Only in Jersey: 2/7/12

Welcome to another edition of Only in Jersey!

If it’s filming in Jersey, takes place in Jersey, or is about celebs from Jersey, you will find it here.

Bobby Cannavale: I'm not sure that handgun existed in the 1920's.

While “Boardwalk Empire” is technically filmed in New York, the Atlantic City-based series is Jersey, through and through.

This terrific HBO series is so dedicated to the Garden State that it’s replacing one Jersey actor with another! The departure of West Orange-born Michael Pitt, whose much beloved character Jimmy Darmody bit the bullet at the end of the second season, is tempered by the announcement that Union City’s Bobby Cannavale is joining the third-season cast. Entertainment Weekly reports Bobby will be a major stick in Nucky Thompson’s (Steve Buscemi) craw as far as the bootlegging business is concerned. Bobby also starred in the 2003 film “The Station Agent” alongside fellow New Jerseyan Peter Dinklage (star of fellow HBO series “Game of Thrones”) and was filmed in Newfoundland and surrounding N.J. areas.

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“Jersey Shore”: Here’s The Situation

So here’s The Situation:

MTV’s “Jersey Shore” has people divided into two camps; there are those who love the *reality* show for its pure entertainment value, and those who hate it because they believe it – like its predecessors “The Sopranos” and “Real Housewives of New Jersey” – reinforces negative stereotypes about Italian-Americans.

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Obviously, Conan O’Brien is in the former camp. And after watching the first three hours of this train wreck (during which I couldn’t bring myself to look away, no matter how inane the conversations), I have to say I agree. Hey, I’m from Jersey, and I certainly don’t like the idea of people actually believing that everyone in the Garden State behaves like Snooki, J-Woww and Pauly D, et al. But then, you’d have to be pretty ignorant to think that in the first place.

For the record, Sammi is the only cast member who’s actually a Jersey girl. (Though her behavior toward BFF Ronnie was pretty atrocious last week, I’m willing to give her a chance to make her home state – and hometown of Hazlet and alma mater of William Paterson – proud. I have a feeling I might be waiting a while…)

Meanwhile, here’s the rest of Conan’s interview with The Situation and Snooki. Alas, no mention was made of the punch felt around the world – or the New York schoolteacher who threw it:

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Not to be outdone, Jimmy Kimmel (who is of Italian descent and says he doesn’t find the show offensive) also invited The Situation, Snooki and Pauly D on his show. Check it out:

No matter what the controversy, you have to realize that a show is having an impact on popular culture if two late-night talk show hosts have featured “Jersey Shore” cast members before the third episode of this series has even aired. I’m certainly impressed. Plus, I think you can definitely say the show has its first genuine breakout star: The Situation. From what we’ve seen here, he’s actually pretty charming.

In the meantime, if you want to try out the Guido/Guidette name generator Conan was talking about, go here.

Update

If you think these videos of the “Jersey Shore” cast are amusing, then check out this video from “The Jay Leno Show.”

Channeling Kate Gosselin

Forget about roasting Joan Rivers, comedian Kathy Griffin has found a new target: Kate Gosselin.

Kathy Griffin channels her inner Kate Gosselin as George Takei tackles young-chickie-admirer Jon Gosselin in a new skit on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."/Credit "Jimmy Kimmel Live"

Kathy Griffin channels her inner Kate Gosselin as George Takei tackles young-chickie-admirer Jon Gosselin in a new skit on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."/Credit "Jimmy Kimmel Live"

Kathy will play Kate in a “Jimmy Kimmel Live” skit dubbed “Kate Is Enough: The Kate Gosselin Story.” The skit airs at 12:05 a.m. (EDT) Wednesday, Sept. 9 on ABC.

Meanwhile, speaking of channeling people, it just struck me who Kate resembles in her latest People spread. Take a look and think about it for a minute:

The slicked-back hair, the brilliant blue eyes, the classy clothes... hmmm, who is Kate channeling?/Credit People

The slicked-back hair, the brilliant blue eyes, the classy clothes... hmmm, who is Kate channeling?/Credit People

Not ringing a bell yet?

Doesn't Kate's new look remind you of another former tabloid darling?

Doesn't Kate's new look remind you of another former tabloid darling?

Of course, I would still argue that Princess Diana is leaps and bounds above Kate…

Feeling a bit “Lost”? Try this

After “Lost’s” oh-so-deep finale last night, I thought it was time to lighten things up a bit. Hence, this hilarious clip from “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” featuring Matthew (Jack) Fox. Enjoy!

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