Growing up, Vinny Guadagnino wouldn't invite friends over to his family's modest Staten Island, N.Y., home. Now it's the backdrop for his MTV talk show, aptly named “The Show With Vinny.”
The cablenet was set to run a sneak peek following the MTV Movie Awards featuring clips with Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Mackie and Ke$ha. The 11-episode talk show launches officially at 9 p. m. Thursday with Lil Wayne.
The premise has guests coming to the family home of the quiet guy from “Jersey Shore,” where Guadagnino's mom, Paola Giaimo, cooks for everyone, and Guadagnino's sisters, Antonella and Mariann Guadagnino, interrupt as he tries to talk to guests, which will include Jenny McCarthy, Redfoo, Scott Disick, Kat Graham and A$AP.
The set, a well-worn couch and chair, is in what was intended to be a dining room but until the show had been Giaimo's bedroom. Crucifixes, Communion photos and maps of Sicily decorate the walls.
Each of the sisters' bedrooms is taken over by the show, one as a control room and one as a greenroom. Guadagnino's bedroom has seven shelves of sneakers, a skyline of New York on a mirrored background and video games. Giaimo had ironed her son's T-shirt and helped him into it. She turns her attention to cooking in the cramped kitchen.
“This is crazy,” Guadagnino says, settling on a couch in his room, “every day with a celebrity, just catching that interaction with my mom. She's hilarious.”
“I never had a friend sleep over this house,” Guadagnino says. “It was embarrassing. It was small, beat up. Flash forward 25 years, and now I have millions of people and the biggest celebrities in the world and millionaires.”