So I was reading a post at A Small Victory, well it wasn’t so much a post as a series of questions, but that’s besides the point. Michele asked her readers whether ASV had jumped the shark, to which most correctly responded “hell no.” One of the commenters (Ryan) was gracious enough to cover the rules of shark jumping:
Add an unnecessary new character/new kid/special guest
Ted McGinley joins the cast
Hey wait a second!
We just had a baby in April and I added Rodney, Paul, and Jay Tea as part time contributors. When I returned from paternity leave I made them recurring guest stars – to use the TV series metaphor. That’s dangerously close to jumping the shark. The fact that Paul is actually a pseudonym and in real life he is Ted McGinley makes Wizbang 3 for 3 on the shark jumping meter.
And things were going so good around here…