MTV has elected to pull the plug on “Jersey Shore.” Consequently, the sixth season with be its last. The series whose roots lay in a party house in Seaside Heights, N.J., has given rise to stars such Snooki and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, just two from a cast of characters who were over-tanned, over-loud and always pumped up. It popularized the terms “guido” and “guidette” and the mantra “Gym, tan, laundry” while trying the patience of local residents with its party-hearty antics.
“Jersey Shore” became a pop-culture sensation and one of MTV’s biggest hits with its premiere in December 2009. It drew as many as 8 million viewers while spawning the spinoffs “Snooki & JWoww” and “The Pauly D Project.” But ratings have eroded in recent seasons.
The cable television network announced their decision Thursday afternoon , but it should not have come as a surprise to anyone. MTV had already bagged the celebrity personality that ignited and sustained the show’s success in its early years. In fact, the network put their prize commodity on display this past weekend setting up a press conference from the hospital where, you guessed it, Snooki gave birth to her first child, Lorenzo. The network seemed to inadvertently signal it was ready to hand Jersey Shore its pink slip, while simultaneously indicating Snooki had Survived the fall.
Besides the slip in ratings, the writing was clearly on the wall. The cast’s partying days seem to be coming to an end — and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino reportedly has a “sober coach” living with him in the house.
In 2011 the controversial show had been banned by the mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, forbidding the cast from filming inside some of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, including the Uffizi and Boboli Gardens. This year, Mayor Dawn Zimmer of Hoboken, New Jersey – just across the Hudson from Manhattan rejected request to film the show in Hoboken. In May of 2011 they were banned from Italy. Moreover, certain Jersey locals made no secret of their disdain for the show.
Nonetheless, one thing is for sure, Snooki stays and everything else has been unplugged.
Six seasons is enough for anyone of the show which never changed. In a few months, The Situation will be begging club owners to give him a few grand to have him come be at their party. Pauly D will keep getting some DJ work, but nothing will match the money he gets right now. Pauly probably has the greatest chance of success. The Situation is the most likely to get arrested and head to rehab repeatedly. They have no talent, except for Pauly so they will probably have to find real jobs.
Looking back, it’s been three years since we learned a person could call himself ”The Situation” — and now, MTV is officially calling it quits on “Jersey Shore,”which has chronicled the antics of the aforementioned Situation, Snooki and the rest of the gang.
The reality series, MTV’s highest-rated show in network history, premieres its sixth and final season on Oct. 4.
The farewell will start early, MTV announced. Starting on Sept. 6 (the same day as the MTV Video Music Awards), the network will air a one-hour retrospective, “Gym, Tan, Look Back” at 6 p.m. Afterwards, the cast will give their first interviews to discuss the final season.
The network insists in its announcement of the show’s end that “the party will never be over,” but yeah, it is.