Cameras were ready to roll on “Jersey Shore 2.0 in Atlantic City this summer, but now filming has been put on hold.
An MTV publicist tells NJ Advance Media that “production has been paused” on the series.
While the network did not give a reason for the postponement, the cast of the original “Jersey Shore” (err … Jersey Shore 1.0 ″?) Has spoken out against the new show.
After MTV announced in May that they would be featuring a new cast in the 2.0 ″ rendition, almost the entire original cast, from Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi to Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, shared an identical statement on social media.
“As a cast that took a chance with a network in need, we put our most vulnerable moments on television for the world to see,” Polizzi, 34, and her castmates said in the statement.
“We gave our all over the past 13 years, became a family and continue to open our lives for the world,” they said. “(So) please understand that we are not in support of a version that will exploit our original show, our hard work and authenticity to gain viewers.”
There have been other MTV shows in the mold of Jersey Shore, “like the United Kingdom’s“ Geordie Shore, ”“ Floribama Shore ”in the American South and the newer“ Buckhead Shore ” – which is in its first season – but never with the “Jersey” name and location.
The idea for “Jersey Shore 2.0 ″ was to cast new, younger Shore housemates, presumably to try to find lightning in a bottle (the Shore house being the bottle) the way casting agents and producers did with Snooki, The Situation, JWoww, Pauly D, Vinny, Ronnie, Sammi, Angelina and Deena.
The first “Jersey Shore,” set in Seaside Heights, became a cultural phenomenon after it debuted in 2009, scoring strong ratings for MTV and making members of the cast household names.
Their chemistry was so bank that less than six years after the show ended, the network brought them back-now 30-somethings with kids (or 42 and flush with high-paid DJ gigs, in Pauly’s case)-for the revival series “Jersey Shore Family Vacation ”from series creator SallyAnn Salsano’s 495 Productions, which produced the original show.
“It’s been 13 years since the iconic cast of Jersey Shore fist-pumped their way into our lives and stole our hearts,” MTV had said in its announcement about a new show with the working title “Jersey Shore 2.0.”
“Now, the time-honored tradition continues with a new group of roommates moving into their own Shore house,” the statement said. “They may have traded their poofs for plumped pouts and UV rays for spray tans, but when things heat up in Jersey, the Shore is still the place to be to make memories all summer long.”
Due to the “pause,” it looks like they won’t be making any memories – or hailing any cabs (and Ubers/Lyfts) … yet.
But if and when they do, given recent preparations made for the show, they’re apparently set to occupy a historic, spacious Atlantic City home just 30 steps from the boardwalk on the 100 block of Atlantic Avenue. The house, located near the inlet, sits next to another older home and a corner liquor store.
The eight-bedroom, seven-bathroom, 4,000-square-foot house/mansion, which is listed on Airbnb, currently goes for $ 1,130 a night with a minimum three-night stay and has ocean views off several decks (some bedrooms have deck access ). Its exterior has an old Atlantic City charm, while the interior, which boasts a solarium and more ocean views, is restored and modernized.
Heather Colache, director of the Atlantic City Film Commission, tells NJ Advance Media that no one has applied for a film permit using the “Jersey 2.0 ″ name, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t filming.
“Good, bad or ugly, it’s a popular TV show,” she says of “Jersey Shore.”
Besides the boardwalk, attractions like Ocean Casino Resort and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino are 10 to 15 minutes away from the Atlantic City house connected with the “2.0 ″ cast. Tony Boloney’s pizza joint is even closer on Oriental Avenue.
But of particular interest, here’s this note from the homeowners to Airbnb customers who stay there:
“In an effort to combat noise concerns and out of consideration for our neighbors, we have noise sensors installed at the property to monitor noise levels. We do not record audio of any type. This is strictly to ensure that noise does not eclipse a reasonable level, particularly in the evening hours. All we receive is a time-stamped decibel reading. You should have nothing to worry about as long as you’re not engaging in excessive partying. ”
The owners have also posted a note that “per Atlantic City’s rules, we are not permitted to rent to groups under the age of 21.”
It looks like the cast will at least need to be of (legal) drinking age, if not their guests.
The original “Jersey Shore” cast-all were over 21 when they first touched down for a summer of shenanigans (Pauly was 29)-was based at 1209 Ocean Terrace in Seaside Heights and sold T-shirts at the Shore Store managed by the property’s owner, Danny Merk, who often appeared on the show chastising his tenants.
But Seaside Heights, like other Shore towns, has since turned down requests to film there.
Now Snooki and company travel to different cities (with some Jersey in between) on “Jersey Shore Family Vacation,” currently airing its fifth season on MTV. The newest episodes, which still air on “Jerzday” Thursdays, were filmed in San Diego, California and El Paso, Texas.
See more photos of the Atlantic City Shore house below.
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