SUTHERLAND Shire mayor Carol Provan has never been a fan of Channel Ten’s reality series The Shire.
Ever since she watched a leaked promotional video online she has not been shy to voice her opinion, calling the ‘‘dramality’’ series distasteful.
So when she heard that the show’s release date had been delayed, she was pleased.
‘‘Apparently the network thought it wasn’t interesting enough so they’ve put the series on hold for the time being,’’ said councillor Provan, who found out on Sunday.
‘‘We have so many other interesting people and places in the region, why don’t they film them?’’
Filming has been under way for two months for the reality TV show, based on Jersey Shore, a popular US series about eight 20-somethings living and partying together.
The network and production company Shine Australia have not set an airing date but have already stirred up attention, with two cast members allegedly cut from the cast following a personal dispute on set in May.
Cr Provan said if the show was anything like the reality series Being Lara Bingle then she understood why the network was going back to the drawing board.
‘‘I watched part of an episode and thought it was quite ordinary,’’ Cr Provan said.The former shire girl’s reality series premiered with 925,000 viewers for the first episode and dropped to 786,000 viewers for the second.
But a Channel Ten spokesman said The Shire had not been ‘‘bumped’’ off the schedule and filming had been going well.
‘‘Filming for The Shire is going well,’’ the spokesman said. ‘‘We have discovered some really interesting characters and we’re looking forward to introducing them to the Australian public when the time is right,’’ the spokesman said.
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