'Jersey Shore' cast closer to deal

Talks took a turn after MTV upped offer to $10,000 an episode

The cast of "Jersey Shore" is on track to keep fist-pumping into Season 2.

Although a deal hasn't been reached with the cast for a second round, sources said the fact that MTV has stepped up its offer to $10,000 an episode has made negotiations take a positive turn.

Agreements could be reached by week's end for another season of MTV's breakout hit, whose cast collectively rebelled against the network's low salaries for freshman performers.

MTV is eager to get the cast shooting a new season to air beginning in July or August.

Parties could face a production hurdle, however, with winter in New Jersey putting the show's summer beach house locale under snow. MTV might have to choose between crunching its production schedule or having the cast make a trip to warmer climate for the next season to make its airdate goals.

MTV did not return a request for comment.