Sure, it was just a matter of time before "Jersey Shore" -- cable's hottest show (if you are not counting football) -- spins a piece of itself off into another series and another franchise . . . and a Long Island connection appeared increasingly likely given the fact that JWoww and Snooki have been house-hunting here, as Newsday has dutifully reported over the past couple of months.
And now this: TMZ is reporting that both will shoot a pilot on the Island this weekend; no other details though TMZ puckishly noted that Dina Lohan lives near the shoot "so hide the cameras." Dina lives in North Merrick so . . . you do the geography.
Calls are out.
Here's what an MTV spokesperson says: "We shoot regularly with various network talent and while we continue to explore options with the ‘Jersey Shore’ cast, no additional programming related to the show has been greenlit.”
And, here's Valerie Kellogg's piece from December; you'll note that East Setauket is nowhere near North Merrick so one can assume that they changed their minds at some point.
"Jersey Shore" stars Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni "JWoww" Farley may be moving to East Setauket. The reality TV stars are expected to see a house that is on the market for $1.595 million, said the home's listing agent, Linda Hickey of Stony Brook-based Hickey & Smith Realtors. The five-bedroom, three-bath "postmodern Colonial" comes with a 20- by 44-foot saltwater pool, outdoor bar and sound system, and heated and air-conditioned pool house. Inside there is a 750-gallon fish tank. Hickey said Polizzi and Farley wanted to bring a camera crew for a showing this week but "the owner said no." On Monday night, JWoww posted a tweet denying the house-hunting report: "So I keep seeing these reports from LI about getting a certain house . . . ! Who makes up this - -. So agitated @ this point I want to find the liars behind it."