Jersey Shore stars get spin-offs

Three cast members from TV's much-criticized, but much-watched reality series Jersey Shore have landed spin-off projects.
Jersey Shore cast members, from left, Paul 'DJ Pauly D' Delvecchio, Michael 'The Situation' Sorrentino, Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi and Jenni 'JWoww' Farley are seen in 2010. Delvecchio, Polizzi and Farley will star in spin-offs of the reality series. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Three cast members from TV's widely criticized but much-watched reality series Jersey Shore have landed new shows, MTV has announced.

The youth-oriented network revealed Thursday that Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Jenni "JWoww" Farley and Paul "DJ Pauly D" Delvecchio will be featured in new spin-off projects slated for broadcast in 2012. One show will follow the adventures of Polizzi and Farley as they search for fun and romance. The other will chronicle Delvecchio's attempt to become a successful DJ.

Initially scheduled to span 12 episodes each, the two programs will continue in the same "humorous and unapologetic" vein as Jersey Shore, according to MTV. 

Production will begin after the trio and their friends wrap the fourth season of Jersey Shore, the reality series about a group of unabashedly louche young people who spend summer vacations together in a rented house.

The as-yet-unnamed shows "put the spotlight on their lives away from the shore as they pursue their individual passions, careers and relationships," said Chris Linn, MTV's head of production.

Since its 2009 debut Jersey Shore has faced a chorus of criticism, including from New Jersey politicians and Italian American groups, but it has persisted and become a pop culture phenomenon. Several of the cast members have become household names and landed advertising jobs, magazine covers, guest appearances and book deals. The show has also inspired copycat shows, including a maligned Canadian project titled Lake Shore.

Jersey Shore remains popular with the 12- to 34-year-old demographic coveted by advertisers and is a ratings hit for MTV, regularly setting new viewership records for the network.