Did MTV Steal The Idea For “Jersey Shore”?

Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com | November 18, 2010 - 8:15 pm

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.

[NY Daily News]