Darren Franich from EW wrote the (4 page!) article:
I don’t watch “Jersey Shore”, but I agree with every word about the snobbish self satisfied bloated mess that is “Boardwalk Empire”.
And I think he makes a interesting point about how prestige dramas have become formulaic and dull, while reaility tv has become open to surprises and uses it’s self aware feel in different ways to entertainment (and in the case of “Jersey Shore”, it’s a parody of a self-parody), and it can lead to a more engaging experience, even if not a better one.
Very interesting article.
I’ve never watched Jersey Shore, but I understand the point he’s trying to make here about reality TV and its new role. I do understand the critics adressed at Boardwalk too, although I think they are very exagerated. Yes, it is slow, but so is Mad Men. I think the first two seasons of Mad Men were way overrated, and largly inferior to what the first season of Boardwalk was. It just seems like the author is trying to systematically see the good in jersey Shore, just because everyone thinks it’s terrible, and systematically see the bad in Boardwalk, just because a lot of people think it’s awesome.
Now, I have nothing against being provocative, but this is stretching it out a bit. It’s not a troll, since, again, the arguments are there, but I feel like saying that Margaret just accepts Nucky’s infedility is unfair, if only because Nucky is faithful to her. It just happens to be a reality of the Prohibition era that those kinds of establishments had hookers going on people’s knees to entertain them. Now Nucky certainly doesn’t do anything to stop it, but he doesn’t cheat on her nonetheless. Also, Boardwalk does bring up interesting points about morality, just not as well as The Sopranos or The Wire did.
Basically, this guy is just trying to be against the mainstream and provocative, even if he kinda has a point.