Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is returning to TV in his own series, “The Sorrentinos.”
This announcement comes nearly two years after the last episode of “Jersey Shore” aired on MTV. Sorrentino, along with his mother Linda, sister Melissa, and older brothers Marc and Frank, will be featured in the TVGN series, which will take viewers into the life of Sorrentino following his rise to fame on the drama-filled “Jerse Shore.”
“What happens after overnight superstardom based on bad behavior?” TVGN asked in their official announcement of the series, which is billed as a “docu-comedy.”
“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,” Sorentino said of the unnamed series. “This next chapter of my life is about sobriety and family, and I’m stoked to take people on this journey with us.”
“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,” Brad Schwartz, TVGN’s entertainment division president said. “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.”
In 2010, Sorrentino appeared on “Dancing With The Stars,” where he suffered an injury which led to him being placed on pain pills. Although the prescription was completely necessary following the injury, Sorrentino eventually became addicted to the drug, and after allowing it to take control of his life, he enterred rehab.
Throughout the show’s sixth season, Sorrentino was seen as a sober person, trying to readjust to life with his cast mates — and without drugs or alcohol. It was a side of him that fans hadn’t yet seen, and considering the prior seasons, which were plagued with drunkenness, ill-advised hook-ups, and feuds with his co-stars, it was refreshing.
Since wrapping filming on “Jersey Shore” in summer 2012, Sorrentino has gone on to appear on season 10 of “Celebrity Big Brother UK.” Meanwhile, his co-stars have continued to cash in on the success of “Jersey Shore.” Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jennifer “JWoww” Farley went on to star in “Snooki & JWoww,” which premiered in April 2012 and continues to be a part of MTV, and Paul “DJ Pauly D” Delvecchio landed his own Vegas-based spinoff titled “The Pauly D Project,” which ran for just one season from March 29, 2012 to June 14, 2012.
Sorrentino had two prior spinoffs in the works, once in 2011 when he was said to have landed a development deal with MTV and a second time in 2013 when he began filming a pilot in New Jersey, but nothing ever came of either of them.
Hopefully, on the upcoming series, fans will continue to see Sorrentino’s softer and sober side, and learn about how he said goodbye to his bad boy behavior and got clean. In the business he’s in, getting sober and staying sober is far from easy, and takes a lot of strength, and in sharing his story, Sorrentino is sure to inspire many.
Production on “The Sorrentinos” begins in New Jersey this week.
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