Have the Jersey Shore’s Snooki, The Situation, Pauly D and most of all the fabulous JWoww talked themselves out of jobs? MTV, the show’s producer, says no. But other reports say the cast has gotten too expensive for the low-budget reality series.
If the controversial show is canceled, it would be another blow to the MTV line up. It’s already canceled another controversial show, “Skins,” about teenage sex and drug use.
MTV announced earlier this month that Skins was out, calling the show a “global television phenomenon that, unfortunately, didn’t connect with a US audience as much as we had hoped.”
Far from connecting, it outraged conservative parents’ groups.
“Jersey Shore” has received much the same reception from parents’ groups –and even the State of New Jersey–for its crass portrayal of life in a small Jersey beach town.
The show has been filming in Italy, but the reception there has been less than welcome because of similar complaints, namely, the cast members represent the absolute worst stereotypes of Italians.
But in the end, the show’s cost, rather than content, has put Jersey Shore on the bubble, according to UsMagazine.
Cast members reportedly now make at least $100,000 per episode, and the network is in protracted negotiations for a sixth season, with the cast demanding even more money.
As a result, MTV wants to go cheaper, the mag reports.
But today, MTV issued a quick denial. “We love the present cast, and their summer adventures have just begun. We currently have no plans to recast the show,” it said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter.
If there is a middle ground, it could be that MTV plans to kill “Jersey Shore” as an ensemble series and spin off some of its more popular characters with their own shows.
The Situation has a development deal and Pauly D, Snooki and JWoww have their own shows.