Airdate: Mark Loves Sharon. Bumped: Big Mouth

By David Knox on June 13, 2008 / Filed Under News 12

TEN will premiere its new mockumentary Mark Loves Sharon at 9:30pm Monday June 30. The series features Jason Gann as sports’ bad body Mark Wary, as he allows reality cameras inside his house.

Gann, who featured the character in The Wedge, is also series writer. The character is supposedly inspired by headline sports stars such as Shane Warne, Wayne Carey, Ben Cousins and Brendan Fevola.

TV Tonight understands the series has used the palatial home of Geelong paparazzo Darren Lyons for the shoot. In a role as Wary’s father, actor Shane Connor will return to TEN. Connor was dropped by FremantleMedia during his Neighbours stint as Joe Scully.

In the 9:30pm timeslot, expect swearing, offense and MA material. Big Mouth is pushed back to 10pm, TEN Late News to 11:00pm and David Letterman to 11:45pm. Cornerbox is producing.

Press Release:
In ‘Mark Loves Sharon’, Australian sporting superstar, Mark Wary, reveals all as he invites the cameras into his home to shoot a celebrity reality series that shows the private side of this controversial and very public sporting icon.

In an attempt to change his bad-boy image and reveal his sensitive, caring side, Mark and his long-suffering manager, Jerry, decide to open up Mark’s life to an observational documentary crew. It may have been a good idea for Ozzy Osbourne, Jessica Simpson, Gene Simmons, Paris Hilton, Hulk Hogan and the Beckhams, but ‘Mark Loves Sharon’ reveals a whole lot more of Mark than he, or Jerry, ever intended.

There’s no shortage of tension at Wary’s extravagant mansion as Mark’s gorgeous but feisty girlfriend, Sharon, tries to keep his wandering eye in check; his loyal, no-hoper mates, Sledge and Tomo, riotously live the life of the loyal celebrity entourage; and manager and nervous wreck, Jerry, tries valiantly to keep the whole Wary gravy train from running off the rails.

In the eye of this storm Mark himself is trying to be the man that Sharon wants him. Plus trying to maintain a happy home, despite the warring factions and the various temptations and indulgences that are inevitably afforded a sporting superstar of his ilk.

He doesn’t always succeed and he often finds himself having to front yet another press conference having to apologise for the latest in a long line of misdemeanours.

It’s not easy being an Australian sporting hero “just ask Wayne Carey or Ben Cousins or Willie Mason or Brendan Fevola or Nick D’Arcy or Lleyton Hewitt or John Steffenson” or even Shane Warne.

Mark Loves Sharon allows us to meet the man behind the myth and gives us a remarkable insight into the conflicted, flawed, ridiculous yet ultimately loveable character that makes Wary the national icon that he is.

6 x 30 minute episodes. The mockumentary Mark Loves Sharon is a Cornerbox Production for Network Ten.

Jason Gann plays Mark Wary
Dailan Evans plays Jerry Dabelstein
Abby Meates plays Sharon Metcalf
Shaun-Angus Hall plays Sledge
Tim O’Dwyer plays Tomo
Kylie Gulliver plays Chrystal
Saskia Hampele plays Beth

Executive Producer: Steve Dundon
Series Producer: Ben Swaffer
Director/Co-Writer: Des Dowling
Writer: Jason Gann
Production Manager: Michelle Dundon
Head of Commercial Operations, Cornerbox: Andrew Watt
Network Executive Producer: Paul Leadon

12 Comments »

  1. nil8r153 June 29, 2008 at 10:17 pm -

    Will last six weeks, as there are only six episodes…

  2. boorabz June 23, 2008 at 1:20 am -

    Watch before you judge. This guy was behind Wilfred which was pretty good. His press conference scenes on the wedge where he bumgles through his answers were the only highlight from the wedge. How can people judge without seeing it?

  3. Aaron89 June 17, 2008 at 12:53 am -

    I’m not giving it a go, just watching the ad’s makes me cringe.
    They won’t even try anymore? do you know anything about the these kind of industries. all they do is keep trying new things, its all trial and error, but seriously theres a difference between trial and error and just plain idiotic!
    put Shaun Micallef back on the air and get rid of this trash!

  4. David Knox June 16, 2008 at 11:04 pm -

    At least give it a go guys…. otherwise they won’t even try any more.

  5. Aaron89 June 16, 2008 at 9:12 pm -

    Get this crap off the air!
    from reading all the comments, no one likes it!
    and its not even on yet!!!
    seriously first the wedge, then monster house, now this B.S. is gonna ruin tv yet again!!
    If this show isn’t canceled after its first week ill kill myself. im sick of tv trying to appeal to the “true aussie” audience. as Area 7 said ‘Nobody likes a bogan!’

  6. erasrhead June 16, 2008 at 10:05 am -

    Nothing like a little pre-judgement to raise the level of criticism in here.
    How about watching the show before commenting?

  7. John June 15, 2008 at 11:03 am -

    one word: fail

  8. Tayla_babee June 14, 2008 at 9:38 pm -

    i recon the shows gunna b awsome im not gunna miss it once. loved the wedge so i think i will like it.

  9. dan June 14, 2008 at 7:13 pm -

    Place your bets for how long this will last I will say 3 weeks at the most also what ratings do you think it will get for its first week I will say around the 750’000 mark

  10. Ben June 14, 2008 at 11:07 am -

    Just as crap as Monster House, or far far worse?

    I don’t know how some Australian comedy’s get the green light.

  11. RichoTB June 14, 2008 at 12:54 am -

    This has got to be funnier than The Wedge was. Or perhaps not.

  12. Ang June 14, 2008 at 12:08 am -

    kill me now

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