MTV is pulling the plug on its wildly popular and polarizing reality series Jersey Shore after its upcoming sixth season.
The farewell season, which has already been filmed, will kick off on October 4 at 10 p.m. It will be preceded by a full day of Jersey Shore retrospective programming on September 6 and a one-hour retrospective special entitled Gym, Tan, Look Back that will air in the lead-up to the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.
The special will recap the most memorable moments from the show’s three-year run and feature cast interviews as well as previews of the forthcoming season. The cast will also be on hand at the VMAs pre-show to discuss the final season.
Additionally, the U.S. cable network will also air bonus programming, such as fan-favorite after shows with the cast and a reunion special, following each episode of the final run.
Jersey Shore is the highest-rated series in MTV’s history. Produced by 495 Productions, it debuted in 2009 and went on to become a pop culture phenomenon, turning Italian-American cast members The Situation, Pauly D, Vinny, Ronnie, J-Wow, Sammi, Snooki into household names and introducing their slang terms such as ‘smush,’ ‘gym, tan, laundry,’ and ‘fist pump’ into viewers’ lexicons. It also spawned the spin-off series The Pauly D Project and Snooki & JWOWW.