Unbelievably, peak-90s paternity testing forum The Jerry Springer Show was still making new episodes right up until this year.
If that alone is enough to get you fist-pumping and braying JER-RY at the top of your lungs, then there’s some sad news coming: The dream, and the on-stage fights, appear to be over.
After 27 years and a remarkable 3,800+ episodes, The Jerry Springer Show looks set to come to an end.
The series has been very much on the ropes since April, when production officials informed staff that the outlook for the future of the show was grim, after it failed to secure a new season order from a broadcasting network.
The show very briefly received a lifeline in the form of cable network The CW, who swooped in to pick the show up after it became an official free agent. But new details of the deal, which have emerged today, suggest that Springer could be sprung.
The CW order for a new season consists solely of repeats, with no new episodes in the pipeline for the staggeringly enduring series.
The deal does leave the door slightly ajar for new episodes to be ordered down the line, but for now it appears it’s curtains.
Springer leaving TV screens for the first time since 1991 puts another nail in the coffin of the ubiquitous, low-brow brand of TV that spawned a legion of imitators, most of whom have since fallen by the wayside. Of the genre, the only notable remnants still on the air are Maury Povich and former Springer security bloke Steve Wilkos, who spun his own show off from Springer’s in 2007.
A cultural touchstone in the early 90s, Springer has increasingly become more and more on-the-nose as media shifts and evolves to a more modern, progressive audience, and the show itself is notorious for highlighting and championing a staggering amount of transphobia.
We tried to find a YouTube clip to accompany this article to illustrate the point, but frankly all of them are insanely difficult to watch in this day and age.
So ah… no more Springer seems like it might be for the best.