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The Art of Making a Truly Incredible Bar Mitzvah Video

The video below, dug up by Kveller, is proof that while you can sink your life savings into celebrating a tween’s ascension to Jewish adulthood, there really is no point unless you get the whole thing on video. … Read More

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The Linguistic Legacy of 'Jersey Shore'

Well folks, it’s the end of an era. Tonight, MTV will air the final episode of Jersey Shore, the reality TV show that brought “eight of the hottest, tannest, craziest Guidos” into our living rooms. Or close enough. Whatever you think about the show, you have to admit that the characters were pretty fascinating — not least because they always seemed to be speaking their very own language. And lo, some of that language has trickled down (up?) into the mainstream, ensuring that in some small way, Jersey Shore will be with us forever. After the jump, we take a look at a few phrases and terms popularized by the show that we think might just stick around, whether draped in irony or no. Let us know your favorite entry from the Jersey Shore phrasebook in the comments. … Read More

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10 Reality Shows That Have Exceeded Their Expiration Date

In Season 6 of Jersey Shore, Snooki is pregnant. On last night’s two-hour premiere, we watched Nicole Polizzi waddle out to Seaside in a valiant attempt to enjoy the shore — and, more to the point, earn a six-figure-per-episode salary — without alcohol. Although we’ve never felt particularly great about ourselves after sitting through an entire episode of the show, this newest development (which we couldn’t watch for long at all) feels particularly depressing. So we’re glad MTV has decided that this will be the last season of Jersey Shore, and we’re hoping a few other veteran reality shows that have run out of ideas (or were just always terrible) will consider doing the same. After the jump, we look at ten that have exceeded their expiration date and are starting to stink. … Read More

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10 Archetypes TV Needs to Get Over

TV audiences apparently can’t get enough of Sherlock Holmes. With tonight’s premiere of Elementary, fans now have two shows starring the legendary fictional detective to choose from: the BBC’s acclaimed Sherlock, which produces just three episodes per season and airs in the US on PBS, and the new American version. The CBS series finds Jonny Lee Miller’s Holmes detoxing in New York, in the care of Lucy Liu’s Watson. Although we find the chemistry between those two promising, we’re not sure primetime needs another Sherlock Holmes.

Of course, both Sherlock Holmeses are just incarnations of an archetype TV dramas love: the rogue good guy. That realization got us thinking about characters we see far too often. So we’ve created a list of tired types we wish TV writers would lay off, at least for a while. Leave your additions in the comments. … Read More

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MTV Finally Cancels ‘Jersey Shore’

Usually when a television show gets cancelled, we’re either extremely upset because it was a series that we loved, or apathetic, because it wasn’t even on our radar. On hearing the news that MTV will pull the plug on Jersey Shore after the upcoming sixth season, what we feel is a sense of relief. Did… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. We’re oddly excited to hear that Parker Posey will be appearing on the upcoming season of New Girl as “a ‘shot girl’ at a party to celebrate the removal of Schmidt’s penis cast.” Given this and her recent stint on Louie, it seems like she’s finally making a long overdue comeback. [via … Read More

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The Funniest Pop Culture Reality TV Mash-Ups

Ever been watching TLC and thought, “This rerun of Say Yes to the Dress could use some more characters from ’80s teen moves in it”? Well have no fear, because the Internet is full of ingenious people who’ve inserted your favorite shows, video games, and movies into your least favorite reality television programs to make them more entertaining. Check out this collection of hilarious videos, from real TV series to Zombie Idol, after the jump. … Read More

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Who Are the 10 Most Overexposed Celebrities?

Forbes is always good for a ranking of some aspect of fame you’d think would be entirely impossible to measure. So it was with great interest that we read through their list of the most overexposed celebrities, the result of an E-Poll Research study, and found many of the usual suspects: two Jersey Shore cast members, Lindsay Lohan, all three Kardashians, including Kim at #1. What we didn’t expect to find were so many former tabloid staples whose, er, star has already pretty much fallen: the Octomom, Paris Hilton, Levi Johnston, and Kate Gosselin. Also worth wondering is why a whopping eight out of the top ten are women, especially considering that Charlie Sheen didn’t make the cut. Check out the list after the jump, and visit Forbes for more details on the results. … Read More

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Foreign Adaptations of American TV Shows That We Wish We Could Watch

Gossip Girl is going to China. No, it’s not what you think — Blair isn’t marrying into Chinese money, Serena is not becoming an Asian pop star, and Dan’s book is not being translated into Mandarin. As unlikely as the idea seems, the creators of Gossip Girl truly are collaborating with a Chinese production company on an adaptation of the show, which Deadline notes is popular online viewing in the PRC. This odd news got us thinking about other unlikely, cool, and plain bizarre foreign adaptations of American TV shows. We’ve rounded up a few that we wish we could watch; add your favorites in the comments. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Scarlett Johansson has been cast as Janet Leigh in Fox Searchlight’s Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. Anthony Hopkins was already on board to play the famed director, and Helen Mirren, his wife Alma Hitchcock. [via Slashfilm]

2. The new trailer for Pauly D’s Jersey Shore spin-off, The Pauly D Project,… Read More

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