After 1 fun season and 5 subsequent embarrassing and, quite honestly, trashy seasons on the air, MTV has decided to cancel their popular reality TV series Jersey Shore. As you may know, the show began to suffer in recent years due to various castmembers’ addiction and/or legal problems so it started to look like the show was nearing its end. Nicole Snooki Polizzi even got herself pregnant, putting a huge damper on her ability to continue her hard-partying ways on the show (Snooki gave birth this week). As a result, MTV decided to pull the plug and cancel the series after 6 seasons. At last, Jersey Shore is dunzo!
After six seasons, MTV has decided we’ve had enough gym, tan and laundry. “Jersey Shore” is coming to an end. The reality series that gave us such wholesome role models as Snooki, The Situation and JWoww and followed them from their summer share in Seaside Heights, N.J., all the way to Italy and back, will come to a close at the end of the upcoming sixth season, set to debut on Oct. 4. MTV plans to air a retrospective special, “Gym, Tan, Look Back” as well as provide live interviews with the cast before the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards on Sep. 6. Expect a lot of running mascara. “Jersey Shore” is the highest-rated series ever on MTV, reaching an audience high of 8.87 million viewers during the show’s third season. However, the audience had dwindled to roughly half that by the end of the most recent season. But the end of “Jersey Shore” does not mean the fine men and women will disappear from the pop culture radar forever. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jennifer “JWoww” Farley will soon be going into production on the second season of their spinoff series “Snooki & JWoww” and Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio’s series “The Pauly D Project” aired earlier this year. Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino is currently appearing on the 10th season of “Celebrity Big Brother” in the UK. The series drew much criticism from Italian American organizations, which called on MTV to cancel the show before it had even debuted. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also spoke openly about his dislike of the series and even went so far as to veto a sizable tax incentive for the show to film in the state. The end of a very tan, very fit era of TV is coming to an end.
It’s funny, MTV managed to squeeze out 6 seasons of a show that’s only been on the air for about 3 years … and it’s clear, they got their money’s worth. I have to admit I was charmed by the first season of Jersey Shore. Back then, it seemed like harmless fun to laugh with and sometimes at these colorful characters. Once the show got popular and the cast realized they had become lucrative characters, they played up those roles and … the show started to go downhill. I haven’t watched an episode of JS in well over a year … maybe 2. Honestly, I’m not at all surprised that the show has been cancelled … things have been falling apart for some time now. Arrests, rehab and a baby … the show is no longer fun. Here’s to a good run, tho. The JS crew struck gold and did everything they could to milk their newfound fame for all it’s worth. I guess you can’t blame them for gettin’ everything they could while the gettin’ was good. Shall we pour one out for the show?