Cable network also renews 'Teen Mom'
The Situation has been resolved.Cast members from MTV’s hit reality series “Jersey Shore” have renewed their deals and are returning for a second season. Meanwhile, MTV has greenlit high school reality series “If You Really Knew Me” and picked up a sophomore season of “Teen Mom.” Negotiations on “Jersey Shore” had been going on for weeks, and sources say the cast demanded to have its $5,000 per episode salary doubled to $10,000. It was unclear what the final numbers were, but the cabler — minus a major hit, with “The Hills” losing traction in the last year — felt it needed to make a deal to ensure the momentum of the show continued. “Jersey Shore” has become a pop culture phenomenon. A twelve-episode second season will air in the summer. Production will begin shortly and, according to the MTV release, the Garden State gang will be shooting outside of New Jersey in a warm weather location. After debuting Dec. 3, “Jersey Shore” went on to become a hit among the 12-34 set and finished the season on Jan. 21 with 4.8 million viewers. “If You Really Knew Me” aspires to be a nonfiction version of “The Breakfast Club,” going to a different school in each of its 12 episodes and tracking five high school students through a day of challenges designed to confront the biases in their different cliques. Series is set to premiere in the fourth quarter of 2010, with Arnold Shapiro and Angie Day exec producing. “Teen Mom” reigned for eight consecutive weeks as the No. 1 original cable series among viewers 12-34 following its December premiere. More than 3.6 million watched Tuesday. Season two of “Teen Mom” is targeted for a summer launch. Morgan J. Freeman exec produces.
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