Let the Games be­gin but Ten won’t shy away from Shire

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PAY TV -

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.

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