Guidos Sent Packing: MTV Cancels Jersey Shore
Seaside Heights–MTV just gave word today that this upcoming 6th season will be the last for the group of self-proclaimed guidos here at the Jersey Shore. To celebrate the occasion and maximize potential, MTV will kick-off a season’s worth of celebratory “Jersey Shore” farewell programming beginning Thursday, September 6th.
So where does this leave the “Real” Jersey Shore? Perhaps, back to where it was prior to the arrival of MTV’s show, holding it’s spot as one of the premier summer destinations in the northeast United States.
While there is little doubt that MTV’s Jersey Shore helped the local economy over the past few years, it certainly did not ‘make’ the economy of the Jersey Shore, nor did it do anything to add to the family value or quality of our little piece of ‘the shore’.
With Snookie and JWOW now shacking up together with their own spin off in Manchester, Mike doing what he does (??) and Pauly D having his own spin off show, you might say the show has run its course. Drinking, Fighting, Karma, Shore Store, there’s only so much, even the most avid fan can take. Side trips to Italy and Miami have been less than spectacular for locals because we just can’t relate the way we would seeing this troupe tramp around the boardwalk.
As a journalist, documenting their arrests has been more rewarding than following their escapades.
And where does that leave local businesses who have benefited from their appearances on Jersey Shore, such as Rivoli’s Restaurant in Toms River who had just created a bigger than life-size mural in their restaurant foyer and hangs Jersey Shore inspired clothing above the tables of diners? Hopefully it leads them back to the path of being the nice family restaurant it was prior to the guido-fication of the business, before Jersey Shore euphoria had set in.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great restaurant, huge food portions, good food and we’ve been there twice in the past month, but there’s something just not right about the Jersey Shore MTV theme they have incorporated of late. As Simon Cowell says, “Step out and make it your own. Don’t be somebody else.”
Hopefully as the popularity of the show wanes, they return to reality and can paint over that mural with more of their traditional beautiful Italian Riveria artwork that adorns the rest of the restaurant.
Being forced to look at a life-sized painting of Snookie on the way out after dinner is enough to make you vomit, if you haven’t already vomited from staring at the “Rivolis is banging” while you hope your young children don’t ask what it all means.
For locals, many today are breathing a sigh of relief that our respectable community can now return to our relative obscurity and hope that one day, it will be the premier FAMILY destination of days long gone, as places such as Wildwood and Ocean City battle it out for family vacation dollars that used to stroll down the boardwalk in Seaside.
Yes, we enjoy the influx of tourism dollars and wish to see MTV return again, as they always have in the past, but when your time has come, your time has come and for Jersey Shore, their time has come.
We’ll be awaiting their 20 year reunion, possibly, “Jersey Shore: Holiday City at Berkeley”.