Hyped reality show The Ridges debuted last night to
overwhelming derision, and many turned to Twitter to poke fun
at New Zealand's newest reality TV stars.
The first episode of The Ridges, a six-part TV3 show
featuring socialite Sally Ridge and her 18-year-old daughter
Jaime, featured forced laughter, occasional screaming and
plenty of spot-the-B-list-celebrity action.
The pair moved into a new house, dined at a flash restaurant,
looked through old gossip magazines and celebrated Colin
Mathura-Jeffree's birthday party.
Perhaps the most revealing detail of the show came when
Jaime's father and Sally's ex Matthew Ridge crossed Ponsonby
Road to avoid the cameras while the pair dined at SPQR with
Jaime later revealed that she didn't have a relationship with
her father, an ex league star who now has a child with former
TrueBliss singer Carly Binding. And Sally said she didn't
speak to him or her other famous sporting ex, Adam Parore.
Tension was wrung out of the pair's move into a new home, as
clean freak Jaime - who admitted carrying hand sanitiser in
each of her three handbags - reacted to hair in the shower
and a mouse in the kitchen.
But on Twitter, many questioned whether the overly friendly
mouse had been staged.
By the end of the show, Twitter had erupted in a storm of
jokes under the hashtag #theridges - even the account for TV
One sent out a tweet but it was quickly deleted.
Many of the tweets were more entertaining than the show.
Or as Philip Matthews (@secondzeit) put it: "So if you watch
The Ridges without Twitter, you only get about 30 per cent of
the experience, right? (like 3D without the glasses)."
Here are nzherald.co.nz's choices for the top 10 tweets about
Dominic Harvey (@DomHarvey): "11 years ago today we all
wondered if the world was ending. Tonight, we are wondering
the same thing."
Matt Gibb (@Matt - Gibb): "Somewhere in Auckland city,
Matthew Ridge softly weeps, lamenting the ancient practice of
gifting one's surname in wedlock."
Rose Matafeo (@Rose - Matafeo): "On next week's ep: The mouse
embarks on a life changing adventure across NZ to return to
his family! Jamie and Sally go to SPQR."
Cate Owen (@CateOwen): "That awkward moment when three
"cancel the ridges" facebook pages start fighting each other
for domination. Everyone wants to be famous."
Ali Ikram (@AliIkram): "That's the cleanest most beautifully
groomed mouse I have ever seen it would be a pleasure to have
it in my house."
Dave Smart (@DaveSmarty): "2 big things today. #iPhone5 &
#TheRidges. Ones thin, flashy & full of stuff that people
don't understand. The other one is the iPhone5"
Adam Thomson (@adamjohnthomson): "Poor stunt mouse."
A$AP Rambo (@USOuljah): "Can you guys lay off #TheRidges,
already?! It takes talent to make The GC look like Game of
Brad (@Kiwi - Chatter): "Can't wait for #theridges tribal
council where Jamie gets confused and votes herself off the
NZ On Air (@NZOnAir1): "hey guys, FYI NZ On Air is not
funding The Ridges."
- Chris Schultz of Herald Online