'Jersey Shore' Heads To Italy For Fourth Season

MTV announced show will return for fourth season overseas.

They may be comfortably back in their spiritual home of Seaside Heights for the new season, but not for long! The cast of MTV's smash hit "Jersey Shore" are poised to head to the other homeland: Italy.

On Tuesday (January 25), MTV announced that not only had "Shore" been renewed for a fourth season, but that, in the upcoming season, the cast would be taking their show on the road ... all the way to Italy. Production on season four is set to begin in spring 2011, and will premiere "later this year."

"While the Stateside 'Jersey Shore' locales have become iconic for our audience, it's really the constantly evolving dynamic amongst the cast that keeps them coming back each season, and Europe is a fresh spin on a show that continues to reach new heights for us," Chris Linn, MTV's executive vice president of programming and head of production, said in a statement. "The cast is headed to the birthplace of the culture they love and live by. We can't wait to see what erupts as a result."

It'll probably be like Mount Vesuvius. The current season of "Jersey Shore" — featuring new castmate Deena Cortese, and a whole lot of JWoww-related drama (and Snooki cooling her backside in a mini-fridge) — premiered earlier this month to record-setting ratings and has only continued to raise the bar in recent weeks: Thursday night's episode was MTV's most-watched series telecast ever, with 8.9 million total viewers.

Don't miss "Jersey Shore," airing Thursday nights at 10 p.m. ET on MTV.