GP: Snookie Gets Punched Out – Jersey Shore REMIX

MTV knew it was courting controversy with its new reality show Jersey Shore, which stars eight of the “hottest, tannest, craziest Guidos” who live and party together for a summer, but a whole new level of criticism is sure to come when they air the epsiode in which one of the stars, Snookie, gets punched in the face by a random man at a bar.

At the end of the episode tonight MTV shows a teaser clip of Snookie getting punched out and then lying on the floor of the bar. The next shot is of a man in handcuffs being escorted to a police car.

MTV is attempting to defuse the growing storm by showing an anti-violence PSA after next week’s episode.

[Ed’s Note: Pappillon does not condone violence towards women.]

Planning on Following this Weekend’s Giro di Lombardia – The Race of the Falling Leaves on TV?

il Giro di Lombardia – the Tour of Lombardy – If you’re planning on following it person, you’re a lucky bastard – or just Italian. If you’re one of the unfortunate souls that together comprise the “teeming masses”, there may yet be hope. Whilst other Euro-dwellers will certainly have access to some amount of live TV coverage (Eurosport HD, for example), those of you not in a major market in which all of the Fall Classics are televised (like, oooooh, the USA?) might do well to visit’s Giro Di Lombardia 2009 Live Dashboard. It may yet feature links to Tour of Lombardy video feeds accessible through the internet.

Ask a Correspondent – Lying

Taking a break from shilling for doping…

“In cases where a lie doesn’t work, I think it’s ok to use physical violence…”

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Ask a Correspondent – Lying
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political Humor Healthcare Protests

Giro d’Italia TV

I’ve been enjoying the Giro on internet TV these last few days. The set-up is to use the video feed from Universal but with the audio muted, and in a second window open a feed from the RAI. It’s like being back in Italy, except without the doping, focaccia, beautiful roads, cycling, my friends, cappuccino for breakfast, etc. haha. I’d move back to Tuscany or Liguria in a second, without hesitation. Alas, it’s not to be – at least not right now, and certainly not to race bicycles. Maybe someday…hopefully.

You know I love Formula 1, and watching today’s stage I caught a glimpse of one of my favorite drivers, Jarno Trulli, who looked to be padding around the finish area in Chiavenna! Bravo, Jarno! The Giro is a bike race that transcends sport and is a fundamental part of modern-day Italian culture and identity. This being the 100th anniversary of the Giro has imbued the race with an even more special quality, and I wish I was back in Italy and part of the spectacle.

But anyway…while watching the race, I’ve had the chance to chat with other fans and viewers, and enjoyed the conversations – even the ones that dealt with doping (unfortunately, today the site we were using to grab the RAI feed doesn’t have that stream – so there is no chatting to go along with my coffee, bagel and Giro). I can appreciate Michele Scarponi’s perspective, however, evident when he was asked about Puerto yesterday after his stage win in Mayrhofen im Zillertal: “I simply answer that what belongs to the past isn’t to be talked about anymore.” Bravo.

There are only about 50km left to race, so if you’re not at work, or even if you are but think you can get away with it, check out the last hour-plus of racing:

  1. RAI Sport
  2. Universal Sport
  3. Steephill TV

Ok, I’m outta here. But before I go, lemme give shout out’s to Andrea P., The Chicken, and Alfonso Gatto. Ciao a tutti!

Mad Men & Breaking Bad

I normally don’t write much about movies or TV shows – and the last time this happened to me was in 2006, when I watched two complete seasons’ worth of Battlestar Galactica in a matter of days – but today, PJ and I succeeded in watching the entire first season of the amazing AMC series Mad Men.

To quote from WP, Set in New York City, Mad Men takes place in the 1960s at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on New York City’s Madison Avenue. The show centers on Don Draper (Jon Hamm), a high-level advertising executive, and the people in his life in and out of the office. It also depicts the changing social mores of 1960s America.

[Themes covered in Mad Men include]cigarette smoking, drinking, sexism, adultery, homophobia, antisemitism, and ethnic and racial bias as examples of how that era [1960s America] was so much different than the present…The main character, Don Draper, observes at one point about Sterling-Cooper, ‘This place has more failed artists and intellectuals than the Third Reich.‘”

TV is TV, I know, and none of you have time to watch it – do any of us? Well, yeah, I’m guessing yes – that you have some time that you can dedicate to tossing yourself onto a leather couch and, while not shutting off the BlackBerry (gotta keep checking those FaceBook updates), shutting off your mind enough to enjoy an f’ing hilarious program. Some classic Quotes:

Roger Sterling: Remember, Don…when God closes a door, he opens a dress.

Mr. Menken: “This place reminds me of a czarist ministry. No matter what the decision, you don’t feel it was yours.

Don Draper: Let me ask you something, what do woman want?
Roger Sterling: Who cares?

Continuing with the theme of TV shows, another favorite of mine is Breaking Bad, which returns to AMC for a second season on March 8.

Breaking Bad follows protagonist Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a chemistry teacher who lives in New Mexico with his wife (Anna Gunn) and teenage son (RJ Mitte) who has cerebral palsy. White is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a prognosis of two years left to live. With a new sense of fearlessness based on his medical prognosis, and a desire to secure his family’s financial security, White chooses to enter a dangerous world of drugs and crime and ascends to power in this world. The series explores how a fatal diagnosis such as White’s releases a typical man from the daily concerns and constraints of normal society and follows his transformation from mild family man to a kingpin of the drug trade.”

Conan’s Dinner with Jordan

Battlestar Galactica