For a while there, it seemed like the rules the Mayor of Florence put place to protect his city from the stupid muscle-atrophied Americans of the Jersey Shore cast weren't going to affect the production schedule of the show's fourth season. It was like even though he banned them from shooting footage in public places where alcohol is consumed, from making Florence look like a drinking town and insisted that the show highlight Italy's culture, it still felt like the season could be filmed. We realized that in the worst case, producers could still incorporate the themes of the other three seasons if they kept the cast at home and occupied them with noodles and other pool toys while they worked to convince the Mayor that he should let the group do what we have fantasized them doing, which is roaming around town and pointing at naked statues and calling the places where the water comes out "blow holes."
But the entire thing seems to be in jeopardy now, as the trip has been postponed due to "logistical problems." Radar Online reports the trouble lies with the filming permits, and the cast learned of the production's delay after they had already been filmed at the airport with their packed suitcases. Sources aligned with the show maintain the delay is only temporary, and they expect to be "all systems go" in about a week. Holy shit, that phrase just made me realize the second episode of the season is going to be about who was the first person to expel their Air Italia air-pressurized poop and who was the first to use the bidet in such a way that it becomes household appliance that's even more valued than a Dyson vacuum cleaner. Maybe this potentially "housebound" season is plausible after all.