Oprah is jumping the shark

She has David Blaine on her show today and he’s trying to set a record for staying underwater. Is it just me or that guy kind of creepy? It’s his deadpan delivery. No duh he can get his heart rate down; seems like it’s down all the time. Anyway, I’ve gotten used to puffy doctor Phil trying to insert himself into the sensational stories (Britney, cheerleader bullies). And as much as I’d like to imagine Oprah being annoyed that she ever gave birth to “Dr. Phil” (the brand), I’m noticing her show getting more “sensational” itself. Still, her make-up is amazing. I can’t dislike her. I’m just bugged.

Is David Blaine going to make my life better?  He’s not famous enough for me to care about him bouncing up and down on an ecru leather sofa proclaiming his love for his amazing, much younger girlfriend. He hasn’t written a book and then erroneously marketed it as a biography and then deserved a public humiliation because Oprah picked it for her book club. Jeez, he isn’t even introducing us to any of our “favorite things”. We are getting into “Inside Edition” territory here. In her mind, does Oprah know that this is really bad? Does she have an inner Timbaland saying “baby girl, this show is gonna suck”.

I imagine a staff meeting at Harpo with a frenzied discussion about a canceled guest or an unbooked program. I mean come on.

I also admit that I could come up with nothing else to write about today except whether you could use marcona almonds to make pesto sauce (guess I’m still tired….yeah, I noticed all the typos in my Australia posts…lack of sleep); which I am going to try tonight. So just be glad that I was mildly annoyed by David Blaine’s presence on my TV set when all I really wanted was a cooking segment called “all about almonds” or at least something life changing. Is that too much to ask for? Oprah?

Is it too much to hope that her next show includes The Fonz in his leather jacket and he actually shows her how to jump the shark?

Comments (9)

  1. rose says:

    Ha! Actually Henry Winkler was on a couple of months ago…and yes, the leather jacket was there too, if I recall.

    When I’m home, I catch her, if the topic interests me. Blaine is not my cup of tea either. But I will absolutely be watching when the Sex and the City cast comes on.

    She’s up, she’s down. She’s Oprah.

  2. HeatherLeigh says:

    True dat

  3. Kim says:

    MY THOUGHT EXACTLY!!  Get outta my head!

    Garry Marshall, Producer of Happy Days, was on ‘Conversations with Michael Eisner’ last night and talked about the whole ‘jumping the shark’ colloquialism.  So it was top of mind when I saw the Oprah preview.  

    But agree with Rose – she’ s Oprah.  I won’t  completely check out.

  4. RB says:

    Leave Oprah alone! She’s a human being!

  5. HeatherLeigh says:

    Kim – I won’t either. Still love her, but did not enjoy that choice of topic/guest. I assume after a certain number of years, it’s hard to find new, relevant subjects. I have a hard enough time finding things interesting enough to blog about.

    RB – yeah, a ridiculously wealthy/famous one. We are supposed to treat them as humans (I joke)? My friend Suzanne went to Oprah’s house and said she was lovely. Her husband is old friends with Tom Greene (the exercise guru guy) and so they were there for his wedding. She really enjoyed Oprah. Yeah, so she’s human and nice and yesterdays’ show still sucked.

  6. Michael says:

    Have you seen this? It’s a spoof on David Blaine.


    It does have some cursing, so you may or may not consider it safe for work (depending on how loud your speakers are).

  7. HeatherLeigh says:

    Ahhh, the gazing into the camera.

  8. Bad_Brad says:

    I like Oprah because she does make a chunk of society aware of a lot of issues they would not otherwise have cared about, and also because she is a great philanthropist.

    On the other hand, I hate Oprah because, at some point, Oprah will devour our entire culture, digest it, and spit it back out at us in soccer-mom-ready sound bytes.  In fact, maybe she is already doing that.

  9. HeatherLeigh says:

    Bad_Brad, i agree with that. We are becoming a society that accepts the  opinions we are dealt by the media. Are people becoming too lazy to have an opinion of their own? Nowadays, I am spending more time reading and less time watching inane TV shows.