Only in Jersey: 3/21/12

Happy Hump Day, everyone! Time for 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.

Sayreville’s native son Jon Bon Jovi gets the Oprah treatment when the rock singer is featured in “Oprah’s Master Class,” airing at 10 p.m. Sunday on OWN. In an exclusive clip to “Entertainment Tonight,” Jon gives credit for his success in the music business to his hometown mentor. “And a man by the name of Al Parinello moved in across the street from my childhood home, and he was in a club band,” Jon reveals. “He was like, a hip guy, and he showed us how to play songs – and he showed me how to play ‘House of the Rising Sun.’ … When you learn a song, you start to think about songs, when you think about songs you want to write songs. When you write songs, you get to be here… Thanks to his encouragement, I stayed with it.”

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Only in Jersey: 2/10/12

Happy Friday! Time for 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.

Kevin Smith, center, shares his love of comic books in "Comic Book Men," which is filmed in Red Bank./Photo credit AMC

Red Bank will be front and center beginning at 10 p.m. Sunday when AMC premieres “Comic Book Men.”  The one-hour unscripted series follows employees and customers of film director Kevin Smith’s comic store, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash. The network’s description – “as the team buys, sells and discovers the treasures of the comic collecting world, they share all the juicy details with Kevin through their outrageous podcast” – makes it sound like a comics-tailored version of “Pawn Stars.”

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“Jerseylicious”: Season 2, take 1

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It’s nothing but drama, drama, drama in the Garden State.

They're baaaaack.... spray tans and Aquanet and all.

At least that’s what you’d assume after watching the first few episodes of “Jerseylicious” this season. What have hairstylists Tracy, Gigi and Anthony, makeup artists Alexa and Olivia, and Green Brook-based Gatsby Salon owners Gayle and Christy been up to? A whole lot. Check it out.

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“Real Housewives of New Jersey”: Send in the clowns (don’t bother, they’re here!)

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I really don’t have much to say about last night’s finale of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” – which featured the much-ballyhooed showdown between loose cannon Danielle Staub and fierce mother cub Caroline Manzo – other than it was kind of uncomfortable to watch and really rather silly.

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“Real Housewives of DC”: How much is too *real*?

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Is “The Real Housewives of DC” too real for America?

What's your beef with "The Real Housewives of DC"?/Photo credit Bravo

That’s what I’m wondering after reading a lot of negative comments (“boring” is the chief complaint) about the show on various sites. (Here’s just one. By the way, people can complain about how the show isn’t representative of the residents who live in DC, but you can say that about any show. I assure you, “Real Housewives of New Jersey” doesn’t represent me, a lifelong Jerseyan, or any of my friends, for that matter.)

All of these complaints about “DC” confuse me, because I really like what I’ve seen. But I gather I’m in the minority here.

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