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'Jersey Shore' sets season 5 premiere date -- VIDEO

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The Jersey Shore gang’s return to Seaside now has a premiere date.

The MTV hit will return to its roots on Jan. 5 in its usual Thursdays at 10 p.m. time slot. Last season in Italy averaged an incredible 9.4 million viewers, including those who watched DVR. The audience declined for the first time, however, for the season finale. (More on that here.) Will a return to Jersey resume the show’s amazing ratings Karma?

Here’s a video preview of season five where Paulie has a tanning accident (hey, it’s that kind of show):

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