The original US incarnation, which began in 2009, quickly became a cultural phenomenon and returned for its third series with 8.4 million viewers earlier this month.
But it was not to everyone’s tastes – one Guardian writer described it as making “Big Brother look like Dostoyevsky” – and it caused controversy after it was accused of stereotyping Italian-Americans.
The UK version of the show will be made by Liverpool-based Lime Pictures, producer of another teen reality show, The Only Way Is Essex, which was a hit for digital channel ITV2 last year, and Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks.
It’s now only a matter of time before there’s an Irish version. Any guesses as to the location?