Jersey Shore will end after its sixth season

MTV’s improbable success Jersey Shore, which is the most-watched series in the network’s history, will end after its sixth season, which debuts in October. After immediately penetrating the pop culture zeitgeist, and continuing to be among the country’s most written-about celebrities, its cast won’t go anywhere any time soon, including on the spin-off Snooki & JWOWW.

Why would MTV cancel its “highest rated series ever” and a show that was “the #1 cable series for P12-34 consecutively for all five of its previous seasons”? A combination of things, such as the fact that the show ran out of ways to attempt to capture that season-one magic again, never mind that the (increasingly well-paid) cast members might want to use their fame to do other things now.

That the show lasted six seasons is a testament to both the strength of the cast members’ personalities and the producers, who managed to stretch out a concept well past the point at which it should have worked. A pre-fame, pre-attention first season is hard to duplicate, and eventually became a farce as the show ignored their fame and did other sketchy things. But that never really affected the show’s popularity.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.