'Jersey Shore' star The Situation launching new reality series
The Situation is returning to TV.
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is back with his first unscripted series since MTV’s blockbuster Jersey Shore. The six-packed reality star and his family will star in The Sorrentinos on the TV Guide Network (video below).
Unlike Shore, the premise focuses less on partying and more on The Sitch spending time with his New Jersey family. The cast includes Mike along with Linda (his mother), Marc (middle brother), Melissa (sister), and Frank (older brother).
“The reality of the situation is … for the first time, fans and the general public, will be able to see and, well, meet Michael Sorrentino,” Mike Sorrentino said. “This next chapter of my life is about sobriety and family, and I’m stoked to take people on this journey with us.”
Sorrentino was one of the biggest breakout performers on Shore when it became a national phenomenon in 2009. He embraced the gym-tan-laundry-drinking-dating lifestyle of the hard-partying series, and with a myriad of endorsement deals for brands such as Vitamin Water and Reebok, started to rake in an estimated $5 million a year. Sorrentino went to rehab in 2012 for treatment of an addiction to prescription pain killers; Jersey Shore concluded on MTV later that year.
The Sorrentinos asks: After you’ve been one of the biggest reality stars in the country, what happens next? Since the conclusion of Shore, Sorrentino has tried his hand as a character actor in the webseries New Stage but has otherwise been off the reality TV grid. “We’re excited to take viewers, who met Mike in a very different time and place of his life, and bring them along for this ride with The Sorrentinos,” said Brad Schwartz, president of entertainment for TVGN. “Family is everything and it’s something people universally come back to no matter who you are and what you do. Fame just makes the stakes higher and more public.”
Production begins next week on eight episodes with no premiere date yet set. Here’s a “sizzle reel” pilot presentation that was shot for the network. Meet The Sorrentinos: