8:00am PT by Kate Stanhope
'Jersey Shore' Cast Set for TV Reunion Docuseries at E! (Exclusive)
The details surrounding the Jersey Shore cast's recent reunion are finally coming to light.
The stars of the hit MTV reality show, which ran from 2009-2012, are coming back together for a new reunion-centered docuseries in development at E!, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Titled Reunion Road Trip, the unscripted entry will capture an epic show reunion as the cast drives down memory lane, making familiar stops along the way — sharing stories, revisiting hot spots and catching up on each other's current lives. Viewers will follow the lifelong friends as they come together to gossip about each other's lives, what has been said about them in the press, the juiciest moments and stories from behind the scenes that we never saw, and most of all talk about the pop culture hit that has bonded them forever.
The Jersey Shore reunion will serve as the pilot for the series.
No other casts are yet lined up for the project, with producers exploring both unscripted and scripted series casts as possibilities for future episodes, should the show move forward.
Greg Lipstone, Simon Knight, Adam Greener, Emily Mayer and Lauren Stevens will exec produce the series, which hails from All3 Media's Maverick TV.
Speculation about a potential Jersey Shore reunion heated up in recent weeks after one of the show's breakout stars, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, posted several photos of the cast back together on her Snapchat account with the hashtag #JerseyShoreReunion.
Jersey Shore ran for six seasons and 71 episodes. At its height, the series drew 8.87 million viewers. The series spawned a soundtrack, a book and two spinoffs: Snooki & JWoww and The Pauly D Project.
Such TV nostalgia in the reunion/revival/reboot category, has paid off big for networks in recent years as channels try to build on known IP to break through in peak TV era. Netflix alone has found success with several revivals that have also served as reunions (Fuller House, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life), NBC is about to do the same with Will & Grace and Fox with The X-Files (again), among many more.
Jersey Shore's home network, MTV, has also found similar success, such as when it reunited the original Teen Mom cast for a fresh round of installments, and with its Hills 10-year anniversary special last summer. Other blasts from the past on the unscripted include MTV's Fear Factor reboot with new host Ludacris and VH1's America's Next Top Model revival.