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Tyra Banks Comes To HSN For The Holidays, Snooki Back

October 23, 2014

HSN unveiled its holiday-season programming lineup Wednesday, and the debuts will include a makeup line by ex-model/TV personality Tyra Banks — as well as a Rolling Stones-themed fashion collection and “Happy” the HSN holiday bear.

On Nov. 7 from 10 p.m. to midnight, Banks, will launch her new TYRA beauty makeup collection during “Tyra’s Makeup Fierce Up,” a two-hour primetime special.

There will also be another debut, that of TV chef and host of his own cooking show, Robert Irvine. He will launch his line of culinary tools and accessories during the “HSN Cooks” event Nov. 2.

Throwback Snooki

Throwback Snooki

And in a new idea, HSN will celebrate more than 50 years of The Rolling Stones Nov. 13 with a first-ever fashion collection featuring Mick Jagger and Keith Richards’ legendary lyrics, designed by Diane Gilman, R.J.Graziano, Carlos Falchi and Lyric Culture.

And there will be several memorable returning vendors at HSN. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi of “Jersey Shore” fame will be back at the home shopping network. Snooki, by the way, will soon be getting married and having her wedding reception at The Venetian in Garfield, N.J. — the same venue where our friend Patty’s nephew had his post-nuptial shindig.

And one of our favs, four-time Grammy Award-winner and Nicole Kidman hubby Keith Urban, will celebrate his first anniversary with HSN with the launch of his limited edition “Star Fire” 22-Piece Guitar Package Nov. 15.

Keith Urban

Keith Urban

In a new gimmick, HSN will be hosting special Black Fridays on Nov. 7, 14 and 21.

They will be:

* Nov. 7 – A “Bundles at their Best” themed day offers shoppers the opportunity to buy featured bundled items, BOGOs, and Bonus Buys.

* Nov. 14 – With themes like “Basics with a Flair” and “What’s Old is New Again,” shoppers can take a trip down memory lane with nostalgic throwback pieces and gift ideas from home, electronics and more.

* Nov. 21 – Shoppers get full access to a day of “Stocking Stuffers” with gifts under $100, $50 and $25. And 10,000 customers will receive a complimentary holiday stocking when purchasing special stocking stuffer qualifying items throughout the day.

On Thanksgiving Day, “Happy” the HSN Holiday Bear will make its debut, with HSN donating 1,000 bears to charity for the first 1,000 bears sold.

Later that night through Black Friday, HSN will offer “doorbuster” bargains ranging from name brand electronics to handbags and jewelry.

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Skanky Snooki’s Perfume, Slippers, Sunglasses and Crocodily Are Sellouts On HSN

November 11, 2011

We had a busy Thursday night, but we caught part of “Jersey Shore” Snooki’s two-hour show on HSN, getting to see the perfume, slippers, sunglasses, purses and big and small “Crocodily” stuffed animals she was hawking.

She had a ton of sellouts and a load of fans calling in, from Joisey to Denver.

Her appearance on “A Very Snooki Holiday Gift Special” was pleasingly surprising.

Snooki

Unlike her slutty persona on the hit MTV reality show, Snooki — i.e. Nicole Polizzi — looked good. Her hair was sleek and pretty, with no poof on the top. Her eye makeup was not caked on like a Midwesterner’s stereotype of a Jersey Girl. It was natural, and she looked pretty.

She even seemed to exhibit some self-awareness and irony at times.

Our favorite item was Crocodily, a stuffed crocodile that Snooki explained she won at a arcade, which we presume was on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights. Snooki has hopped into bed, totally drunk, holding Crocodily tight on “Jersey Shore” many a night.

“This is like my best friend, and it had a child,” Snooki said of the stuffed toy, which came in small for $20 and large for $35. Both sold out.

Snooki and Crocodily

She was also selling “Pinky-Up Animal” sunglasses. Asked by HSN host Amy Morrison what “pinky-up” meant, Snooki said if you are holding a cup “with your pinky up, we still look classy.”

Indeed.

We also liked it when Snooki seemed to be yanking Morrison’s chain, telling her “you look like a guidette with those” when the host tried on a pair of sunglasses.

The brunette “meatball” was also offering slippers, which she said could be unisex.

“My boyfriend Jionni wears my slippers,” Snooki said.

We’re sure he’ll be thrilled that she let that cat out of the bag.

At one point, Snooki said, “I know when I go to the club, I love to laugh and go crazy.”

That’s the understatement of the year: Jionni broke up with with her the last season of “Jersey Shore” after she lifted up her skirt while dancing at a club in Italy and exposed her VJJ to everyone.

Panties are not a piece of apparel that Snooki seems to wear very often.

For some reason that Snooki couldn’t fathom, her antics at the club upset Jionni.

Her perfume, which came with an animal-patterned bag, sold 8,000 units, which sounds pretty good.

Avid fans of “Jersey Shore” may have wanted to pick up Snooki’s three-piece Christmas tree ornament set, which included one of Snooki, The Situation and DJ Pauly D. But that was another gift that sold out.

Before ‘Jersey Shore’ There Was Self-Tanning Addict Toni Brattin, Another HSN Vet Who Has Landed At ShopNBC

April 1, 2011

We went to ShopNBC.com at midnight to check out what its Today’s Top Value is, and lo and behold, we found another HSN refugee.

Brassy blond Toni Brattin — no not the singer — who had been a staple at HSN for years is now on ShopNBC. She has the No. 3 home shopping channel’s top value, the Tan Fabulous One-Minute Self Tanner Three-Piece Set, for $20.

There was Brattin demonstrating her new self-tanner, with a model standing in a shower that ShopNBC had set up on its sound stage.

Toni Brattin, another HSN alum, had landed at ShopNBC

Brattin used to sell a variety of products on HSN, from a self-tanner to wigs and hairpieces. She was into self-tanning long before folks like “The Jersey Shore” and “Jerseylicious” gangs. Her old self-tanner took several hours to work. This one takes a minute, as she demonstrated.

We suspect that Brattin’s exit was part of HSN CEO Mindy Grossman effort to make the No. 2 home shopping network more upscale and less infomercial-like. That has led to an exodus of longtime HSN vendors, including Suzanne Somers. She is now at ShopNBC, too.

Here is what ShopNBC’s website has to say about Brattin:

Beloved for her infectious energy and solution-driven products, Toni Brattin has been involved in the beauty business for over 25 years. Her beauty career started with a self tanning concept she created, and she continues to innovate in order to bring you the newest solutions. Her passion for helping women feel and look their best shows through in all her products.

Her set includes the Tan Fabulous One Minute Tanning Boost foam, a loofah on a wand and two pairs of powder-free vinyl application gloves.

Every time we hear the word “loofah,” we think about the young woman who made allegations about Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly, and what he wanted to do with her and a loofah. But we digress.

Here is how Brattin’s new product works:

Best if used in the shower or tub. Use the application gloves to avoid tan palms. Avoid eye area. After bathing, apply Tan Fabulous to damp skin. Work evenly from top to bottom of your arms, legs and body. Apply generously for a dark tan or moderately for a light tan. Apply evenly to avoid streaking. Once tanning foam is applied, no need to wait. Just turn on the shower or tub, and rinse clean. Blot dry.

The Gatsby Girls, Who Are Also Jersey Girls, Are Back Tonight With Season 2 Of ‘Jerseylicious’

September 5, 2010

We know we’ve beem remiss in posting, but we had some other duties to attend to, like writing an update on the impact of “Jerseylicious” on The Gatsby Salon in Green Brook, N.J. Here’s our story on NewJerseyNewsroom.com.

The Style Network’s hit “Jerseylicious” has its Season 2 debut tonight at 8 p.m., and we interviewed by phone the mother-and-daughter team that owns and runs The Gatsby, Gayle Giacomo and Christy Pereira. We sent written questions to Tracy DiMarco and Alexa “The Glam Fairy” Prisco by e-mail, and got their responses via e-mail.

For those who’ve been living under a rock, “Jerseylicious” is one of a string of hit reality shows set in our beloved Garden State, and it had some dust-ups similar to those in MTV’s “Jersey Shore” and Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.”

The Jerseylicious cast photo, with our sister's blond stylist Briella fourth in from the left, and Ann's buddy Filippo on the far right, for Season 2

In the first season Giacomo hired new staff to boost business at her newly renovated salon. That included bringing on hairstylist DiMarco and makeup artist Olivia Blois Sharpe, who got into many a shouting match in Season 1.

We feel a special affinity for this show because we went to The Gatsy to interview Giacomo, Pereira, Sharpe and hair stylist Anthony Lombardi before the show debuted last March. We didn’t know if it would be a success or not, but it turned out to be a hit for Style.

Our friend Ann's pizza parlor friend from Staten Island, Filippo, on the left and Anthony Lombardi

And there is that six-degrees-of-separation thing, too.

One of Sharpe’s friends and roommates is Briella Calafiore, who is also in the show. Briella is my sister’s hairstylist at the Fusion salon in Denville, N.J., where we also get our hair done. We have the business card that Briella gave us sitting right here.

And our friend Ann just saw Filippo, who is Lombardi’s flirtatious assistant at The Gatsby, at the pizza parlor that his family owns on Staten Island. Ann has known Filippo and his family for years.

Anyway, we’re rooting for all of the Jersey girls in “Jerseylicious.”

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.

‘Jerseylicious’ Nets Lousy Ratings, As One Viewer Proclaims ‘We’ve Had Enough of New Jersey’

March 24, 2010

We are more interested in Gatsby owner Gayle Giacomo, right, than Tracy DiMarco, left.

Well, for awhile there New Jersey, and its loud shoot-from-the-hip residents, seemed to have captured the loving attention of American TV viewers. But the audience has spoken now, and it’s apparently had enough.

The numbers are in for “Jerseylicious,” and they are not good. We knew something was up when Style Network didn’t put out a ratings press release Monday about the show’s premiere Sunday night.

“Jerseylicious,” which chronicles the lives of the owners and stylists at the Gatsby Salon in Green Brook, N.J., had only 320,000 total viewers for its debut. The show posted a 0.42 rating with women in the 18-to-34 demographic.

It pains us to see this, since were like the cast members of the show and were rooting for it.

But it looks like America is sick and tired of seeing fatmouthed, overdressed Jerseyites. Audiences bought into Garden-State shows such as Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” (a fav of ours) and MTV’s “Jersey Shore” (which we detested). But that ship has sailed.

We wish “Jerseylicous” had kicked off focusing on the story Gayle Giacomo and her daughter Christy Pereira, both of Bridgewater, who have re-launched their 32-year-old beauty salon and want to make it a big success. They are both smart, gracious women.

Instead, it seems to us that producer Endemol TV decided to concentrate on the battle between makeup artist Olivia Blois Sharpe, of Montville, who looks just like Snooki of “Jersey Shore,” and hair stylist Tracy DiMarco of East Hanover. At least, that’s what the first episode was abouit. That just makes “Jerseylicious” seem like a lot of other Jersey reality shows.

We know Style is trying to draw in younger women by concentrating on Olivia and Tracy, but we frankly are more interested in pretty Gayle (she in her 50s, our demo).

Anyway, even before the ratings came out, we suspected the show might be in trouble when we read a post on the story we did for NewJerseyNewsroom.com on the “Jerseylicious” premiere party.

“I personally enjoyed ‘Jersey Shore.’, but I think bringing on this show is pushing it!” wrote Nikki Dolce, a hair stylist from Scottsdale (our favorite place in the world). “We’ve had enough of New Jersey!”

‘Jerseylicious’ Gets Big Thumbs Down From New York Times, Which Defends The Garden State

March 20, 2010

Jerseylicious

The Grey Lady has spoken: The New York Times panned “Jerseylicious” Saturday.

TV critic Neil Genzlinger accused Style Network’s “Jerseylicious” reality show, which debuts Sunday night, of trying to ride on the coattails of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” and Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.”

And that’s the nicest thing he had to say.

He described the show as “witless” and the cast from the Gatsby Salon in Green Brook, N.J., as “vapid.”

Genzlinger also jokingly lambasted two of New Jersey’s most famous inventors, Thomas Edison and David Sarnoff, for their role in bringing electricity and color TV to America.

“They made it possible for their home turf, a perfectly decent state, to be flogged over and over again by lazy television executives working the same tired shtick,” the TV critic wrote, referring to “Jerseylicious” on Style Netweork. “Fellows as visionary as Edison and Sarnoff should have seen this coming and suppressed their innovations in the interest of protecting New Jersey’s reputation.”

And that’s not all he had to say about “Jerseylicious.” Neil, tell us what you really think!

“Virtually everyone here is loud and self-absorbed and not overly bright, qualities that were amusing for about an episode and a half of ‘Jersey Shore’ but now seem as unappetizing as the ’80s look that the Gatsby is inexplicably still peddling,” he wrote.

‘Jerseylicious’ Met Up With Tyra Banks Friday

March 19, 2010

Not Snooki, but Jerseylicious Olivia Blois Sharpe

While we were at the gym this afternoon, we caught the cast of “Jerseylicious” on Tyra Banks’ show.

Even though Banks had to get in her cheap shots at their Jersey accents, we thought the cast of the new Style Network show came of pretty well.

We didn’t have a pen and pad with us on the elliptical machine, so we have to do this from memory and paraphrase. Makeup artist Olivia Boise Sharpe, who is already being billed as the new “Snooki” because of her deep tan and long dark hair, set the record straight by saying she’s been sporting the “Jersey Shore” look for at least three years. The inference is that the randy “Jersey Shore” peanut stole Sharpe’s look.

When Banks waxed on about the nation’s sudden fascination with Jersey, Sharpe and her nemeis on the reality show, Stacy DiMarco, talked up the fact that Jerseyites are blunt and bold. If we don’t like you, the “Jerseylicious” cast members said, we won’t talk behind your back. We’ll tell you right to your face. (We’re beginning to understand why the rest of the country hates us now).

The “Jerseylicious” crew — who work at the Gatsby Salon in Green Brook, N.J., where the reality show is set — then offered hair and makeup advice to members of Banks’ audience, which seemed to be 99 percent Garden State residents.

Finally, the “Jerseylicious” cast did a makeover of three plain-Jane women from Delaware, we think it was. after the Gatsby Salon got done with them, the trio came up looking hot in super-short dresses, mile-high spike heels, smokey eyes and teased hair. They looked pretty good.

“Jerseylicious” debuts Sunday at 10 p.m., and we’re planning to attend the show’s premiere party that same night in Hoboken.

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.

Will MTV Rename ‘Jersey Shore,’ Since The Second Season Won’t Be in Jersey?

January 30, 2010

They're coming back this summer, but they won't be in Jersey

We were dreading heading out early this morning, in 9 degree weather, to go to the gym. It doesn’t open until 7 a.m., and it was 6:30, so we decided to check our e-mail.

Lo and behold, at about 1:30 a.m. Eastern Time MTV had issued a press release saying it had greenlit a second season of “Jersey Shore.” That’s a real lid lifter for you. We quickly wrote it up for NewJerseyNewsroom.com.

We were amused to see that the 12 new episodes, which will air this summer, will not only not be shot in Seaside Heights, they won’t even be shot in Jersey. The press release didn’t disclose the new location that will infested by the unlovable and annoying self-proclaimed “guidos” and “guidettes” of the cast.

The ghastly “Jersey Shore” crew, who actually may not be as dumb as they act, had been holding out for more dough, reportedly $10,000 an episode, from MTV. They were negotiating as a group, the tack that the cast of “Friends” used to get big pay bumps. Our guess is that the Jersey group managed to wring some extra dollars out of Viacom.

“Jersey Shore” certainly has been a bit hit for MTV, and for the man who made it possible: MTV president of programming Tony DiSanto. In a prior post, we said we wanted to hunt down the MTV exec who approved “Jersey Shore.” And we questionned whether Midwesterners knew what a “guido” was.

Well, now we know DiSanto is the exec behind the show. And we’re sure most of America knows what a guido is now, thanks to MTV.

“Jersey Shore” may be a breakout show, and a pop culture phenomenon, but we still hate it. And we’d still like to hunt down DiSanto.

Here is his canned quote about the second season renewal:

“Our audience has fallen in love with ‘Jersey Shore’ and its amazing cast who have really grown together as a family. That bond gives the show its heart, and we’re thrilled to reunite these friends to bring fans more of what they love — laughs, love, drama and of course, GTL.”