After my story early this week, TMZ posted story on Tuesday saying production was halted on MTV's Jersey Shore 2.0. The story went on to say: "We've spoken with multiple people connected to the show who say one of the only explanations to pull the plug so suddenly would be an issue with the cast, either they just don't vibe or there was a behavioral issue. We are being told by one source production details are being worked out."
Depending on how you see it, the good news or bad news is that 495 Productions, the production company behind behind MTV's Jersey Shore and now MTV's Jersey Shore 2.0, isn't giving up. A reliable source tells us that the production company said it's only a "pause" due to location and Covid issues and they full intend to continue the production.
Location Issues from the Start
As was reported here previously, the town that was featured in the original Jersey Shore, Seaside Heights, has been trying for the past decade to divorce itself from the image of a party town. The bars frequented in the first season of Jersey Shore are all gone and the town is trying to re-invent itself as a place for families and funs.
This year, the producers for Jersey Shore 2.0 searched beach towns near Seaside Heights because there is still very much a party scene at clubs in Pt. Pleasant Beach and Belmar. One by one, those towns said no to filming requests. Berkeley Township, Toms River and Brick Township said not at our beach. And in Lavalette, a citizen stood up at the council meeting and said, "Please, no Snooki!"
Nevertheless, 495 Productions worked out a deal to film in a 8-bedroom house on Atlantic Avenue, the far northern end of Atlantic City. It's one block south of the Absecon Inlet and two blocks west of Boardwalk and the beach. And according to reports, they started filming.
While detractors may hope for a complete halt in filming, it's unlikely the company will not want to write down its significant investment in time and money and the abandon production.
Meanwhile the original Jersey Shore cast is pissed. But some are coming to AC anyway and The Snooki Shop is open in Seaside Heights.
2.0 features a whole new cast which ruffled the feathers of old Jersey Shore cast including Snooki, Mike "The Situation" and frequent AC DJ Pauly D who complained that MTV and the new cast were exploiting their original show.
Playing off their well-known celebrity from the original shore, you can find these cast members at the Jersey Shore this summer:
* Vinny will be hosting "Summer Saturdays" at The Headliner Oasis near Avon-by-the-Sea on July 16
* Angelina will be hosting 'Summer Saturdays" at Kiss Kiss Nightclub at the Tropicana Casino on Saturday, July 23
* Pauly D will be hosting "Summer Saturdays" at The Headliner Oasis near Avon-by-the-Sea on July 30.
And Snooki has finally opened her third store in Seaside Heights. The Snooki Shop is at 604 Boulevard, open every day from 11am to 8:30pm.
Will the 2.0 cast be golfing at AC Mini Golf Course?
North Beach Mini Golf is a new miniature golf course and bike rental business closer the beach on Euclid Avenue. It's a multi-level 18-hole miniature golf course that contains various props that pays homage to the uniqueness of Atlantic City. Bicycles and a Surrey bike are available for rent and concessions including ice cream. The Jersey Shore 2.0 cast might also be:
Or climbing the Absecon Lighthouse.
The tallest lighthouse on the Jersey Shore is the Absecon Lighthouse overlooking Absecon Inlet. Construction began in 1854, with the light first lit three years later. Climb the lighthouse for an amazing view of the northern end of Atlantic City and Brigantine and a view of the Jersey Shore 2.0 house. Stop at the gift shop for a variety of Atlantic City memorabilia.
Or rolling dice at the newest casino
At the northern of the Boardwalk is a sleek glass tower that's the tallest building in the city and can be seen for miles in every direction. The Ocean Resort Casino is the newest casino in Atlantic City and a popular place for gamblers and non-gamblers to spend the night. Next door is the redone Hard Rock Hotel Atlantic City. Of the nine casinos in AC, these are two of the most popular and might well make it on TV with the Jersey Shore crowd.
The cast might also be stopping by to see Broadway's "Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of the Beatles", the Broadway show that's getting a run at the Hard Rock, August 19-28.
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Tips for visiting Atlantic City
What's New: Lots of concerts, events back on the schedule.
Access and Parking: The city has direct access from the Atlantic City Expressway that ends four blocks from the beach. Two blocks west of the Boardwalk is Atlantic Avenue. It's the main thoroughfare in the city running south into Ventnor. A block east toward the Boardwalk is Pacific Avenue which leads to the six casinos on the Boardwalk and the parking lots closest to the beach. Parking is not free and can be expensive. Here's the official parking map.
Amenities: There are restrooms and showers has several locations on the Boardwalk.
Starring Role: AC is famous throughout the world and in Hollywood, which has featured the resort in Atlantic City, King of Marvin Gardens, Eddie and the Cruisers, Warrior, The Bounty Hunter, Homeboy, The Pick-Up Artist, Snake Eyes, Godfather III, Celebrity, The Money, Marnie, Ocean’s 11, The Lemon Sisters, Desperately Seeking Susan, Eddie and the Cruisers and now MTV's Jersey Shore 2.0
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