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.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.

A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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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.