June 7, 2011

MTV has confirmed that Jersey Shore will be returning for a fifth season. The news comes after the network announced an August 4 premiere date for the upcoming Season 4. Ahead of the premiere, a one-hour special chronicling the series' rise will air on Thursday, July 28.

Since becoming a breakout hit in 2009, Jersey Shore has been filming two seasons a year, alternating between New Jersey and a new setting. The show's second season followed the group to Florida, while the upcoming fourth will take place in Italy. Season 5 will be set once again back in familiar Seaside Heights for the third time.

In recent weeks, the series has been making headlines for its current production issues in Italy. Before cameras even started rolling, the cast was banned from being filmed drinking in public areas. And more recently, Nicole Polizzi - aka Snooki - had an auto accident with Italian police.

(Source: Deadline)