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Jerry Springer's talk show becomes reality show

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 13th 2006 8:35PM
Jerry SpringerFor the past several months, cameras have been secretly recording the behind-the-scenes goings-on at The Jerry Springer Show for a new VH1 reality series. Tentatively-titled The Springer Hustle, the show focuses on the producers who bring all that messed-up humanity to the screen.

This raises all kinds of questions for me. Did you know that Jerry Springer still had a TV show? I thought he was busy running for office or something. More importantly, can you make a reality show about a show that pretends to examine reality and uses "real" people but is largely staged much in the way, say, professional wrestling is staged? And, since we all know that reality programming is also hyper-edited, written and sometimes staged, will my head explode when I try to decode what's real, what's fake, who's pre-op, who's post-op and who's my baby's daddy? I'm already confused.

Fortunately, this isn't VH1's only new offering. You can also expect to see Andrew Dice Clay and Tom Sizemore vehicles. So much to look forward to in 2007.

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I find it hard to believe that Jerry Springer's show is still on in its 16th year. I think that the fights and scuffles have gotten way out of control as of late. Critics told them to tone it down in 2000, but that lasted for only a short time. Now, it's back to the same scuffles that were its trademark in its 1998 peak. I have YET to find out what became of those former guests that fought on those shows? Have they mended up their relationships? Did they leave their ex-girlfriends or ex-boyfriends? Did they even forgive those who betrayed them? That's what I'd LIKE to hear! I hope that the VH-1 show can really see what really goes on behind the scenes. I don't know how many headaches those producers have during all the fighting and confrontations on the stage. And five bodyguards breaking up 2 people lashing at each other.

February 19 2007 at 1:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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