Category: MTV

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.


Pauly and Vinny discuss "Jersey Shore's" return

-- Scott Collins (

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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MTV brings back 'Punk'd'

MTV revives Punkd
Remember the days of celebs learning they owed $900,000 in back taxes (Justin Timberlake) and Oscar winners getting a tongue-lashing from Comic-Con enthusiasts (Hilary Swank)? Well, get ready for more.  After months of rumors, MTV officially announced it’s bringing back “Punk’d.”

The network will present a first look at footage from the series' new season during its annual New Year’s Eve special. (How many of you are now wondering whether the whole season will be Kardashian-themed? The divorce, the basketball trade, the pregnancy -- we wouldn't be surprised.)

The network is mum on who will be hosting the hidden camera show, set to premiere in 2012 -- saying viewers will have to wait to find out.  Executive producer Ashton Kutcher originally helmed the show; he's since been busy with his new TV gig, "Two and a Half Men," and those darn Nikon commercials. It’s been rumored that he’s passed the pranking baton to teen singing sensation Justin Bieber.


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--Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Ashton Kutcher in an early season from 'Punk'd." Credit: MTV

MTV to pay tribute to late 'Jackass' star Ryan Dunn

MTV to air a one-hour special honoring one of its stars, Ryan Dunn, who died in a car accident earlier this year.
MTV will air a one-hour special in tribute to Ryan Dunn, who died in a car accident in June.

The special, which will air Nov. 28, will give viewers a look at Dunn’s life from his early years in Ohio to his rise to become one of the stars of “Jackass” to his death and feature interviews with Johnny Knoxville, Rob Dyrdek, Wee Man, Chris Pontius, Jeff Tremaine and Bam Margera, among others.

“It’s a surreal thing to undertake, doing a tribute to our brother Ryan's life,” Knoxville said in a statement. “I still can’t believe he’s gone, but we wouldn’t trust anyone else with this, so we are doing the best we can for Ryan, his family, friends, and everyone who loved him,” Knoxville said.

Never-before-seen footage from Dunn’s days on “Viva LA Bam” and "Jackass” will also be shown.

Before the “Ryan Dunn Tribute Special”-- which is executive produced by Tremaine, Knoxville, Spike Jonze and Derek Freda -- MTV will air a new episode of “Ridiculousness,” which guest stars Dunn in one of his final TV appearances.


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-- Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Ryan Dunn. Credit: Getty Images.

'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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— Yvonne Villarreal

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

MTV to air Occupy Wall Street episode of 'True Life'

MTV to air Occupy Wall Street edition of 'True Life'

MTV's docu-series "True Life" will follow three young people participating in the Occupy Wall Street movement in an episode to air Nov. 5.

"True Life: I'm Occupying Wall Street" will examine the growing protests against alleged corporate greed through the eyes of three demonstrators holding court in New York City. MTV cameras followed the trio over a two-week period to "capture the day-to-day realities of the protesters and uncover some of the motivations that continue to drive them."

"True Life" studies various topics, ranging from drug use to dating preferences, through the perspective of young people.

The announcement comes a week after a posting on Craigslist from the production company of "Real World," Bunim/Murray, looking for potential Occupy Wall Street participants to audition to be part of an upcoming season.


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— Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: A woman holds up a U.S. flag while she skates near protesters and members of Occupy Wall Street before the march in the annual demonstration calling for a stop to police brutality in New York, Oct. 22, 2011. Credit: Eduardo Muñoz / Reuters

Is Occupy Wall Street invading MTV's 'The Real World'?

"The Real World" may be looking to add an Occupy Wall Street activist
Seven thousand strangers gathering in the streets under the banner of Occupy Wall Street get picked to live in a house and have their lives taped? Not quite. One, maybe.

The producers of MTV's "The Real World" seem to be taking notice of the recent protests against corporate greed and want to incorporate a participating "Occupy Wall Street" activist in the long-running series. In a posting on Craigslist, the production company, Bunim/Murray, listed this casting call:

MTV's Real World is seeking cast members to tell their unique stories on our show. If you are over the age of 20 and appear to be between the ages of 20-24, and the description below sounds like you, we want to hear from you!

Are you a part of the OCCUPY WALL STREET movement?

If so, please contact Your subject heading should be YOUR NAME and WALL STREET.

Could the aging reality series be moving from the late-night hot tub sessions to steamy sign-making sessions? Hardly. According to a spokesperson for Bunim/Murray, the casting call is simply a way to cast a wide net in keeping with the show's "tradition" of bringing together an eclectic group of people. An Occupy Wall Street demonstrator is not a definitive role they're looking to fill, the spokesperson said.

A location for the series' 27th season has not yet been determined, but is expected to be announced in early November.


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-- Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: An Occupy Wall Street demonstrator stands in Zuccotti Park on Monday.  Credit: Shannon Stapleton / Reuters 

CBS boss says no way to 'Jersey Shore'

CBS boss say no to 'Jersey Shore'

It doesn't matter how many body shots and tanning sessions you offer her -- CBS' entertainment honcho wants no part of "Jersey Shore."

At a TV executives' panel in Beverly Hills Tuesday, moderator Jeff Probst of "Survivor" fame asked his boss, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler, if she would buy "Jersey Shore" -- MTV's smash reality soap about hard-partying, hardly-if-ever introspective young people -- if she had the chance.

Tassler laughed and remarked that her husband is from New Jersey, so she's "familiar with that whole world."

"You would have made 12 cents on that show!," Kevin Reilly, Tassler's counterpart at Fox and a fellow panelist, said.

"Exactly," Tassler agreed. "It's not delivering the kind of numbers we need to have a hit TV show" on CBS. Tassler spoke at a lunch sponsored by the Hollywood Radio and Television Society, an industry trade group.

So -- "Jersey Shore's" numbers may be fine for MTV, but not all that for CBS? Calling Snooki and the Situation: Consider the gauntlet thrown down! Will you stand by and allow your show to be slandered so? Or will you arise, after your hangover passes, of course, to defend its honor?

And as for non-guido Trackers: Do you think "Jersey Shore" would be a good fit with CBS' programs?


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-- Scott Collins

Photo: Moderator Jeff Probst, left, with ABC's Paul Lee, CBS' Nina Tassler, Fox's Kevin Reilly, NBC's Jennifer Salke and CW's Mark Pedowitz. Credit: Chyna Photography

MTV hopes size doesn't matter with 'Chelsea Settles'

Chelsea Settles premieres on MTV 

On paper, Chelsea Settles sounds awfully familiar. She’s 23. She dreams of a career in fashion. She leaves home and moves to Los Angeles to pursue that dream. She has a boyfriend who should be kicked to the curb. And she’s having the journey filmed by a camera crew.

But she’s not starting off where Lauren Conrad left off (and "Unwritten" by Natasha Beddingfield is nowhere to be heard). “She’s great. I love Lauren,” Settles said in a recent phone interview. “But I think viewers will quickly see that I’m nothing like her.”

The series, which premieres Tuesday night with a one-hour episode, starts off with producers asking Settles a series of questions -- which results in us learning about her love for Kim Kardashian. But it isn’t until a minute later that the camera finally focuses on Settles.  All 324 pounds of her.

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'Awkward' creator discusses season finale and what lies ahead

Bella Swan had it so easy, choosing between a werewolf and a vampire. Jenna Hamilton has to choose between a nice guy (Matty) and a nice guy (Jake). And in Tuesday's season finale, she finally DTR'd (defined the relationship) with both.

But it was the unexpected revelation at the end of the episode — when viewers finally learn who wrote the curious letter to Jenna — that was even more gasp-worthy. (Caution: spoiler alert ahead) 

Matty, Sadie and Tamara have all been thought to be the one behind it. But Jenna (Ashley Rickards) discovers it was her own mother, Lacey (Nikki DeLoach), who penned the mean-spirited letter. The moment of discovery came after a heartfelt interaction between the two earlier in the finale in which Lacey's own mothering issues are revealed when she offers Jenna the chance to wear the very ruby red dress her Nana wore.

"She gives her daughter the dress that throughout her whole life she thought her mother coveted more than her," said creator Lauren Iungerich. "She realizes, here she is doing the same thing to her daugther in a weird way. Trying to make her daughter something that she isnt. Trying to make her daughter into what she thinks Jenna should be."

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Tony Bennett disses ‘Jersey Shore': 'They’re all morons and gangsters’

Shore  Tony Bennett may have gotten himself in hot water with his comments about Sept. 11 to Howard Stern earlier this week. But he also has strong opinions about a less geopolitical topic: MTV’s "Jersey Shore."

The performer, who’s set to play a big date at Staples Center this weekend, doesn’t have terribly kind words for the MTV reality hit. “They're all morons and gangsters,” Bennett said of the Situation & Co. “It’s terrible.”

In an interview with Show Tracker promoting his new "Duets II" album, the singer said he had, on principle, not watched the series. But he was sufficiently familiar with it from clips and secondhand reports to find it offensive.

"Jersey Shore" drew controversy when it first came on the air two years ago, particularly for its use of a potentially offensive word for Italian Americans. But as the show has become more established, there's been less noise about it.

Making his comments more notable: Bennett is a staple on MTV (he recently was seen on the MTV Video Music Awards next to Lady Gaga) and in fact owes much of his late-career renaissance to appearances on the cable network beginning in the early 1990s.
Bennett, who is of Italian ancestry, said that he found shows like "Jersey Shore," "The Sopranos" and even 'The Godfather" evidence of a double standard when it came to Italian Americans.

“If you depicted Jews in a stereotypical way, there would be parades in the street, and rightly so,” he said. “Same thing with Chinese people and Poles. So why aren't there any here?


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— Steven Zeitchik

Photo: "Jersey Shore." Credit: MTV.

Creative Minds: How Lauren Iungerich got so 'Awkward'

  Lauren iungerich creator of mtv's awkward
Lauren Iungerich’s effervescent comedy “Awkward,” about a teen girl who gets noticed by her fellow high schoolers after what appears to be a suicide attempt, ends its first season Sept 27. [Updated Sept. 20 at 9 a.m.: An earlier version of this post had the finale date wrong and has been corrected.] It’s been such a hit with MTV’s viewers that the network has already ordered a pilot for her second series, “Dumb Girls.” Iungerich talks about her not-so-overnight success and creating fresh voices for TV.

“Awkward” feels very different from a lot of other sitcoms. How did you get to a place where you could create your own world?

At the end of my junior year of college, I interned for Hollywood producers. After I graduated, I worked in production and eventually … I quit my job to focus on writing. I ended up getting hired to write a movie for Warner Bros. and having a script optioned by Mel Gibson’s company. The wonderful executives at Gibson’s company said, "Do you have any TV ideas?" Over the next couple of years, I sold two pilots a season….

Those series never got on the air?

Right. But I ended up getting a job [on the writing staff of ABC Family’s “10 Things I hate About You”] based on a play I wrote during the writers strike called “Love on the Line.” A bunch of TV writers had put together a charity night for all the people out of work, with 18 one-act plays. My play was about an [imaginary] love triangle with two guys on the strike line. All these TV writers I admired came up to me after and said, "You have a special voice." I thought, "This is what I should be writing: I should be writing about myself."

From there, ABC Family approached me to write something for them, and simultaneously, because people had loved my direction of the one-act play, I started making some Web content.... "My Two Fans" was very "Curb Your Enthusiasm" -- it's about a woman who has her own fan club that gives her advice. The idea came about because I was Facebooked by two guys who said they were my fans. I was like, how do I have fans? How weird! So I met them, and I thought every single woman should have a fan club.

How did you pitch “Awkward” to MTV?

I thought, "What is the worst stigma you could have in high school?" When I was a teenager, when a kid would kill themselves, it was the first time I ever really thought about my life and mortality. It’s a time when you’re defining yourself on a daily basis while being humiliated and embarrassed. Sometimes being a teenager makes you want to die -– it just hit me, and I knew what the show was.

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