Not too long ago a reality show debuted which many felt signaled the end of the world as we knew it. No, I’m not talking about ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,’ but rather one of MTV’s flagship franchises – ‘Jersey Shore.’ It turned out we were all jumping the gun a bit and ‘Jersey Shore’ didn’t spurn volcano eruptions or locusts at all, it did, however become a zeitgeist defining series that made household names out of people named “Snooki” and “The Situation.” I’ll let you decide which of those things are worse. But, like all
good things, ‘Jersey Shore’ is officially coming to an end. Don’t cry, you guys! Your mascara will run.
MTV announced today that ‘Shore’’s sixth season, which will bow beginning October 4th, will in fact be the series’ last and I’ll be honest, it’s coming two season’s too late. When ‘Jersey Shore’ started, it was fun and it’s cast, though out of touch and oftentimes embarrassing, were a likable enough lot to spend 22 minutes a week with. Then it seemed as though their fame heightened concurrently with their tolerability bottoming out. By Italy the series was running on fumes and a cast who started as a charming-ish group of dopes became all too aware of the roles they were filling and the series began to lose any of the – admittedly modest – appeal it once had with the show’s breakout starts – “Snooki” and “The Situation” – becoming virtually unwatchable.
So here we are at the end of the road with an incredibly calculated announcement designed to drum up ratings for the series’ final season. It’s a shrewd move seeing as how since Italy ‘Shore’ has seen it’s pop culture dominance not just contested, but pretty much disappear. Add to that the fact that Snooks just had a baby and Sitch’s in rehab and ‘Jersey Shore’ was probably about to go full on ‘Jersey Bore’ should it have continued on much longer. I suspect we’ll all be tuning in to say goodbye to the guidos and guidettes who somehow managed to make those words not offensive because we love a farewell regardless of how fond it may or may not be.
Now raise a Long Island Iced Tea or a Bud Lite Lime to the gang who gave us “GTL,” “Cabs Are Here,” “Yeah buddy,” smash rooms, grenades, a ubiquitous duck phone, one Xenadrine spokesperson and oh so many boardwalk won stuffed animals (among other things) and say “See ya on October 4th so we can really say goodbye!”