Move over Jersey Shore and The Hills... sexy girls and hunky guys from Sydney’s Northern Shores are about to be hitting television screens.
MTV Australia will premieres a new “reality drama” series, Freshwater Blue, in December.
It describes the series as “a real-life entertaining, humorous and sometimes gritty, fly on the wall look at the lives of 12 young adults from Sydney’s Northern Beaches.”
Featuring nine females and just three males, it joins a genre of shows in which cameras follow the lives of real people, promising issues such as relationships, friendships, peer pressure, drinking and sex.
The development of the series has been the subject of speculation for some time. It will also include some locations on the Gold Coast.
While it is unscripted, the genre often involves situations that are assisted by Producers.
Rebecca Batties from MTV Networks Australia says, “After seeing a webisode that had been trialled by production company Freehand, the MTV team and I instantly loved it. We knew intrinsically that if we added MTV’s trademark production values, we could take it to a wider Australian youth audience through MTV. Freshwater Blue’s appeal is that it’s a 100% truly Australian – and 100% real life.”
Creator and Executive Producer, Toby Yoshimura, originally from New York, says “The show is what the cast has made it. It is all stories told from the heart and is 100% real life. My hope is that Australian audiences will get behind and love the uniquely Australian cast members as much as I do”.
Yoshimura has previously worked on Saturday Night Live and The Jerry Springer Show.
Cast member Nicola Johnson, says “It wasn’t all just fun and games – having to deal with my break up from a five year relationship was a big deal. It was hard enough anyway but it really wasn’t easy to go through that on camera. It was then that I realised how real this show was.”
Freshwater Blue is MTV Networks Australia’s first series commission.
It premieres in the rather low profile timeslot of 4:30pm Thursday December 2nd on MTV.