No surprise there: MTV has greenlight a fourth season of its red-hot reality hit Jersey Shore, which will be filmed in the spring in Italy. From the network: “America’s most talked about housemates are leaving the boardwalk behind for the piazzas of Italy. Poised to get their G.T.L. on abroad, ready to drop in on Vinny’s family for a famous Guadagnino dinner and excited to trade gorillas for Italian stallions, this wacky and dysfunctional family is about to turn “the beautiful country upside down.” MTV films 2 cycles of Jersey Shore a year, one in  summer/fall in the show’s original New Jersey setting, and one in winter/spring in a warmer place where the cast can show off their trademark tan. Last year, they went to Miami. This time, they’re going farther. “While the stateside Jersey Shore locales have become iconic for our audience it’s really the constantly evolving dynamic amongst the cast that keeps them coming back each season and Europe is a fresh spin on a show that continues to reach new heights for us,” said Chris Linn, MTV’s EVP of programming. “The cast is headed to the birthplace of the culture they love and live by. We can’t wait to see what erupts as a result.”

Jersey Shore is MTV’s No.1 series of all time among persons 12-34. In its current third season, the show is averaging an 8.3 P12-34 rating, up 46% vs. Season 2 and up 219% from Season 1. In its Thursday 10 PM time slot, Jersey Shore is the top-rated program in all television  among adults 18-49 and persons 12-34. The current has produced MTV’s top four series telecasts ever, capped by Jersey Shore’s most recent episode last week, which drew 8.9 million viewers, the largest audience ever on MTV. Jersey Shore is executive produced by Sally Ann Salsano from 495 Prods. The concept was created by Anthony Beltempo.