Channel 10’s controversial mock-dramality take on the Jersey Shore phenomenon, The Shire, has been bumped from the lineup by producers at Shine Productions and Ten, who are reassessing the future of the show after eight weeks of filming in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire left producers underwhelmed.
Sutherland Shire Mayor, Carol Provan – a lady fond of deploying military metaphors and threatening to erect boom gates in the fight to preserve the reputation of her municipality – is no doubt doing celebratory shots at the news, and has declared the sidelining of the project as a “wonderful little victory.”
Provan told The Telegraph that she had “spoken to some people involved with the show and they have said things aren’t good. And I’ve had a few emails and texts from some of my troops who have been backing me on this matter and the general consensus is: ‘I think we’ve won’.”
Ten maintains that although the show won’t go to air any time soon, filming will continue on The Shire, with the program slated for release “when the time is right.”
That time, evidently, is not now.
UPDATE via The Twitter: Channel Ten have issued a formal statement on The Shire, saying “contrary to recent reports, filming on The Shire is going well and production continues.” Yieeew!