A series that a lot of viewers loved to hate — or just plain hated — even though it was a huge hit for its channel, MTV, has inspired a new project at the cable channel. MTV is conjuring up memories of the often controversial “Jersey Shore” with the announcement that it will soon be rolling out “MTV Floribama Shore.”
“Jersey Shore” creator SallyAnn Salsano is executive producing, with MTV cleverly billing the project as “the next shore thing.” The show premieres Monday, Nov. 27, for an eight-episode run.
“Jersey Shore” was a magnet for controversy and headlines during its run, including angering Italians for its use of the words “guido” and “guidette” and ruffling feathers among the locals when it filmed in Seaside Heights, N.J. The setup for the new show appears to be a recipe for more of the same.
“Set in the Florida Panhandle along the beach that stretches all the way to Alabama, ‘MTV Floribama Shore’ is the story of eight young adults who come to spend the summer in the hottest beach town on the Gulf Coast, Panama City Beach, to party it up and put the real world on hold for just a little bit longer,” MTV says in its announcement. “But each is armed with incredible life experiences and standing at a crossroads, whether it’s ending a relationship, tasting independence for the first time, or trying to escape the past. This coming of age story captures the very real thrill and angst of being young and trying to figure out the future with a group of people you’ll come to call family.”
The channel released the following cast list for the series:
Jeremiah Buoni: 22, Amelia Island, FL
Codi Butts: 25, Westminster, SC
Kortni Gilson: 21, Panama City Beach, FL
Aimee Hall: 24, Perdido, AL
Kirk Medas: 25, Atlanta, GA
Nilsa Prowant: 23, Panama City Beach, FL
Candace Rice: 24, Memphis, TN
Gus Smyrnios: 22, Tallahassee, FL
MTV notes that its “Shore” franchise is already a global phenomenon, which includes “Geordie Shore” in the UK, “Gandia Shore” in Spain, “Warsaw Shore” in Poland, “Acapulco Shore” in Mexico and “Super Shore.”
The network clearly has its target demo in mind, noting in the announcement: “MTV continues to double down on programming that celebrates youth culture.”
Along with 495 Productions founder and CEO Salsano, Drew Tappon executive produces, with Nina L. Diaz and Jackie French as executive producers for MTV.
Here’s a short teaser …