The GC

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The GC
Genre

Reality Television

Documentary
Created by Bailey Mackey
Starring
  • Tylah Jones Wharehinga
  • Rosanna Arkle
  • Zane Houia
  • Elyse Minhinnick (DJ Tuini)
  • Alby Waititi
  • Cole Smith
  • Nuz Ngatai
  • Matai Smith
  • Holly Subritzky
  • Matatia Brell
  • Braydon Mcmahon
Narrated by
  • Tame Noema
  • Season 1-2
  • Tylah Jones Wharehinga
  • Season 3
Opening theme "Vibrations" by Jade Louise feat. Savage[1]
Country of origin New Zealand
Original language(s) English, Maori
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 24
Production
Executive producer(s) Bailey Mackey
Location(s) Gold Coast, Australia
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes (including commercials)
Production company(s) Eyeworks Touchdown
Distributor Mediaworks New Zealand
Release
Original network TV3
Picture format 1080i HDTV
Audio format 5.1 Digital
Original release May 2, 2012 (2012-05-02) – present
External links
Website www.tv3.co.nz/Shows/TheGC.aspx

The GC is a New Zealand reality television series that premiered on TV3 on May 2, 2012 in New Zealand. The series follows the lives of a group of Māori living in Gold Coast, Queensland.

The series has been compared to the American reality show The Hills (TV series).[2]

Production[edit]

The show was originally pitched as an observational documentary series called Golden Mozzies, described as "looking at seven Māori families living on Australia's Gold Coast". In August 2011, the producers of Golden Mozzies received $419,408 from broadcast funding agency NZ On Air for the production of eight 30 minute episodes. However, the format and title of the series was changed with NZ On Air's knowledge.[3]

In 2013, a second season of The GC was funded by Maori broadcast funding agency Te Māngai Pāho with stricter requirements for Maori language and cultural content. $419,384 was granted for eight 30 minute episodes.[4]

In 2015, it was announced via the shows Facebook page that the show was renewed for a third season, along with new cast members and the show being moved to channel Four which has now been revamped as Bravo (New Zealand).

The third season premiered in July 2015.[5]

Cast[edit]

The show revolves around Tylah Jones Wharehinga, Rosanna Arkle, Zane Houia, Elyse Minhinnick, Braydon McMahon, Holly Subritzky, Cole Smith, Alby Waititi, Nuz Ngatai, Matai Smith, and Matatia Brell. Former cast members include Tame Noema, Jade Louise, Jessie Nugent, Nathan Waikato, Brooke James, and Jade Ruwhiu.

Main[edit]

Name Seasons
1 2 3
Elyse Minhinnick (DJ Tuini) Main
Rosanna "Rosie" Arckle Main
Zane Houia Main
Alby Waititi Main
Jade Louise Harawira Main Recurring
Cole Smith Recurring Main
Ngahere "Nuz" Ngatai Recurring Main
Matai Smith Guest Main
Holly Subritzky Main
Matatia Main
Braydon Main
Tylah Main
Layla Subritzky Recurring
Jessie Nugent Main Guest
Tame Noema Main
Nathan Waikato Main
Brooke James Main
Jade Ruwhiu Main

Critical reception[edit]

Following the screening of the pilot episode viewers branded the show as "fake" and "pathetic" and within hours a Facebook page called "Cancel the GC TV Show" was started.[6] According to a New Zealand Herald article the Facebook page had over 2100 "likes" within 12 hours of the show's airing.

There have also been questions about the show's funding. Following the screening of the pilot episode it was revealed that NZ on Air gave NZ$419,408 to fund the first series of The GC. According to news website Scoop Independent News, NZ on Air thought they were funding a series about seven Māori families living on the Gold Coast of Australia with the working title Golden Mozzies. [7] The same website published a press release from NZ on Air in August 2011 outlining that NZ on Air had approved funding for Golden Mozzies, which was then labeled as a documentary series.[8]

Episodes[edit]

Series one[edit]

No. Title Ratings Time-shifted ratings Original air date
01 "Episode 1" 370,660 17,490 2 May 2012 (2012-05-02)
Tame throws a housewarming party with his flatmates Jade and Zane, their girlfriends Jessi and Rose, and friends Nate, Nuz, Alby, DJ Tuini and Jade Louise.
02 "Episode 2" 289,480 24,030 9 May 2012 (2012-05-09)
Tame faces the morning after the party; Jessi attends her first glamour model shoot; Alby reveals a shocking revelation.
03 "Episode 3" 297,920 7110 16 May 2012 (2012-05-16)
Tame confesses all; Jade Louise considers her singing career; the whare boys look are more investment opportunities; Rosie take Alby to a photo shoot; and the boys check out Cole's new gym.
04 "Episode 4" 245,620 23 May 2012 (2012-05-23)
Nate auditions; Cole's father helps out with the gym; Tame and Jade Louise are pushed to take things further; Jade Louise has a confession for Tame.
05 "Episode 5" 294,670 9810 30 May 2012 (2012-05-30)
The girls crash the boys night out; Cole's gym opening is close; Jade Louise and Nuz put on a show; Rosie is jealous of Zane; DJ Tuini discovers a family secret.
06 "Episode 6" 254,970 21,940 6 June 2012 (2012-06-06)
DJ Tuini considers a return to New Zealand, Zane tries to make peace with Rosie, Jessi is jealous of Jade; Cole wants to get back in the ring.
07 "Episode 7" 325,860 20,480 13 June 2012 (2012-06-13)
DJ Tuini returns to her marae; Cole's gym opening is running behind schedule; the boys make it to haka practise; Jade and Jessi's have relationship troubles.
08 "Episode 8" 318,860 20,960 20 June 2012 (2012-06-20)
Cole's whanau arrive from New Zealand; Jade Louise records her first single; Nate takes driving lessons; Tame has a surprise.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jade Louise Releases Her Debut Single Featuring Savage". 
  2. ^ "TV review: Reality bites on The GC". New Zealand Herald. 2012-05-03. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 2017-02-18. 
  3. ^ "TV Documentaries for 2012". NZ On Air. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Series rua for The GC". NZ Herald. 4 April 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "The GC". m.facebook.com. Retrieved 2017-02-18. 
  6. ^ "Viewers want 'The GC' cancelled". New Zealand Herald. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Storm About To Blow Up Over Gold Coast". Scoop Independent News. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Something For Everyone: Strong TV Documentaries for 2012". Scoop Independent News. 11 August 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2012.