Cast members of a new MTV show wish a New Jersey-based Italian-American group would just relax and give the program a chance.

“We really didn’t understand why people were flipping out. The show didn’t even come out yet,” said Mike Sorrentino, 27, a cast member of the music channel’s reality show “Jersey Shore.”

The show,  which promises to turn the spotlight on the “hottest, tannest, craziest Guidos” sharing a beach house this past summer in Seaside Heights, airs its first two episodes at 10 and 11 p.m. Thursday.

But last week, UNICO National, a Fairfield based group, called on MTV to drop the series. The organization accused MTV of resorting to trash television that panders for ratings at the expense of the Italian-American community.

Not so, says Sorrentino.

“A Guido in our circles is like a good looking Italian guy. A Guidette is like a good-looking Italian girl,” said Sorrentino, who hails from Staten Island.

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