08/30/2012 at 01:25 PM EDT
It's the end of the first-pumping era.
Almost three years after the world was introduced to Guidos and grenades, MTV will air the premiere of Jersey Shore
's final season on Oct. 4 at 10 p.m. ET, the network announced in a statement on Thursday.
On Sept. 6, the network will air a special called Gym, Tan, Look Back
, airing at 6 p.m. ET, where the cast will reflect on prior seasons and a sneak peak will be shown of what's to come in the final one.
Although the reality show is MTV's highest rated series in its history, once the program's biggest star, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, 24, got pregnant
, a rep for the network said they were unsure about even a sixth season
But this isn't the end of the TV road for all of the cast mates. Polizzi – who gave birth
to son Lorenzo on Sunday – and her Shore
bestie, Jennifer "JWoww" Farley's spinoff Snooki & JWOWW
has been picked up for a second season, while Paul "Pauly D" DelVecchio's The Pauly D Project
still awaits its season two fate.
gang's final season takes place in Seaside Heights, N.J., where it all began.