When your favorite shows jump the shark. (corrected version)

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When your favorite shows jump the shark. (corrected version)

namelesschaos namelesschaos
Ignore the other thread I screwed up the title in that one.

So I was watching Top Chef and I think the show may have in fact jumped the shark (“moment in the evolution of a television show when it begins a decline in quality that is beyond recovery” link) this week, chisel ice blocks for ingredients, cooking in a gondola and a skiing/shooting biathlon.

So my question is what are the moments where you felt your favorite shows have jumped the shark?
02/16/2012
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T&A1987 T&A1987
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Originally posted by namelesschaos
Ignore the other thread I screwed up the title in that one.

So I was watching Top Chef and I think the show may have in fact jumped the shark (“moment in the evolution of a television show when it begins a decline in quality that is beyond ...
how can a show like iron chef jump the shark? Granted I get that they're being more dramatic, but that could be for sweeps or something. It doesn't seem like a cooing contest show could jump the shark without fundamentally altering its formula.
02/16/2012
namelesschaos namelesschaos
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Originally posted by T&A1987
how can a show like iron chef jump the shark? Granted I get that they're being more dramatic, but that could be for sweeps or something. It doesn't seem like a cooing contest show could jump the shark without fundamentally altering its formula.
That the ting they are fundamental altering its formula, before they had zany cooking challenge, then it was more challenge that don't really have anything to do with cooking but we squeezed some cooking in to it, now they have challenges that are mostly about skills that have nothing to do with cooking with the only thing making it suitable for a cooking show is putting "then cook" at the end of it.

For example, this week one challenge they first had to complete a cross-country skiing course. Weather or not you can ski has nothing to do with cooking. Then shoot targets to detriment you ingredients, again marksmen ship has nothing to do with cooking.

To compare 2 season back the episode had the chef cook using grape leaves in a Napa valley food train. link a challenging kitchen environment but one real chefs actually work in. There is no kitchen on the plant where you have to know both how to ski and have good marksmen ship skills.
02/17/2012
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
I love the jump-the-shark analogy.

I don't watch serial TV shows - so it doesn't happen to me. However my wife and kids have many shows that they watch - so I see bits and pieces - enough to see that most of them JTS long ago.

The funny thing is they know it - but they stay 'loyal' - I think it's asinine - but to each their own.
02/17/2012
rawsonbr rawsonbr
American Idol has jumped and should be eaten by the shark!!
02/17/2012
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