Did MTV Steal The Idea For “Jersey Shore”?
“Jersey Shore” may be the hot(tub)est show on television in eons. But one writer is considering legal action against MTV for ripping off his idea. Christopher Gambale submitted a treatment to MTV for a show called “Guidos: A Reality Series.” He wrote it and registered it with the Writer’s Guild of America back in 2006. The concept was to get together a bunch of guidettes and guidos, who Gambale described in the treatment as “a sad, pathetic excuse for a male; not necessarily of Italian descent, but most likely; usually native to the New York/New Jersey tristate area.”
Gambale imagined cameras following the crew as they did the “Guido fist pump” while “nightclubbing.” Yep, that sounds sort of familiar.
Once Gambale wrote the treatment, a friend suggested he send it to MTV programming exec Tony DiSanto. When he didn’t hear anything back, he assumed the idea was a no-go. Until a friend told him about “Jersey Shore.”
If all this is true, it sounds like Gambale might have a case. But uh, why did it take him so long to get on this? The show has already been through two seasons. Guess we’ll have to see if he’s entitled to a chunk of Snooki and The Situation‘s empire.