SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ – MTV’s hit 2000s reality show Jersey Shore is coming back, but according to officials in Seaside Heights, where the show was born, not in their town. Back then, Snooki, Ronnie, Mike, Jenny, Paulie, Sam, Angelina, and Vinny were just young adults looking to hook up and get drunk at the Jersey Shore. Now that this group of once wild party-going millennials have calmed down, had babies, and been married off, 495 Productions, the producers of the show are looking to the next generation to reboot the series.
Jersey Shore 2.0 is coming back, but so far, they’re having a hard time finding a home at the Jersey Shore.
A lot has changed in Seaside Heights since the crew left in 2012. Most of the clubs they visited have been demolished, including Karma and Bamboo. The once rowdy Seaside Heights Boulevard has become a ghost town with Hemmingways being the last standing bar on the strip.
Along the boardwalk, most of the places in the iconic imagery of the show are gone. The show ceased airing in December of 2012, two months after Superstorm Sandy demolished much of the boardwalk. Now, rebuilt, much of the boardwalk bears no resemblance to how it appeared on the decade-old show.
These days, under Mayor Anthony Vaz, Seaside Heights is trying to change its image from the raunchy party town for drunks to its roots as a family-friendly destination. Many in the community blamed Jersey Shore for the debauchery that took over the borough in the early 2000s.
“It’s been 13 years since the iconic cast of Jersey Shore fist-pumped their way into our lives and stole our hearts,” MTV said in a press release. “Now, the time-honored tradition continues with a new group of roommates moving into their own Shore house. They may have traded their poofs for plumped pouts and UV rays for spray tans, but when things heat up in Jersey, the Shore is still the place to be to make memories all summer long.”
495 Productions never filed a permit to film in Seaside Heights, but were told by the borough they would not be allowed to film there. The location of the new series has not yet been made public.