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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.

The Homeshoppingista Nabs Exclusive Scoop On ‘Jerseylicious,’ The Latest New Jersey-Based Reality Show, For NewJerseyNewsroom.com

December 30, 2009

Gayle Giacomo (right) and her daughter Christy Pereira at their Gatsby Salon in Green Brook

We got the first scoop on “Jerseylicious,” the new reality TV show that Style Network that just finished shooting in December. The “comedy docu-soap” will premiere in March.

Apart from being The Homeshoppingista, we wear many hats, including writing about New Jersey-related TV shows for NewJerseyNewsroom.com,
where our package of stories on “Jerseylicious” was just posted.

“Jerseylicious” is the latest in a wave of reality programs to come out of the Garden State, with the most notable ones being the controversial piece of garbage “Jersey Shore” on MTV and Bravo’s hit “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.”

In early December on a Friday night we traveled to foreign territory for someone like us from North Jersey — Green Brook in Central Jersey — to go to Gatsby Salon. “Jerseylicious” is about Gayle Giacomo, the salon’s owner, who is trying to relaunch the business after moving it to a new space just a few doors down in a strip mall on Route 22.

Afte getting lost on Route 22, we finally found the beatiful new Gatsby and interviewed Giacomo, a pretty redhead with huge grey eyes; her daughter Christy Pereira, the salon’s manager; Olivia Blois Sharpe, the petite brunette with a penchant for lace leggings, leopard skin and low-cut tops, who is a makeup artist; and the only man in the “Jerseylicious” cast, a very lovable Anthony Lombardi, who got into the hairstyling business to meet chicks.

Anthony Lombardi's salon in Verona

We felt right at home with these Jersey-bred group, who were down to earth and affable. Giacomo and her daughter Pereira are very close, and live only a mile apart in Bridgewater. Sharpe lives in Montville, and Lombardi resides in Fairfield. He also owns his own salon, Anthony Robert Salon, in Verona on Bloomfield Avenue, about five minutes from where we live in Montclair.

We don’t if “Jerseylicious,” and its tale of these Gatsby employees who range in age from their 50s to their 20s will be a hit, but it should generate a lot of interest among folks here in the Garden State. If you live in Jersey, who may know someone connected to the show.

We do. Our sister Karen goes to the Fusion salon in Denville, and one of the hairdressers there, Brielle, is roommates with Pereira! Brielle is in some of the scenes in “Jerseylicous.”

We go to Bangz salon on Montclair, and out hair stylist said that earlier this year, the producers of “Jerseylicious” were in Bangz, seeing it as a potential site for “Jerseylicious.” The Bangz staff had to fill out some questionnaires, but it did not pan out.

And Jersey residents may recognize places they have been on “Jerseylicious.” The show filmed at the upscale CoCo Pari boutique in Red Bank, where we couldn’t afford to shop even when we were employed.

“Jerseylicious” also shot at the 46 Lounge in Totowa. We’ve always wondered what the place was like, but if Sharpe goes there, it’s definitely too young a crowd for us.

We can’t wait to see how “Jerseylicious” turns out. We think it will portray New Jersey and its residents in a much warmer light than that crapola “Jersey Shore”: as down-to-earth, no-nonsense, unpretentious, hard-working, funny people — with our accent. And what’s wrong with leopard skin, anyhow? We love it.

Find Out Why New Jersey, With Its ‘Loud and Proud’ Natives,’ Has Become Reality-TV Central With Shows Like ‘Jersey Shore’ And ‘Jerseylicious’

December 23, 2009

Jersey Has Become A Reality-TV Mecca

If you’ve read this blog at all, you know we’re from Jersey, and proud of it. Who knew that characteristic would make the Garden State appealing to reality-show producers.

We talked to the TV experts — including a gentleman who trains folks to get on, and be on, reality shows, Robert Galinsky — for our story on why ‘Joisey’ (as some morons still say, trying to mock us) has become a reality-TV mecca. It’s posted on NewJerseyNewsroom.com.

Galinsky, founder of the New York Reality TV School, told us that producers like the fact that Jersey natives are “loud and proud.” That makes for fun reality TV.

Which reality shows are rooted here? First there was the Bravo hit “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Then MTV’s controversial piece of garbage “Jersey Shore” made waves (get it) in Seaside Heights. On Wednesday New Jersey Italian American legislators called for Viacom to pull the plug on the trashy show.

On MTV2’s “School of Surf,” kids from Ocean City compete in the Red Bull’s Riders Cup.

TLC loves Jersey, with “Cake Boss” shot in a Hoboken bakery and “Table for 12” about a Marlboro family with two sets of twins and sextuplets.

And coming up next spring, in March, is Style Network’s “Jerseylicious,” about the owner and stylists at the Gatsby Salon in Green Brook. You’ll be hearing more about “Jerseylicious” shortly.

Big hair, leopard skin clothes, a lot of attitude and our own dialect — God, we love Jersey.

Is Martha Stewart Giving Out Dennis Basso’s QVC Faux Mink Throw Wednesday?

December 16, 2009

Fashion designer Dennis Basso had QVC’s Today’s Special Value Tuesday, a faux mink throw for $47.

On QVC’s 10 p.m. “Tuesday Night Gifts” show, Basso was on with host Lisa Mason. We were working on a story for NewJerseyNewsroom.com, so we were were only half listening.

But we heard Basso say he will be on the Martha Stewart (a native of Nutley, N.J.) show Wednesday.

According to Mason, “Martha Stewart will be giving this exact same throw” (as the QVC TSV) to her audience members. We don’t watch Martha, so we don’t even know if she has a studio audience.

As Mason pointed out, QVC customers had first dibs on this “hot” faux mink item, which also had a matching pillow for $29 and a TSV Extra, a matching teddy bear, for $18. Cute.

Jersey Guy Kurt Sutter Ends FX’s ‘Sons of Anarchy’ With Several Cliffhangers, As He Writes, Directs And Acts In The Season Finale

December 2, 2009

Kurt Sutter, Photo By Prashant Gupta, FX

Jersey boy Kurt Sutter did himself, and the state, proud with the finale Tuesday of his creation, FX’s “Sons of Anarchy.”

Sutter, a native of Clark, N.J, wrote, directed, executive produced and even acted in the 13th episode of the second season of “SOA,” as fans of the show refer to it.

The episode was called “Na Triobloidi,” Gaelic for “the troubles,” a term referring to the period of Protestant-Catholic conflict in Northern Ireland from the 1960s to the late 1990s.

We profiled Sutter in October for NewJerseyNewsroom.com, writing two companion stories, one an interview with him and the other on his views about the TV industry.

We did the phone interview after Sutter — who in his bio said he was “raised in the soul-numbing, homogenous suburbs of Central New Jersey” — had just finished directing the “SOA” finale. We asked him how he thought viewers would respond to the season’s end of this tale about a motorcycle club in Charming, Calif.

Center, Charlie Hunnam, right Ron Perlman, Photo By Prashant Gupta, FX

“I think people will like it,” Sutter said. “The trick with the finale is often the same trick you have with the premiere episode: Honoring the arc that existed before you and to bring some closure to that, and enticing the audience and setting up something they potentially might want to continue on the ride with.”

Sutter, Photo By Prashant Gupta, FX

He went on, “And I think I was able to that with last year’s finale and hopefully we’ll do the same with this year’s finale, so there is some conclusion to the arc that we played out and an introduction of something new – not so much as a cliffhanger so much as it is thematically where we might lead to if there’s a third season.”

In fact, the finale episode had lots of action and several cliffhangers.

Ron Perlman, Katey Sagal, Photo By Prashant Gupta, FX

Henry Rollins, the punk rocker who played the White Supremacist who raped the main character’s mother, Gemma, is shot to death by the son Jax, played by Charlie Hunnam. Motorcycle matriarch Gemma is played by Katey Sagal, who is married to Sutter.

In the episode, Gemma kills the daughter of the brains behind the White Supremacy movement — and instigator of the rape — Ethan Zobelle. The daughter had lured Gemma to the attack. As the show ends, Gemma is on the lam.

Zobelle, played by Adam Arkin, is about to be killed by the SOA when they have to take off because Jax’s baby son has been kidnapped by an IRA guy who the SOA has been gunrunning wth.

The villain escapes in a boat with the babe-in-peril as Jax and the gang watch helplessly on the dock. Meanwhile, Zobelle flees the U.S. in a chartered jet.

Sutter as Big Otto

Showrunner Sutter, who started out his career as an actor, has appeared in several of the episodes this season, playing Big Otto, a SOA member who is in prison. He is beaten by White Supremacists, who stick a broomstick in his eye. But he gets his revenge at the end, when he stabs his attacker in the neck.

Sutter doesn’t have to do much physically to pass for a SOA member, with his long hair, tribal tattoos and rugged good looks.

And here’s another “SOA” tidbit for you: The evil AFT agent June Stahl is played by actress Ally Walker, who is married to FX president John Landgraf.

Here’s the blog we did about our experience with Sutter.

We’re going to miss “SOA” on Tuesday nights.

We Take Third Shot At Finding Out If Plastic Surgeon Dr. Robert Rey Will Keep HSN Gig, While Also Selling Product On ShopNBC

October 28, 2009

Call us crazy, but we’re taking a third shot to try to find out if Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Rey will continue to appear on HSN now that he’s got a gig at rival ShopNBC.

Rey, star of E! Entertainment Television’s “Dr. 90210,” has been selling Shapewear, fancy undies and bras, on HSN for some time. But last weekend he went on  ShopNBC selling a skincare line, Sensual Solutions.

We don’t offhand recall a time when a vendor was selling goods on two home shopping networks at the same time. We want to know if Rey’s tenure with HSN is over.  

So far, we have sent three e-mails to HSN corporate, which states it will only take questions  from “a media professional with a specific request.” No response yet. Maybe HSN doesn’t think The Homeshoppingista is a media professional.

Not for nothing, and not to toot our own horn, but we will when we must. We went to one of the best J-schools in the country, Medill.  We helped launch Crain’s New York Business. We won one of the most prestigious awards for business journalism, the Gerald Loeb Award, for a story on the impact of AIDS on the fashion industry.

We covered the cable industry for 16 years at Multichannel News, writing stories about the business and programming such as HBO’s “The Sopranos.”

And we are still reporting on the cable business, the multi-billion dollar home shopping segment, with this blog. QVC and ShopNBC are totally owned or partially owned by two key media giants, John Malone’s Liberty Media and NBC.

In between job hunting, we are also writing for the growing Web site NewJerseyNewsroom.com, with a recent profile on Jersey’s Kurt Sutter, creator of the FX hit “Sons of Anarchy.”

We believe this all qualifies us as a media professional. 

We have e-mailed Rey twice, no response. But then we learned today that he has a PR firm that handles the media, and we shot an e-mail to them. Maybe they will answer our question. 

And we even e-mailed ShopNBC this morning, asking them if they know if Rey will remain on HSN.

Once again, we’ll let you know what we hear.

Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora, The Homeshoppingista Chat At ‘When We Were Beautful’ Party: We Jersey Folk Speak The Same Language

October 23, 2009
Sambora, Torres and The Homeshoppingista

The Homeshoppingista and Sambora

Here it is, our first photo download! And what a download it is, a shot of Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora and The Homeshoppingista. The man in the middle in the background is drummer Tico Torres.

OK, we know it’s just the back of our head, but that’s the best sister Karen could do at the party after Showtime’s screening of “Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful.” It airs Saturday.

Richie, a fellow Jersey person, looks fascinated by our question, doesn’t he? Heather Locklear and Denise Richards have nothing on us (sure).

To read his frank comments to us about the film, check out our story on NewJerseyNewsroom.com.

But here is one Sambora quote from that story, about the rock-star life.

“Everybody kind of looks at us like we’re exempt from human tragedy or whatever goes on in people’s lives,” Sambora told us. “That’s not true. We’re just regular guys. Because when we go home, we f–king take the garbage out just like everybody else.”

We have to run. We’re late for our volunteer work for the PR department of a big hospital chain, where we are writing about serious life-and-death issues.

Lisa, we have the “When We Were Beautiful” DVD for you. We’re on our way.

These Jersey Boys Are Still Looking Good To Us: Bon Jovi Documentary ‘When We Were Beautiful’ Airs Saturday On Showtime

October 22, 2009

We don’t want to keep you hanging. We filed our story on the screening of “Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful,” which we attended Wednesday night. Showtime will air the documentary Saturday.

At the after-party in Tribeca, we snagged a few quotes from our Jersey boys, band leader Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. We have to shout out the cliche that everyone says when they see a star in person: The band members were shorter than we expected, and Richie was very thin. But they looked good, and Richie was great.

The first story on NewJerseyNewsroom.com includes the chats with the band members and an interview with the director, Phil Griffin.

We also did a second story focusing on the film itself, which is a behind-the-scenes look at Bon Jovi’s 2008 Lost Highway World Tour.

We’re still waiting for a download of our photo with Richie.

We Partied With Jersey Boys Bon Jovi, And Now We’re Paying For It

October 22, 2009

We apologize, but new home shopping posts will be late today. We spent Wednesday night at a screening of a Showtime documentary on our fellow Jerseyites Bon Jovi.

At the after-party, we briefly interviewed Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. We caught the director Phil Griffin at the theater.

It was a late evening, and now we are transcribing our interviews for a story on the documentary, “When We Were Beautiful,” for NewJerseyNewsroom.com.

Showtime knows how to do a screening. Tequila maker Hornitos sponsored the event, serving all kinds of tequila drinks, so the crowd was liquored up when they went in to watch the film. We have a small bottle of Hornitos, which we copped at the after-party, sitting on our kitchen table.

Sister Karen came with us, and we all shared a cab with Ira from Brooklyn to go to the party in Tribeca.

We’re hoping to be able to download a photo Karen took of us and Sambora on the blog, so you can finally see what we look like.

Bon Jovi is on a promotion blitz for its new CD, “The Circle.”