This is just another daytime talk show, comparable to other hosts' shows, with sensational topics, invited guests, and audience participation.
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Jenny Jones ...  Herself - Hostess 26 episodes, 1991-2003
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A talk show similar in format to those of Jerry Springer, Ricki Lake and Montel Williams. Sensational topics, with guests chosen to maximize the chances of open conflict. One common tactic is to bring on 'surprise' guests that other guests might otherwise refuse to publicly meet with. This tactic backfired once, when a male guest on a 'secret admirers revealed' episode later killed his admirer after discovering, on camera, that it was another man. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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English

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September 1991 (USA) See more »

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Chicago, Illinois, USA

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1.33 : 1
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In 1995, the show became the focus of a sensational murder trial. On 9 March 1995, 24-year-old Jonathan Schmitz appeared on a show called "Same-Sex Secret Crushes", but having only been told that the show was about secret crushes, he assumed that the admirer was a woman. The secret crush turned out to be his neighbor, 32-year-old Scott Amedure. Feeling that he had been publicly humiliated, Schmitz killed Amedure three days later with a 12 gauge shotgun. Schmitz was tried for first degree murder, but the case was overturned due to a technical error in the jury selection. In 1999, he was tried for Second-degree murder and received a sentence of 20-25 years. In May of that year a civil trial found "The Jenny Jones Show" to have been negligent because they did not screen the guests before inviting them on the show. The show was ordered to pay the Amedure family $25,000,000 for funeral expenses and pain and suffering for each family member. This decision was later overturned on appeal. The show pressed on in spite of sluggish ratings and was finally cancelled in 2003. See more »

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Disposable.
11 March 2000 | by Rid.XSee all my reviews

Much like the three-ring-circus that is "The Jerry Springer Show", this was once was a high-quality show that dealt with relevant issues. Nowadays, the show has become shallow and asinine, and its attempts to be "hip" are laughable.

There have been moments recently when they've tried to be topical. They've done a number of shows on out-of-control teens (which has been done better on "Sally", where she lets it be known she won't put up with any bull.) This should've been an interesting hour of television, but it was derailed largely because it wound up going nowhere. Why they rely on b.s. pop psychology is beyond me; send them straight to boot camp and work them over; no forensic analysis is going to help anything. I'm almost certain much of this is due to Jones herself: she comes across as too cheerful and sunny a personality to tackle the hard issues. She'd be best to leave those to Montel and Sally Jesse.

When they're not trying to be topical, they do what they best: shows filled to the brim with T&A (without these, I imagine they'd lose half the viewing audience.) Whether it's porn stars, strippers, or former high school outcasts, they successfully bring more cleavage than expected in the "family viewing hour." Of course, it doesn't help that many of the ladies are either airheads or superficial bimbos without class (or, worst case scenario, both.)

I'm going to go out on a limb and postulate that show has been downhill since the now infamous 1995 incident where a guest on the show gunned down a male acquaintance who had admitted to having a crush on him. Suffice it to say that the incident was tragic, but when the facts came out, it signaled the depths of the irresponsibility of those who worked behind-the-scenes.


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