Following the success of Geordie Shore, which helped to pull in MTV’s largest adult audience in three years, MTV has commissioned Scouse spin-off Mersey Shore.
Both programmes are based on hit US series Jersey Shore and document the rows, romps and booze-filled exploits of eight housemates living together.
Despite Geordie Shore’ attracting criticism for its stereotypical portrayal of people from the North East of England pet, MTV chiefs are convinced the Liverpudlian version of the show will be just as popular with viewers.
An insider told The Sun newspaper: “Scousers are always up for a drink and a night on the tiles. We think Mersey Shore will be just as explosive as Jersey and Geordie Shores.” I’m sure they are not wrong.
Bosses are already considering who will star in the reality series, and are said to be desperate to sign up Eton Road singer Anthony Hannah and former Hollyoaks star Candy McCulloch – as well as two of footballer Wayne Rooney’s cousins, cross-dresser Stephen Rooney and glamour model Natalie Rooney.
In addition to a Liverpudlian spin-off, MTV are also sending the Geordie Shore cast – Jay Gardner, Gaz Beadle, Vicky Pattison, Charlotte Crosby, James Tindale, Greg Lake, Sophie Kasaei, and Holly Hagan – to Magaluf for a summer special.
The eight loudmouth stars will film two episodes of the reality series in the Majorcan holiday resort, which will see them enjoying frolics and fun in the sun, as well as working in a souvenir shop popular with British tourists. Should be a sombre, sober affair I expect.