Besides, the show's happy hedonistic days are behind it, what with Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino now living with a sober coach and giving interviews to MTV's Sway about the "rainy days" he's had since struggling in rehab with his addiction to "prescription drugs." And Snooki is now a mom. Where's the fun in all that?
Thursday's announcement marks The End of an Era, MTV said modestly.
The news was unveiled Thursday to give fans time to grieve and clear their schedules for a mess of "Jersey Shore" send-off programming, starting almost immediately after the holiday weekend.
On Sept. 6, MTV will celebrate "Jersey Shore" all day long, until it takes a break to telecast the 2012 Video Music Awards. Beginning at 11 a.m., MTV will run a "Jersey Shore" marathon featuring past episodes that should have, but did not, win awards, for Best Bromance and the like. That will be followed by the retrospective show "Gym, Tanning, Look Back" at 6 p.m., in which cast members reminisce like middle-aged folk at their high school reunion.
At 7 p.m., the gang will gather — at the VMAs' pre-show red carpet — for the first live interviews since MTV announced the show was kaput. The network threatened that other things also were in store, including an after-show each week during Season 6, a "scintillating reunion special," etc.
Although the show will be gone after this coming season, it will live on in spinoffs. "Snooki & JWoww," which wraps its first season Sept. 13, has already been renewed for a second season. But don't hold your breath on "The Pauly D Project," which had a lousy opening.