One hestitates to use the word "work" when it comes to the cast of "Jersey Shore," but it's expected they will be back at work today (if they are not already) following an impasse over Do Re Mi yesterday.
[Update: And if you're just reading this now, the cast is still not back - just before 3 p.m. ET - although the Hollywood Reporter says Pauly D/Situation have indeed signed for the third season from Seaside Heights, and that the rest of the cast is expected to follow shortly. So...expect the cameras to roll very very soon.]
It's the same old story - most of the crew were mad that Snooki and The Situation were cut richer side deals than they were. They wanted more money before continuing the Seaside Heights shoot this morning. I inserted the following update in an earlier post and share with you now...
The Hollywood Reporter reported last night that MTV was prepared to offer the rest of the cast $30,000 per episode - or up to that point. In truth, the report was rather vague, but it does indicate the impasse will end by today.
I also talked to MTV's chief of production, Chris Linn late yesterday and while he would not comment on the "Shore" negotiations, I got every indication that this Too Shall Pass. He says the network's "thrilled" with the stuff they got in Miami, and that fame has NOT gone to the cast's head, and that this show still has plenty of life in it. I also got the feeling - a feeling only - that there's no rush to dump cast members. MTV clearly likes the way this group clicks, and rebuilding from the ground up could easily be a fatal move. So...expect resolution today.
Does the gang deserve this king of money? Honestly, probably more - some of "The Hills" crew cut deals for $100,000 per ep. Alas, this is America circa 2010 - when many people can't even get a job, yet layabouts on a reality show can score huge bucks.
And that's the way it goes.
More updates to come ...