Jersey Shore is going out on a high note, according to MTV, which is speaking out about its rationale behind canceling the hit show after six seasons.
Executive VP of Programming Chris Linn says the cost of the cast was not factor, but "we always said we’d do the show as long as it made sense."
Long story short, that's no longer really the case.
"We noticed what was going on in their lives, with [Snooki having her baby], the relationships, etc. it felt like the right time to bring it to a close."
"The show still dominates, it’s the No. 1 show in our core demo, and it’s still incredibly successful. It’s really just about their lives evolving and changing in a way that moves everyone away from the original conceit of the show."
"We made what we think is the right, tough choice to end the show on top."
With Jersey Shore canceled after the coming season (debuting October 4), what kinds of things can we expect from the gang's farewell tour?"What I think is most exciting about this season are the changes that have happened. This is the longest the cast has been apart between seasons," Linn says.
"There was time for new events to develop in their lives. Mike went into rehab and is coming back sober. Nicole is pregnant. Deena is in a different relationship."
"Sammi and Ronnie’s relationship has evolved. Their lives are at different stages and how they react and adapt to that is really fascinating to watch."
How much time did Snooki actually stay in the house?
"It was really a matter of her wanting to be able to get proper rest at night and have a place she could go and relax. She moved into a place right next door, she spent the bulk of her time in the main [Jersey Shore] house," he says.
"The cast also came over to her place, so it gave us another place to go to. She’s very much present. It’s not in her character to not be in the middle of everything."
So what's the major tension or storyline this fall?
"The tension between Mike and Nicole definitely is a key storyline. My experience watching it, knowing it’s the last season, you see it through a different lens."
"It has a certain poignancy to it."
"In addition to the main 13 episodes, we have a significant amount of after-show content. We’ll have eight after-shows to give more context."
"We have the special look-back special the night of the VMAs (Sept. 6), it’s a ton of fun to look back at the biggest moments through the lens of 'this is it.'"
Is it possible the cast could be replaced with a new crop of guidos?
"There are no plans for that ... we’ve always been clear that this cast is lightning in a bottle. It's not about the format, for us it’s always been about this cast."
What about a Snooki-Jionni LaValle wedding spectacular?
"She’s been really focused on having a baby. We haven’t had any conversations about that. If and when she and Jionni are ready to tie the knot, my door is wide open and I’d love to talk to her about it."
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