Why ‘Jersey Shore’s’ Future Depends on Snooki

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Everyone is speculating about how Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi's pregnancy will factor into "Jersey Shore's" future shows. As rumors continue to buzz, certain details about the impending production are coming to light. As such, we're a bit apprehensive about how smoothly things are going to go. Snooki is considered one of the major anchors of the series. Without her in full Meatball glory, the hit MTV show may be in danger of sinking fast.

Snooki won't even be living in the Shore house.

Apparently the gang's pad at Seaside Heights isn't sanitary enough to house a pregnant Snooki. So she's going to be living off-site. Does this mean that the rest of the house has to wait on Snooks to "drop by?" She already slept well into the afternoon before; her pregnancy hormones might only allow them a few precious hours before T-shirt time.

Mike (drunk) = Mike (sober)?

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino might be heading back to "Jersey Shore" with a clear head. But that doesn't necessarily mean he'll be any different. Some might even agree that he was getting pretty lackluster even while soaked in booze. With Nicole and Jionni happily settling down, he'll have to find a new smear campaign in which to engage. And that won't be easy.

What about Sammi and Ron?

That's a good question. Unfortunately, it probably doesn't matter. Throughout season 5, these two pretty much kept to themselves---poking their heads out only long enough to comment on something crazy the others had gotten into.

Pauly D's "Project" isn't the smash we'd expected.

A lot of hype surrounded Shore hunk Pauly D and his spin-off show. Unveiling the Rhode Island DJ's fairytale life may have been a good idea---if we didn't know how loaded he already was from five installments of "Jersey Shore." But according to reports, by the end of April, ratings had tanked on the fist pumper's watered-down version of "Entourage."

The Snooki-Vinny-Sexual Tension storyline is kaput.

As Nicole prepares for a comfy future with fiance Jionni LaValle, she leaves all that gray area with Vinny behind. He's more than capable of making his own fun. But without Snooki to flirt with, all we have to look forward to is a series of meaningless romps.

There's nothing left for Deena to do.

She's (allegedly) restructured her nose, gotten a new smile, and shed some pounds. By the time season 6 of "Jersey Shore" rolls around, we probably won't even recognize Meatball Deena Cortese. Snooki's sidekick will surely raise a few eyebrows with her new look; but with only one-half of Meatball Power to marvel upon, what's the purpose of tuning in?

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