By now, we’ve all seen the insane new Jersey Shore: Family Vacation trailer.
But how exactly did that come to be?
As it turns out, it’s because the cast went to the network and begged for them to make it happen.
in an interview with The New York Times, Nicole Polizzi, known to fans and to the rest of the world as Snooki, revealed what it took to make Jersey Shore: Family Vacation a reality.
"We basically were begging MTV to bring us back," she admits.
It sounds like she and her castmates had to do a lot of persuading to make this happen.
"We were begging everyone to bring us back."
A number of cast members had appeared on an informal reunion, hosted by E! a few years back.
But it wasn’t the same.
And some of them felt almost adulterous for appearing off of MTV, the network that made them famous on the original Jersey Shore.
Jersey Shore was far from the last place where fans and viewers saw their favorite orange, beach-adjacent hooligans. They’ve all made sure to appear in the public eye.
Pauly D and Ronnie Ortiz-Magro both appeared on E!’s Famously Single.
Deena Cortese showed up on Couples Therapy on VH1.
Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino showed up on the Food Network, of all places. But the show was called Worst Cooks in America.
Snooki was a contestant on The New Celebrity Apprentice, which was hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger and didn’t last very long, as Trump fans weren’t going to watch without Trump and those who hate Trump weren’t going to watch a show on which he was still a producer.
Snooki also made a scripted appearance television appearance on the CW series, Supernatural, as a crossroads demon, though it was several seasons after the series had jumped the shark.
Then, of course, there was Snooki & Jwoww, which actually ran for a few years. That was on MTV.
MTV also experimented with giving Vinny Guadagnino his own series, The Show With Vinny. That one … did not last a few years.
There was more to making Jersey Shore: Family Vacation happen than the original cast members asking for it, of course.
The time seemed right, for a few reasons.
Though many of the cast members are still relatively young, they’re all in different stages of their lives at the moment.
And a lot of people will be interested to see if their version of partying hard has changed now that so many of them are parents.
More significantly, from the network’s point of view, is that it looks like viewers are up for seeing some absolute disasters drinking and partying on television.
Apparently the success of Floribama Shore was a factor in deciding to give Jersey Shore: Family Vacation the go-ahead.
In fact, apparently the existence of Floribama Shore generated demand to see where the original Jersey Shore crew is now.
Snooki shares that her husband was very encouraging when it came to whether or not she should film this television event.
"He was like, ‘Go, babe, have fun,’" she reveals. "‘Make that money. Enjoy yourself.’"
She did admit that she did have to talk herself into it.
"I had to keep telling myself, yes, you miss the kids, but you can be a bad mom for a little bit."
We don’t really think that this qualifies as being a bad mother. Maybe if her child were with her to witness all of the shenanigans, sure.
And she set out to party.
"Go drink. Go blackout. Do what you’ve got to do."
For the record, it’s totally possible to drink and party and even get wildly drunk without blacking out. Just … putting that out there.
Since The Situation is headed for prison, this special will sort of be one last hurrah for him. For a while, anyway.
But this will give fans a renewed taste of their old favorites.
MTV is a network that focuses primarily on a teenage audience, but they’ve made it clear that Jersey Shore: Family Vacation is for returning fans, too.
It’s certainly going to be one wild adventure, and it premieres on April 5th.