The cast of the controversial reality show "Jersey Shore" has returned to the boardwalks that made them famous.
The Asbury Park Press reports the cast of the hit MTV show have been spotted in recent weeks at Point Pleasant Beach and Asbury Park with camera crews in tow.
Asbury Park city officials told APP that the show's producers had applied for a permit to film on the boardwalk and beach area under the production name "Roadtrip Reunion."
An MTV spokesperson told the newspaper it wasn't their project. Some of the cast members have been hinting at a reunion on their Instagram and Snapchat accounts, but further details remain murky.https://www.instagram.com/p/BV72W1wBZO7
The cast was known to visit Point Pleasant while filming the reality show, which ran on MTV from 2009 to 2012. But Seaside Heights, where the reality show was originally based, wasn't receptive to a reunion filming there. The borough rejected the project's application to film there, APP reports.
"Jersey Shore" was one of the most-watched shows on cable TV, drawing record ratings for MTV at the height of its popularity and bringing phrases like "gym, tan, laundry" into the pop culture lexicon. But it was also widely ridiculed for its "celebration of vapidity" and its cast — including Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino — were often parodied.
Local residents were also troubled by the negative attention the show brought to the Jersey Shore, and Italian Americans complained that it played up stereotypes.
Sorrentino, one of the show's stars, was most recently in the news when he was indicted in April on federal tax fraud charges.