is slimmer this season. She also has coppery highlights, which we hope to duplicate during our next trip to the Fusion Spa and Salon in Denville, N.J., where Olivia’s roommate and “Jerseylicious” cast member Briella Calafiore works. Briella does our sister Karen’s hair.

‘Jerseylicious’ Will Be Back Sept. 5, And One Of The Jersey Girls Is Pregnant

August 5, 2010

“Jerseylicious” will be back for a second season Sept. 5, and there’s a new cast member.

Christy Pereira, half of the mother-and-daughter team that runs The Gatsby Salon that’s the stage for “Jerseylicious,” is pregnant! And The Style Network says it will be there to “capture the joy” of the baby’s arrival.

Does that mean the camera will be in the delivery room?

Anyway, the second season sounds like a doozy. Here’s our NewJerseyNewsroom.com story on the premiere.

By the way, we may be seeing Olivia Blois Sharpe’s blonde friend and roommate, stylist Briella Calafiore, today when we get our color touched up at the Fusion Salon in Denville, N.J. Briella works there.

Check out this cute press release that The Style Network issued Wednesday.

The Jerseylicious gang for Season 2

DAILY BLOWOUTS, SPRAY TANS AND CAT FIGHTS ARE BACK WHEN SEASON TWO OF THE HIT REALITY SERIES “JERSEYLICIOUS” PREMIERES SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 AT 8PM ON THE STYLE NETWORK

Cameras Return to New Jersey Salon for More Attitude, More Drama and More One-of-a-Kind Jersey Style in 20 All New Episodes

Los Angeles, August 4, 2010 – In this New Jersey salon, the first cut is the meanest and you may leave with a lot more than just a smokey eye!

Everyone’s favorite hair stylists and make-up artists of “Jerseylicious,” Style’s most-watched new series, are back for a second season! Style’s camera’s catch Queen-of-Mean Tracy, her arch enemy Olivia and even “The Glam Fairy” herself at
The Gatsby Salon for more in-your-face drama that will have you saying “OMGawd!”

Twenty, new one-hour episodes, continue to follow the staff of one of New Jersey’s premiere salons where business is hot and the “ex”-tensions are hotter. Season two is full of budding romances, growing friendships, bitter rivalries, plenty of Tracy vs. Olivia hair-raising feuds and even a new baby – don’t miss a minute when “Jerseylicious” premieres Sunday, September 5 at 8:00 p.m. et/pt on The Style Network.

The comedic drama of “Jerseylicious” centers around the high-profile and recently renovated beauty salon run by the mother/daughter management team of Gayle and Christy.

Christy is preggers in Season 2

Making up the salon’s quirky team of experts and experts-in-training are Anthony, an established stylist whose own salon has
recently completed its own renovations; Gigi, a young hairdresser who wants nothing more than to find “the one;” Alexa, one of the top bridal make-up artists in the tri-state area; Olivia, a party girl who is trying to grow up and become a successful makeup artist; Olivia’s biggest rival, Tracy, an aggressive hair stylist who can work magic with a teasing comb and in her free time enjoys tormenting Olivia whom she calls “a cheap knock off version of me”; and Filippo, Anthony’s handsome intern who focuses more on getting phone numbers from beautiful women than working on his craft.

In the premiere episode, the salon’s business is booming with the help of last season’s new additions Olivia, Tracy, Gigi, Anthony and Alexa. High demand, intense hours and personality clashes, however, are taking their toll on the stylists.

Anthony’s newly renovated salon is ready to open for business and he is struggling with leaving his new found family at The Gatsby. Hot-headed Alexa and her newly chosen apprentice Olivia are up to their wings with “Glam Fairy” clients and Gayle is beginning to feel the makeup artists’ absence in the salon. Gayle decides to confront Alexa about her attitude and priorities which causes tension with everyone.

The Glam Fairy Alexa returns

Tracy asks her boyfriend, Lorenzo, who is also Olivia’s ex, for help with a huge event at her beauty school alma mater because she wants to show how she’s grown since graduation, but the night ends a humiliating disaster.

And Christy is beaming with excitement as she is expecting her first child, but she is getting self-conscious of her growing belly. With a little encouragement from her friends and colleagues, she decides to embrace her “baby bump” in a glamorous pregnancy photo-shoot — leopard, lace and all Jersey!

Throughout the season, the dramatic rivalries continue as self-proclaimed “villainess” Tracy continues to clash with makeup-maven Olivia who develops a new love interest that sends Tracy over the edge. Meanwhile, tensions between Gayle and Alexa reach new heights as both business women have conflicting priorities in making their own individual businesses succeed.

In Christy’s absence as she preps for her baby’s arrival, Anthony attempts to interject his own expertise and ideas into the salon’s management which is not received warmly by the bosses.

Men are on the brains of the “Jerseylicious” women as the single ladies of the salon attempt speed-dating and head to Atlantic City to hunt for some hot muscular men, while sweet-as-sugar Gigi starts to question her relationship with
longtime boyfriend Frankie.

Left out by the women, Anthony’s intern, smoothing talking ladies’ man Filippo, decides to take his boss to none-other than the Jersey Shore to show him a fun time. And of course, Style’s cameras will be there to capture the joy as Christy and her husband welcome their first child!

Those stories, as well as a boob job, a pizza tossing contest, a strip show, romances taken to the new levels and even a Jersey invasion of Texas, are just a few of the many not-to-be-missed happenings on the new second season of Jerseylicious.

Get ready to sharpen your acrylics when season two of “Jerseylicious” starts Sunday, September 5 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The Style Network.

Despite Jersey Girl Chelsea Handler’s Barbs, ‘Jerseylicious’ Finds A Groove With Second Episode

March 29, 2010

Christy Pereira, left, and her mother and Gatsby Salon owner Gayle Giacomo

A big thumbs-up for last night’s “Jerseylicious” episode, the show’s second on the Style Network.

We saw a lot more about the mother-and-daughter team that runs and manages the Gatsby Salon in Green Brook, N.J. Flame-haired Gayle Giacomo and her daughter Christy Pereira have a lot riding on their move and revamping of their beauty salon. We thought we heard Sunday that millions of dollars at been invested in the project, so the stakes were high.

Giacomo and Pereira can’t afford for the silly feuding between hair stylist Tracy DiMarco and her archrival Olicia Blois Sharpe, a makeup artist, to turn off clients and ruin their business. (Sharpe’s prominently featured roommate Briella, by the way, is my sister Karen’s stylist.)

We loved watching the Gatsby crew trying to deal with that unruly and demanding bachelorette party. And Anthony Lombardi proved he’s a model male again when he tactfully warded off the advances of the bride-to-be, who wanted him to massage her back. Lombardi said he doesn’t even give his wife massages.

As for Gigi Liscio, it’s hard to believe that the scene in the Italian restaurant, where her goombah boyfriend Frankie Buglione almost starts a fight with a waiter, wasn’t scripted in there. Frankie loses his cool, supposedly, after the waiter compliments Liscio on her necklace. Frankie believes the waiter is really eyeing Liscio’s rather ample cleavage, and has a fit. He starts to go after the waiter.

As for Tracy, don’t gloat about that “prize” boyfriend you have, Olivia’s ex- Lorenzo Gangala. You should drop him like a hot potato, especially after he brags about Olivia testing him, by creating a fake identity on Facebook, to see if he would cheat. He failed the test, he tells Tracy, because the photo of the girl on the fake Facebook identity was “hot.”

Tracy thinks it’s funny. Why? In that immortal truth all we women know, a leopard doesn’t change its spots. Once a cheater, always a cheater.

E! Entertainment Television’s tart-tongued Chelsea Handler, comedian and Jersey girl, recently blasted the women on “Jerseylicious” for giving Garden State women a bad name.

We’re thinking people should withhold judgment, from what we saw of Sunday’s episode.

‘Jerseylicious’ Cast Celebrates Show’s Debut, Along With The Homeshoppingista, With Hoboken Party

March 22, 2010

Gigi Liscio, Anthony Lombardi, Tracy DiMarco, Gayle Giacomo and her daughter Christy Pereira at the Jerseylicious party

We just got back from the “Jerseylicious” premiere party in Hoboken, which we almost ditched Sunday night, out of frustration.

We got lost trying to find the venue — Lua, on where else but Sinatra Drive — and asked at least five people how to get to this restaurant, to no avail. Finally, the car attendants at the W Hotel gave us some accurate directions, and we made it to the party.

It was a rather balmy night here in the NY metro area, and the restaurant is on the Hudson River almost directly across from the Empire State building. The view was beautiful. But we digress. We were working, covering the party for our blog and NewJerseyNewsroom.com.

The place was packed with lots of young Jersey girls wearing thigh-high dresses and showing a lot of cleavage. We figured we’d never be able to scout out the “Jerseylicious” cast, who we interviewed in December for NewJerseyNewsroom.com, and if we did, it would be too noisy to interview them.

But we found the PR person, and she took us back to a roped-off VIP area where many of the cast members of the new Style Network show were talking to the press. While we were at the shindig we didn’t see makeup artist Olivia Blois Sharpe, the “Jerseylicious” cast member who looks a lot like Snooki from MTV’s “Jersey Shore.”

We did speak to the mother-and-daughter team who own and run the Gatsby Salon, where the reality show “Jerseylicious” is set.

The mother, flame-haired Gayle Giacomo, was wearing a sexy, low-cut long flowery print gown. She said she had bought it two 1/2 years ago to wear to her daughter Christy Pereira’s wedding, but then never did. Christy was there, wearing a black BCBG V-necked dress.

Giacomo said she hadn’t watched the first “Jerseylicious” episode yet.

“I’ve been so busy I said I’ll just wait and see it on TV,” she said.

But Pereira had seen it and said she liked it. The New York Times gave the show a drubbing this weekend. But Pereira said that even though she and her mom hope people like the show, everyone is entitled to their opinion.

The Homeshoppingista, and Jersey girl, interviewing Tracy DiMarco of Jerseylicious

Next up was hairdresser Tracy DiMarco, who is essentially the villain in “Jerseylicious.” On the show, she basically says she hates Sharpe and is going to make her life miserable at the Gatsby. But DiMarco, dressed in what looked like a tiger print dress, was charming and sweet to us (she said we looked beautiful, and with us flattery will get you everywhere).

“I’m only mean to people I don’t like, or people who are mean to other people,” DiMarco told us. “I don’t like Olivia. That’s very obvious.”

She told us her mom has been keeping a book of press clippings of the show, which have included the cover of the New York Post’s TV Week section Sunday.

“I hope everyone likes me, even though I’m a little bit of a nasty bitch,” DiMarco told us, laughing.

We also spoke to hairstylists Anthony Lombardi, the only male member of the “Jerseylicious” crew, and Gigi Liscio. Lombardi was wear a white porkpie hat that he said he picked up in Bloomingdale’s that day. We kidded him about The Times review, which said he was the best-looking member of the cast.

“I know, The New York Times loved me,” Lombardi said. “I bought seven copies of it.”

“I got to hear this all day,” his pretty brunette wife said.

Lua in Hoboken, the site of the Jerseylicious premiere party

But she then waxed on about what a great guy he is. The day we can say all this about the man we’re with is the day we can stop saying those novenas praying for Mr. Right.

“I’m very proud of him,” Patty said. “He’s very successful. He’s the most beautiful man I’ve laid eyes on. He’s the father of my son. He’s a fabulous husband, a fabulous husband. I couldn’t ask for anybody better, for my son and myself.”

Wow, what an endorsement! They have a 13-month-old son, and live in Fairfield. Lombardi also owns the Anthony Robert Salon in Verona.

In the show Liscio’s boyfriend Frankie comes off as a tough, old-style Italian guy, looking to be served hand and foot by Liscio. But in the middle of our interview, he walked up to Liscio and gave her a big kiss, then walked away. That rather endeared him to us.

“I want it all in life,” Liscio said. “I want my family, my career. I live in a fairy tale, yes, you can say that, but I won’t stop til I get it all. I’m very determined. I love him to death. That’s who I want it with.”

There were several TV sets at Lua, and when “Jerseylicious” came on at 10 p.m. the whole party started cheering. Unfortunately, there were so many people it was impossible to hear the sound on the episode.

And by that time, we had to head out to write our blog.

We’ll see how “Jerseylicious” does when the ratings come out Monday.

First Episode of ‘Jerseylicious’ Portrays Jersey Girls As Big Haired, Tan And Leopard Clad: Is That A Bad Thing?

March 9, 2010

Jerseylicious girl Olivia Blois Sharpe

Sorry we didn’t post Monday, but we’ve had a stomach virus for several days now that has really knocked us out.

But we did take time out last night to screen the first episode of Style Network’s “Jerseylicious,” the reality show we wrote about for NewJerseyNewsroom.com in December.

“Jerseylicious” is part of the new TV trend, which is reality shows flocking to the state to film us “load and proud” characters.

“Jerseylicious,” which debuts March 21 at 10 p.m., we have to sadly say will go a long way toward promoting every stereotype America has about us Jersey girls that you can imagine. It’s not as heavy-handed as “Jersey Shore,” but the lead “character,” Olivia Blois Sharpe, comes off a bit like Snooki on MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” with her long dark hair, tight short skirts, heavy eye makeup and super dark tan.

“I love the Jersey style,” Olivia says in the first “Jerseylicious” episode. “Big Hair. Long nails. Real tan. I swear I’m tanorexic.”

And in another seeming homage to “Jersey Shore,” Olivia is shown dancing up a storm at the 46 Lounge on Route 46 in Totowa, a venue we were always curious about but will now certainly avoid after seeing the clientele.

“If I could make a living off fist-pumping to house music, I’d be in there,” Olivia says. “I’d be in there like swimwear. But it’s really not going to pay my bills.”

That on-air Olivia is quite a different character than the quiet, rather subdued young woman we interviewed at the setting of the show, the Gatsby Salon in Green Brook, N.J. But hell, we all know reality TV isn’t reality, right?

Along the lines of Jersey being a small world, one of the first characters introduced in the premiere episode is Olivia’s best friend Briella, who our sister Karen knows. Blonde Briella is a stylist at the Denville hair salon Fusion, where Karen gets her hair done.

Olivia's nemesis Tracy DiMarco

All reality shows have to have drama, and in “Jerseylicious” its the conflict between makeup artist Olivia and Tracy DiMarco, a stylist who is now with Olivia’s ex-boyfriend. Tracy, one of the show’s players that we didn’t get a chance to interview, makes no bones about her mission, which is to make Olivia’s life miserable.

Tracy has the “Jersey style” we are all supposed to be wearing here in the Garden State, if you believe the reality shows about us. “Leopard jacket, snakeskin shoes, welcome to Jersey,” Tracy says.

The show is about the attempt of Gayle Giacomo and her daughter Christy Pereira to relaunch and revitalize the Gatsby Salon, which they’ve moved to a new location a few doors down from their old space in a strip mall on Route 22. We interviewed Gayle and Christy, and they are class acts.

One “Jerseylicious” player that we didn’t get a chance to interview is stylist Gigi Liscio, who is a sweetheart. But she seems pretty much under the thumb of her boyfriend Frankie. The term “guido” is never used to describe him, but you decide when if that’s an apt description when you see him.

There’s a scene of Frankie and his dad sitting at the dinner table, reminding us of “Saturday Night Fever,” getting hot under the collar and demanding that they get fed by the women in the house. Muy Italian macho.

Our advice to Gigi: Dump him, ASAP.

And finally there’s the sole male cast member, Anthony Lombardi, who owns the Anthony Robert Salon in Verona. He’s seems to be the referee between Olivia and Stacy, and is working at Gatsby while his own place undergoes renovations. He’s downt to earth and charming, the proud dad of a new son.

“Jerseylicious” is having a premiere party the night its first episode airs on Style, March 21. It’s in Hoboken, and we’ll be there, if we can find the appropriate leopard jacket and snakeskin shoes.