Controversial reality show Geordie Shore has been given the green light for a second series, MTV announced today.
The Newcastle ob-doc that focuses on the social lives of a group of hard-living youngsters became an instant ratings hit for the broadcaster when series one aired in the spring.
The new run will see the return of Gaz, Vicky and Jay as they head back to the party house for eight episodes of Jaeger bombs, boobs and six packs in early 2012.
“Audiences have been hooked on the show,” said an MTV spokesperson. “Since its launch this June, it has become the highest-ever rated series on MTV.
“The Newcastle-based show that brought ‘tanning’, ‘tashing on’ and ‘getting mortal’ to the masses will be returning in early 2012, filmed once again in and around the North-East town famed for its lively nightlife and larger-than-life characters.”
The rambunctious programme, a remake of MTV’s US format Jersey Shore, has also attracted its fair share of critics, especially in the North-East. The Sunderland Echo damned the programme as “over-hyped car crash TV”, whilst Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah said the show was “totally unrepresentative of Newcastle.”
But constructed reality fans will be pleased to know it’s not just the Shore that’s returning in the next few months. E4’s Made in Chelsea will be back in September, and The Only Way Is Essex series three is filming at present.
It is understood that Lime Pictures, the makers of Geordie Shore and TOWIE, also have a Liverpool-based reality format in development for MTV.