"Jersey Shore" is coming back for Season 6, with filming set to begin in Summer of 2012, MTV announced Monday. The timing of the new season suggests that the show will feature Snooki in the final stages of her pregnancy.
"America's favorite housemates will all return to their home-away-from-home, and the house dynamic is headed into unchartered territory … as their lives outside the 'Shore' take off in exciting new directions. While things will definitely be a little different this time when they hit the boardwalk, their trademark hilarity and family dysfunction will remain the same," MTV said in a statement.
Rumors and speculation have circulated for months that the gang might not get another chance to spend a summer living in their Seaside Heights house. Pauly D, Snooki and JWoww have two separate reality show spinoffs in the works, and a potential sixth season was presumed to be further complicated by Snooki's unexpected pregnancy.
Stating that "America’s favorite housemates will all return," MTV seems to have made the decision that putting Snooki on the air with a bun in the oven could provide the show's most compelling drama yet. The network appears excited to add a new dynamic to the hard-partying house. Announcing the news on Twitter, the network's official account asked fans if they should "turn the smush room into a nursery."
Snooki's pregnancy could prove to be a ratings boon to the show, which has seen its ratings steadily decline since its Season 4 premiere in Italy. The show's Season 5 finale reportedly drew 25 percent fewer viewers than its Season 5 premiere, which drew more than 1 million fewer viewers than its Season 4 premiere.