The Shire – Bottom Feeding Reality TV Or So Trashy It Is Good?
On the reality TV food chain shows like The Shire, The Only Way Is Essex and Jersey Shore are thought to be at the bottom. These shows confirms critics of the reality genre view that anyone can find fame and fortune via this medium regardless of talent or brains.
The Shire set in “God’s country” in Southern Sydney, is known is known as dramality or semi-scripted TV. However at the start of the show the narrator proclaimed there was no script. Does Network TEN and Shine think the viewer is as thick as the people they cast?
I doubt sales assistant Gabby walking along the beach and bumping into ex-boyfriend Mitch was spontaneous, and lucky there was a party happening with another cast member, wannabe rapper Rif Raf, that he could invite her to.
Speaking of fake, beauticians, Vernesa and Sophie, were proud of their fake boobs, tan, and lips, however unfortunately for them their brains were real. Their conversation in the whole episode revolved around talking about their lips, botox and how they actually believed that fat burning machines worked.
Another cast member was Beckaa a part time student and princess who returned from Dubai with designer gear and a nose job, boasting how her credit card was up to its $15,000 limit constantly. She was met at the airport by an older man who at first glance and interaction looked like a sugar daddy, however it was more disturbing to find out that he was her actual father.
The issue for The Shire is it appears to not want to be like Jersey Shore. For those who don’t know the show, Jersey Shore has managed to make it into its final sixth season with the same plot line in each series. Go out, show lots of flesh, get drunk, hook up and fight. Absolutely trashy TV, controversial when it first hit the small screen but also entertaining in small doses.
The Shire appears to have spooked itself and made a sanitised version of the show. If you take out the getting drunk, hooking up and fighting you have a bit of flesh and some plot lines in desperate need of development.
The one plot line viewers will see drawn out over the coming episodes will be whether former couple Mitch and Gabby will get back together. Hell if it had been Jersey Shore and Snooki had turned up at a party and her ex had been talking to a former girlfriend, she would have shoved her into the pool, belted back a few shots before unleashing her skanky dance moves to lure him back into her life. In The Shire the viewer saw stilted conversation – yes Gabby it was awkward indeed.
The problem for The Shire is at this stage the characters are not interesting or articulate enough to hold the viewers attention on conversation alone, and it does need controversy to liven it up.
Fortunately for Network TEN, Twitter was in a frenzy about the show, unfortunately for TEN the majority of views were negative.
The little popping noises are our brain cells dying. #TheShire@julesschiller
#TheShire appears really genuine apart from the fact that they all look and sound like they’re reading auto-cue. @pjhelliar
Breaking News: The cast of Jersey Shore ready to sue anyone that compares them to the people in The Shire. #TheShire@MichaelByrnes
However it did find a few fans with
However @stufthatibought was right when she tweeted:
Fairly sure the only reason most of us are watching #TheShire is so we can tweet along with it. The power of social media.
Will that be enough to bring the viewer back next week? Network TEN will certainly hope so.
The Shire is lowest common denominator television this does not mean it cannot be entertaining, it just did not happen in the first episode.
What did you think – bottom feeding reality TV or so trashy it was fun?