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There's no disputing the Herculean success of MTV's Jersey Shore. Snooki and company have forever influenced the world's perception of that slice of beach called Seaside Heights -- and the people who reside/party heavily within it. But here's a question: Did we fall so hard for its spunky cast members that we'll follow them anywhere they go?
It's a thought worth considering as MTV prepares to launch (or should we say unleash?) its latest Shore spinoff, The Show With Vinny (premiering May 2 at 10 p.m. ET). As a general rule, the spinoffs so far (Snooki & JWOWW and The Pauly D Project) haven't measured up to the -- uh, magic that happened when the cast members all got together for the original series. But The Show With Vinny might just have something new to offer. Unlike on those other spinoffs, Vinny Guadagnino isn't doing the just-keep-filming thing, and then allowing MTV to piece together riveting moments (like, maybe, smushing) into a bunch of episodes. He's actually put together a show, of sorts.
Granted, Vinny obviously didn't get his talk show inspiration from Jay Leno or David Letterman. He appears to be aiming a little lower -- like he's trying for a mix of Wayne's World and Coffee Talk. Note: Both of those shows were local cable access shows done out of the host's living room. (Also note: Neither is even an actual show. They're from fictional sketches on Saturday Night Live.)
On The Show With Vinny, celebrities like Lil Wayne and Jenny McCarthy come to the Guadagnino's Staten Island home for dinner, and he interviews them. Vinny is like a version of the Mike Myers character from Wayne's World: an amiable, well-meaning, kind of dumb kid with the gumption to create his own TV show. Vinny's mom is like a version of the Mike Myers character from Coffee Talk. (Granted, the Coffee Talk character was an overbearing Jewish mother with big hair, while Mama Guadagnino is an overbearing Italian woman with big hair. But they're close enough.) New York ladies of a certain age have son-needling skills like no one else, and Vinny's reactions to his mother's torture are genuinely cute and funny. (So is she, by the way.)
Vinny also subjects guests to other members of his quirky family, including his outrageous Uncle Nino. In 15 second bursts, like the vignettes below, this is amusing. Whether it's amusing enough to sustain a 30-minute episode remains to be seen. But we have a lot more hope for this show than we do for the one that The Situation's planning.
Do you think The Show With Vinny is worth checking out? Check out the promos below and judge for yourself.