Get ready for a Wicked Summah’

By Sammie Levin
Published: May 2010

“You ready to live togetha, laugh togetha, drink togetha, and love togetha? asks Doron Ofir Casting, a company in search of stereotypical Bostonians to cast in a new show being produced, titled Wicked Summer.

The show is an imitation of the infamous MTV hit Jersey Shore, except instead of featuring Gym-Tan-Laundry enthusiasts of Italian descent, it showcases, according to the casting website, “blue collar, hard working, harder partying, tough talking, good-looking Mass natives from all over the state.

Though the show has yet to secure a network home, production is set to begin in mid-July.

The show hopes to cast a variety of personalities, including but not limited to “long-time dock workers to fisherman, beer guzzlers to chowder lovers, Fenway fanatics to the men and women in blue, cabbies to yachtsman, cheerleaders to Brookline babes.

Casting is open to people ages 21-80+, a strangely broad age range not found in any other reality television show.

With the popularity and controversy surrounding Jersey Shore still unwavering as the show plans to enter its second season, it is a mystery if Wicked Summer will be able to match up.

The real mystery, however, is what exactly is the appeal behind shows of this nature.

Junior Yudit Bolotovsky, an occasional viewer of Jersey Shore, explains that when Jersey Shore became popular, watching it became a “weekend activity¦people would watch it, laugh at it, and then imitate it. People even had parties themed around it.

When asked what made the show worthy of viewing, Bolotovsky said, “it is different than other reality shows. It crosses the line¦the characters are really ridiculous and exaggerated and that makes it entertaining.

An online article by Slate Magazine offered descriptions and examples of the characters that they expect would be on the show, all in a category that the author deems “Massholes.

“A Masshole is a resident of Massachusetts’€though sometimes Rhode Island, New Hampshire, or Maine, who possesses a nearly carnal love for the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins; operates motor vehicles in an aggressive fashion; drinks Sam Adams; and overuses the word wicked, author Jessica Gross said.

Gross predicts that the show will be even more compelling than Jersey Shore, due to the fact that “Massholes are a more diverse subculture.

The author of the article wrote fake bios about example candidates for the show, based on the bios about the Jersey shore cast.  An example: “Thdore ‘ËœWeasel’ Taft, 22, Marblehead, Mass. This college senior wants one last summer of fun before he graduates from Dartmouth and starts his job in sales at his family’s sailboat company. He just wants to stay out of trouble for two months, but he has a history of being disqualified from regattas for unsportsmanlike conduct. He has one rule: ‘ËœDon’t fall in love at the Cape.”’

Will the Massachusetts residents that enjoyed watching Jersey Shore enjoy watching Wicked Summer, or will they find it offensive because the stereotypes hit closer to home?

Junior Jeremy Einhorn said that, “most comedy is offensive and people have to accept it, and because of this truth, he would still be willing to watch the show.

Others had similar reactions.

“I think I would watch Wicked Summer because it will probably be entertaining and I can relate to it more than Jersey Shore¦but I don’t want Massachusetts to be stereotyped like what happened to New Jersey as a result of the show, Bolotovsky said.

Natasha Antonellis, a junior at Newton North, does not find Jersey Shore to be offensive, despite her Italian background.

“I don’t find it offensive. I think it’s hilarious that people would make themselves look so stupid¦I would definitely watch the Boston version, Antonellis said.

Some, however, are unwilling to succumb to these shows, finding them not entertaining at all.

Junior Rachel Rosenbaum explains that she did not watch the first season of Jersey Shore and thinks “it’s ridiculous that people find entertainment in these things. She does not plan on watching Wicked Summer.

Whether you like it or not, Wicked Summer producers encourage you to “get ready to share your life on the show that will knock the sox off the Red Sox, blow canons from Lexington to Cornwall and make you wish you remembered where you pahked your cah.

Now that’s something worth fist pumping to.

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