What is it about MTV’s “Jersey Shore” that leaves people wanting more? With the premiere of season 2 on July 29, 2010, you would think audiences around the country would have wised up and steered clear of this television atrocity. Unfortunately, the ratings were the highest since “The Osbournes” season 2 premiere in 2002 – a 300% increase, to be exact.
What does this mean? Why do people continue to watch this show? I will admit, I watched the first season because I could not believe people actually lived, talked and acted like this in real life. I watched because I wanted to believe it was not true. I watched because I wanted someone to tell me it was all a joke. Alas, that never happened.
Perhaps the most upsetting thing about this show is its marketing. Because people watch the show, producers, advertisers, etc., realize they have a product on their hands that will sell. As a result, we see the cast of “Jersey Shore” slapped on covers of our favorite magazines, showing up in a slew of commercials and attending premieres of events they know little to nothing about. And yet, everyone I know cannot stand this show and wishes they would disappear from our lives altogether. There is no other answer except that these same people are hiding behind closed doors and basking in the ridiculousness of “Jersey Shore.” Anyone else know how to explain a 300% increase in ratings?!
“The Situation,” Pauly D, “Snooki,” “JWoww,” Vinny, Sammi, and Ronnie are reunited with first season’s roommate, Angelina, in season 2’s premiere of “Jersey Shore.” In an effort to make the show fresh, the cast will spend their summer in Miami this go around. The season 2 opener dwelled more on the high emotions of the girls getting along, or not getting along rather, now that Angelina has rejoined the show and the awkwardness plaguing Sammi and Ronnie, who are now single.
Again, I ask, why is this show on the air? In a time where the economy is the worst it has ever been, the general feeling of the country is that of depression and people are struggling to stay afloat, we have the “Jersey Shore” showing us the alternative? That does not seem to balance out. However, the Nielsen numbers do not lie. Apparently, someone is finding escapism in this asinine show, fueling crazy high salaries for the 8 guidos and guidettes getting their Gym, Tanning and Laundry every Thursday night.