SHOW’S SUC­CESS MIND- GOG­GLING

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS -

IT’S the lit­tle show that could. When the con­cept for Gog­gle­box was an­nounced, crit­ics were scep­ti­cal of how a TV show about peo­ple watch­ing TV would work.

“It went from the worst idea on tele­vi­sion to now peo­ple who love it – RE­ALLY, love it,” laughs ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer David McDon­ald.

And in sea­son three peo­ple are go­ing to have even more to love as the show adds two new house­holds to the mix – three gen­er­a­tiond of the Sil­bery fam­ily, and high- school friends- cum- house­mates Zina and Vi­vian.

So how did they find the lat­est ad­di­tions to the se­ries?

In a process far diff er­ent to other shows, McDon­ald says pro­duc­ers ac­tu­ally went out of their way to avoid en­gag­ing peo­ple who want to star in a re­al­ity se­ries.

In­stead, they sent a team of pro­duc­ers onto the streets in the same way they did be­fore sea­son one.

“The cast­ing for the se­ries is pretty in­volved,” ex­plains McDon­ald.

“You want to get peo­ple who don’t want to ac­tu­ally be on tele­vi­sion. We don’t want per­form­ers, we don’t want peo­ple who are go­ing to act up to the cam­era, you want them to be as nat­u­ral as pos­si­ble.

“There was a team of pro­duc­ers out there look­ing for peo­ple. It would be all kinds of in­ter­est­ing quirky things that would catch their eye and they’d think, ‘ Those guys are in­ter­est­ing’ and then they’d go and have a chat to them. From there they go through a bit of an au­di­tion process. That’s how we found just about ev­ery­one in the show.”

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