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Reality TV Set In Australian Magazine Land – This Could Be Awesome

Australian TV channels have been a bit late in getting on the semi-scripted reality TV bandwagon, but in the last 12 months a few TV shows have been commissioned.

Channel 7 commissioned a show set in Roxy Jacenko’s public relation’s firm Sweaty Betty. No news when it will be shown, but filming has been finished.

But the show I am most excited about is the new series that has been commissioned by Foxtel called The Park.

It is to be set in ACP headquarters in their magazine section examining the putting together of the mags and how they compete with each other for stories.

“It will focus on editors, primarily, and the conflicts they have within their own group in competing for the covers and stories and the gossip that goes into making those magazines what they are,” Brian Walsh told the Sunday Telegraph.

“There has been a lot of discussion between Foxtel and ACP about the tonality of the show – I wasn’t interested in an advertorial; it had to be gripping television.”

This could be compulsive viewing and I expect some stars to emerge from the show. Take note mag hags – the ones that create some drama will be the ones to get the most air time.

Channel Ten is the first one to screen a “real” life reality TV show with Keeping Up With The Jones set on an outback station. The show premieres next week at 9pm on Thursday 14 October on Channel Ten. For a review of the show is on TV Tonight.

Finally no news on the reality show that was going to be called The East, to be set in the Eastern Suburbs following around some bright, young things.


1 bee { 10.07.10 at 7:41 pm }

As someone who works in Park St, I am so not looking forward to this. Corridor gossip is that this annoucement was highly confidential and was leaked to the Tele last week. Also, that they are auditioning staff to appear on the show.

As much as I love reality TV, I don’t want it in my office!! But hey… if it means our run down offices get a make over then I’ll be happy. I’ll still be tuning in though!

2 Reality Raver { 10.07.10 at 10:31 pm }

Bee – so you can opt out of being on the show? Please keep us posted on what is going on.

3 bee { 10.07.10 at 10:36 pm }

Will do. My dept isn’t involved so not sure about the opt out/opt in. Will be verrry interesting to see how some of the editors will be portrayed!

4 Culinary Boner { 10.07.10 at 10:41 pm }

fear & loathing, fear & loathing…

why don’t the tv networks do themselves instead?

they could call it The Bored & The Boned

5 Culinary Boner { 10.11.10 at 3:55 pm }

“The East” sounds particularly unpromising, unless they are going make it into a total piss-take in the mould of Sylvania Waters.