The couch potatoes re­turn

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As Gog­gle­box kicks off its fifth sea­son on Aus­tralian TV, re­turn­ing Mel­bourne cou­ple Wayne and Tom tell Danielle

McGrane about their hopes for the next sea­son and what it’s been like to be a part of the show.

An­other sea­son of Gog­gle­box is about to kick off. How does that feel?

Tom: It’s come so quick. We’re very ex­cited to see what’s com­ing on TV, let’s hope we get some new shows this year.

Wayne: I’m spew­ing that so far we missed out on Pauline Han­son and Don­ald Trump. It’s not fair, there’s some good stuff we missed out on.

Tom: But we do have an­gry men on My Kitchen Rules so we do have some­one to pick on.

What are you hop­ing to see? Pol­i­tics?

Wayne: Yeah, I think this is the year. If Trump keeps on go­ing the way he’s go­ing there’s go­ing to be a mul­ti­tude of stuff for us to watch.

Pres­i­dent Trump used to be a re­al­ity TV star, so there seems to be power in the medium.

Tom: Are you telling me I might be pres­i­dent of the United States? I’d rather be a dic­ta­tor, dic­ta­tor sounds bet­ter.

Do you think be­ing part of a re­al­ity show means you could have some power in some ways?

Tom: I don’t think we’re any­body, we’re just two drunks sit­ting on a lounge watch­ing TV. I don’t think we have any power.

Wayne: I think a lit­tle bit. I think one of the main rea­sons Tom and I have been do­ing the show has been around mar­riage equal­ity and the flood of thanks and sup­port on so­cial me­dia has been com­pletely over­whelm­ing and caught every­one by sur­prise from sea­son one.

For us, we kind of re­alised that while we’re on the show and we’re talk­ing about it and peo­ple are watch­ing it, it keeps it in the front of the minds of a lot of peo­ple.

I got a beau­ti­ful tweet from a woman the other day who said, “I’ve never re­ally wor­ried about same- sex mar­riage, me and my hus­band have just got on with our own lives. But af­ter watch­ing you guys on TV I think you guys de­serve the right to marry”. So even if we’ve changed one per­son’s opin­ion, we’ve made a dif­fer­ence.

You have three chil­dren. How did they feel about you guys do­ing the show?

Tom: I think in sea­son one they were a bit ner­vous that the rest of Aus­tralia would get to see what their dad was re­ally like at home, but they’re ac­tu­ally re­ally proud of it now and said that we haven’t em­bar­rassed them. But they said they wanted noth­ing to do with the show.


Tonight, 9pm, Ten; Wed­nes­day, 7.30pm, Fox­tel’s LifeStyle


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