MTV has hit the greenlight on a fourth season of Jersey Shore — more commonly known these days as “the only show on television with almost as many detractors as Skins!” — and it appears the kids who binge-drunk their way into the heart of Young America is bidding farewell to their stomping ground in Seaside Heights and hitting the friendly skies for the faraway shores of Italy.
Interestingly enough, the hit reality show was once the bane of existence for Italian-American cultural groups, who decried the cast’s use of the alleged slurs “guido/guidette.” Despite the stereotypes on the show, some cast members, like Snooki and J-WOWW, aren’t even Italian.
Shore producers, who filmed the show’s second season in Miami, are eager to see how Pauly D, Snooki, The Sitch, and the rest of the gang will adapt to life in the Land of DiVinci and Cannoli — where popular repeats of Jersey Shore air each week.
“America’s most talked about housemates are leaving the boardwalk behind for the piazzas of Italy. Poised to get their G.T.L. on abroad, ready to drop in on Vinny’s family for a famous Guadagnino dinner and excited to trade gorillas for Italian stallions, this wacky and dysfunctional family is about to turn ‘the beautiful country’ upside down,” MTV said in a press release issued Tuesday.
“The cast is headed to the birthplace of the culture they love and live by. We can’t wait to see what erupts as a result,” Chris Linn, the network’s Executive Vice-President of Programming, chimed in.
Executives began working on getting visas for the cast and crew two months ago and our now busy scouting locations in Italy to find the exact right fit for the over-the-top cast. Producers even lined up some of Vinny’s Italian relatives to host the cast for an authentic Guadagnino family dinner.
Of course, filming in Italy is contingent on the government letting them into the country to film. From the reception that the show got from Italian-American groups, MTV may have an uphill battle.
Thursday’s episode of the MTV reality hit Jersey Shore was the most-watched telecast in the cable network’s 30 year history, drawing 8.9 million viewers.
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