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Jon Hein sells Jump the Shark to TV Guide

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 21st 2006 12:35PM
Jump the Shark logoIt looks like ranks of millionaires on the Howard Stern show are growing. Fans already knew that Howard, Robin Quivers, Artie Lange, Fred Norris, and likely Gary Dell'Abate were all swimming in dough. But to those names you can add... Jon Hein?

Yes, Jon Hein. Hein, the creator of the ingenious web site Jump The Shark, and also an on-air staffer for Sirius' Howard 100 and 101 channels, announced this morning that he sold his web site to TV Guide for an undisclosed sum. As part of the deal, he will also be a contributor to the TVG web site.

I'm guessing that Jon finally decided to sell the site, in which users chronicle when their favorite shows started slipping creatively (like when Fonzie jumped the shark on Happy Days), to concentrate on his work with Howard. I'm surprised, actually, that the site went as long as it did after Jon joined Howard's crew. But I'm happy for the guy; he seems like a nice guy and a hard worker, and if anyone deserves to profit from one of those "why didn't I think of that?" ideas, it's Jon.

Now I wonder what our friends over at "The Guide" are going to do with the site. Hope they don't ruin it.

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Fred

Didn't Jump the Shark jump the shark years and years ago? I always found it to be a terrific and succinct explanation of a very real television phenomena...and pretty much nothing else. Mostly just a lot of people arguing over when, or if, a show had ever jumped. Which, I dunno...some people may find that kind of thing fascinating, but I find it pretty tedious after a few minutes. More power to Hein, but I'm not entirely sure what TV Guide is buying here. Maybe just the domain name itself, which I guess still has some cultural cachet.

June 21 2006 at 7:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Todd Lokken

Can we start a discussion on when TV Guide jumped the shark? I'd say it was when they stopped using those 15 second commercials from the late 70s. Those were great!

June 21 2006 at 2:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
B

Okay, it's official, Jump the shark has, umm, jumped the shark. I hereby forbid anybody from using it in a post or comment on this site.

June 21 2006 at 1:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott

"TV Guide" ruin something? You mean like when they started covering Hollywood movies and stars in the mid-90's? Or when they decided their covers were SO precious, they had to do multiple ones practically every week as "collector's editions"? Or when their Fall Preview coverage got so weak, it was bested every year by "Entertainment Weekly"? Or when they abandoned the local listings idea and the compact format (a 50-year plus tradition, and what was left of their identity) and went to a standard size magazine that focused on TV celebrities, with LOST on the cover every other week?

Them? Screw something up?

(OK, I admit that their web site isn't bad for discussions, gossip, and reviews, and they have some very good contributors there.)

June 21 2006 at 12:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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