MTV Cancels Jersey Shore

One of the biggest reality hits ever will end after 6 seasons.

MTV Cancels Jersey Shore

It’s last call for Jersey Shore, the highest-rated show in MTV history.

The channel announced Thursday that the coming sixth season of the series will be its last. Filming has wrapped at the venerable Seaside Heights location, with a season premiere coming on October 4.

Even by the standards of MTV, which has always had its share of quick-burning fads, Jersey Shore shone incredibly bright, but for a relatively short time. The series premiered on December 3, 2009, and quickly became a sensation, fueled by a seemingly endless supply of catchphrases, an incident where Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi was slugged in a bar brawl, and the protests of Italian-American organizations that regarded the “guidos” and “guidettes” as an embarrassment.

MTV quickly rounded up the cast for a second season that was filmed in Miami during the winter of 2010, and the ratings continued to rise, to the point where it began beating all major network shows at 10 p.m. on Thursdays. After a third season filmed at Seaside Heights in the summer of 2010, during which Snooki was arrested for disturbing the peace and generally making a fool of herself, the gang went to Italy for Season 4, which aired in the summer and fall of 2011.

Along the way, though, some of the charm of the show was clearly lost. Like all MTV reality series, Jersey Shore carefully sidestepped any acknowledgement that the cast members had become rich and famous, keeping up the pretense that they were eight working class Italian-Americans who liked simple pleasures such as gym, tanning, laundry, and drinking. But the gap between their real, tabloid-covered lives and what was on TV couldn’t help but affect the ratings negatively.

And in time, the cast members developed other interests. Snooki and Jenni “JWoww” Farley got their own MTV spinoff series, as did DJ Pauly D; these new shows prevented a wintertime Jersey Shore from being filmed in 2012. Pauly D and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino turned 30, well beyond the usual MTV demographic. And finally, Snooki fell in love and became pregnant, giving birth this past weekend. The next Jersey Shore season will feature the last weeks of her pregnancy, and a behaved Snooki isn’t likely to be very entertaining.

What is next for the eight cast members is unknown, aside from the Snooki & JWoww show, which was renewed for a second season. We can hope they have all saved their money and invested wisely, because it will never be this good again for any of them.

Comments

  • The_Yeti_Knows

    Thank God, Buddha , Mohammed , Jesus … hell … Oprah if that’s what it takes… this show was as stupid as it gets… no wonder Al Qaeda hates the West .

  • texangirl64

    I hate hearing this.. Hell I’m in my 40′s and I loved the Jersey Shore.. It took me back to my early 20′s of me and my friends just having fun hanging out.
    Anyone who hated this show must not have had fun in their life with friends..

    If there are cast members that were not going to come back why didn’t MTV find new ones to replace them? It is not that hard to find another Snooki..And I don’t mean someone who is acting either..

    I sure hope MTV Changes their mind and brings the show back with their old cast members and some new crazy ones.. And I don’t mean people who want to fight all the time but hey roommates fight.. LOL

    PLEASE DON’T CANCEL JERSEY SHORE :-(

    • http://www.realitynation.com/author/charlie-toft/ Charlie Toft

      I wouldn’t be surprised to see them bring it back one of these days, but with a different cast.

  • Burg Girl69

    texangirl, I had (and still have) plenty of fun in my life with my friends…only it didn’t include being falling down drunk, fist-fights, and whoring around. If you call that “fun with friends” then I feel sorry for you because you haven’t experienced true friendship. And if you think these yahoo’s are true friends, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.

  • Dennie22901

    Woohoo bout time they made me sick and I’ve had plenty of fun in this lifetime, if they want reality tv follow my ass for a week, guarantee it won’t be all GTL. Or give the situation his own show call it Guido out of the closet.