|Snooki & Jwoww|
|Developed by||SallyAnn Salsano|
|Opening theme||"I Love It" by Icona Pop|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||37 (List of episodes)|
|Location(s)||Jersey City, New Jersey|
Manchester, New Jersey
|Running time||30 minutes|
(season 1; season 3—)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Status||June 21, 2012 – present|
|Related shows||Jersey Shore|
The Pauly D Project
Snooki & Jwoww (sometimes rendered Snooki & JWoww or Snooki & JWOWW in print and online sources) is an American reality television series on MTV starring Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jennifer "JWoww" Farley. It is the second of two spin-offs of Jersey Shore, on which both Polizzi and Farley previously gained fame as cast members. The series, which is executive produced by Jersey Shore producer SallyAnn Salsano of 495 Productions, is described by its stars as a modern-day Laverne & Shirley. The first season focuses on Polizzi and Farley living together in a former firehouse in Jersey City, New Jersey, though Polizzi's pregnancy, which was confirmed during filming of the first season, led to a change in episode content and tone that would distance it from the party-oriented antics of its parent show. Filming began on the first season February 25, 2012, and lasted five weeks. The series premiered June 21, 2012. A second season was confirmed on August 3, 2012, and premiered on January 8, 2013. On April 25, 2013, MTV renewed the series for a third season, which premiered on October 22, 2013.
On April 24, 2014, the series was renewed for a fourth season.
- Snooki aka (Nicole Polizzi)
- JWoww aka (Jenni Farley)
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- Jionni LaValle — Snooki's fiancé. He and Snooki became engaged before the first season aired.
- Roger Mathews — JWoww's fiancé. He and JWoww became engaged in the ninth episode of the second season ("Taking the Plunge").
- Lorenzo LaValle — Snooki and Jionni's son.
- Meilani Mathews — JWoww and Roger's daughter.
Poduction and broadcast history
The series was first announced by MTV on April 7, 2011, as one of two spinoffs of Jersey Shore, on which both Polizzi and Farley previously gained fame as cast members, with the other spinoff focusing on their castmate, Paul "Pauly D" DelVecchio. The show, which will consist of 12 episodes, focuses on Polizzi and Farley living together after the conclusion of Jersey Shore,and is described by the two stars as a modern-day Laverne & Shirley.SallyAnn Salsano of 495 Productions, who also produced Jersey Shore, is the executive producer of the series, which is expected to premiere later in 2012. MTV's tentative title for the series was reported by NJ.com on February 26, 2012 as Snooki and JWoww vs. the World.
The production initially sought to film in Hoboken, New Jersey, but were denied a permit. An invitation to the crew to film in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania was later rescinded by Central Pennsylvania Film Office following a public outcry.Eventually a former firehouse at 38 Mercer Street at Grove Street in Jersey City, New Jersey was chosen as the filming location.The property was be guarded at all times by at least four Jersey City police officers, who also followed the cast and crew when leaving the home, conditions to which producers were required to agree in order to be granted a shooting permit. The conditions also indicated that the police would take action, including on the cast, if any state or city laws were broken, and that producers would reimburse the city for any increase in police presence or similar costs that might have occurred due to events related to the production. The former firehouse at 38 Mercer Street in Jersey City that served as the season residence. Seen in the photo are a member of the production staff and Jersey City Police officers.
Prior to filming, several businesses in the area, including the bars Skinner's Loft, Barcade and LITM, denied filming permits to MTV, which The Jersey Journal reported was due to their the need to make their regular customers a priority. In addition, a "No Snooki" sign was posted in the window of a liquor store around the corner from the firehouse,whose general manager stated that either of the two women would be turned away if they attempted to patronize that establishment. The Beechwood Cafe and Market, across the street from the firehouse, also indicated they would not let the two in their restaurant.Tia's Place, a trendy clothing store on Grove Street, also declined filming because that store's contract prohibits it.The week Polizzi and Farley moved into their home, Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker denied filming permits to the production company, stating in a letter printed by the Newark Star-Ledger, "While we appreciate your desire to film and capture the essence of our great city, we are confident that the filming of this show will most certainly attract a high level of local and national attention and notoriety." Booker explained his decision by saying that he did not wish the city's emergency personnel to devote its time to handling incidents involving the reality stars.Other businesses, however, were more welcoming to the production, including O'Connell's Bar & Grill on Montgomery Street, Walker's Apothecary, a spa and nail salon near the apartment, and Bar Majestic on Grove Street. Filming on the series began with the arrival of the two cast members at the residence on February 25, 2012, a week later than the anticipated filming date posted by the production company,with the first full day of filming being the next day,when they moved their belongings into the home.Filming was initially expected to last six weeks,five of which would be designated for principal photography of the stars, though it eventually ended March 26, as the production had filmed enough material for the allotted episodes earlier than expected. In contrast to the mixed reception from local businesses, many area residents welcomed the production, with crowds of fans and local residents gathering daily behind a police barricade across the street to catch glimpses of the series' two stars. In an issue of Us Weekly published the first week of March 2012, Polizzi confirmed that she was pregnant, and had discovered this about a week after the New Year.Rumors of her pregnancy prior to the publication of that issue gave MTV cause for concern, as it would preclude her from engaging in the "hard-partying, booze-swilling" antics that, on Jersey Shore, had garnered high ratings that revitalized the network, and would require a change in the creative direction of the show. By late April 2012, the series' name had been finalized to simply Snooki & JWoww. It premiered June 21, 2012. On July 10, 2012, satellite distributor DirecTV ceased broadcasting all Viacom channels, including MTV,which resulted in ratings for the channel in general to decrease.The first episode of Snooki & JWoww to air following DirectTV's dropping of Viacom channels was Episode 4, "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner", which yielded a ratings score of 1.70, down from the previous episode's draw of 2.04.