MTV announced today that its highest-rated series ever, Jersey Shore, will be ending after its sixth season, which premieres Oct. 4 at 10pm ET/PT.
Naturally, the network plans to milk every last ounce of the pop-culture phenomenon, so it will begin a farewell tour of sorts for the show starting Sept. 6, leading up to the Video Music Awards. On that day, starting at 11am ET/PT, MTV will air an “awards-themed” marathon of Jersey Shore episodes, which will feature some of the most iconic moments of the series worthy of an award, including “Best Bromance,” among others.
At 6pm ET/PT on Sept. 6, MTV will air a one-hour retrospective special called Gym, Tan, Look Back, which features an exclusive, first look at the final season. It also includes cast interviews in which they reminisce about quintessential moments from the show, share their personal feelings on the last six seasons, and give their perspectives on the series that made them into household names.
At 7pm ET/PT on Sept. 6, members of the Jersey Shore cast will gather for first interviews post-announcement to discuss the final season live from the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show red carpet.
Once the season begins on Oct. 4, following each episode at 11pm ET/PT, MTV will offer bonus programming, from fan-favorite after-shows with the cast, to a reunion special, and more.
The final season of Jersey Shore airs on MTV Thursdays at 10pm ET/PT beginning Oct. 4
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