MTV to debut 'Pauly D Project' spinoff of 'Jersey Shore' on March 29
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/13/2012
MTV has announced The Pauly D Project, a new Jersey Shore spinoff which will star Paul "Pauly D" Delvecchio and his entourage as he goes about his deejaying activities, will premiere on Thursday, March 29 at 10:30PM ET/PT and revealed the spinoff's cast.
The Pauly D Project, which the network announced it had ordered last April, will chronicle Pauly D's life away from Seaside Heights, NJ as he continues to pursue a career as a deejay. With his best friends from his home state of Rhode Island joining him for the ride, the new 12-episode series will feature Pauly D as he attempts to become one of the biggest names in the music industry.
The Jersey Shore spinoff will follow Pauly D as he "signs a recording contract with rapper 50 Cent's G-Note Records, accompanies pop icon Britney Spears on her international 'Femme Fatale' tour and tries to balance it all with the array of photo shoots, public appearances and media interviews that are now a part of his everyday life," according to MTV.
Although Pauly D is known for having seven good friends in his castmates from the Jersey Shore house, The Pauly D Project will feature the reality TV star's oldest friends who have known him since he was a struggling deejay before his rise to fame.
The premiere of The Pauly D Project will air immediately following the debut of MTV's revival of Punk'd at 10PM ET/PT and also air internationally on the network's channels around the world starting in June 2012.
The Pauly D Project is being produced by 495 Productions -- the same production company behind Jersey Shore -- with SallyAnn Salsano, Jacquelyn French, Larry Rudolph, and Adam Leber serving as executive producers.
The members of Pauly D's entourage who will be starring in The Pauly D Project and their MTV-supplied bios are:
- Paul "Pauly D" Delvecchio
A DJ in his hometown of Johnston, Rhode Island, Pauly D shot to fame as one eighth of Jersey Shore -- the highest rated series in MTV history. Pauly D got his start as a DJ at a local Rhode Island nightclub called ULTRA -- where he forged the friendships viewers will see in his new series. Pauly D just announced a monthly music residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino beginning February 18, 2012. During the summer of 2011, the star helmed the turntables at Palms Casino Resort. In September, he entertained at iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas alongside some of the biggest names in the music industry including Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, The Black Eyed Peas, and Alicia Keys. Following a spot on Britney Spears' Femme Fatale Tour with Nicki Minaj, Pauly was signed to hip-hop mogul 50 Cent's record label, G-Note records. He was also voted the "#8 Best DJ in America" in 2010 and one of VIBE Magazine's "Top 6 DJs Who Rocked 2011."
- Michael "Biggie" Morgan
Biggie is a DJ who became best friends with Pauly D when they were DJs together at Club ULTRA in Rhode Island. Biggie now works as Pauly D's road manager, handling all the logistics, sound checks and technical issues and even setting up the equipment for their music gigs around the world. The man behind the man with the blowout, Biggie keeps Pauly D's day-to-day life flowing seamlessly but sometimes to the detriment of his own personal life and relationship with his girlfriend Mary Jane. As Biggie struggles to remain loyal to his hometown girl while everyone else in his crew hooks-up, can love survive the whirlwind, jetset lifestyle Biggie has adopted in order to help his best friend make it to the top of the music charts?
- Gerard "Big Jerry" Gialanella
Always calm, cool and collected -- don't let the laid-back exterior fool you. Jerry is the unofficial baby brother of Pauly D's crew -- and often the butt of their group's jokes -- but he's been throwing elbows as a bouncer since he was 18-years-old. Becoming a part of a tight knit trio with Pauly D and Biggie when he was a bouncer at Club ULTRA, he now serves as Pauly D's personal security and a much-needed confidante, protecting him from over-exuberant fans and haters across the globe. Newly slimmed down after losing over 140 pounds, he's still always ready to protect his best friend and the things he's witnessed on the road with TV's most recognizable DJ would have to have been seen to be believed.
- Ryan Labbe
Here comes trouble: Ryan is the guy responsible for bringing their group together as the club manager for ULTRA, where he gave Pauly D and Biggie some of their first gigs. Ryan is off-the-cuff and off-the chain and never holds back how he feels. He serves as Pauly D's partner in crime and as a reality check for one of the kings of reality TV. By keeping it exceedingly real, their circle of friends is better for it. Always a man with a plan, Ryan is never without a great new business idea or venture.
- Jason "JROC" Craig
JROC is known in Las Vegas' most elite circles as "Mr. Vegas," and serves as Pauly D and Co.'s West Coast social liaison. A respected marketing executive currently working for Hyde Bellagio, JROC introduced the crew to the city's most popular spots, parties and sights during Pauly D's residency at The Palms Resort and has since become a close friend to all four guys. He's always got the insights on the hottest parties, restaurants, people -- and as female viewers are about to find out -- is hot himself.