Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Commercial Concerns Ruin the Drama Effect; Square Eyes Rebecca Marshall

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Commercial Concerns Ruin the Drama Effect; Square Eyes Rebecca Marshall

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TALKING POINT: Melbourne homeowners and House Rules contestants Lisa and Adam with the wallpaper in their renovated home.

WE ARE hardened reality TV watchers now. We want our shows fast-paced and tight.

No time to waste.

But just because we want it fast does not mean we want it fake.

Let me give you the tip: the deal-breaking point of difference that sets reality TV apart is, um, reality. It's meant to be about real people. These days, I am not so sure.

Channel Seven, what is with House Rules and MKR contestants starring in commercials in the middle of the show? I may be able to handle -- just -- Maddi and Lloyd spruiking cars and that's only because Lloyd is a li'l cutie, but Adam and Lisa doing some pretty atrocious acting to sell Panadol?

That was the last straw.

What do the clients think about having people who are not qualified actors, but are actually tradies, mums or teachers selling their stuff in cheesy 30-seconders?

It is not genuine, it's tacky. …

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