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'Jersey Shore' torch passes to Vinny

“The Show With Vinny” debuts at 9 p.m. Thursday on MTV
By Jacqueline Cutler Published: May 1, 2013

Over Guadagnino's bed are photos of the “Jersey Shore” cast, and an inscription reads: “You changed our channel by making it important to change our channel.”

Show screeners were not available at this writing, but it's clearly the antithesis of a slick talk show.

“It's like if ‘Wayne's World' was shot in Staten Island,” says SallyAnn Salsano, executive producer and the force behind the “Jersey Shore” cottage industry.

“Vinny is famous for two things — pinkeye and people fall in love with Vinny,” she says.

“You would think these kids are from central casting. Wait till you see them. Mom cuts his food. This is not a put-on. You feel like you are at someone's house for dinner. We barely get the ‘What are you here to pitch?' ”

Reflecting on how she selected the cast of “Jersey Shore,” Salsano says, “If you would have told me, ‘You are going to take these eight kids you found in a nightclub and change TV,' I would have said, ‘You are smoking something.'”

The day “Jersey Shore” premiered, Guadagnino was supposed to take the LSATs, and he says he still thinks about law school. “I like this more,” he says.