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Name The Russian Jersey Shore

Someone is shopping around a Jersey Shore rip-off but with “Russians” instead of “Italians.” It’s like when the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers got huge and then there were all those weird low budget Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers rip-ofs. But, you know, with more STDs and tank tops! (Incidentally, the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers is the only thing that has ever gotten huge and then been ripped off. That’s why I used it as an example, because it alone is perfect.) From the New York Post (via Warming Glow):

“We are big fans of ‘Jersey Shore,’ but the Russian community has its own set of characters which we think could be even more interesting,” said co-creator Elina Miller, who is working to find a network for the show.

“There will be plenty of vodka, techno music and guys wearing Adidas pants, leather jackets and gold chains, and driving souped-up cars,” she said. “There will also be a lot of hot, decked-out Russian girls.”

What a great idea for a show! But what will it be called? Jersey Shore doesn’t mean anything about actual New Jersey or an actual shore anymore, it’s become the abstract representation of a pop culture phenomenon, as proven by the fact that season 2 won’t even be filmed in New Jersey. It’s going to be hard for immitators to capture that magic without an obvious tie-in. That is why I am suggesting:

Russian Jersey Shore

Smart. (The Mightie Morfin’ Russian Jersey Shore is also a very strong option.)