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'Jersey Shore' spinoff 'Snooki & JWoww' to debut June 21

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MTV announced Thursday it will debut “Jersey Shore” spinoff “Snooki & JWoww” on Thursday, June 21, at 10 p.m., and confirmed the earlier Show Tracker report that the show will be followed this season with teen-girl dramedy “Awkward,” which will premiere after the “Snooki” episode on June 28.

The network will also premiere the second season of its teen-genre series “Teen Wolf” on Sunday, June 3, following the MTV Movie awards at 11 p.m., and then follow it with a second hourlong part in the show's usual slot Monday at 10 p.m.

MTV made the announcement at its annual advertiser upfront, where it teased a number of new programs, including a reality series on wakeboarding champions, an adaptation of a British hit and an adaptation of a hit Sundance documentary.

The youth network touted the docu-series “Catfish,” which is based on the Sundance movie about the increasingly disturbing online relationship between a man and his long-distance girlfriend. It promoted “Wake Brothers,” a reality series with the wakeboard champions Phil and Bob Soven, and “In-Betweeners,” the Brad Copeland series about a group of high school boys struggling through adolescence. The show is a counterpoint of sorts to “Awkward.”

Presentations were also made on behalf of Craig Wright comedy “Underemployed” and the scripted comedy “Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous,” which stars viral-video comedian Bo Burnham. No air dates were given for the new series.


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Snooki and JWoww get cold shoulder in Jersey City

Snooki, JWoww headed for "Jersey Shore" spinoff

--Steven Zeitchik

Photo: Snooki and JWoww in "Jersey Shore." Credit: MTV

MTV: 'Snooki & JWoww’ to offer 'new way of looking at pregnancy'



Of all the people surprised when “Jersey Shore’s” Snooki revealed two months ago that she was pregnant, perhaps none were more taken aback than the executives at MTV.

The network’s toppers had been planning to ride the high jinx of Snooki and gal pal JWoww in a new spinoff series titled "Snooki & JWoww," and the idea of following one of its main characters as she spends many of her nights taking it easy at home -- sans alcohol, no less -- wasn’t exactly what they had in mind.

But the network also believed it could be sitting on a gold mine, and programmers set about crafting a series that would depict its main characters in an unexpected way.

“It’s a very different show -- it isn’t two single pals living in Jersey City anymore,” MTV President Stephen Friedman told Show Tracker of the upcoming summer series. “You’re going to see a very different side to both women -- not just Snooki but Jenni [JWoww], who has a real maternal side.” He added, perhaps with some understatement. “It’s a whole new way to look at pregnancy.”

Because the executives knew about the pregnancy before many of the “Jersey Shore” cast members did, they also, it seems, were able to capture reaction shots from various members of the cast. "We do have some of that,” Friedman said, a gleam in in his eye.

Friedman was speaking from his Midtown Manhattan office on Wednesday, a day before the Thursday-evening upfront presentation that will unveil the network’s plan for the next year, and particularly its summer 2012 bloc.

Among the more salient nuggets:

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'Jersey Shore's' Pauly D makes his solo debut on MTV

"The Pauly D Project"

Pauly's herrrrrrrre! Known as the "Jersey Shore" star with the voluminous hairstyle and an immaculate shoe collection, Paul "Pauly D" Delvecchio will step out Thursday on MTV minus somersaulting meatballs and his fellow fist-pumping lotharios when his spinoff, "The Pauly D Project," makes its debut.

It's only been two weeks since the season five finale of "Jersey Shore," but the network doesn't seem to want to go on without its tangerine-tinted stars; a season six renewal -- despite a pregnancy and rehab issues for some of its stars -- only supports that. The network first announced plans for spinoff shows with three of its stars -- Delvecchio, and also one with  Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni "JWoww" Farley -- last April.  

In "The Pauly D Project," the Rhode Islander wants to show viewers the world he lives in outside of the wood-paneled walls in Seaside Heights, N.J. Viewers will watch as Delvecchio hits Las Vegas for his DJ residency at the Palms Hotel and Casino with his "Entourage"-like crew by his side, including turntable inspiration Biggie, bodyguard Jerry and wingman Ryan. Then there's that other gig -- serving as an opening act for Britney Spears -- and other business deals. 

We caught up with the star for a round of five questions.

What was it like filming without your "Jersey Shore" castmates -- liberating or strange?

It was cool because it's different. People can now meet me on a more personal level. They get to see where I come from. They get to meet my family. They get to meet my friends. They get to see what it's like to be a touring DJ, and all the struggles that come along with that. It's a little different than just being in Jersey with them. But I missed it. It was different. There's a lot of traveling with my show. With ["Jersey Shore"], I was just in the house. I actually miss the cast, though.

Are you ready to be an uncle now that Snooki is pregnant?

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Late Night: Deena says Snooki will be a 'great mom'

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Earlier this week, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, the diminutive star of MTV's "Jersey Shore," confirmed to US Weekly that she and her fiancé/favorite gorilla juicehead, Jionni LaValle, are expecting a child. The announcement ended weeks of speculation but has also raised plenty of other questions: Namely, how will someone famous for spectacular bouts of daytime drunkenness take to parenting?

On Thursday's "Watch What Happens Live," host Andy Cohen asked Snooki's "Jersey Shore" costar and good friend, Deena Cortese, whether she was surprised to hear the big news. 

"I was surprised because that's, like, my little meatball, you know?" Cortese said. "But I'm really happy for her, I really am. And she's going to be a great mom."

Coretese continued, "Even though we all party and stuff, she's very genuine, she's very good-hearted, and I can actually see her as, like, you know, a mother figure." 

Cohen was not convinced. "As 'you know, a mother figure'? OK ..." he responded, barely able to contain his cynicism. 

So who's right, Cohen or Cortese? Could Snooki surprise us all and become a Supermom? Stranger things have happened ... we guess.

Watch the video, which contains some mature themes and language -- it does involve Snooki, after all -- here.


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 -- Meredith Blake

Photo: Andy Cohen of Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live." Credit: Peter Kramer / AP Images for Bravo.

Snooki pregnancy reports cloud MTV 'Jersey Shore' spinoff

JWoww and Snooki

There's going to be a lot less gym and tanning -- and way more laundry -- if the latest reports are true and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of MTV's "Jersey Shore" is indeed pregnant.

SNOOKI LIED - SHE'S PREGGERS shouts the headline on a New York Post story, which adds that the, um, development has plunged network executives into "crisis mode" over the future of a now-filming "Jersey Shore" spinoff that stars Snooki and Jenni "JWoww" Farley. TMZ and E! are also reporting the pregnancy as "confirmed."

The 24-year-old reality TV starlet, known for her hard-partying ways, is reportedly planning to drop the news formally soon via a weekly magazine spread. In early February, she denied pregnancy rumors during an appearance on "Good Morning America," but the Post reports she's three or four months along and the father is her current flame Jionni LaValle. 

MTV's concern is understandable. The "Jersey Shore" franchise has revitalized the network, and Snooki is at the center of it. A baby would seriously cramp the Snooki M.O., which involves getting falling-down drunk and losing her underwear at just about every nightclub outing. But with the right adjustments, the new "Shore" spinoff might be turned from "Sex & the City" into "Up All Night."

One thing's certain: The pregnancy news is causing Twitter to explode.

"Snooki is pregnant," tweeted one wag. "So, the Mayans were right after all."

"Snooki is pregnant and the Republican candidates suddenly switch their positions on abortion," offered another.

Yet another found little chance that an infant would cause the "Jersey Shore" star to mend her ways. "I bet Snooki is still drinking," the fan wrote.

What do you think of Snooki's reported pregnancy? Could this be how "Jersey Shore" jumps the shark?


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Snooki and JWoww get cold shoulder in Jersey City

Snooki, JWoww headed for "Jersey Shore" spinoff

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Photo: Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni "JWoww" Farley are the stars of MTV's smash "Jersey Shore." Credit: Craig Barritt/Getty Images.

Snooki and JWoww get cold shoulder in Jersey City

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni "JWoww" Farley are off to a rocky start with their upcoming "Jersey Shore" spinoff, currently shooting in Jersey City, N.J.

Several businesses in the area have denied filming permits to MTV, making it clear that Snooki and JWoww's reality TV shenanigans are not welcome. The Jersey Journal reports that local bars Skinner's Loft, Barcade and LITM are not interested in playing host to the reality show crew, citing the need to make their regular customers a priority.

Meanwhile, Jersey Wine and Spirits, the liquor store next to Snooki and JWoww's home, has posted a "No Snooki" sign in the window.

The reality show ended up in Jersey City when they were denied filming permits by the city of Hoboken, N.J. An invitation to the crew to film in Jersey Shore, Pa., had to be rescinded when public outcry became too great for the Central Pennsylvania Film Office.

This week, Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker also denied filming permits to the production company, stating in a letter printed by the Newark Star-Ledger, "While we appreciate your desire to film and capture the essence of our great city, we are confident that the filming of this show will most certainly attract a high level of local and national attention and notoriety." Booker went on to explain that he didn't want the city's emegency personnel tied up handling incidents with the reality stars.

JWoww is at least putting up a good front, writing on her Twitter, "Omg I'm crying over the bars that rejected us in jersey city. What am I gonna do Lmfao Ahh pathetic. Don't wanna be caught dead in them anyways."


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Photo: Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images.

Snooki, JWoww head to Jersey City for 'Jersey Shore' spinoff

"Jersey Shore's" Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni "JWoww" Farley

After five seasons, "Jersey Shore's" Snooki and JWoww are moving inland.

An untitled spinoff featuring Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni "JWoww" Farley is set to start filming on the mean streets of Jersey City, N.J.

The Associated Press reports that producers have been given filming permits and will begin shooting the series in and around the neighborhood near Jersey City's Grove Street PATH station.

The show's producers were denied a permit to film in nearby Hoboken, N.J., last week, citing quality-of-life concerns for the city's residents, and the inhabitants of Jersey Shore, Pa., didn't want the show there either. But Jersey City's mayor, Jerramiah Healy, sees the filming as a good way to promote the city. Has he seen "Jersey Shore"?

Of course, the question may not be if Snooki and JWoww are good for Jersey City, but if Jersey City is good for Snooki and JWoww. Recent FBI statistics show a slight rise in violent crime there, though local police are claiming a drop in assaults over the same time period.

This week, the Jersey Journal reported on a standing-room-only Jersey City Council meeting where local residents took council members to task over the perceived rise in crime in their city.

The city, nicknamed "Chilltown," lies across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan, and is home to the Colgate Clock, one of the largest timepieces in the world.

To better promote the city, Snooki and JWoww will no doubt take the time to visit Jersey City's many cultural institutions and really put the best face on a beleaguered urban area.

We can all dream, right?


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Photo: Jenni "JWoww" Farley, left, and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi. Craig Barritt / Getty Images

'Jersey Shore' spinoff not welcome in Jersey Shore, Pa.

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi

Another Jersey Shore has shut the door on "Jersey Shore."

The Central Pennsylvania Film Office a few days ago had issued an invitation to the cast of MTV's infamous reality show to come to the tiny borough of Jersey Shore, Pa., in the wake of the news that Hoboken, N.J., officials had refused to issue a permit for a planned spinoff of the show that would feature the hard-partying Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni "JWoww" Farley.

But when the invitation became public, borough officials were bombarded by the attention and have now released a statement saying they don't want the cast there, saying the series "does not reflect the values of the town."

Lorena Beniquez, commissioner for the film office, said, "I am saddened by this development but must honor the town's wishes."

However, the mayor of Williamsport, Pa., Gabriel Campana, said he would welcome the cast, saying production of the spinoff would be a boost to the local economy as well as tourism.


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Bro! 'Jersey Shore' ratings slip in season premiere

Maybe the "L" in GTL stands for "lower ratings."

The kids of "Jersey Shore" took it on their tanned chins Thursday, with a Season 5 premiere that slipped 14% compared with the previous season premiere back in August, which took the cast of Jersey boys and girls on a highly publicized vacation to Italy.

For their homecoming Thursday, a total of 7.6 million viewers showed up, according to Nielsen.

The ratings decline was somewhat surprising for Snooki and her friends, who live by the motto "GTL" ("Gym. Tan. Laundry."). Television usage overall is higher this time of year than it is in August, so the drop was even worse than it looked.

Is it possible that Snooki fatigue is setting in?

Well, not so fast. Thursday's numbers still make "Jersey Shore" one of the top programs on cable. In fact, it delivered the best performance among viewers aged 12 to 34 since the fall premiere of "Two and a Half Men" with Ashton Kutcher.

So it looks like Snooki's fake tan will be with us for a while longer.


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Photo: Snooki -- a.k.a. Nicole Polizzi -- in Las Vegas last month. Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images.





'Jersey Shore's' Pauly and Vinny discuss the show's return

Jersey Shore returns Thursday for its 5th season
They're back, buddy!

It's that time again. Time for an overload of burnt sienna epidermises, gaudy Ed Hardy gear and drunken moments of overexposure. "Jersey Shore" returns for its fifth season Thursday on MTV.

The eight roomies are back in their natural habitat, Seaside Heights, after an Italian getaway this past summer that saw them navigate the unknown in Florence. And Vinny Gaudagnino and Pauly Delvecchio, who spoke to ShowTracker about the upcoming season, insist there was no break in filming between the two seasons — OK, maybe an hour or two.

"It was non-stop," Delvecchio said. "I think we hit it harder than we ever have this season because we were so glad to be home."

But will viewers be too? Much has been made about whether the show has lost its sleazy charm after numerous installments. The recent Season 4 finale delivered 6.6 million viewers, down 13% from Season 3′s finale. And significantly lower than 8.8 million viewers who tuned in when the Italian season premiered. Was the Florence setting to blame?

"I think that we did fine," Guadagnino said. "Things always die down a bit. Even the Jersey seasons — it starts off really big and then the audience drops off a little bit. I don’t think Italy had anything to do with it. Maybe it was the same storylines, maybe things seemed a little redundant to people. It happens all the time. First it was the Ron and Sam stuff. Now we got Mike and Snooki drama. However, Jersey has its perks. It’s where we started. Italy was traditional and artsy. The background of Jersey lends itself to comedy. We have that to fall back on."

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'Jersey Shore' Season 5 to kick off in January

Jersey Shore to premiere on MTV Jan. 5
Back in the USA! Season 5 of MTV's "Jersey Shore" will premiere Jan. 5.

After their European getaway to Italia — which included a head hitting a wall and nether regions being flashed — America's nutty housemates are back in their natural habitat, Seaside Heights, N.J., for the show's fifth season, which will air Thursday nights. That means we can all breathe a little easier knowing GTL has been reinstated after a wonky run in Florence — Pauly was getting a little pale, wasn't he?

But has the show's glow also worn off? The recent Season 4 finale delivered 6.6 million viewers, down 13% from Season 3′s finale. A surprising drop considering the season launched higher than ever with 8.8 million viewers. But maybe viewers will find comfort with the roomies back in their home base?

Here's a sneak peek:



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Photo: The cast members of MTV's "Jersey Shore" at their television home in Seaside Heights, N.J. Credit: Mel Evans / Associated Press

You don't have to be a Kardashian to cash in on reality TV

Bethenny Frankel is among reality TV stars who profit big from endorsements

The Kardashian family is raking in a reported $65 million annually, but you don't have to be reality TV royalty to make big money from a stint on unscripted television. The list of second-, third- and fourth-tier reality show participants signing lucrative endorsement deals keeps growing.

"There's an insatiable appetite out there for new stars. That might even extend to the third banana on a truTV show, who all of a sudden has a big talent agency repping him," said David Reeder, vice president at GreenLight, a consultancy that marries brands with famous faces.

Not everyone can be as lucky as "Dirty Jobs' " Mike Rowe, who has been the rugged face of Ford trucks, Lee jeans and Viva, or Bethenny Frankel, who sold her Skinnygirl cocktails -- introduced to the public during her years on "Real Housewives of New York City" -- for a large, undisclosed sum this year. (Forbes estimates Frankel pulled in at least $64 million this year alone.)

But even a minor star from a hit on the E! network could pull in as much as $30,000 for working the room at a Las Vegas club opening, as could a lesser-known "Real Housewives" cast member for selling exclusive photos to a supermarket tabloid.

For more, read this Calendar feature story on the economics of reality star endorsements.


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