When we first heard that Snooki and JWOWW were getting their own “Jersey Shore” spin-off show, we were pretty excited; but then, we sat through a couple of months of the tragically uneventful “Pauly D Project.” Can any cast member from this franchise carry their own show? While “Snooki & JWOWW” was hardly Shakespeare, it was at least entertaining television — and we can’t really ask for too much more from a pint-sized guidette and her best friend.
On the plus side, there was a good bit of humor throughout the premiere — and what this show has going for it is that unlike “The Pauly D Project,” we are already familiar with both of its leads. We already knew most of the familiar faces, as well, in some way, so it felt a little bit less jarring than suddenly seeing a crop of new faces who have barely been referenced on the show. Plus, the basic premise of Snooki and JWOWW living together is intriguing in theory, and could lead to all sorts of interesting possibilities.
Now, we come to the problems. Why is this even called a reality show anymore? We know that finding a location for these two was far less difficult than the show made it out to be, and for whatever reason they decided to keep up the illusion that these two ladies live everyday lives when in the real world they are millionaires with a team of people around them to take care of their various needs. Why choose to pretend they are somehow different than they really are? This is why “The Real Housewives” is in many ways a better franchise as a whole — while it may not always be as funny, it actually shows us more of what is behind the curtain. The most personal of details that came out of here were that Snooki was both pregnant and engaged — and we already knew this.
Complaints aside, seeing Snooki and JWOWW find a place to live in Jersey City was in many ways the epitome of summer TV. It was light, funny, forgettable, and something worth watching for week to week — at least for a while. We just hope that we see more in the way of comedy soon, and less in the way of the girls hiding just how famous they really are.