Let the Games begin but Ten won’t shy away from Shire
The Shire has seemingly been rushed into programming and will clash head-on with coverage of the Olympic Games. Last week a bookmaker offered odds on the Channel 10 show being held back until next year, after it was overlooked in its ‘‘coming soon’’ promos. However, Ten has announced the ‘‘dramality’’ series – part scripted, part reality – will premiere on Monday, July 16. The Shire, based on the hit US show Jersey Shore, follows the lives of a group of young Australians living on the beaches of Sydney’s Sutherland Shire. Ten’s decision means it will come up against the telecast of the London Games late this month and early August. Ten chief programming officer David Mott says The Shire will be a unique Australian show. ‘‘It’s fun, it’s feisty and it can’t be stopped. The Shire will be a show that captivates, amuses and, dare we say, astounds audiences. Some will love it, some will hate it, and everyone will want to watch it . . . get ready for something you’ve never seen before on Australian TV.’’ The cast includes direct sales assistant Gabrielle, 20; singing teacher and waitress Tegan, 24; electrician Andy, 22; model Nikee, 20; stonemason Mitch, 23 and restaurant manager Kerry, 26. The series has already had its fair share of controversy. The local council has tried to distance itself from the show and in May two cast members were sacked because ‘‘unsavoury information’’ came to light.
Mondays, from July 16, 8pm, Ten, Ten SC.