Ran­cics are set for sea­son six

It’s been a long rough road in real life, but baby on the way means some good news for view­ers at last, writes

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV -

CON­FRONTING breast cancer, hav­ing a mis­car­riage and en­gag­ing a sur­ro­gate mother to have their first child, high-pro­file cou­ple Bill and Giuliana Ran­cic have had more real-life dra­mas than a well-scripted soapie.

It’s made their life com­pelling view­ing for re­al­ity junkies who can latch on to the fifth sea­son of their not-so­pri­vate lives in Giuliana and Bill, which pre­mieres on pay-TV’s Style chan­nel on Mon­day.

Ran­cic says the road humps they have faced in life are no dif­fer­ent to ev­ery­day cou­ples’ and they have never shied from be­ing open and hon­est about their re­la­tion­ship and their pri­vate is­sues on the show.

‘‘We tackle is­sues that a lot of cou­ples face and most peo­ple wouldn’t talk about, whether it’s fer­til­ity or is­sues with Giuliana’s health,’’ Bill says. ‘‘That’s life though; you don’t know what the hell you are go­ing to be dealt.

‘‘We’ve been able to turn our neg­a­tive sit­u­a­tions into pos­i­tive ones, and when we were go­ing through it we hope that we have in­spired peo­ple.’’

When the cou­ple was first ap­proached to be in a re­al­ity se­ries, they made a pact that it would be a clean, whole­some and pos­i­tive show and they have stayed true to their word.

It’s meant five strong-rat­ing sea­sons in the US with a sixth al­most cer­tain, given the pair are ex­pect­ing a boy later this year.

What the cou­ple could not have en­vis­aged were the se­ri­ous per­sonal health dra­mas that they faced and how that alone has over­come the sen­sa­tion­al­ism of other re­al­ity shows.

‘‘If you look at 99 per cent of re­al­ity shows today . . . they’re about hor­ri­ble re­la­tion­ships, drug abuse, al­co­holism and phys­i­cal abuse,’’ Ran­cic says.

‘‘Our show has none of that and we still man­age to get good rat­ings.

‘‘We are talk­ing about it (a sixth sea­son) right now and we have a baby com­ing. The view­ers have waited five sea­sons for some good news and I can’t imag­ine not do­ing at least one more sea­son.’’

In be­tween shoot­ing their re­al­ity show, Bill and Giuliana Ran­cic are buried in their ca­reers.

They both present shows in the US and soon they’ll be work­ing together as the co-hosts of the dat­ing re­al­ity show Ready For Love, on which Eva Lon­go­ria is an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer.

‘‘We need a lit­tle break (from Giuliana and Bill) and this suits,’’ Ran­cic says.

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