(Stuff) They loved it, they hated it. TV3′s new reality show the G.C. certainly has people worked up.
A Facebook group, asking The G.C. to be cancelled had already accumlated more than 3150 likes by mid-morning, while the official The G.C. fanpage had almost 9000 ‘likes’.
The Twittersphere is abuzz with comments about the show, which aired for the first time last night, staring a bunch of “bronzed, beautiful and ambitious young Maori”, also dubbed Mozzies (Maori Aussies), living it up on Australia’s Gold Coast.
The six trending topics on Twitter this morning were all related to the show with #thegc even reaching a spot in the worldwide trending charts last night.
The comments ranged from viewers showing their disgust at the way Kiwis are portrayed and the fact that the show had received $419,000 funding from New Zealand on Air, to people who just ‘luved it. LOL”.
Some described the characters as “plastic” and “fake”, but others added “sounds like a pretty accurate portrayal of the Gold Coast to me”.
The stars of the show themselves got in on the Twitter chat.
“Yea the haters dnt realise the more they moan about us the more fame The GC gets! Haha and they think wea dumb hmm lol,” wrote Rosanna Arkle, an accounts manager and part time model in her off-screen life.
Rugby league star and boxer Monty Betham tweeted to lead character Tame Noema, a scaffolder and property investor: “Everyone’s talking about it champ. #ExactlyWhatYouWant. #DoYourThing.”
More than half the the readers responding to a Stuff reader’s poll said the show was a disgrace, less than 5 per cent said it was great entertainment and 37 per cent said they didn’t watch it.
According to television website throng.co.nz The G.C. was watched by 370,660 viewers, making it the most popular show on TV3 last night. Overall the most watched programmes yesterday were One News (684,830), Shortland Street (599,070), Fair Go (593,900), Close Up (529,830) and TV One’s Animal Rescue, which was screened at the same time as The G.C. and attracted 512,370 viewers.
Love it or hate it but The G.C. is certainly the most talked about TV show at the moment.
Did you watch The G.C.? What did you think?