The Jerry Springer Show
The Jerry Springer Show 1991 – Present
The Jerry Springer Show was first aired in America on September 30th 1991 and has since aired over 3000 shows. Over the years it has become highly successful with cameos on Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged me (1999) and The Simpsons and having an Opera entitled Jerry Springer The Opera (2003).
The Jerry Springer Show is an American multi-camera talk show about the lives of everyday people and is shot in Connecticut, USA. Although shot in front of a studio audience the show itself is not aired live.
The show is a commercial institution today owned by a major company called NBC Universal who is part of General Electric and its low budget (Other than Springer himself) allows the show to make alot of money.In America the viewing figures are around 1.5million daily.Today the show is aired in many countries and re-runs are also played to allow the company to make more money without too much effort. It aims to get viewers by trying to shock them and humiliate their guests. A warning is now added before every show to warn viewers that there maybe adult scenes and themes throughout the show. Sound effects are added to the show such as a boxing bell to try and signal that a fight is about to start. Little effort is ever put into stopping them other than a couple of security guards to jump in if it gets pretty nasty.
The guests are not paid to come on the show as they are members of the public, this adds to the unpredictability of the show which has made is so popular. Each episode will have a different theme i.e. “Porn Star & Angry mom” And “Guess What? I’m really a man.”
The set is built in away to appear to be a in a warehouse almost industrial, with bricks and windows being the main stage set. It’s set like this to show that the people that come on the show are generally working class and live an almost sub-par life. The staging is also big enough to accommodate a a fight so that they dont get involved with the audience and a fair few other people such as security guards and camera men so that they can get close to a fight should it happen.
Ironically the demographic for the show is the same as they want to be on the show. This is so it keeps coming up with new guests that watch the show and also that the working class are more likely to watch as they are the same people who want to know about celebrities and their trials and tribulations, and would therefore want to know about somebody’s 15 minutes of fame. After 20 years it’s hard to know why there are still an abundance of people trying to get on the show, but Springer said, “We are probably the only show that grows its own guests.” Which helps emphasise the reasons why it shouldn’t change it’s style to fit a different demographic as it may be it’s own demise. The language of the guests is also one of which the viewers can relate to. the way that they speak and act may also be similar to the people watching.
At the end of each show Jerry Springer has a “final thought,” This is to try and give a serious notion to the show as it is some peoples everyday problems, no matter how funny it is to other people. It shows that the show has direction and Springer tries to reach conclusions and shows if you would act in the same way if it happened to you.