Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Balls And The Fonz 'Jump The Shark'

A  career low was reached by schools secretary, Ed Balls, when he 'jumped the shark' with The Fonz, in a desperate bid to boost his popularity. Happy Days!

'Jumping the shark' describes the low point in a TV series, when a character is forced to do something really stupid to boost flagging ratings or their own popularity. 

The term comes from a scene in a 1977 episode of the TV series 'Happy Days', when cool-kid 'The Fonz' jumps over a shark while water skiing and jumped straight into TV history.

So who better to join schools secretary, Ed Balls, at a children's reading launch, than the man himself - Henry Winkler, who played The Fonz in the TV series.

The event also included a party to celebrate the first anniversary of the stalinesque 'department for children, schools and families'.

TV shows or movies that have 'jumped the shark' have passed their peak and fans often lament the noticeable decline in the show's quality from that point on.

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