Dust off your grenade whistle and get ready to blow it loud because… Jersey Shore is coming back to MTV next year… and we can’t apply our spray tans fast enough!
MTV confirmed the comeback of the OG Seaside Heights crew (well, most of them) on Monday during the premiere of Floribama Shore—the newest series/attempt in the “Shore” franchise. Geared up and GTL’d for the new series dubbed Jersey Shore Family Vacation is Deena Nicole Cortese, Paul “Pauly D” Delvecchio, Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino.
Noticeably absent from the lineup is Samantha “Sammi Sweetheart” Giancola which means, sadly, we won’t get to witness any new Sam vs. Rahhnn drama. However, with this group, we’re sure to get more than enough entertainment to distract us from the fact that Ikea twin beds aren’t being thrown around and anonymous letters aren’t being left in the drawers of plastic furniture.
If you’re wondering why Sammi is declining to participate in the reboot, US Weekly reports that it’s because she doesn’t want to film with her ex-boyfriend “Rahhhn.”
“Everyone was invited to come on the show but Sammi was the only one who didn’t want to. A big reason for that was because she didn’t want to be around Ronnie,” a source told the magazine. “She has been enjoying her life off of TV and didn’t want to change that.”
Behind the scenes of ‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation’ will be original ‘Jersey Shore’ creator SallyAnn Salsano, whose 495 Productions will produce the series, with Salsano again serving as executive producer. (The company is also responsible for ‘Floribama Shore.’)
The original Jersey Shore series wrapped in 2012 after a six season run but the group has continued to reunite for some good old fist-pumping from time to time, with a few of those occasions having taken place this year.
The group (sans-Ronnie) worked on a Burger King commercial that aired this summer and some of the cast got together for a reunion special that E! aired in August, although Ronnie, Vinny and Deena missed out on that one. The cast (again, minus Ronnie) also rallied in October to attend Deena’s wedding.
While we’re not doubting the OG gang can still hang like it used to, ‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation’ is likely to have a different vibe from that of the alcohol-fueled, blackout Smush-Room days of ‘Jersey Shore’ past, as some of the group has moved on and started families since the show ended.
In addition to Deena being married, Jenni and Snooki are both married with two kids, and Pauly D has a little guidette of his own as well. It is not yet known if the cast members’ families will be incorporated into the new show or not.
It’s also unknown if the group will return to the wood-paneled shore house we all knew and loved (and longed to redecorate), but assuming it does reappear in the new series, let’s hope MTV springs for a good deep cleaning… and maybe a new duck phone.