They’re back! Fresh off the cast’s European excursion to Florence, Italy — MTV has announced it will be kicking off the new year with an all new season of Jersey Shore!
Yes, America’s favorite drunken hotmesses housemates will return to Seaside Heights, NJ, when season five of the MTV hit series premieres on Thursday, January 5, 2012 (10/9c).
Back on their home turf and excited to be in their natural habitat, “the cast hits the ground running to get their “G.T.L” regimen back on schedule while also dealing with their evolving group dynamic amidst the tensions and hookup rumors left over from their time in Florence.”
To mark the special occasion, MTV also released a preview clip for the new season which features DJ Pauly D recovering from a tanning accident after burning his face when trying to get his skin tanned. He was trying to correct the paleness he suffered while in Italy. The rest of the cast is also shown as they prepare to hit their favorite club Karma.
As we reported, the cast began filming season 5 immediately following their return from filming season 4 in Italy. They did not get a break which in turn led to some more drama, such as Vinny Guadagninoquitting the show, only to return days later.
It’s Jersey Shorevs. Governor Chris Christie take two, as the New Jersey Governor recently blocked a $420,000 tax credit that was promised to the production company behind the MTV hit show.
Gov. Christie, an outspoken critic of the Jersey Shore, did not mince his words or feelings in explaining why he vetoed the credit. He stated that he was “duty-bound” to stop taxpayer money from going to “a project which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the state and its citizens.”
While his reasons seem fair enough, Gov. Christie, who allowed tax credits for other TV shows and films to go forward, is now facing criticism from some who feel he went above and beyond by blocking this tax credit. A piece written by the NYDailyNews criticizes Christie for doing the same thing he attacks the show for — which is playing to the cheap seats.
The article states that while the Jersey Shore is indeed a trashy show, MTV spent $2.1 million filming in New Jersey and therefore deserved the $420,000 credit it applied for. The article adds that Christie’s decision could end up hurting NJ as companies thinking of filming in the state will now wonder if they could lose already-approved financial incentives because some politician “wants to score easy points.”
In other Shore news, Deena Cortese is now speaking out following the airing of the kiss seen around the world. One half member of ‘Team Meatballs’ explained her never-ending makeout session with Snookiduring an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Deena stated, “Me and [Snooki] make out when we’re drunk sometimes, it happens! Team meatballs! Meatball power! It was kind of stupid. The roommates were all being so lame and judgmental when they have seen it happen before! It was like, ‘why are you surprised?’”
Deena went on to add that another explanation for the makeout session was also the lack of guys in Italy. “I felt very lonely in Italy. A lot of them had boyfriends and I was like the single girl having a good time,” said Deena. “It was hard to find guys out there because some of them didn’t speak English, some of them hooked up with their sisters! It was hard to communicate.”
And speaking of Snooki, she is also getting media attention after she was pictured above over the weekend during an event in Atlantic City. Many media outlets credited her with a drastic weight loss (not really seeing this) to which she credited the Zantrex weight loss pill. She has an endorsement deal with them. Snooki tweeted, “Glad to hear reports that say I look good =) but it’s not because of HCG! Thanks @Zantrex!”
Moving on to tonight’s all new episode of the Jersey Shore. On the 9th episode this season titled “Three men and a Snooki,” Snooki is devastated over her big fight with Jionni, and decides to take a break from the relationship while also turning to drinking. Mike thinks it’s finally his chance to win her over, but it’s someone else who ends up comforting her. Meanwhile, Deena has a pregnancy scare.
The episode airs tonight on MTV at 10/9c.
And as for Snooki and boyfriend Jionniiiiii, they are still together! The Snooks tweeted the below photo of the two just hours ago with the caption “Always.”
Photos credit: PR Photos
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON GOV. CHRISTIE’S DECISION? PLUS THOUGHTS ON DEENA’S COMMENTS? DO YOU THINK SNOOKI LOST WEIGHT?
On last night’s Jersey Shore, there was a guido/gorilla break up of juicehead proportions. Kuckas were flashed, tears were shed, screams were heard ’round Italia. It was pretty epic.
We rejoin the meatballs post-wreck. If Snooki thinks that this is the worst thing to happen to her while she’s in Italy, she needs only to wait a few days! Snooki gets a breathalyzer, and because she doesn’t have her license, she and Deena are being carted off by the Italian police. The guys arrive with her license just in time to see the house car being towed. The boys spend two hours in the waiting room at the station before they are able to free the meatballs.
Once home, Snooki calls Jionni to tell him of her recent escapades. Jionni tells her that Roger can’t come any more because he has to work. Snooki relays the news to JWoww, and she calls Roger very upset. It seems Roger’s leave from work has been denied. I think there has to be more to it, but I want to like the Roger I met at the shore.
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In today’s shocking news, it turns outJersey Shore’sresident dysfunctional couple Ronnieand Sammiare still going strong months after getting back together, you know, for the umpteenth time!
If you recall, the two called it quits back in January only to reunite while MTV filmed the 4th season in Italy back in May. Fast forward to today and Sammi reveals all is still well between the two.
“We’re going strong,” Sammi told the HollywoodLife blog at the Bebe runway show on Sept. 12. She also adds that now that she and Ronnie are back home from Seaside and working on their relationship away from the cameras, she is open to doing more seasons of the Jersey Shore! The cast just finished filming season 5 a few weeks ago.
“I’d love for as many ‘Jersey Shores’ that come, I would love to continue to do it, ” said Sammi also admitting she wouldn’t mind going overseas again to film because she “loves to travel.”
In other news, just days after her fellow meatballSnooki showed off her new tats, Deena Cortese is now doing the same! The show’s resident hot mess blast in a glass reveals she spent the weekend of August 20 getting a very personal saying inked on both of her feet: “Tell me I can’t and I’ll show you I can.”
“I did it because I like the saying,” Deena, 24, told Us Weekly. “I like proving people wrong.” She adds that the tats took over two hours to complete.
Photos of Deena’s dumb tattoo below!
TELL US – SURPRISED RONNIE & SAMMI ARE STILL TOGETHER? THOUGHTS ON DEENA’S NEW TAT: YAY? NAY?
With less than a month until the August 4 premiere, MTV has released the official season 4 cast photo of the Jersey Shore cast!
In the above shot, the cast is all glammed-up for a late-night run through the streets of Florence, Italy where they filmed the fourth season from May to June.
As reported, the cast only got a one week break before they began filming the fifth season back in Seaside Heights, New Jersey late last month. The new season will debut Aug. 4 on MTV at 10/9c.
In other Shore news, after almost losing two cast members in a span of one week, TMZ is now reporting MTV has laid down the law!
According to TMZ, MTV has now instituted a zero tolerance policy for future cast runaways. Sources close to production reveal the network is very serious this time stating that if another cast member tries to walk off the show… that person will be fired, and the remainder of his or her contract will be terminated. No exceptions.
This is apparently a power play by the network to reassert some authority after two cast members nearly bolted in the same week. Vinny Guadagnino actually left the show for a week after complaining of being “burned out” only to return a week later. While Vinny was gone, The Situation also threatened to quit the show but returned hours later.
Photo credit – MTV/Ian Spanier Photography.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE CAST PHOTO & MTV THREATENING TO FIRE CAST MEMBERS IF THEY LEAVE THE SHOW?
It seems the 5th season of the Jersey Shore will bring us some more of the same ol as Snookiwas photographed over the weekend getting wasted on a beach.
A day after Vinny quit the show, Snooki, 23, and fellow castmate Deena Corteseleft their Shore house to visit Jenkinson’s Club and the Point Pleasant Beach on Saturday while the MTV cameras rolled.
The two were pictured having a good time, but by the end of the day, the Snooks appeared to be wasted and even needed help standing up. She also had to be escorted to a waiting taxi with the help of some strangers. Perhaps Snooki, who has always been open about her crush on Vinny, is having a hard time dealing with his departure.
And if you recall, Snooki pulled the same stunt last season on the Jersey Shore when she got completely wasted on the beach, leading to her arrest for disorderly conduct. Lesson not learned.
Below, more photos from Snooki and Deena’s day of adventure.
Photos credit: C.Smith/ WENN.com
TELL US – THOUGHTS? ARE YOU OVER SNOOKI’S DRUNKEN ANTICS?
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According to a new report, that will soon be the case with the Jersey Shore cast. In the latest issue of UsWeekly magazine, an insider reveals MTV is planning to replace the entire cast once the fifth season is over.
“After this group comes back from Italy and shoots season 5 this summer, that will be the end for them,” says an insider. The reason? It all comes down to money… of course.
See while the show is a mega hit for the MTV network, they are having to fork over millions to the cast members. A report that came out earlier this year revealed the core four of the group (Snooki, The Situation, JWoww and DJ Pauly D) were each earning $100,000 per episode for the fourth season. That amounts to over $1 mil each for the entire season.
Quite frankly, MTV feels the new stars will be “a lot cheaper” plus it also frees up the current gang to pursue their spinoffs. MTV has confirmed Snooki and JWoww have one in the works, as well as Pauly D and The Situation.
The source however promises the cast “will leave on a high note!” The cast departed Italy last Saturday as filming for season 4 ended and season 5 is scheduled to begin filming any day now in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.
Photo credit: Mario&Luigi/WENN.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THIS REPORT? IS REPLACING THE CAST A GOOD IDEA?
Despite being on another side of the world, the Jersey Shore cast just can’t seem to stay out of trouble.
The latest is that Snookiaka Nicole Polizzi is currently in Italian police custody after crashing into a patrol car in the city of Florence. TMZ reports Snooki was driving when she struck the cop car, but sources connected with the production insist, “Zero alcohol was involved.”
A witness reveals Snooki smacked into the back of the cop car, wedging her ride between the car and a highway protection wall. The witness adds that Deena was in the passenger seat at the time of the crash and had to exit the car through the window because the door was blocked by the wall.
The good news however is that no one was injured. And while Snooki remains in custody, sources close to production state it is not a formal arrest.