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Following a disappointing hit out for 2016, Channel 9’s smash reality dating show Farmer Wants A Wife have revealed more juicy details about the upcoming series next year.
From 2016, the cameras will keep rolling when the inevitable arguments that arise from farming life begin. Stemming on from the money fights, the new format will also show farmers lying awake in bed, while host Sam McClymont asks them about their overdraft.
Lonely Isisford pastoralist Michael Jameson says he’s ready to give love another chance. The 21-year-old has exactly what the producers are looking for.
“I’m overdrawn at the moment and it hasn’t rained here since I was in my teens,” he said.
“But I’m keeping optimistic. I’m looking forward to showing the rest of Australia what it takes to be a farmer in Central Queensland these days. I’m planning to shoot two hundred head of cattle in the yards next week. Hopefully, the cameras are there for that,”
“Then I guess me and the lucky lady can go into town to visit the bank manager to ask him for more money.” he said.
Farmer Michael said he can usually get to sleep after a carton of longnecks but says he’ll try to stay sober enough for Sam’s intrusive questions about his personal finances and inner demons.
As far as homegrown dating shows go, Farmer Wants A Wife has a pretty big success rate — eight marriages and nine children across eight series.
The series has also provided Australians with a rare insight into life on a farm, complete with 10 o’clock starts and candlelit dinners by night.
However, this season will take a new direction.
The production team will be starting the same time as Farmer Michael, which is typically around first light. They’ll also be having the same breakfast, which for Michael includes a minute long piss, a cigarette and a cup of black coffee.
Producer Melissa Granger says that the show is going to take farming back to it’s roots, making a more organic and wholesome depiction of Australian farming life.
“It’s going to be great. This is the darker side of agriculture that never gets seen,” she said.
“People need to know where their food is coming from. It doesn’t come from Coles or Woolworths, it comes people like Farmer Michael. Even though he couldn’t meet his supply contract this year and has to shoot the rest of his cattle, it’s people like him that put food on the nation’s dinner table,”
“Still, anything we dish out on Farmer will be better than the unmitigated disaster that was When Love Comes to Town. We still make fun of the guys who worked on that show.”
What do you think of this season’s crop of farmers? Any single ladies who think they’ve got what it takes to marry a farmer, apply online today.
The Farmer Wants A Wife will return to Nine later this year.