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Canada’s Jersey Shore cancelled, but you can now watch the UK’s for free

Canada’s attempt at a Jersey Shore-style show has failed, but the UK’s version, The Only Way is Essex, is now on Hulu.

Lake Shore‘s hilariously weird trailer surfaced about a year ago, but its producer e.mailed cast members earlier this month and said, “I am sorry to say this, but it’s over,” as no network picked up the show. That’s according to The Star, which got comments from cast members who have mixed reactions to the fact that their fame ends with the trailer (“embarassing,” “better for my health”).

Meanwhile, all 26 episodes of the first two series of the UK’s The Only Way is Essex are now on Hulu. The show may be better described as The Hills. Last year, The Daily Mirror called it “Britain’s answer to The Hills and Jersey Shore.” It includes a disclaimer that says,

“This programme contains flash cars big watches and false boobs. The tans you see might be fake but the people are all real although some of what they do has been set up purely for your entertainment.”

Clearly, the show is more self-aware and tongue-in-cheek (a cold sore cream sponsors the show). Best of all, since it was filmed in near-real time, the cast is able to watch themselves in the previous episode–and, of course, hear what the others had to say about them, which affects the dynamics. Here’s the first episode: