MTV has “no plans to recast” Jersey Shore, but the show has to end sometime (right?)

Reports that MTV planned to find a new cast for its hit series Jersey Shore have been denied by MTV, which says it is content with Snooki, The Situation, and company.

“We love the present cast, and their summer adventures have just begun. We currently have no plans to recast the show,” the network said in a statement released to The Hollywood Reporter.

This morning, Us Weekly reported quoted an unnamed “insider” who said, “After this group comes back from Italy and shoots season 5 this summer, that will be the end for them” because a new cast would be “a lot cheaper.”

JWoww and Snooki have a show debuting next year, as does Pauly D; MTV is also developing a series with The Situation. MTV executive Chris Linn previously told THR that their spin-offs won’t affect the core series: “I think it allows us to expand out from the base of Jersey Shore without taking away from what Jersey Shore is. They would continue to be involved in any potential future cycles of Jersey Shore,” he said.

Still, how long can Jersey Shore go on, especially until the public and/or cast members get bored? The network is getting two seasons out of just a couple months of filming this summer, and I’d guess we’ll get two seasons beyond that. Then, when the cast members get too distracted, bored, or rich to do additional seasons, MTV can launch Jersey Shore: The Next Generation.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.