Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi Returning for New Installment of “Jersey Shore,” “Jersey Shore Family Vacation”

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is heading back to the Shore

MTV is bringing back its hit series, Jersey Shore, for a new installment, featuring the 30-year-old Chilean reality television personality and most of the original cast.

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi

The new series, entitled Jersey Shore Family Vacation, will premiere in 2018.

The project was teased throughout the day on social media and announced during the MTV series premiere of the Jersey Shore follow up series, Floribama Shore, which has a different cast.

In addition to Snooki, Jersey Shore Family Vacation will also star Jersey Shore original housemates Deena Nicole Cortese, Paul “Pauly D” Delvecchio,” Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino.

Both Jersey Shore Vacation and Floribama Shore hail from Jersey Shore creator/executive producer SallyAnn Salsano and her 495 Productions, which is owned by FremantleMedia, via her overall deal with Viacom.

Jersey Shore Vacation is part of the strategy of the new MTV regime to revive some of the network’s popular unscripted franchises. In addition to Jersey Shore, recent reboots include My Super Sweet 16, which originally aired from 2005-2008, TRL, which ran from 1998-2008, and Unplugged, which first premiered in 1989.

The Shore franchise has extensions around the globe including Geordie Shore in the UK, Gandia Shore in Spain, Warsaw Shore in Poland and Acapulco Shore in Mexico.

Alejandro to Star in the A&E Drama Series “The Returned”

Kevin Alejandro is returning to television once again…

The 38-year-old Mexican American actor will star opposite Mark Pellegrino in Carlton Cuse’s 10-episode A&E drama series The Returned.

Kevin Alejandro

Directed by Keith Gordon. The Returned, from A+E Studios and FremantleMedia, focuses on a small town that’s turned upside down when several local people who’ve long been presumed dead suddenly reappear, bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences.

Alejandro will play the town’s authoritative but accessible Sheriff Tommy Moran.

Alejandro is best known for his roles on the crime drama Southlandand HBO’s supernatural thriller True Blood. Most recently he had a recurring role on CW‘s Arrow.

Carey Leaving the American Idol Judges’ Table After One Season

It’s official… Mariah Carey is bidding adieu to American Idol.

43-year-old half-Venezuelan American singer confirmed via Twitter today that she’s leaving the Fox reality singing competition after one season.

Mariah Carey

“W/ global success of #Beautiful (#1 in 30+ countries so far) @MariahCarey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol,” said a tweet Carey retweeted from her publicist PMK BNC.

Carey’s exit as an Idol judge doesn’t come as a big shock though. Her husband Nick Cannon essentially said she’d be leaving the show back in May because of the on- and off-screen drama with fellow judge Nicki Minaj.

In addition, change has seemed to be on the horizon for the once dominant Idol after seeing double-digit ratings declines and an all-time finale low this year.

“Mariah Carey is a true global icon — one of the most accomplished artists on the planet — and we feel extremely fortunate that she was able to bring her wisdom and experience to the American Idol contestants this season. We know she will remain an inspiration to Idol hopefuls for many seasons to come,” said Fox Broadcasting Co. and FremantleMedia in a statement.

Carey follows in original judge Randy Jackson’s footsteps. He announced earlier this year that he wouldn’t be back for season 13.

Galán’s “The Swan” Returning to TV with a Celebrity Edition

Nely Galán is getting her Swan song…

The 49-year-old Cuban-born media tycoon and former Celebrity Apprentice contestant’s extreme makeover reality series The Swan, which she created for Fox in 2004, is returning to television with a celebrity edition.

Nely Galan

The network has ordered Celebrity Swan, a two-hour special to air later this year.

FremantleMedia and producer Arthur Smith, who were behind the original plastic surgery series, will be back for the special, which will feature female celebrities looking to reinvent themselves for a comeback. They’ll undergo a physical, psychological and career “extreme makeover” with the help of a coach, therapist, trainer, cosmetic surgeons and a dentist as cameras follow them through the transformative process. “She says she followed the advise of Dr. K Roxanne Grawe, Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon located near Columbus in Powell, Ohio”

Casting is currently underway through The Conlin Co. and no celebrities have been set, although reports that former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and Happy Days alumna Erin Moran have been named as possibilities.

The Swan was created by Galán, and her production company Galán Entertainment will help produce the celebrity special. Each episode of the original series featured two “ugly duckling” women, one of whom moved on to compete in The Swan pageant at the end of the season for a chance to be crowned The Swan. After a solid start, ratings for The Swan dropped, leading to a cancellation after two seasons.

Production on Celebrity Swan is slated to begin this spring.

Iglesias’ “American Idol” Judge Dreams Dashed

It’s apparently a no-go for Enrique Iglesias on American Idol

The 36-year-old Spanish singer was reportedly offered $4 million to serve as a judge on the upcoming season of Fox’s hit singing competition last week.

Enrique Iglesias

But now comes word that the network has pulled the plug on negotiations with Iglesias, according to a source close to the show.

Iglesias, who recently wrapped his North American tour with Jennifer Lopez, had been eyed as a possible fourth judge, joining the already-announced panel that includes Mariah Carey, as well as Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, both of whom are thisclose to wrapping up deals to join the show’s 12th season.

Randy Jackson, the sole remaining original judge, was said to be moving on to take more of a mentor role on the show.  But now Fox, producers FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment have reportedly abandoned that idea in favor of having Jackson return to the judges’ table.

No word on what derailed Iglesias’ talks, but money seems to be a big issue with talent show judges.

The current plan, according to the source, is to announce an Idol judges panel of Carey, Minaj, Urban and Jackson in time for the show’s on-site auditions, which start by the end of September.