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MTV to end “Jersey Shore” after sixth season

MTV has announced that the upcoming sixth season of Jersey Shore (pictured), the most-watched show in the network's history, will be its final run.
August 30, 2012

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.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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