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Park St Has Worst Debut Ever

Park St the semi-scripted reality show set in the magazine offices of ACP has had a disasterous start. It had barely over 6000 viewers for its first episode screened last Wednesday on Arena TV.

I hope this won’t mean local production houses will give up on semi-scripted reality shows, as I think there is a lot of potential in this genre. However I think the show needs to show more of the dynamics that are going on in the offices.

In the first episode one of the girls shut the door on the cameras as she was kicking someones butt. Now THAT is the scene viewers really want to see.

However, I presume to get permission to film in the offices there must have been an agreement on what could be shown.

Also I think if they had set the show in the more fast pace weekly gossip mag environment they may would have had the opportunity to develop a lot more tension.

Let us hope Channel 7 who are making Jackie Frank’s reality show set in Marie Claire’s offices are taking notes on how to make their show more watchable.

The Daily Telegraph reports that ACP are embarrassed by the rating figures.

They write:

“There was a lot of expectation here, but it was a disaster,” said one ACP insider. “The joke is, the only people who were watching it were those of us who work here.

“It was about as exciting as waiting for the printer to get fixed – and we’re betting that will be the plot of next week’s episode.

“It was just terrible and embarrassing.”

An Arena spokesman played down the disastrous debut while pointing out that Park Street will move to Monday night at 8pm.

“There are several encores of last night’s episode between now and [next week], as is the strategy with all our local programs, giving our subscribers multiple chances to sample the programs,” the spokesman said.

4 comments

1 Punkette { 02.25.11 at 11:35 am }

I watched the show & found it a yawn. Listening to one particular lady & her big noteing about herself is an emabrrassment to the company. What was promised did not deliver. I am at Uni now studying media & I think I shall rethink my career choices

2 smauge { 02.25.11 at 12:40 pm }

What exactly does semi-scripted mean?

3 Andrew { 02.25.11 at 1:07 pm }

Punkette – get out while you still can. I got a journalism degree but lacked twelve-foot eyelashes so my dreams of working at a certain fashion magazine were dashed – a job I applied for went to one of my subordinates who regularly had to be shown one end of the pencil from the other. Very poor writer. She was, however, size six and gorgeous. I’m merely talented, so no interview for me. Extrapolate that and you have the industry. Aussie media deserves every disaster and failure it endures, of which there are many. The remedy is more talent and less ego, and shows like Park St don’t bode well.

4 Reality Raver { 02.26.11 at 2:44 am }

Smauge – when they place people in certain situations and tell them to talk about a specific thing.