It’s official. The party over in Seaside Heights is finally coming to a close. After Jersey Shore’s upcoming sixth season, MTV’s landmark reality series will be bidding ‘ciao‘. Love them or hate them, you can’t deny Snooki and crew left their stamp on pop culture history. The show debuted with relatively no fanfare with exception to complaints from Italian-American groups chastising the show for its portrayal of the self-described “guido” cast, but became a huge ratings winner.

The show hit a peak of nearly 9 million viewers on a weekly basis during it’s third season. By and far, it was MTV’s biggest show ever. Even more impressive, the basic cable show routinely beat out other shows on broadcast networks in the coveted 18-49 demographic. This past January, the show dropped to 7.6 million for its premiere. Even with the dip, Jersey Shore is still a ratings powerhouse. Though I agree it’s a great time to bid adieu to the show, I’m shocked, and pleasantly surprised, MTV is canceling it.

While I haven’t watched the show in several seasons, I will admit I was a fan of the show during the first one. There was something riveting about these seven unknowns and laughing at their drunken adventures. From the duck phone, their catchphrases to Snooki herself, everything worked. It was magical. Given the show’s impact on the network and on pop culture, not surprisingly, MTV is planning on sending the show off in style. Find out how below.

  • MTV will reward fans with an EXCLUSIVE, FIRST LOOK AT FOOTAGE FROM THE FINAL SEASON in the one-hour retrospective special, “Gym, Tan, Look Back, ” premiering at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT. The special also features cast interviews in which they reminisce about quintessential water-cooler moments from the show, share their personal feelings on the last six seasons, and give their perspective on the series that turned them into household names.
  • Then at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT, members of the “Jersey Shore” cast gathers for their FIRST INTERVIEWS post-announcement to discuss the final season LIVE from the “2012 MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show” red carpet.
  • The full-day celebration kick-off at 11 a.m. ET/PT with an “awards-themed” marathon of “Jersey Shore” episodes, which will feature some of the most iconic moments in the series’ history worthy of an award, including “Best Bromance,” among others.

If you’re saddened by Jersey Shore’s cancellation, you still have plenty of opportunities to catch up with the gang. Snooki and JWOWW was recently renewed for a second season, and the Pauly D Project also might get a renewal. Plus, I’m sure if Sammi and Ronnie ever got married, I’m sure a wedding special would be made. Are you sad to see the GTL crew waddle off into the sunset? Who will you miss the most? Sound off below.