NEW YORK — MTV gave the last call for “Jersey Shore” on Thursday, saying the raucous reality show will conclude after its upcoming sixth season, which begins Oct. 4.

The series, whose roots lay in a party house in Seaside Heights, N.J., has given rise to stars such as Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, just two from a cast of characters who were over-tanned, over-loud and always pumped up. It popularized the terms “guido” and “guidette” and the mantra “Gym, tan, laundry” while trying the patience of local residents with its party-hearty antics.

“Jersey Shore” became a pop-culture sensation and one of MTV’s biggest hits with its premiere in December 2009. It drew as many as 8 million viewers while spawning the spinoffs “Snooki & JWoww” and “The Pauly D Project.” But ratings have eroded in recent seasons.

The show strayed from Jersey during its run. In Season 2, the housemates fled winter for Miami Beach. The fourth season took them to Italy.

But you could never take the Jersey out of “Jersey Shore” – or at least a certain Jersey stereotype the show made sport of riotously.

Meanwhile, certain Jersey locals made no secret of their disdain for the show.

Two years ago, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called it “negative for New Jersey.”

Duchess’ sister writes home party book

LONDON – Pippa Middleton is publishing her first book: A guide to home entertaining.

The 28-year-old younger sister to the Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton, says that the book is based on her experience in her family’s party business and work in an events company.

She said that “Celebrate: A Year of British Festivities for Families and Friends” is a “feel-good book” with practical tips on how to host British-themed parties, including recipes, crafts and games.

Penguin, the book’s publisher, said Thursday the book will come out in late October.

Pippa Middleton became a celebrity in Britain after her turn as bridesmaid during Prince William’s wedding to her sister in April last year.

Rowling wants wizard-worthy tree houses

LONDON – J.K. Rowling is building two tree houses fit for a wizard.

Despite some complaints from neighbors, the City of Edinburgh Council said Thursday it has approved the Harry Potter author’s application to create the large tree houses in her garden for her children.

The structures, each about 40 feet high, feature tall conical roofs and turreted windows in the style of Hogwarts Castle in the Harry Potter movies.

Artist impressions submitted to the council show that they will be built on wooden stilts and are connected by a rope bridge. Other features included are lanterns above the doors, a spiral staircase, balconies, a trap door, and a steel slide.

Several neighbors had written to object, saying the tree houses may be visible from the road through a gap in the conifers that shield the development and could affect the area’s landscape.Rowling, 47, lives in a 17th-century mansion with her husband and three children.

– From news service reports