'Jersey Shore' Girls Promise Season Five Is 'Crazy'

'We're hitting the boardwalk hard,' JWoww says of the new season, which premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET on MTV.

The "Jersey Shore" gang heads back to their spiritual home of Seaside Heights on the fifth season, which premieres Thursday (January 5) at 10 p.m. ET. And from the sound of things, that triumphant return couldn't have come quickly enough. After a drama-filled Italian holiday, the "Shore" stars were looking forward to getting back to the boardwalk.

"We're hitting the boardwalk hard and [there's] just overall excitement," JWoww told MTV News. "[There was] the anticipation and the anxiety of just being home, because we were away from our family and friends for so long. It's a little overwhelming."

Those same sentiments were echoed by the guys of the "Shore" earlier this week, when they told MTV News that the in-house tensions that plagued the cast during season four — infighting, headbutting, ill-fated hookups and vehicular mishaps — had all but disappeared by the time they hit Seaside (thanks to the availability of good barbers and "easy women").

The girls were especially happy to bid arrivederci to Italy. And let's just say they hit the ground running.

"I think in Italy it was all drama because we missed home and obviously some people were stirring up unnecessary fake rumors in the house," Snooki sighed. "So when we get back to Jersey, you're gonna see that pan out more. But altogether I think we just couldn't wait to get home and we went crazy."

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The fifth season of "Jersey Shore" premieres Thursday, January 5, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV. For continuing "Shore" coverage, be sure to check in with MTV's Remote Control blog.