Today's TWoP News: Wednesday, November 2, 2011

by Rachel Stein November 2, 2011 3:50 pm
Today's TWoP News: Wednesday, November 2, 2011

That lucrative new reality show with pretty good ratings has been renewed!

Cuff’d: Spell it Like Punk’d, Watch it like Cops

by Rachel Stein August 30, 2011 6:00 am
<i>Cuff’d</i>:  Spell it Like <i>Punk’d</i>, Watch it like <i>Cops</i>

MTV hasn't been doing much to promote its newest half-hour reality series, and it's understandable why: Cuff'd is the kind of show that finds you, most likely when you're flipping through the channels late at night looking for something half-dumb, half-exploitative to watch. It's the genre I usually expect to see from Spike TV and I'm frankly surprised they didn't nab it first.

Thanks to Jersey Shore, It’s Now Cool to Be a Douche

by Meghan Ross August 11, 2010 3:50 pm
Thanks to <i>Jersey Shore</i>, It’s Now Cool to Be a Douche

As a native of New Jersey and a witness to the increasing population of guidos in my predominantly Italian town way before MTV's cash cow Jersey Shore aired last year, I decided to re-explore the very location that I once vacationed at as a child, which has now become the epicenter of a cultural phenomenon. So, prepared to see sights that I could never forget (try as I might), I voyaged to where MTV has started filming the third season of the show: the Seaside Heights boardwalk. Or, as my peers and I have always called it, Sleazeside Heights.

Might I Suggest The Real World Channel?

by Lauren Gitlin December 29, 2008 3:10 pm
Might I Suggest <i>The Real World</i> Channel?

When's MTV gonna change its stupid name already? With the recent announcement regarding its reality show-heavy slate of new shows (16 new ones in all), it's like they're not even trying to pretend they have anything to do with music anymore. It's not even like on VH1, where the shows are sort of vaguely related to music via their hosts (Rock of Love, Charm School, etc.). It's just pure unmitigated trizzash.

Don't Call It a Comeback; She's Been Spears For Years

by Lauren Gitlin October 10, 2008 3:04 pm
Don't Call It a Comeback; She's Been Spears For Years Now that we're in the midst of what appears to be Britney Spears' ninety-seventh "comeback," it's not all that surprising that she and the parasites nice people at MTV want to capitalize on the public's fleeting good will. A new hour-plus documentary titled For the Record is currently in production and will, by all accounts, give us rabid BritBrit fans the real dirt on what the hell happened when she went loony-tunes last year and shaved her head and started wielding umbrellas as weapons and crap. I could sum up what happened in three words: Crystal Effing Meth. But nobody asked me.

Sex With Mom and Dad Is Nearly As Gross As It Sounds

by Lauren Gitlin September 22, 2008 1:38 pm
<i>Sex With Mom and Dad</i> Is Nearly As Gross As It Sounds Few things make me gag and cringe in horror like the thought of parents having sex. Not just my parents, mind you. All parents. I understand that it's silly of me to refuse to accept that people over the age of 50 have sex lives. And I also acknowledge that were it not for that one time my parents accidentally did it, I would not be here today to be grossed out about it in the first place. I get all that, people. But I think there must be an evolutionary basis for why "parents" and "sex" are two words I'd just as soon not have appear in the same sentence, let alone paragraph. And I don't think I'm alone in this.

A Moment of Silence for TRL

by Angel Cohn September 16, 2008 5:35 pm
A Moment of Silence for <i>TRL</I>

While it has probably been at least nine years since I've watched TRL (or Total Request Live as it was called back in my day), I still feel a brief moment of sadness for the show that's going off the air (for now at least) after ten years. I blame Pete Wentz and that oddity that is FNMTV for its demise. If you can see the pretty people on that show talking to the inexplicably popular Wentz, why would you want to watch some random VJ talk to celebs? Especially when the videos on TRL have been pretty much cut down to nothing. They are demoted to a small corner of the screen, with lots of text-message commentary taking up the rest. I don't care if CuteJulia145 down in South Carolina thinks that Katy Perry is, like, the most talented artist ever, and how she'd totally kiss her if she had the chance. I'd actually like to see the video. I guess I'm just old-fashioned that way.

It's Britney, Bitch

by Lauren Gitlin September 4, 2008 12:10 pm
It's Britney, Bitch The bitch is back y'all! It comes as no surprise to anyone who lives on the earth and has use of their eyes that Ms. Spears will be gracing us with her newly toned, less obviously addled presence for the MTV VMA's this Sunday. (BTW who here loves those promos with Russell Brand where she totally cops to the fact that she doesn't know who the hell he is?)

The new news, though, is that Brit Brit will be opening the show just like she did last year. Well, hopefully not like she did last year. Hopefully the opposite of like she did last year. You guys, I don't want to jinx anything, but I think, to paraphrase Kathy Griffin, we might just have our diva back.

The Seinfeldian Ethos of The Hills Season 4

by Lauren Gitlin July 22, 2008 3:46 pm
The Seinfeldian Ethos of The Hills Season 4

Yes, if you were into taking all the joy out of everything, it'd be pretty easy to spoil all of the (non)action that takes place on the upcoming season of The Hills merely by paying marginal attention to the tabloids. Because god knows not a week goes by that we aren't informed of Speidi's latest exploits or LC's latest frenemy. The truth is that this is a show on which nothing much really ever happens. But that's why the show so successfully captures the zeitgeist: the beauty lies not in the substance of what happens or doesn't happen, but in the style in which the nothing-happening is couched.

Fonzworth Bentley: Creating Jane Austen Characters One Thug at a Time When I heard that Diddy's former pretend butler and sometime R&B recording artist Fonzworth Bentley would be turning 14 "gangsters" into old timey upperclassmen on a reality show called From G's to Gents for MTV, I could only imagine this is how the sole creative meeting for it went down:

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