The consolidation of independent unscripted production companies continues, with FremantleMedia buying a 75% stake in SallyAnn Salsano‘s 495 Prods. with the option to acquire the remaining 25%g in the future. Founded in 2006 by Salsano, 495 Prods. is behind such unscripted series as MTV’s Jersey Shore and spinoffs Snooki And JWOWW, The Show With Vinny and The Pauly D Project; Spike TV’s Tattoo Nightmares, which FremantleMedia distributes internationally, and Repo Games; MTV’s dating show Friendzone and the daytime syndicated talk show The Real. The company also produces Jerks With Cameras for MTV, Tattoos After Dark for Oxygen and CMT breakout hit Party Down South. “Our ambition is to continue to grow 495 Productions in the U.S. and to broaden its global footprint even further through our extensive distribution and production network,” FremantleMedia CEO Cécile Frot-Coutaz said.
The network has a week of Jersey Shore programming planned this month leading to the end of the hit reality series’ six-season run. MTV announced today it will air the second-to-last episode of the reality series December 13 at 10 PM ahead of the series finale December 20 at 10 PM. That will be followed by a live reunion show at 11, when eight cast members will come together one last time in front of a studio audience for the reunion show hosted by Amy Paffrath.
Here we go again. In December 2009, MTV’s launch of Jersey Shore, about a group of party-loving young Italian Americans, drew the ire of Italian American organizations and legislators who mounted a campaign against the show. Sen. Joseph F. Vitale, chairman of the New Jersey Italian American Legislative Caucus, and Richard Bilotti, chairman of the New Jersey Italian and Italian American Heritage Commission, sent a letter to MTV parent company Viacom asking them to cancel the show for its “offensive, inaccurate” portrayal of Italian-Americans. “Jersey Shore is a fabrication created by MTV Networks and marketed to represent reality,” the letter says. “This is a far cry from a documentary of a naturally occurring subculture existing in New Jersey.”
Now history seems to be repeating itself with MTV’s upcoming reality series Buckwild, about a group of thrill-seeking twentysomethings in a small West Virginia town, which has been dubbed “The Jersey Shore Of Appalachia” and “Hillbillies Gone Wild” (watch trailer below). MTV has already anointed it a successor to departing hit Jersey Shore by scheduling it in Jersey Shore‘s Thursday 10 PM slot and has been using the same type of provocative promo campaign that it used for Jersey Shore three years ago, perhaps hoping to spark controversy again for extra publicity. As a result, the network is getting a similar reaction from legislators. Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) today …
With Jersey Shore nearing its end, another cast member of the blockbuster reality series is staying at MTV with a new show. The network has greenlighted hybrid talk show/reality series The Show With Vinny hosted by Jersey Shore‘s Vinny Guadagnino. Executive produced by Jersey Shore mastermind SallyAnn Salsano of 495 Prods, the series will be set at Guadagnino’s family home in Staten Island, NY.
The Show With Vinny, which sounds a lot like UK’s The Kumars At No. 42, combines the reality of Guadagnino’s home life with off-the-cuff and unscripted interviews with stars invited over to break bread. It will feature a host of real characters from Guadagnino’s personal life, from his ultimate hostess mother Paula to party boss Uncle Nino and more. Celebrities will share a meal and a candid conversation about whatever comes up complete with lots of commentary from Vinny’s peanut gallery of loved ones. No studio or audience; just family, food and big friggin’ stars. “Vinny’s unique mix of humor, intelligence, curiosity and heart make him the perfect choice for this genre busting take on the interview format,” said Chris Linn, MTV EVP Programming and Head of Production.
The one hour show, called Restore the Shore, will include cast members from MTV’s Jersey Shore as well as guests who’ll be announced later, and will air live on November 15 at 11:00 PM ET, with a tape delay for the west coast. The cable channel will use the funds to rebuild Seaside Heights’ boardwalk and support local businesses and residents. MTV plans to offer online and mobile tools that will make it relatively easy for viewers to donate during the show as well as afterward. The channel says it will announce other details soon. MTV will team with non-profit group Architecture for Humanity which helped to rebuild Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and Biloxi and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
With some of its stars off to topline their own spinoffs and start a family, ratings starting to come down to earth and cast salary demands escalating, MTV is ending its blockbuster reality show Jersey Shore. The upcoming season 6 of the series, which premieres Oct. 4, will be its last, MTV said.
MTV has lined up a slew of Jersey Shore farewell programming beginning on Sept. 6, the night of the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. The full-day celebration will kick-off at 11 AM with a Jersey Shore marathon. At 6 PM, MTV will air Gym, Tan, Look Back, a retrospective special, which will feature a sneak peak from the final season. AT 7 PM, Jersey Shore cast members will discuss the end of the show on the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show red carpet. Following Season Six premiere on October 4, the new episodes of the final episodes will be followed by Jersey Shore encore programming at 11 PM.
Jersey Shore is MTV’s highest rated series ever in history and has ranked as the #1 cable series for P12-34 for all five of its previous seasons. It aired internationally, spawned spinoff series The Pauly D Project and Snooki & JWOWW, which has been renewed for a second season, and inspired two international versions: Geordie Shore in the UK and Gandia Shore in Spain. Jersey Shore is executive produced by SallyAnn Salsano from 495 Prods. Concept created by Anthony …
At today’s TCA, MTV announced that the 6th season of Jersey Shore will premiere Thursday October 4 at 10 PM. The network also says it will be picking up second seasons of Snooki & JWoww and Money From Strangers. Here’s the release:
Beverly Hills, CA (August 3, 2012)—The much-anticipated premiere date for season six of “Jersey Shore,” along with the premiere dates for new and returning series, and season two renewals for “Snooki & JWOWW” and “Money From Strangers,” were among the announcements today by David Janollari, Head of MTV Programming, during the network’s presentation at the Summer 2012 Television Critics Association Press Tour. MTV also unveiled an all-new clip from the upcoming comedy “The Inbetweeners,” set to debut on Monday, August 20 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.
In a 16-page civil complaint filed in LA Superior Court yesterday, the talent agency says its former client owes it more than $370,000 in past commissions from the hit MTV reality series. And ICM says Paul DelVecchio, his real name, also owes it more than $200,000 from the upcoming season of Jersey Shore. The suit says that it’s “standard custom and practice” for talent agencies to receive “post-termination commissions on all deals they negotiate for their client.” Pauly D left ICM on May 5, 2011, after less than a year. DelVecchio is now represented by WME which negotiated his current Pauly D Project spin-off series. It debuted on MTV on March 29, 2012.
Anger Management, Lionsgate TV’s upcoming sitcom starring former Two And A Hale Men leading man Charlie Sheen as an irascible anger management therapist, has been picked up by Modern Times Group (MTG) to air on its Viasat Broadcasting free-TV channels in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Viasat’s channels also carry Two And A Half Men. Lionsgate International has already sold Anger Management, loosely based on the 2003 feature starring Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler, in Canada, Latin America and Germany. In the U.S., it launches on FX in June.
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France’s leading pubcaster TF1 has acquired rights to Jersey Shore for air on its DTT channel NT1. NT1 also picked up a format option to adapt the MTV series for local audiences. On the news, Viacom International Media Networks’ SVP of international sales, Caroline Beaton, said in part: “I’m extremely excited that a localized version through NT1’s format option will enable French audiences to connect even more deeply with their favorite program in their own language and through their own local personalities.” No word on where the show could be set, though I’m guessing Nice or Marseille would be potentials given their coastal settings, vibrant nightlife and young populace…
MTV has greenlighted a sixth season of reality juggernaut Jersey Shore, which appears to be scaling back to one edition a year. Production on Season 6 is slated to begin in the summer in Seaside Heights, NJ. In the last two years, MTV filmed one cycle of the show a year with the cast in their natural environment on the Jersey Shore during summer/fall and one in a warmer locale during winter/spring, including Miami and Italy. Now Season 5 and Season 6 are both set in NJ, with the upcoming sixth cycle focusing on the pregnancy and engagement of star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, who also has a spinoff MTV series, as does Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio (His premieres March 29, following the premiere of the Punk’d reboot). While beginning to show ratings declines, Jersey Shore continues to be a young-demo blockbuster, ranking as the No. 1 cable series in 2012 among persons 12-34. Season 5 is averaging a 7.4 persons 12-34 rating and 7.9 million total viewers in Live+7 ratings. Jersey Shore is executive produced by SallyAnn Salsano from 495 Prods.
It looks like MTV’s Jersey Shore spinoff starring Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley has found a place to shoot after being turned down last week by Hoboken”s film commission. Jersey City, N.J, has issued a permit for the show, which is expected to begin lensing this month. Hoboken’s film commission had denied the request, citing safety and quality of life concerns for a shoot that asked for a 24-hour filming permit to follow the pair around. Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy said he believes the spinoff will help promote the city.
The women of MTV’s Jersey Shore say Hoboken, NJ would have benefited from a proposed spinoff that was denied a filming permit. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley said today the Film Commission likely based its decision on “stereotypes” and misconceptions. ”We don’t go to a town to damage it. … We go to a town to help it out.” Mayor Dawn Zimmer says the commission’s decision was based on safety and quality of life concerns for residents along the Hudson River. Hoboken officials say 495 Productions was seeking a 24-hour filming permit to follow two “well-known reality television celebrities” living in the city. The production company can appeal the decision to the city council. Farley and Polizzi questioned Zimmer’s role in the film commission’s rejection. ”I wish she would have met us first and maybe talked about what the show was gonna be about before just being like ‘You’re not allowed in Hoboken.’ I think that’s really rude, to be honest,” Polizzi said. “She was 24 once, she’s from Jersey, she was at the shore and she was doing the same exact thing we’re doing. She just wasn’t taped.”
After posting its first season-to-season decline for its fourth-season finale, MTV’s juggernaut Jersey Shore‘s posted its first season-to-season premiere drop. Last night’s Season 5 opener was down 14% from the Season 4 debut. Still, it drew a massive audience of 7.6 million viewers and dominated the 10 PM hour in adults 18-49 on broadcast and cable. In persons 12-34, Jersey Shore posted a 7.2 rating.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie today pulled the plug on a tax credit for Jersey Shore, likening it to “wasteful spending.” The MTV reality show’s producer 495 Productions was to receive a $420,000 tax break for filming in the state as part of an economic development initiative. It’s a tiny victory for the Italian Americans who have repeatedly railed against the hugely successful show and who reached out, along with a New Jersey assemblyman, to ask Christie to block the subsidy. Though the governor says he doesn’t want to police the content of specific projects, he doesn’t count Jersey Shore among those that best benefit the state. “I am duty-bound to ensure that taxpayers are not footing a $420,000 bill for a project which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the state and its citizens,” Christie wrote.
PREVIOUS: Some tidbits from tomorrow’s Primetime Emmy Awards are starting to get out. Sources are buzzing about Jane Lynch’s opening number and a live number by the Saturday Night Live digital video masters, the Lonely Island guys, both featuring “awesome cameos.” It is unclear whether Charlie Sheen, who is expected to appear on the show tomorrow, will take part in any of them. But the two numbers are described as highlights of the ceremony and as “epic”. The Lonely Island Guys, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer and Andy Samberg, Emmy winners for their collaboration with Justin Timberlake Dick in a Box, were also nominated with Timberlake this year for 3-Way but lost out to another Timberlake song from the May SNL show he hosted.
The idea that New Jersey taxpayers are helping to enable the Jersey Shore gang to party hearty and get their fight on isn’t sitting well. “I can’t believe we are paying for fake tanning for Snooki and The Situation, and I am not even sure $420,000 covers that,” Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon told the Newark Star-Ledger. A Democratic state Senator and an Italian American group today called on Republican Gov. Chris Christie to block the tax credit awarded yesterday to the MTV hit reality show’s production company 495 Productions. “It is disparaging to Italian Americans. He should veto it, ” said state Sen. Joe Vitale. A spokesman for the governor said that Christie doesn’t like the show and opposed the tax credit yet has no control over the decision. And not everyone is against it. In Seaside Heights, where the show is filmed, the mayor said even though Jersey Shore can show the state in a negative light, the investment pays big local dividends. “A lot of the business folks here appreciate that,” he said.