Snooki/JWoww and DJ Pauly D get 12-episode series
MTV has greenlit two spinoff series from its runaway “Jersey Shore” hit, one featuring Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley, the other with Paul “DJ Pauly D” Delvecchio.
Production on both untitled series will begin this year for a 2012 premiere. Each received a 12-episode order.
“The cast continues to surprise us with their evolving on-air and off-air personalities,” MTV exec veep of programming and production head Chris Linn told Variety, “and it seemed like a no-brainer to see if there was more there. As we started having conversations in development, it was clear that there was. All of the cast members are anxious to show alternative sides of who they are.”
The “Jersey Shore” mothership just completed its third season and is on target for a fourth, to be shot in Italy for air later this year. Linn said that while neither of the spinoffs will air at the same time as “Jersey Shore,” MTV has not determined whether or not to air the spinoffs simultaneously with each other.
The Snooki-JWoww project will focus on the next step of their lives following their second-season “Jersey Shore” exploits, which took them and their castmates to Miami. Linn, citing the “very close friendship” the two “Shore” stars have formed, called them “the real-life Laverne and Shirley.”
Pauly D’s show will chronicle his life on the road as a DJ, with his best friends from Rhode Island by his side.
Linn said the spinoffs would have some stylistic differences from their ancestor.
“We always strive to have each show have its own aesthetic and its own visual overlay,” Linn said. “So they’ll have their own look, but at their core they’re both reality shows and we’re definitely looking to maintain the authenticity and realism.”
“Jersey Shore” is MTV’s top-rated series ever the No. 1 original cable series on air today — and still improving in the ratings. Its third season showed viewership gains in the 12-34 demo of 35% compared to season two and nearly tripled the season-one numbers.
All three series in the franchise are produced by 495 Prods., with SallyAnn Salsano exec producing. Larry Rudolph will also exec produce the Pauly D series for ReignDeer Entertainment.