Every 3 to 7 years it seems TV, television programming seems to “jump the shark” in hopes to perk up more ratings. And with reality television becoming such a main staple and now they are using its contestants. Yes, I am generalizing and calling ALL those that participate in these shows no matter if purposely labelled a game show or the ones that stick you in a fancy loft with 6 other strangers…you ALL are contestants on “The Truman Show” now.
It doesn’t stop at the credits each week…the tabloids are attacking these average joes like they were the Kennedys. The Teen pregnacy shows…these poor kids couldn’t juggle Algebra and deciding whether to stop drinking soda all to together ooooooooorrrr just switch to Diet soda…! And now they are ON the COVERS of these magazines giving their advice on motherhood and helping teens decide whether to get a boob job or liposuction this summer.
The term, ‘Jumping the Shark’, was created because of a blatant lack of creativity on behalf of the writers at “Happy Days” the year the season ended with the cliffhanger of Henry Winkler’s AWESOME character, “the Fonz”, whom water skis and literally jumps a shark…….in the middle of a lake..?…was it? Either way television has been “Jumping the Shark” ever since.
You could probably say the movie industry is in the middle of a “Jumping the Shark” type couple of years. So many remakes of movies made inside of 25 years, they have CLEARLY jumped the shark. Comic book movies I can understand because these stories need the technology to match the amazing graphics and artistry put down on paper. The remakes or “re-imagining” of movies like “Fright Night” and “Ghostbusters”. Whether rewritten to give a new modern day perspective or not, it doesn’t matter…we need independent films to get more face time. There ARE original ideas out there but the mega-blockbuster production companies won’t take a break from these ridiculously overbudgeted “films”. The prices of the tickets to see them have gone up along with the movie sets…I mean, if you are going to charge $18 for a ticket then you better dose my $5 Diet Coke with some LSD so that I won’t get a migraine from watching things blow up for 2 hours straight. Make the price match the trip…just drop some ecstacy in my Cherry flavored Icee…trust me you’ll get a thumbs WAAAY UP!
This last “jumping the shark” crest began with a character on American Idol. Hated by most, loved by mostly….this girl
Yes folks I blame the latest lack of creativity on this man(?)
Look at that dumb face….laughed all the way to the bank!
This is a new series I’m calling, “Jumping the Shark” – A Movie/TV Geeks Thoughts on Entertainment’s History – Past, Present and Future.
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- Has Glee Jumped the Shark Yet? (eonline.com)
- Does Ricky Gervais Really Hate The Office? (eonline.com)
- How Many Times Can Charlie Sheen Jump the Shark? (eonline.com)
- Has Agile jumped the shark? (blogs.msdn.com)