Snooki, The Situation, JWoww, Pauly D and crew were due to leave for Italy on April 14, but production has been delayed.
While some Italian officials and commentators blasted the show and its stereotypes and want nothing to do with Jersey Shore, that doesn’t appear to be the holdup.
A show source tells E! that producers are having trouble getting permits to film around Florence, though a rep for the Italian Film Commission denies it.
“We haven’t been contacted by anyone from MTV or a manager for the show. Generally speaking, Italy is a film-friendly place,” the spokesman says.
Another possible delay is contract disputes with MTV and the cast.
Cast member DJ Pauly D works as a full-time DJ and does paid sets weekly. Other cast members have been making appearances as well. Snooki was recently on Wrestlemania.
MTV had no comment on the delay, but a network insider says that for various reasons, producers might scrap the idea of basing the season in Italy.
Instead, they’d shorten the stay abroad and “make it more of a vacation than them actually living there,” or abandon the overseas trip altogether.
MTV has a presence in Italy, so it’s likely that the main issue is not finding their welcome to film in Italy. MTV’s italian website offers a friendly advertisement for jersey shore, calling them “guidos” and picturing them as crazy and funny to watch. I wonder if Ferrari will get in on sponsorship.
Update: Rules for Jersey Shore Cast when in Italy (4/19/2011)
The next season of Jersey Shore begins filming next month in Florence, Italy.
A few terms have been given to MTV from Italy. One is that the cast can not be filmed drinking in public. It is legal to drink in public in Italy, but it is likely they don’t want to promote the bad things that come with it.
In addition to this, the show is required to “Bring out the lifestyle of the Italians (not the Americans in Italy), our culture and good food.
1. Exclude from shooting clubs, bars and meeting places that promote the reckless consumption of alcohol.
2. Do not shoot kids who drink in public. Boys ‘Jersey Shore’ will be filmed while running the city without alcohol in my hand.
3. Florence as a town not to promote drinking.
4. Promote interaction between the actors and the city never known before.
5. Bring out the lifestyle of the Italians (not the Americans in Italy), our culture and good food.
Aside from the initial assumption that Jersey Shore is bad in Italy – it may bring some added tourist interest, especially for viewers that aren’t familiar with how people in Europe get down.