MTV announced earlier this week that the upcoming sixth
season would be the final season of their uber-hit ‘Jersey Shore.’
Can everyone say their collective “thank Gods” now?
I think I’m one of the few people in the world that can
honestly say I’ve never seen an episode of the show.
My knowledge of the cast’s antics comes from shows like ‘The
Soup’ and ‘Chelsea Lately.’ So I guess you could say my opinion of the program
(and its “stars”) is pretty low.
I’m not a fan of reality television. To say I don’t watch
any of it would be a misnomer, though. I do like ‘Pawn Stars,’ ‘Shark Week,’ and
‘Hoarders.’ And, if I’m being totally honest, I was a fan of the first season
of ‘The Osbournes.’
Still, in the grand scheme of things, I think reality
television is akin to having my fingernails ripped out.
A couple of years ago, the ‘Jersey Shore’ cast took the
world by storm. They were an odd group of uneducated, loud and orange little
creatures. I tried to ignore them – even though they were everywhere.
You want to know what, though? I still like them better than
the Kardashians. If someone can explain why those people are famous to me I’d
really appreciate it.
It used to be that you became famous through talent. You
were a great author – like J.K. Rowling. You were a great singer – like Elvis
Presley. You were a great actor – like Robert De Niro.
Now, all you need to be famous is a low IQ, a big derriere, a
baby while you’re still a teenager or multiple births.
When did that happen?
In the grand scheme of things, reality television has dumbed
down America. Instead of our country’s children looking up to people like
Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou or Mother Theresa they aspire to be Snooki, a
teen mom or (shudder) Honey Boo Boo.
Speaking of the newest reality sensation, I saw on the news last night that TLC’s ‘Here Comes
Honey Boo Boo’ got more viewers than Fox News’ Convention coverage airing at the same
time. Does that frighten anyone else?
I love television – that should come as a surprise to no
Still, I don’t think that television should be about making fun
of real people. I mean, does the family on that Honey Boo Boo show realize that
they’re not famous because they’re talented but because everyone in the free
world gets off on making fun of them?
MTV producers cited rising production costs and the fame of
the ‘Jersey Shore’ cast as the reason for the cancellation of the show.
MTV programming executive vice-president Chris Linn said in
an interview with TV Guide that MTV is “constantly reinventing” itself and this
would be a great challenge for them – especially since they are delving into
more scripted television.
Here’s a thought, why don’t you show some music videos MTV.
It's probably asking too much for the Music Television Network to actually air videos though huh?
Still, anything is better than another season of no-talent
wonders wandering around acting like idiots.
What do you think? Are you relieved ‘Jersey Shore’ has been