Snooki and Jwoww Pilot The Empire Grows

1/20/2011 3:55 PM PST

Snooki and Jwoww Get Spin-off Pilot from 'Jersey Shore' Shot in Long Island

Snooki and Jwoww from "Jersey Shore" fame are shooting a pilot this weekend for a "Jersey Shore" spin-off show ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected with the production tell us ... the pilot will be shot in Long Island over the weekend.  There's no special hook -- it's just Jwoww and Snooki being themselves.

What's really interesting .... MTV wants a pilot.  Considering "Jersey Shore"  beat "Grey's Anatomy" in the ratings -- plus the fact you kinda know who these chicks are -- a pilot would seem unnecessary.

A word of caution -- Dina Lohan lives near the shoot, so hide the cameras!