The end of The GC is only the beginning
As you wake up this morning, perhaps sipping on a coffee as you read through a few news stories online, perhaps sitting at your desk enjoying a few moments of respite in an otherwise frantic work day, I'm here to deliver a troubling yet undeniable truth: love it or hate it, The GC is a hit show.
Despite opinions on the show landing all over the spectrum - my favourite: "calling it car crash TV is offensive to car crashes" - there is no doubt that the show was a massive success, making its debut with more than 370,000 viewers and averaging 297,000 viewers for its first seven episodes (last night's ratings were unavailable at the time of writing), plus countless others watching the show on TV3+1, TV3 On Demand, and on time-shifting devices.
Don't believe that the show is a hit? Rosanna Arkle from The GC is taking on Jamie Ridge in a boxing match*, even though her only real claim to fame in this country is that she starred in The GC. And if the post-season activities of the Jersey Shore cast are anything to go by, it's probably the first of many, many public appearances by Rosanna, Tame, Jade-Louise and the other "neffs" and "aunties" from the show we all love to hate.
The fallout from the success of The GC doesn't stop there, either. The show has singlehandedly proven that trashy reality television featuring home-grown personalities can absolutely work in primetime. A green-light for Rolling with the Ridges is a formality at this point. No wonder poor Jamie has been thrust into a boxing ring with Rosanna - the producers probably realised that rolling with the Ridges wasn't actually much fun, so gave her something to do.
It's not going to stop there either, folks. Once Were Warriors star Temuera Morrison mentioned during a radio interview this week that his family is involved in developing a reality show. Mingling with the Morrisons? Guess Who's Coming for Some F**kin' Eggs, perhaps? At least it can't be any worse than anything the Ridges are doing.
Honestly, learning about Tem's foray into reality TV was almost as confusing as seeing Clint Eastwood in commercials for Mrs Eastwood & Company. Of course, there's an 80 per cent chance Clint has no idea the E! Channel even exists.
It's not just famous people either: the latest round of funding from NZ On Air includes nearly $1,000,000 for a show called NZ Story, which OnFilm described as a show "that will reveal insights into the lives of a cross section of very different New Zealanders". I can't wait to find out if other Kiwis hang their singlets over the heater in the morning, too.
So yes, the future of trashy reality television in this country is so bright we're gonna have to wear shades. Preferably a pair of shades endorsed by a member of the extended Ridge or Morrison families, worn over a GC-branded T-shirt.
Are you excited by the prospect of more trashy reality shows in prime time? Are there any prominent Kiwis you'd like to see followed around for 8 to 10 episodes? And did you make it to the end of The GC? What did you think?
(*) The safe money is on Rosanna. Take it from me: Whangarei girls know how to rumble.