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.