MTV is officially becoming the Jersey Shore network, greenlighting two spinoff series from the brockbuster reality hit, one starring cast members Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley and one toplined by Paul “DJ Pauly D” Delvecchio. Both series will be executive produced by Jersey Shore boss SallyAnn Salsano of 495 Prods. and begin production later this year for a 2012 premiere. Both shows will chronicle the lives the three Jersey Shore standouts lead away from the mothership series. The pickups come on the heels of reports that production on the fourth season of Jersey Shore is being delayed by a month because of contract issues with some cast members and resistance from some establishments in Italy, where the show is slated to film. Since Snooki, JWoww and Pauly were among those rumored to be holding off for better terms, getting new shows may be the sweetening of the pot they needed to sign their Jersey deals. Here are descriptions of the two spinoff series as provided by the network:
UNTITLED NICOLE “SNOOKI” POLIZZI AND JENNI “JWOWW” FARLEY PROJECT – Fans of Jersey Shore watched, laughed and marveled as Snooki and JWoww forged a genuine bond sure to go down in TV history. Always inseparable and ready to get the party started at the shore, viewers will get to see how they deal with life and love when the vacation is over in this 12-episode series. The locale may be different, but the friendship is sure to remain the same. The series order follows a recent “proof of concept” presentation shot by the network.
UNTITLED PAUL “DJ PAULY D” DELVECCHIO PROJECT – Whether it’s Seaside Heights or Miami, no one has more swagger, one-liners or a more distinctive haircut that DJ Pauly D. Set to air for 12 episodes, this series follows Pauly D’s jet-setting and often hilarious life on the road as one of the country’s most in-demand DJs. Aiming to become one of the world’s most successful and recognized names in music, viewers will get to see Pauly D chase his dream with the help of the best friends he grew up with in Rhode Island by his side. The series stems from a deal MTV signed with Pauly in December and a pilot presentation for the project filmed last fall.
Jersey Shore is MTV’s No. 1 series of all time. Its most recent Season 3 averaged a 7.7 P12-34 rating, up 35% versus Season 2 and up 196% from Season 1.