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On Jersey Shore and Stephenie Meyer's Twilight

On Jersey Shore and Stephenie Meyer's Twilight

My daughter, a college senior, is home on vacation, which means I get a crash course in pop culture. I usually wind up with some new iPod songs, YouTube videos and TV shows. (She also gave me her copy of "Pride and Prejudice.") This year, the quirky must-see is the MTV reality show "Jersey Shore." Throw a group of young adults into a cottage, add booze, tank tops and hair gel, and you get a series that's like a five-car Beltway accident you can't resist staring at. The New York Times weighed in this week with an article on Snooki, J-WOWW, The Situation and other cast members, including five reasons to like the show.

If that doesn't grab you, just wait. To take advantage of the frenzy over Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, a producer is crafting a reality show based in Forks, Wash, where Bella and Edward met. "We're not going up there looking to cast people who have claims to the supernatural," Zig Gauthier told TheWrap. "We want people who have a true connection to the community. We want to avoid people with outlandish claims."

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I'm glad he's avoiding any hint of exploitation and sensationalism.

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