The Shire hasn’t managed to leave the spotlight since its debut on Monday, with a slew of press on the show.
While TEN will be buoyed by the chatter it has attracted, most of it has been negative (insert that line about all publicity being good publicity here.).
Most reviews were negative and as some editorials have noted, the chatter has included much comment about how people would decline to watch the new Dramality show again.
While it didn’t win its timeslot, it did top the demos it was after, which suits TEN.
Sutherland Shire mayor Carol Provan kept up her assault on the show, appearing on Nine’s Today show amongst others, but declining an interview for TEN News.
But ACA and News Limited has turned its attention to the question of whether the cast actually live in The Shire.
The Daily Telegraph speculates that 7 of the 15 cast members live outside the area, including buxom girls Sophie and Vernesa.
TEN confirmed Sophie lives and works in Rhodes, while Vernesa works at Westfield Miranda but calls Lansvale home.
David Mott said subjects could “live, work or play” in The Shire.
“It was not a prerequisite that they were all born and raised in the Sutherland Shire,” he said.
“It was a prerequisite that they were part of the community, which they are.”
The Herald Sun theorises Gaby and Mitch (real name Dean) were still together in June and not split as the show suggested -but it could well be a reunited pair in a photograph taken well after the premiere episode was filmed.
YourTV reckons producers built a fake Fusion Night Spot in a hotel dressed up to look like Fusion. This, a source says, “allowed them to control who came in and who was a part of the scene at all times”.
These points do demonstrate the show has got everybody talking, but that the audience will hold the show to account on the blurred lines between real and non-real.