Jersey Shore cast going to Italy for season four

MTV has renewed Jersey Shore for a fourth season, unsurprisingly, but it will not be filmed in New Jersey or Miami. Instead, the network will send the cast to Italy, and that’s expected to be the same people who’ve been on season three: Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio, Jenni “Jwoww” Farley, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola, Vinny Guadagnino, and Deena Nicole Cortese.

The network’s press release says the cast will go there sometime this spring and “drop in on Vinny’s family for a famous Guadagnino dinner” and “trade gorillas for Italian stallions,” and brags that they will turn the country “upside down.”

MTV also said that the series, produced by SallyAnn Salsano and her 495 Productions, has now become its “#1 series of all time among [viewers ages 12 to 34],” and in that demographic, it has 46 percent higher ratings than season two, and 219 percent higher ratings than season one.Last week’s episode was also the highest-rated telecast in MTV’s history.

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