04:23 PM EDT 12/18/2014
Originally posted 12/20/2012 05:30PM
Gym, tan, laundry ... and tears.
Three years, six seasons and two spin-offs after Jersey Shore's December 2009 premiere, the pop culture phenomenon that extended Ed Hardy's shelf life and gave the importance of hair gel an entirely new meaning is bidding adieu to TV.
In honor of the reality show's grand finale, airing at 10 p.m. on Thursday, PEOPLE caught up with the cast and got some behind-the-scenes scoop from the final days of filming.
Here are five things we know you won't be seeing in the finale that Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, 31, calls, "humorous with a little irony":
Originally posted 12/20/2012 06:00AM
Oh, what a night!
New mom Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi enjoyed a night out without baby Lorenzo Tuesday, linking up with Jersey Shore costar Deena Cortese to toast the end of their show at West Hollywood hotspot Bootsy Bellows. But the ladies had some random company, in the form of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards and her friend, Faye Resnick.
The foursome – there with a few other pals – arrived around 11:50 p.m. and went to the club's VIP room before hitting the dance floor – hard. The group busted moves to songs like James Brown's "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine" and Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" while sipping vodka cocktails (Richards abstained from alcohol).
Once Cortese spotted club owner David Arquette, she told him, "You need to take a picture with the two meatballs. You're the sausage!" So the actor obliged, posing for a shot with Cortese and Polizzi, later seeking them out to entertain them with his Keith Richards marionette.
Resnick and Richards left around 12:30 a.m., at which time Dancing with the Stars pro Derek Hough came over to the Jersey Shore stars to say hello – just as Cortese took a tumble backward and broke a few glasses at her table.
At 1 a.m., Cortese and Polizzi left the VIP room and headed for the main part of the club to enjoy some house music, and ran into Glee star Amber Riley, who joined them at a table for a bit.
Meanwhile, Julianne Hough arrived around 1:15 a.m. (sans boyfriend Ryan Seacrest) and immediately hit the dance floor, grooving to the Spice Girls's "Wannabe" and AC/DC's "Back in Black." But when the DJ spun Dion's classic "Runaround Sue," Derek joined Julianne on the dance floor and the two broke out into a full-on choreographed routine. The dance floor cleared as people cheered them on – especially when Derek fell into the splits (more than once!). Julianne left not long after, around 1:40 a.m., and Cortese and Polizzi slipped out a few minutes (and cocktails) later. – Jennifer Garcia
Originally posted 03/19/2012 01:55PM
Get ready for gym, tan, maternity clothes on Jersey Shore.
Following speculation about whether or not the show would be renewed for a sixth season, all seven cast mates – including a pregnant Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi – are set to return to Seaside Heights, N.J., during this summer to begin filming, according to a press release from MTV.
"The house dynamic is headed into unchartered territory as their lives outside of the 'Shore' take off in exciting new directions," the network says.
"While things will definitely be a little different this time when they hit the boardwalk, their trademark hilarity and family dysfunction will remain the same."
– Dahvi Shira
Originally posted 12/07/2011 10:15AM
Home is where the heart is. But for the Jersey Shore crew, it's also the where the fighting, drunkenness and general mayhem are.
Arriving in New Jersey after a season in Italy, the cast of the MTV show spare little time getting back to their wild and crazy roots, judging by the just-released trailer for season 5, premiering Jan. 5.
Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi get into a major fight. Vinny Guadagnino announces he's leaving the shore house. And a huge bar brawl erupts in Seaside Heights that leaves Sorrentino bleeding.
Originally posted 08/04/2011 03:20PM
Jersey Shore is back!
You've seen the trailer for season 4 of MTV's hit reality show, which premieres Thursday (10 p.m. ET), and Ronnie, The Situation, Pauly D, Vinny, Deena, Sammi, JWoww and a slimmed-down Snooki are bringing their brand of fun and drama – expect fights, romance and even a car crash! – to Italy.
But will you watch? Tell us below if you're still interested in the Jersey characters as they take their adventures abroad or if you've had enough of a Shore thing.
Originally posted 07/19/2011 09:00AM
Italy may never be the same.
During Monday night's broadcast of Teen Wolf, MTV aired the trailer for season 4 of Jersey Shore, which premieres Aug. 4 (10 p.m. ET).
From the looks of it, Snooki, The Situation, Pauly D, Vinny, Deena, Sammi, JWoww and Ronnie are in for the most dramatic season yet, as the roommates do what they do best: go clubbing, hook up and fight.
"I'm going back to the Motherland," The Situation declares.
Originally posted 07/11/2011 03:40PM
How do you say "brace yourself" in Italian?
Jersey Shore's season 4 premiere is less than a month away – and now PEOPLE.com has your first look at an official cast photo, and it appears they're not holding anything back.
In the shot, the cast gets all glammed-up for a late-night run through the streets of Florence, Italy, where they filmed the show starting in May. (It must have been a short stay, though. They were already back in Seaside Heights, N.J., by the end of June and hard at work at season 5.) The season begins Aug. 4 on MTV (10 p.m. ET).
Originally posted 01/18/2011 10:30AM
Seaside Heights, N.J.'s most famous summertime residents put the mess in "hot mess" on Monday night's episode of Jersey Shore.
It was the one fans have been expecting since news broke in July that an intoxicated Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi had been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, creating a public nuisance and annoying people on a beach, which is a crime in the Garden State.
But there were other cringe-worthy moments to make you squirm or laugh out loud, depending on your taste for reality TV:
Originally posted 01/17/2011 08:00AM
She may have clashed with Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola, but Jersey Shore's new girl Deena Nicole Cortese seems to be making friends just fine – especially with the guys she hopes could become more than just friends.
From the get-go, she showed off her flirty side toward Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, stripping off her bikini bottoms in a not-so-sober moment.
"At the time, whenever I was drunk for some reason, I always thought Mike was good-looking," she says on Monday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show about her time in Seaside Heights, N.J. "When I'm not drunk, I'm like a normal person in front of him. When I'm drunk, I look embarrassing."
Originally posted 01/13/2011 11:15AM
Jersey Shore's first feud of the season is already getting super catty!
Following the fistfight that erupted in the kitchen on the cast's first day back in Seaside Heights, N.J., Snooki, JWoww and Deena are seen gossiping and insulting Sammi in a sneak peek at Thursday's episode.
"Did Sam go to the gym with [Ronnie] this morning?" JWoww asks while driving Snooki and Deena to the tanning salon.
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