This news is a bit late, so sorry about that. But late last week, MTV said the new Italy-based season starts Aug. 4, and the show cast returns to Seaside Heights this month ... just to repeat that, with emphasis added once again ... this month ... to tape season five.
Those poor kids. They'll barely have time to recuperate from Italy; tough life.
There is, of course, controversy. There are Reports -- those all-knowing stories that usually originate from Radar Online -- that the cast is upset about the fast turnaround. They wanted time to collect a few million dollars in special appearance paychecks before getting back to the Shore. That won't be possible now, and there is talk again of a walkout.
Oh, brother. Or, in Italian, Oh, fratello.