The town of Hoboken will not be the site of the newest Jersey Shore spinoff.
Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer has denied the show the filming permit it needs to shoot scenes within the town.
The town's film commission weighed the issue. The commission included local heavyweights such as representatives from Health and Human Services and Environmental Services. It seems that their conclusion was simple. Allowing Jersey Shore to film in Hoboken would negatively impact their citizens' quality of life and safety.
It makes sense in a way. The show hasn't necessarily generated the best publicity. Cast members are prominently known for their drinking and partying lifestyle. They aren't famous for being demure or tame.
That might be why the show's Florence, Italy-based season also faced hurdles. Critics lambasted the show as perpetuating the "worst stereotypes of Italians." The mayor of Florence even made some ground rules for the show's taping. The cast couldn't be filmed in bars that serve alcohol. They couldn't be filmed drinking in public, and the show needed to avoid promoting Florence as a drinking town.
It seems that was precisely why Hoboken didn't want Jersey Shore on their turf. "Imagine if there's a Snooki sighting and everyone pours out of the bars," Mayor Zimmer said to the New York Daily News. A Snooki-stampede would prove dangerous.
Not to mention the grand scale of the filming that could take place. Producers told town officials that crews would need to gather 700 hours of film in order to compile an hour-long episode.
That's a whole lot of filming. And after the denial from Hoboken, the Jersey Shore spinoff may need to take its camera crews elsewhere.