At times Thursday night, the “Jersey Shore” reunion actually felt a little bit like an episode of “Maury” with people storming offstage … and then the rest of the time, it was something that really was not exciting to watch.
We’re not sure what it is for sure that they need to do, but MTV really can’t keep their reunion shows like this any longer — it’s drawn out, feels scripted, and we really don’t get anything out of it that we didn’t know already. We already know that the cast hates Mike, that Vinny was depressed, and that Pauly D was the master of pranks this year. Really, you could just describe the reunion by calling it “rehash hour.” How in the world is four minutes of the show spent talking about public urination?
If we could make some suggestions as to how we could fix these reunion shows, we would go along with the following:
The Andy Cohen factor – The reason Andy can milk the “Real Housewives” reunion specials into multiple hours is because they’re actually quite informative and dramatic. Cohen presses the stars about tough questions, and forces them to reveal more than just what happened during taping.
MTV needs someone who is actually going to challenge these people to reveal more about how they are feeling, and how things are going with everyone in the presence. A reunion should feel like a conversation, even if it does end up leading to shouting matches.
One final example of this? In a rare moment of revealing something, Ronnie and Sammi announced that they have broken up … but no one really pressed them as to the reason why. You really don’t have to “grow apart” if you don’t want the relationship to do that.
Less clip reels – If you watched the reunion, you watched the season. Half of this episode felt like it was made up of content we have already seen.
Can’t we replace this footage with more of the stars who we actually watch to see?
Go behind the curtain – One of the other reasons why “The Real Housewives” reunions are so effective is that we get a three-dimensional look at their lives. What we don’t understand about the “Shore” reunion is why producers want to give us a feeling of dissolution that these people’s lives are entirely what we see on TV.
Wouldn’t it be so much more interesting to see how these people build their brands and operate outside of the show? We know these people in one setting, and we really shouldn’t have to see a spin-off series to find out more about them.
Do you like these reunion shows, or do you think that they need a major makeover?