On the show, Sammi Giancola had an on-again-off-again relationship with Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, which lasts through the show’s duration.
Before the show even aired the show was called “a direct, deliberate, and disgraceful attack on Italian Americans” by Unico National, an organization which represents the ethnicity.
Other organizations joined in, with some advertisers asking that their ads not be shown during the show.
Even New Jersey Governor Chris Christie acted, vetoing a tax incentive the show had been awarded., though.
GTL (Gym, Tan, Laundry) became a known phrase, not just by supporters of the philosophy, but by those who used the show as something to make fun of.
A second season was commissioned that winter, so was filmed in Miami, Florida, with the third season returning to the Jersey Shore House.
was filmed in Italy, and premiered on August 4, 2011. There were some concerns during that season about the future of the show, due to several cast members receiving spin-off shows.
A sixth season, which featured one of the cast members almost eight months pregnant, ran from October to December 2012.
, Sammi Giancola was a star on her high school soccer team in Hazlet, New Jersey.
After graduating, she enrolled at William Paterson University in 2005, where she studied Sociology and played on the women’s soccer team.
The show was filmed in a summer house in Seasides Heights, New Jersey, using over fifty cameras, 35 permanent fixtures, and distinctive decor.
It followed Sammi and the seven other housemates, and initially the show did not receive good ratings.