THE NEW YORK TIMES ON BROOKLYN 11223
We’re not the only ones who are excited about Brooklyn 11223! The New York Times declares it’s a series with “verve and imagination,” so make sure you check out their piece on Brooklyn 11223 and tune-in to the premiere of Brooklyn 11223 TONIGHT at 11 ET/PT on Oxygen.
Living Large and Falling Out in Deepest Brooklyn: ‘Brooklyn 11223’ on Oxygen
By Mike Hale
There is no rest for the defenders of Italian-American dignity in the greater New York area. MTV’s “Jersey Shore” may have finished its season, but on the horizon are TLC’s “Mama’s Boys of the Bronx” (April 9), about Arthur Avenue homeboys who live with their mothers, and A&E’s “Rambug” (May 5), about “a brawny group of hard-working, over-the-top Italian exterminators from Brooklyn.”
You don’t have to wait that long for a goombah fix, however. Beginning Monday night on Oxygen is “Brooklyn 11223,” a reality show centering on Italian-American women in their early-to-mid-20s that’s shot in the bars, strip clubs and auto shops of Gravesend and its surrounding neighborhoods. They’re essentially the “Jersey Shore” junior varsity, and the three main characters, Joey Lynn, Christie and Angelina, could be the “Before” pictures of the “Shore” stalwarts JWoww, Sammi and Snooki. (The pilot episode is already available online.)
“Brooklyn 11223” is filmed and edited with slightly more verve and imagination than most docu-reality series. This actually bolsters the sense of unreality that sets in when we’re told, right off the bat, that the show will be about the epic falling out between Joey Lynn and Christie, who accuses Joey Lynn of sleeping with her boyfriend.