Why 'Jersey Shore' Should Not Head Down South
By Amber James Posted Feb 12th 2010 09:20PM
The MTV series, which debuted its first episode in December, followed eight housemates ('Real World' style) as they spent their summer in a Seaside Heights summer share. The show ran as scheduled, amid controversy regarding the use of the words "guido" and "guidette." Some thought the show depicted Italian-Americans in a negative light. Over 1.3 million viewers tuned in, which is comparative to the 1.9 million Americans who tuned into the premiere of 'The Real World: D.C.'
Of course, the numbers for 'Jersey Shore' spiked when a promo of the infamous "Snooki punch" clip aired after the show's premiere and circulated on the Internet. People started to take notice as information leaked that cast member Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi was punched in the face after a confrontation with a man who had stolen her drink at the Beachcomber Bar & Grill in Seaside Heights.(MTV eventually decided to omit the footage calling it "extremely disturbing.") The Snooki punch heard around the world soon turned these normal Jersey Shore partiers into overnight celebrities.
Yet, after only one season, the cast is being transplanted in a new place: South Beach. Doesn't that defeat the whole point of the show? Would you want the cast of MTV's 'The City' moving to rural farm country? Probably not. It's like when the 'Saved By The Bell' class went to college -- it never quite felt like "home" the way Bayside High School had. Even the 'Shore' adventure to Atlantic City last season felt out of place.
And now the cast is getting $10,000 an episode to take a vacation from... a vacation. For that money and luxury living, the cast probably doesn't care where they're put up. But for the viewers, the allure around these obnoxious, exaggerated personalities who lived and died for the Jersey Shore nightlife is gone. Honestly, what would viewers do if the 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' suddenly moved to Miami? It defeats the purpose of the original concept.
MTV has editors who can make new story lines and drama -- no matter where the location is -- so why mess with a good thing? The only reasonable thinking behind the move is the weather. Jersey is cold about 8 months of the year, but Miami has prime tanning weather year round. The offensive behavior is just moving locations, which means Miami better watch out.
There's a good chance that Miami's meat market will send the cast packing to their native party grounds for season three though. Can anything really fill the void the way a late-night Mack & Manco's pizza can? Of course, the cast's fame seems larger than the show itself now. Before we know it, they'll all have clothing lines, perfumes and albums flowing onto store shelves. But hey, as long as there are cameras rolling, the world will be watching.
Ready or not, South Beach, here they come!
'Jersey Shore' Cast
TV personalities from left, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, Jenni "J-Woww" Farley, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and DJ Pauly D Delvecchio from the MTV reality program "Jersey Shore," arrive at Spike TV's Video Game Awards in Los Angeles. More photos of the 'Jersey Shore' cast >>
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