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TV critic says Australia is ready for The Shire

TV critic says Australia is ready for The Shire

Mon July 16, 2012 4:03pm

IF a million or more people watch Home And Away every night, why not The Shire? Australia's ready for this, says Dianne Butler.

A national embarrassment, populated by ill-spoken synthetic idiots overly concerned with their skin and hair and bodies and the bodies of others.

But nobody could sound dumber than the mayor of Sutherland Carol Provan, with her warning shot to Ten - before anyone's seen a minute of the show - that she just didn't think it will "support us.

It will not help us, it'll just be very negative,'' as related in The Sydney Morning Herald, not realising Ten doesn't work for her. And The Shire isn't a tourism campaign. Even though it may turn out to be one.

This show will get an overseas sale, probably has one by the time you read this. And I'd say even without the benefit of the two minutes 15 seconds clip I've seen.

Apparently they're still "editing'' tonight's episode, but I reckon there are other journalists with their mouth closer to Ten's well, closer to Ten who have seen more than I have.

I don't care. I'll watch it tonight like everyone else. Or maybe not everyone, there'll still be the Australian Story crowd.

I loved - love - The Only Way Is Essex. Those people are only half drongo.

This is the show The Shire's going to be more like. And I'll say this - if a million or more people watch Home And Away every night, why not The Shire? Australia's ready for this. We haven't been before, but we are now.

Ten's done a couple of things wrong here, and one may be not putting it on Monday to Friday. Maybe the next series.

The Shire airs at 8pm AEST on Mondays.

Check back after tonight's debut episode to see what reality TV blogger Emma Ashton - and the viewers - had to say about the show.

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