Jersey Shore Back for 6th Season

Snooki's pregnancy will likely be party downer
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2012 11:35 PM CDT
Updated Mar 20, 2012 12:23 AM CDT
Jersey Shore Returning for Sixth Season
Expectant mom Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi.   (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

And baby bump makes nine. A very pregnant Snooki and the rest of the aging guido and guidette gang are returning this summer to film a debauched sixth season of Jersey Shore, MTV has announced. The interesting complication will be Snooki's family way, and if that will dent her alcohol-fueled partying obsession—and how the house will deal if it does. “It changes the dynamic,” Syracuse University professor and pop-culture expert Robert Thompson tells the New York Daily News. “There are behaviors I suppose she’s not going to engage in, and if she does, it’s going to seem reprehensible. There are some land mines. Obviously she can’t play the same role, or that will be controversial or creepy.”

But if Snooki can't keep up in the clubs, who cares? Others can take over, says Thompson. "When Lucy got pregnant, the show was called I Love Lucy,” the prof notes. “It’s not called Snooki Shore, it’s Jersey Shore— there are some who can take up that narrative slack.” The exact same crew will be back, and no doubt Snooki's babydaddy, Jionni LaValle, will be hanging around, too. Snooki is due to pop next fall. (More Snooki stories.)

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