'Jersey Shore': Has MTV's cash cow jumped the shark?


On Thursday (Jan. 5), "Jersey Shore" creeps back into life on MTV. Since it's the show's fifth season in just over two years and season 4 just wrapped up in late October, we have to wonder if America is ready for more drama from the now mega-famous-in-a-D-list-way cast of mostly non-Italian Guidos and Guidettes. Or is it possible that "Jersey Shore" has worn out its over-tanned welcome?When the show started, Snooki, J-WOWW, Sammi, Ronnie, Vinny, Pauly, Mike and Angelina (remember her?) were refreshingly un-self-aware. They were unapologetically trashy and, as even some high-brow journos noted at the time, the show broke new ground. It even inspired academic exploration, with at least two universities funding classes or conferences to analyze the "cultural implications" of the show and things like "GTL as a practice of the self and way of life."It also broke ratings records, drawing more than 8.5 million viewers by its season 4 premiere episode....



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