The network announced plans to air 12 new episodes beginning this summer.
At the risk of tainting my reputation, I’ll admit I’m an avid fan of this show. When I first heard about it, I had no plans to watch it because it looked like a sleazier version of “The Real World.”
But I was flipping through the channels one day, and I watched two episodes back-to-back. I immediately became hooked.
If you’re unfamiliar with this show, cameras followed housemates around while they live and party at the New Jersey Shore.
It could be compared to “The Real World,” but it’s five times crazier than that show. Also, unlike the “Real World,” all cast members are Italian-American.
Members of some organizations boycotted the show because they said it enforced negative stereotypes about Italians. As a result, some company’s pulled their advertisements.
But the controversy and attention fueled a ratings spike.
The show debuted on the MTV network Dec. 3 with 1.3 million viewers. When the season finale aired Jan. 21, viewership climbed to 4.8 million.
“Jersey Shore” was the top rated primetime show in the 12 to 34 age group when it aired Thursdays.
If you haven’t seen it yet, watch one episode, and you’ll be hooked too. Yes, it’s ridiculous. Yes, it’s sleazy. Yes, it’s dramatic. Yes, it’s crazy. Yes, it’s violent. But it’s so addictive, and I love every second of it.
Cast members are “Mike “The Situation” Sorrrentino, Angelina “Jolie” Pivarnick, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola and Vinny Guadagnino.
My favorite castmate is Snooki. If you’ve ever watched the show, you know exactly why.