What do the phrases “GTL”, “Cabs are here!” and “Where’s the beach?” have in common? If you consider yourself a reality TV fan, you know that the famous nicknames belong to “Jersey Shore”. Given that the show has spawned a number of spin-offs and related programs, it’s no wonder the likes of Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, and Jenni “JWoww” Farley are as famous today as they are then the summit of “Jersey Shore”. If anything, her pop culture influence has grown.
The cast of Jersey Shore has matured over time. For example, Snooki is now married to Jionni LaValle and a mother of three; The Situation himself tied the knot in 2018 and is the father of a young son. While the OG gang is very much alive and well and is currently on screen due to Jersey Shore Family Vacation, a new generation of kids is coming onto the screen. Enter Buckhead Shore, the latest Jersey Shore franchise spin-off, which premiered June 23rd. With fresh faces and wild drama, Buckhead Shore might very well introduce the world to the newest “Snooki” character. Ahead of the premiere, we sat down with the young cast to get their take on the show, and they shared what it’s like to join such a storied franchise.
The cast was shocked to join such a famous franchise
There’s nothing quite like immersing yourself in good drama on screen, and Buckhead Shore delivers what only a Shore show can. The group of young stars — made up of JuJu Barney, Katie Canham, Savannah Gabriel, Adamo Giraldo, Parker Lipman, Bethania Locke, Pat Muresan, Chelsea Prescott, and DJ Simmons — are newcomers to reality, but they’re definitely established for success , as they follow in the footsteps of Jersey Shore. When we asked the cast how they would have reacted upon learning they were joining such an iconic franchise, the excitement was palpable.
“It was amazing,” Barney began. “I had never seen it before. My mom grew up blocking MTV so imagine she went through all these troubles and I end up with the same franchise. I thought it was so great.”
Giraldo, who got to tune in during the Jersey Shore days in the mid-2000s, said it was a “blessing” to “tune in”. [the cast’s] Steps.”
“People keep throwing a lot of shadows on the fact that Buckhead doesn’t necessarily have a shore, but we take that as a blessing,” added Lipman. “We’re part of the biggest franchise in TV history.”
The cast is ready to define their own path
When “Jersey Shore” originally dropped in 2009, it not only became reality TV-defining, but also generation-defining. So many of us tuned in to see the mid-2000s escapade unfold before our eyes, and the cast of Buckhead Shore found themselves in just that spot.
“I used to have to sneak out and watch it late at night because it was late,” DJ Simmons said of Jersey Shore. “We have always respected [the cast] and we’re excited to be a part of this franchise.” Before he wrapped up, Simmons made it clear, “Right now, it’s ‘Buckhead Shore,'” he said.
Clearly, the cast is ready to get their own names out there while continuing the Jersey Shore legacy, so we had to ask how their friend group has been sustained in the face of the cameras, pressures, and expectations of reality TV.
“At the end of the day we’re all best friends and we love and care for each other,” Pat Muresan told us. “We’re all best friends. We respect the girls. We love everyone and there is nothing personal in this group of friends.”
Will ‘Buckhead Shore’ be as wild as the OG days of ‘Jersey Shore’? Time will surely tell.
New episodes of “Buckhead Shore” air Thursday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET on MTV.