Monday, October 19, 2009

Interview with Jeff Weaver co-executive producer of Little People Big World about the show and the Roloff family

There is an interesting interview with the co-executive producer of Little People, Big World.

It's amusing that the producer is asked about Jeremy's "sex symbol" image and comments on how Jeremy 'doesn't mind' popping his shirt off for the cameras. I think everyone has noticed the not-so-subtle interjection of Jeremy shirtless inserted into the opening and throughout the shows. I can tell you that from our statistics on this site, Jeremy's "sex symbol image" if you want to call it that, accounts for a large portion of interest among the public in the Roloffs and Little People, Big World.

I do have to admit that I find the statements about "We share everything on the show" sentiment to be a little misleading when everyone who follows the Roloffs more closely know there is a considerable difference between the twins' behavior seen on the show and off.

JH: The appeal seems to really be more about the family and their strong personality and very little to do with their size. Do you agree?

JW: I do. When the series first began, I think a lot of people tuned in because they wanted to see what it was like to be a dwarf, to be a little person in a big world. Now that we've been on the air for so long, I think people stay tuned because the Roloffs are a very relatable family. They have their challenges and obstacles in life that have nothing to do with being a little person and those just as interesting to explore as the little people type.

JH: There must be some relief that there is much less drama that some other TLC shows that shall remain nameless, right?

JW: I can definitely say that every relationship, especially a 22-year marriage, is going to have its day-to-day challenges and is going to have some big picture paradigm shifts that happen across the course of the relationship and we're seeing that this season with Matt and Amy and their kids growing up and Amy is realizing "Hey, I'm not the full-time mom that I used to be. I need to start looking around and figuring out what else is going to happen in my life." Matt is Matt, as ever. He always has projects and he has his ideas, plans and schemes but I think Amy is really taking a sincere and major look at what is going to be changing for her in her life and how that impacts her relationship with Matt.

JH: For a group of kids that have grown up on television, the Roloff children seem so balanced. How would you say the experience has been for them?

JW: I think they are very balanced. I think that Amy and Matt have done a really good job at trying to keep their life as normal as possible. And, given the circumstances of having cameras around a lot, they've actually created a world for their kids where they can grow up, have friends, do normal things and still share their story with an audience.

JH: I couldn't help noticing that Jeremy has become something of a sex symbol as he's reaching adulthood.

JW: For the last year or two, Jeremy has been taking really good care of his physique and we all noticed that he has come into his own in terms of body image. He's an attractive young man and he doesn't mind popping his shirt off occasionally with the cameras, as well.

Read the whole interview on the link below:

http://www.thefutoncritic.com/rant.aspx?id=20091019_lpbw

3 comments:

David said...

The producers know what sells. I'm sure they are very happy that Jeremy "has been taking really good care of his physique.... he has come into his own in terms of body image"

Greg said...

They want credit for showing "warts and all", but they really don't. Only if it's a "wart" they're comfortable showing and think it will be good for business.

Anonymous said...

I think the Roloffs are a human interest story. They also give people who can't afford a chance to travel a look at other places within the country and out of the country. I like seeing the everyday struggles of family and marriage.