“The Shire” on TEN -Australia’s answer to Jersey Shore?

Update: Following online leaks TEN has now formally released info on its new "dramality" show set in Sutherland Shire.

Jersey Shore ain’t got nothin’ on this place,” says a TEN promo. “The Reality event of 2012 everyone will be talking about.

“It will take social media to the next level.”

A promo about a forthcoming Reality soap has been leaked online.

Promising ‘Real People. Real Drama,’ the clip which has since been removed from YouTube sees a montage of young men and women giving random quotes to camera, presumably about themselves.

“I wanna become a porn star,” says one young woman.

“Someone fell down the stairs, but I refused to say that I pushed her,” adds another.

One bloke chimes in with “I think fake boobs are amazing.”

The show is pitched as coming from the people behind UK reality series The Only Way is Essex, but TV Tonight understands it comes from Shine Australia.

While it appears to be a promo for potential sponsors, there are suggestions that TEN acted swiftly to have the clip removed offline, with talk of legal action.

UPDATE: Following online leaks TEN has now formally released its info on the show:

Network Ten today announced the commissioning of The Shire, a bold, highly addictive ‘dramality’ series that follows the often outrageous lives and loves of a group of people who are destined to become the most talked about in Australia.

With its stunning beauty and “tribe-like” community, the Sutherland Shire in Sydney’s south is the perfect location for this very real glimpse into the private lives of a distinctive group of Australian culture.

Shine Australia has scoured the Shire to assemble a brilliant ensemble of charismatic and controversial characters.

From the boys next door, to the girls next door, from the heart-breakers, to the home-wreckers – The Shire is guaranteed to raise a commotion, and fast become one of the most talked-about shows on the box.

David Mott, chief programming officer, Network Ten said: “The Shire is a fascinating look into a unique sub-culture in Australia and the first time a local ‘dramality’ series is being introduced to the commercial television landscape.

“The genre has been a hit in the US (Jersey Shore) and the UK (The Only Way is Essex), changing the way people view television, and we intend to do the same.

“The Shire epitomises the progression of reality television and in this social media age, we’ve built a show that is not only entertaining but capitalises on all the twitterverse and blogosphere has to offer.

“It is the next step in the reality TV phenomenon TEN pioneered in 2001 when we introduced Big Brother to the Australian market and a strong, confident addition to our 2012 program line-up,” Mr Mott said.

“The Shire is a glimpse behind the curtain into the heart of Australia as you have never seen it before.”

From their hectic and crazed social lives to problems with work and family, The Shire will leave no stone unturned.

With its beautiful back-drop, controversial cast and Shine’s production expertise, The Shire has all the ingredients to become one of the breakout hits of 2012.

Production on The Shire starts Monday March 26, in…the Shire.

Urban dictionary:
1. Dramality: An evolution of the “reality series” television genre that blends realistic and fictional elements together.

39 Responses

  1. Media can’t be trusted. they would steal such thing specialy on davids site here. Im not suprise how they go around stealing information and post them on the newspaper. Thats just filthy nother so what paparazi balls.

    I don’t exactly now what this show is about. But is this similar to big brother since it is within big brother section?

    I now there are shows on E channel on foxtel.. celebritys they ahve camera men always filming them around home like the Oz borns….. and other celebrity of a daily life… a camera men filming them in the room out there driving… and such. Is this what the show is about ? course its nothing new.

  2. That description Ten released in the press release makes the show sound lame.

    Like The Hot House, The Resort, and that weirdo “Miriam” show about a bunch of guys trying to date a girl, who was formerly a man, this has ‘flop’ written all over it.

    It really seems like Ten have taken a trip back to 2004, only with worse ratings and a few extra multichannels with minimal new content

  3. This exactly the sort of buzz and debate that Big Brother caused when it first launched – but this sounds like a far more contemporary show than BB – There will be haters, but they’ll also be people addicted to this show and I’m sure 10 are fine with that!

  4. Think this is it:
    Wizzy Evans in conjunction with Shine Australia are currently casting a Doco-drama (Scripted Reality) based in the Sutherland Shire. We are looking for our final 2 roles to complete an already dynamic cast. If you live in The Shire and fit the role descriptions, we want to hear from you! Applications close Wednesday February the 15th and Auditions will be held in Cronulla on the 16th.

  5. Ok, maybe two hands… but do you understand what I was inferring?

    As reported, this is created by the same people who created Only Way Is Essex. You inferred it as the answer to Jersey Shore. Sounds original…

    Depending on who you ask, those shows are either ‘totes awesome’ or woeful, mind-numbing garbage. Do we need another reality slash pseudo-reality show depicting ‘real’ people? The characters might be real, but the cookie cutter format can be bought at K-mart in a 5 pack for $1.29.

    I can understand it, but I can’t believe this genre is still clogging up our screens.

  6. Oh I hope it’s true. It would be perfect on say 8.30pm Mondays!

    I’ve only seen promos of The Only Way is Essex, but there is no way that show is a reality show. The camera angles suggest set up scripted television.

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