Jump the Shark


Oh, Puberty! Why Are You So Awkward?

Everybody Hates Chris, Tyler James Williams

While flipping through the channels the other day, we stumbled upon an episode of the hilarious Everybody Hates Chris and were shocked to see how much lead actor Tyler James Williams had grown — not to mention how deep his voice has gotten. Will it be too weird when his grown-up voice doesn't match that of Chris Rock, who provides the adult Chris's voiceovers?

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Ted McGinley Alert!

Ted McGinley, The Note II: Taking a Chance on Love

Ted McGinley alert! The "patron saint" of Jump the Shark will be appearing in a Hallmark Channel movie, The Note II: Taking a Chance on Love, alongside sudser queen Genie Francis. Will you tune in?

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Does Character Death Always Result in Shark-Jumping?

Prison Break, Sarah Wayne Callies

No one likes their favorite character to leave a show, let alone die. On Season 3 of Prison Break, the head of someone who seemed to be Dr. Sarah Tancredi was shipped to Michael in a box. Fans were shocked and upset that they never had the chance to be together — and some even considered it a jump the shark moment. But her character appeared at the beginning of Season 4, alive and well. Does death always result in shark-jumping, or does it sometimes move a story forward?

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Would a 30 Rock Baby Produce a Jump the Shark Moment?

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

30 Rock's Liz Lemon wants a baby, but wait: Shouldn't she wait a few seasons like Murphy Brown? We're hoping the writers are just using Liz's tick-tocking biological clock as comic fodder, because it's hard to maintain an acerbic wit with an adorable infant on your arm. Would a 30 Rock baby make the show jump the shark?

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Are the Latest Law & Order Detectives Working?

Law & Order, Jeremy Sisto, Anthony Anderson

Seeing some new person playing your favorite character is lame. But almost as bad as character recasting is character replacement, like changing one Doctor for another on Doctor Who. Law & Order has survived many a cast change — but do you think Jeremy Sisto and Anthony Anderson are worthy of the show's lineage?

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Does Trust Me Have Potential?

Trust Me

At first, Lie to Me's similarities to CBS' hit The Mentalist made it seem like the most likely winter show to shark-jump from the beginning. But it's actually pretty good. And so we turn our gaze to Trust Me. Despite the show's stellar cast — which includes Tom Cavanagh, Eric McCormick and Monica Potter — we have mixed feelings. Do you think Trust Me has potential?

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Is Lost Time-Jumping the Shark?

Lost

In past JTS polls, Lost has ranked high among the all-time "never jumped" series. But our question is, with all of the recent time-travel sequences (enough to make even our heads spin a little), is there such a thing as time-jumping the shark? read more

Has Stunt Casting Gone Too Far?

Chevy Chase

Whether it's Julia Roberts on Friends or Robin Williams on Law & Order: SVU, ratings spike and Emmy nominations roll in for stunt casting. Lately, Chuck has had a parade of guest stars, including Nicole Richie and the recently announced Chevy Chase and Scott Bakula. Do high-profile guest stars take you out of the story, or do you love familiar faces?

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Hallmark Pens Another Note, Conjures New Witch

Catherine Bell

Hallmark Channel has greenlighted sequels to its original movies The Good Witch and The Note, starring fan faves Catherine Bell and Genie Francis respectively.

Witch's Catherine Bell and Chris Potter will start shooting (thank goodness it's a working title) The Good Witch 2 later this month in Toronto for a 2009 premiere. The sequel will revolve around... read more

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