Next week, Snooki, the Situation, Pauly-D and the rest of the tanned gang will be back on television as MTV's Jersey Shore returns for season 5. I am totally, 100% ashamed to say I will be planted in my recliner for 12 weeks of gym, tanning and laundry.

How did this madness all begin? Purely as research. Yes, that's it! It's actually true. When the show was first announced years back, I was interested in seeing it simply because it was shot in Seaside Heights - literally around the corner from us. Places I've been to lighting up the small screen. When the controversy began, I was assigned to follow it as a news story. From talking to the town, local residents and even the chief of police, I realized the show was here to stay and would probably become a huge hit for the network, which used to play music videos. Ahh those were the days.

If you live under a rock, the reality show follows eight housemates spending their summer at the shore during the summer. They drink. They party. They sleep around. They "work" on the boardwalk. Season two took place in Miami and season four in Italy.

When Jersey Shore first premiered in December of 2009, it caused a firestorm of controversy. The use of certain words and Italian-American stereotypes had many up in arms. Local residents weren't happy about the attention the community got but since it's popularity has increased and brought in millions in tourism dollars to the struggling economy in Jersey, many have embraced it and lots of opinions have changed.

After watching the pilot episode, I was hooked. I am not happy to say that. The show is dribble. I admit that. But I am hooked. I actually want to see what they're gonna do next. The show was created by a Monmouth University graduate. Imagine the money these people are raking in. Wowie! I just don't know what the appeal is. Maybe like a train wreck? You can't turn away? I don't know. All I know is I DVR it every night it's on since they air it so late.

To wrap things up - yes, I will be watching the show. And yes, I will feel like I need a shower after. You are either a lover or a hater. Either way, we have a 'situation' on our hands here.