Two of MTV's most iconic series and talked-about pop culture phenomenons get set to converge on Thursday, March 29, when the network marks the return of the previously announced all-new "Punk'd," featuring a different celebrity host each week, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the first spinoff series from "Jersey Shore," "The Pauly D Project," at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.
"The Pauly D Project" will give viewers an inside look at Pauly D's life away from Seaside Heights, NJ, as cameras document his transition from world-famous housemate to world-class DJ with his best friends from his home state of Rhode Island along for the ride. While the 12-episode series retains the trademark humor, swagger and distinctive haircut that fans associate with Pauly D from "Jersey Shore," it's not always all girls, good times and good music. Aiming to become one of the world's most successful and recognized names in the music industry, viewers will get to see Pauly D chase his dream as he signs a recording contract with rap icon 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.
America knows Pauly D has seven friends for life from the "Shore" house but what they don't know is that while his star has risen, he's brought along his friends who were by his side back when he was a struggling DJ and not yet a part of TV's #1 show. Set to take the music world by storm, the stakes for Pauly D have never been higher. Fame isn't easy - but with his boys for life along for the ride to the top with him, it is sure to be a lot more fun.
The cast of MTV's "The Pauly D Project" 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 Fetale 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.