EXCLUSIVE: Ahead of the season finale next week Gogglebox producers are open to the idea of having the show screen across the year.
“We’re getting near the end and I’m exhausted!” executive producer David McDonald tells TV Tonight. “But we love making the show. We would love to make more if that were the case.
“I know for the cast -especially in the last four weeks- when they get stopped doing their grocery shopping, people have said to them how appreciative they are, that they’re still doing the show.
“If we could go all year, or even do three series a year I’m sure it’s something that we’d all enjoy doing.
“I’m also very mindful of not over-saturating it.”
“But I’m also very mindful of not over-saturating it. It’s a little bit special when it comes back, so that’s always the balance.”
This week Gogglebox reaches its 100th episode, and its ratings have never been better. Not bad for a show which on paper, originally sounded like a terrible idea.
Right now no other show on Television has quite managed to reflect the way Australians are coping with lockdown.
“I found something very comforting about it.”
“I know for myself that first week of being in isolation and watching the show, I found something very comforting about it. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. It’s the familiarity and probably just watching people on TV going through exactly the same thing,” he continues.
“One of the most resonating pieces, was when the guys were watching the finale of MKR and the PM came on to go through the latest measures. You could just see all these people realising that’s their livelihood gone. There was just an immediacy about it that was very powerful.”
Goggleboxer Jad has had to close his cafe while Sarah Marie’s work in the beauty industry has come to a halt. Jad is also unable to visit Sarah Marie & Matty due to the risk to baby Malik, while Mick and Di are out for the rest of the series due to their seniority. Emily is also at home isolated from daughter and grand-daughter Kerry & Isabelle.
“We just have to be cautious. We have to follow the guidelines that the government has set out. And I certainly want to protect and look after them,” says McDonald.
“I miss all of them”
“It’s a shame because I miss all of them. It’s just for everyone’s safety, the crew and the cast.”
This season also introduced new households Milo and Nic from the Gold Coast, and Sydney’s Kaday and Chantel and The Elias family.
“I’m really happy with them. To be fair, it’s a huge amount of pressure to put on new families because they’re being compared to those who are five year veterans,” he continues.
“I don’t think you can overestimate that. It’s like comparing apples and oranges. But I think they’ve done really well. I’ve really enjoyed a lot of what they’ve said.”
McDonald also attributes the show’s success to the frankness of the cast filmed in their own home, which helps let down their guard.
“I know people say they play up to the cameras, but some people are very vivacious, a bit larger than life. Most of the cast say they forget the cameras are there very quickly.
“Holly Dalton, god bless her, is as candid as! She just doesn’t care! She not playing up to the cameras.”
“Some work, some don’t.”
But not every show works for Gogglebox, and some viewings end up on the cutting room floor in a show that juggles the laughs, the shocks and the tears.
“Some work, some don’t. It’s got nothing to do with the quality of shows,” he explains.
“It might be a wonderful show that rated really well or an award-winning show that’s been incredibly well-acted and produced but it just kind of sits there. Or it’s really good and everyone shuts up and they just watch it!
“It doesn’t make for the most entertaining telly.”
Gogglebox 100th episode airs 7:30pm Wednesday on LifeStyle
9:45pm Thursday on 10.