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'Jerseylicious' Review: It's Just Like 'The Hills,' Only Better

Sun, May 15, 2011 2:49pm EDT by 2 Comments

‘Jerseylicious’ may not be the greatest reality show on the air — it is very, very far from it — but something about the amazing cast makes it a phenomenal escape for one hour!

The reality show conundrum still wages, almost ten years since reportedly unscripted programs took over the airwaves — is it better to have a show that is completely organic or should producers seek to encourage and recreate dramatic situations? While the latter seems to be the far less ethical approach, it is employed in perfect measure on Jerseylicious.

The third season premiere of The Future Auditionees of ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ is, sadly, a complete let down. Whereas the first two seasons gave us Olivia and Tracy fighting nonstop (somewhat believably), this season seems to be shifting the focus to the other ladies — and Anthony — in the salon, and fostering false relationships.

Let’s start with Gigi and Olivia. Sure, I can believe they are great friends, but I highly doubt Olivia is the friend Gigi chooses to break down to in a car parked in an alleyway. And moving from Gigi to her ex Frankie, his mother is hands down the greatest reality show character ever. Ever! Bring her in, producers!

Back to the blatantly choreographed drama at hand. In this episode, the staff attempts to go for a Guinness World Record and cut the hair of more than 200 people in eight hours. I can’t tell you how it ends, but I can tell you Briella, who has a new job, randomly walks in halfway through the party. Coincidence!

Look, it may be contrived and foolish, but it’s so nice to see a show that is actually self-aware. Will you be watching tonight, HollywoodLifers?