Saturday, April 23, 2011

Jersey Shore sans Alcohol: Can they survive?

Jersey Shore; known for its grenades, guidos, GTL, and yes, drunken binges. The drunk “situations” that occur are usually what initiates the fights, hair pulling and even the theft of your roommate’s mattress. All of these things have become trademarks of the unpredictable reality show, which millions have grown to love. What would happen if you took away their ability to drink? Would there be catfights, ‘Ronnie and Sam’ drama or ‘robberies’?
Thanks to Matteo Renzi, the mayor of Florence, we will be able to see just that. If the cast will be filming under his discretion, they will not be filmed in bars and clubs serving alcohol, they will not be filmed drunk in public places, the show will not in any way promote Florence as a drinking town. Essentially, the mayor is saying he doesn’t want their branded reckless behavior to slander their city.
How will this affect the show, viewers, etc.? Can Jersey Shore stand as a show promoting culture and good food? I guess we will just have to wait and see on the upcoming season of Jersey Shore which premieres next year.