Series Finale of ‘Jersey Shore’ Brings Questions About Future of Show

21 01 2010

With tonight being the season finale of Jersey Shore, the so-bad-it’s-good MTV reality series phenomenon that swept the nation, it begs the question of what happens next.

Jersey Shore fever seemed to reach its peak just after Christmas and into the New Year. Its target audience was on Winter Break and could devote hours and hours to watching reruns and introducing friends to the sensation.

And then, they all went back to school or work and real life took precedence over the reality life Pauly D, The Situation, Snooki, JWoww, Vinny, Ronnie and Sammi were leading.

Sure, last week’s two episodes were enjoyable, but it seemed as though MTV had jumped the shark a bit with their previews as the most memorable moments – The Situation’s “rolls” insult and getting hit by JWoww – were well-known well before they were broadcast.

It could be considered the downside of fame. As the cast became more famous and the show picked up steam everyone seemed to want to know what they were all about. Events that happened in August and September were dredged up before they had time to air on episodes and things stopped being new.

Over the course of four episodes, the show went from ridiculously entertaining to ridiculously redundant due to fights.

Maybe I’m jaded, but the Snooki punch was a startling beginning to the violence on the show, Ronnie’s fight on the boardwalk in the next episode elevated the tension, Snooki fighting with the “hippo” and the “grenade” was hilarious, JWoww going after the Situation seemed unnecessary and Ronnie knocking a guy out in one punch was disturbing.

It’s still enjoyable watching the cast party, which seems to be about all they do other than fight, but can this style of show last past one season?

There is no inherent conflict on Jersey Shore, no reason for being. The Real World at least puts their cast members to work – which Jersey Shore did too, or at least they say they work at a t-shirt shop even though it’s been noticeably absent in the past few episodes – and Road Rules always had a task driving an episode. Even MTV’s new show The Buried Life sets a goal for each episode.

I enjoy Jersey Shore’s escape from reality as much as the next person. I’ll definitely be watching tonight and cheering the cast members on as they beat up the beat and creep it on the residents of Seaside Heights. I would love to go to a club with them and fist pump. And I’d love to see more of the cast, but what more can they do? As much as I want to see them all again, I’m worried a second season may seem stale.

Only time will tell what will happen with our favorite guidos and guidettes, though. Until then, we’ll have to enjoy the reruns MTV seems to run constantly.

And maybe we can all make it through the separation anxiety sure to be left in the wake of season one with some of the parodies people have made – Like the Little Jersey Shore.

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Jersey Shore Proves a Delicious Dose of Entertainment

12 01 2010

The Jersey Shore Cast, L to R The Situation, Pauly D, Ronnie and Vinny; JWoww, Sammi, Snooki and the firecracker Image courtesy of Hollywoodgossip.com

Another first for The Good, the Bad and the Really Crappy– A television review!

There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the new MTV reality show “Jersey Shore.” Whether it’s Italian Americans claiming that the show demeans them, residents of the Jersey Shore claiming the cast members misrepresent what goes on at the shore or advocates crying foul over MTV’s decision to air – and then not air – the violent punch that Snooki takes in the Third episode it seems everyone has at least heard of the phenomenon.

I have to admit, I’m not normally a fan of reality tv, but I have a soft spot when it comes to MTV. I love Road Rules (which needs to come back soon, please) and the Real World/Road Rules Challenges is pure brain candy, so when I heard about Jersey Shore I had high hopes. Never in my wildest dreams could I have ever imagined. It’s fantastic, amazing, crazy, delicious and a ‘fist-pumping’ good time.

The seven cast members – which started as eight but I don’t count Angelina (as Mike “the Situation” said, she was a “half-a**ed fire cracker who fizzled out real fast and made a loud noise”) – are crazy, obnoxious and entirely too loveable. Each has an exaggerated personality that, when mixed with the others, becomes a hot mess.

Whether they’re “beatin’ up the beat” (which I so want to do with them someday!) at Karma, starting fights on the boardwalk, working their jobs at the t-shirt store, or coming together for epic family meals, this is one show that definitely gets a fist pump and a rating of so bad it’s deliciously GOOD!

If you’ve never seen the show or the cast, here’s a quick rundown of everyone:

Mike “The Situation” – is the classic “creeper” as the Jersey Shore kids call it. He’s at the shore to get ladies, and more often than not succeeds when he flashes his washboard abs. If I were to encounter this man in real life I’d probably run screaming in the other direction (prior to seeing him on the show, of course, now I’m trying to find out if he’s making appearances at clubs near me). He’s intense, as witnessed by his quotes that “it’s not a matter of if I hook up with [her], but when I decide,” but he’s loveable nonetheless as he teaches viewers about his lifestyle of GTL – Gym, Tanning, Laundry.

Nicole “Snooki” – the most likeable of the women on the show, Snooki has a deranged innocence about her. She may make a habit out of not wearing pants to a club, flashing more of her underwear than the world wants to see, and hooking up with her roommates in the hot tub, but she also shows her vulnerable side when her mom comes to visit. And then there’s the infamous punch heard round the internet when a man took a pop at Snooki in a bar one night causing her to cut her mouth and which the cast members credit as bringing them together as a family.

Pauly D – The Situation’s go-to wing man, and vice versa, as the two creep it on the ladies of Seaside Heights, NJ. He subscribes to the GTL lifestyle as well, but his hair is truly of note. It’s been rumored that he uses $60 of haircare products on it daily and it is magnificent. As he said himself, “My hair’s windproof, waterproof, soccerproof, motocycleproof. I’m not sure if my hair’s bulletproof, I’m not willin’ to try that.” How does he get to so high? What does it feel like to touch? Is it greasy? Stiff? Hard as a rock? All questions I ask myself whenever he comes on screen.

JWoww – at times her chest seems to overpower anything she says, does or wears, and she spent two episodes actively cheating on her boyfriend with Pauly D, but JWoww is fantastic. She has no qualms to telling it like it is and she becomes the go-to person for advice as Ronnie searches for guidance in his relationship with Sammi and Snooki tries to deal with the aftermath of getting punched in the face.

Ronnie – the biggest meat head of them all, Ronnie proved himself to be a juiced dude with anger management issues in the sixth episode of the season. He’s a fighter, but he’s also a lover as he and Sammi “Sweetheart” are enamored with each other. And take note when he dances, his unique style is both amazing and a little crazy. He also got one of the best quotes of the season off while he joked around with his girlfriend saying, “your Flinestone big toe,” which caused Sammi to flip out.

Sammi “Sweetheart” – Ronnie’s girlfriend, Sammi proves to be a bit nuts. When the switch flips on her personality, it flips hard, as witnessed by her unnaturally emphatic freak out to Ronnie saying she had a Flinstone toe because she “Can’t help the way her body looks!” When she’s not in all out crazy mode, Sammi has a sweetness about her that’s hard to come by from the other girls. Unlike Snooki, her sweetness isn’t due to vulnerability, though that may be because people are walking on egg shells around her so as not to flip the switch.

And finally,

Vinny – For the first four episodes I had no idea Vinny was even a cast member. I thought he was a friend who would happen to pass through a few scenes, but didn’t pay him much attention. Once I learned he was actually living in the house though, I started to take note, and apparently so did the cameras as we’ve seen a lot more of him lately. Unlike Pauly D and The Situation, Vinny doesn’t perscribe to the guido lifestyle of GTL, instead, his would go something like BPB – “basketball, pool, beach.” He’s not as awesomely crazy as the other cast members, but he provides a subdued unity to the house. He’s also apparently brilliant as he just took his LSAT and is debating going to law school.

I can see the spin-off now….Jersey Shore Crashes Harvard! I know I’d watch…would you?