Being Lara Bingle – The Problem With Lara It Just Did Not Appear Real
It is ironic that Lara in her first episode of Being Lara Bingle moaned about the fact she does not get any privacy when she is doing a reality TV show.
Not that there is a problem with her doing a reality program as she creates a lot of chatter, and she should try and harness this for her own benefit. However Being Lara Bingle is just not that entertaining.
For celebrity/semi scripted to be good, it is dependent on casting, plot line and viewers need to feel they are getting to see something “real”, and there were problems with all three aspects of this show.
The premise of the show as Lara would move into a fabulous Bondi apartment with her BFF/Manager and her brother Josh.
The problem is the three could barely hold a conversation together. So a lot of time it was Lara talking to camera.
The most natural scene and therefore most entertaining part of the show was when the three flatmates and Lara’s mother were eating dinner the first night in their new pad. By the way Lara’s mum was a cracker.
Lara Bingle tweeted last night about how funny her brother Josh is but he just seems like a dolt not particularly bright nor witty. At twenty eight he is now taking a break from living at home from his mother to be a part of this show. A part from the tricked up will there or won’t be a romance between him and Lara’s BFF I am not sure he is going to add anything to the show.
Hermione Underwood appears to have more brains then both combined but spends most of her time looking at Lara with disbelief.
One of the major “events” in the first 30 minute episode was the Lara Bingle nude shot scandal. Lara lies on the bed with Hermione moans about her lack of privacy and about how voluptuous she is. Considering she was meant to be pissed off about it, why didn’t she ring the photographer, who she is partners in a restaurant with, and yell at him about invading her privacy. That would have been a more entertaining scene.
It would be great if Lara did show any emotion as it is hard to know what Lara is thinking, as she has a stock standard response to most things which is to keep on smiling. It is a nice smile and to be fair you can tell she is still grieving for her father who passed away a few years ago.
The other problem for the show is the audience is sceptical about what is real and what is not so we are always second guessing it. In particular the scene where she was pulled over by the police, she blamed her car for garnering this attention when she was in fact driving in the bus lane.
Did the paps just happen to be following her or did they know she was going to be pulled over? Also again it was hard to be sympathetic when she found out she was driving on a suspended license.
This of course meant Lara had to be driven around by friends, not get public transport or taxi’s like the rest of us.
But then like getting free clothes maybe friends dropping everything for you is just “another perk of her job”. The mystery being what is her actual job. Maybe if she actually had one the show would have been far more interesting.
The “real” Lara seems like a pleasant enough girl, but she just did not make me care enough about her, and I suspect this will be what will stop viewers tuning in.
After watching Lara I viewed an episode of Bethenny Ever After to see how good this niche genre of reality TV can be and there was a show with an interesting protagonist, cracking wit, plot line with a feel of some authenticity. If Lara wants her job to be a reality TV star maybe she should watch this show and take some notes.
Being Lara Bingle can be seen on Network TEN Tuesday’s at 8.00pm.
Bethenny Ever After Series 3 on Arena TV Tuesday nights at 8.30pm