The Family – Will This Be The New Sylvania Waters?
As the commercial networks finish off their shows this week, tonight SBS are premiering The Family, a show which follows a family over the course of their day to day lives.
It is bringing back the reality genre to where it all started, and some would say what it should be, just the cameras and the cast.
The Family follows Melbourne family, the Cardamones, which consists of three sons plus the mother and father over a period of three months.
In a great article in the Sydney Morning Herald, Paul Franklin from Shine Australia talks about the casting of the family.
Of the hundreds of families that applied, 30 to 40 were considered, according to director of programming at production company Shine Australia, Paul Franklin. Some were eliminated on the basis of background checks and psychological assessments but the Cardamones were always at the fore.
”We weren’t sure there was enough dynamic there,” Franklin says. ”There was nothing major coming up in their lives but eventually we hit a point where we felt they were right.
”I flew to Melbourne to meet them and they were so likeable I thought, ‘Perfect’.”
It was, he admits, a daunting project as the show rides entirely on the selection of the family.
”We were strict in not getting involved other than having our cameras in [the house]. You couldn’t stimulate storylines as you normally would as a producer. It was [a matter of] sitting on your hands with fingers crossed.
”From that point of view it was exciting, anxious program making. You have to let it play out, have faith that the cast will be likeable enough, that enough will take place.
”If you were making it for a commercial network you might not feel comfortable with that. It was nice to make something pure, though.”
Will the show be like the iconic Sylvania Waters which really was fantastic at the time?Noelene Donohue was scarred by the show and how she was portrayed. However, Noelene was the early protoype for all those Real Housewives we see on our screens weekly. Hopefully it is a more positive experience for the Cardamone family.
What I do know is it will be very entertaining and interesting for the viewer.
The Family on SBS One 8.30pm Thursday nights.