America’s favorite fist-pumpers have returned from Italy, but there will be no time to reunite with loved ones as they’re set to begin filming season 5 in Jersey on Monday. MTV has insisted on keeping them in close quarters with one another to “preserve chemistry” (read: create drama) for the new season.
As for the decision to replace The Situation and company for future seasons, it boils down to simple a simple business choice for MTV. The network is clearly hoping to turn the show into a long-running franchise, which they have a better chance of doing with a fresh (and cheaper) new cast. However, it seems unlikely that they’ll be able to capture lightning in a bottle as they did with the original roster.
Worry not, Shore lovers. The fan favorites from the current cast have all signed spin-off deals with MTV. They should probably just start calling it the Guido Network.