Meanwhile, MTV is moving ahead with a new gang of wild-and-crazy kids. ‘‘Buckwild’’ premieres Jan. 3 with a group of nine rebellious twenty-somethings living in West Virginia.
That’s all ahead. But looking back as ‘‘Jersey Shore’’ exits, the question persists: Why?
Maybe people watched ‘‘Jersey Shore’’ because it was a welcome, wacky liberation. A break from the confines of parents, kids, partner, boss. Within their world, the ‘‘Jersey Shore’’ housemates have been privileged to serve as your surrogate id, treating you to visions of irresponsibility while sparing you from its costs — whether embarrassment, a hangover or an STD.
Call ‘‘Jersey Shore’’ a train wreck, then, albeit with no casualties. But does that beat a show that really takes you somewhere?
EDITOR'S NOTE — Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore(at)ap.org and at http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier