Entertainment TV Sammi 'Sweetheart' Giancola Is Returning to 'Jersey Shore: Family Vacation' Giancola was an original cast member of Jersey Shore, which aired from 2009-2012 before MTV rebooted the show with Jersey Shore: Family Vacation in 2018 By Alexis Jones Alexis Jones Digital News Writer, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 11, 2023 09:53 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Santiago Felipe/Getty Images A familiar face is returning to Jersey Shore! The MTV show's Instagram account teased Saturday that original cast member Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola will appear on Jersey Shore: Family Vacation this season. "She's still the sweetest bitch you'll ever meet," the Instagram caption read, alongside a photo of Giancola, 35, sitting in front of a green screen for what appears to be a confessional interview. Jersey Shore Cast: Where Are They Now? The original Jersey Shore premiered in 2009 and followed the lives of housemates Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, Jenni "JWoww" Farley, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Pauly DelVecchio Angelina Pivarnick, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and Giancola. Following Pivarnick's departure in season 2, Deena Cortese joined the cast and has been a part of the family ever since. The show ran for six seasons before wrapping in 2012. In 2018, MTV rebooted the show with Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, which follows the original cast, minus Giancola. Ortiz-Magro had been a part of the new series until he stepped away from the show last year to seek medical treatment for his mental health. Jersey Shore on Tour! MTV Stars Set Out on Raunch, Rowdy Road Trip in New Season of Family Vacation MTV Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. PEOPLE exclusively revealed the trailer for the new season of Family Vacation, which sees the housemates buckle up for a cross-country road trip. Polizzi, Cortese, Sorrentino, DelVecchio, Pivarnick, Guadagnino and Farley will continue to bond, bicker and booze it up as they head to New Orleans, North Carolina, wine country and even behind the scenes of Dancing with the Stars to support Guadagnino. Jersey Shore: Family Vacation airs Thursday at 8 p.m. on MTV.