There were open collars without ties, references to Foxtel and a single panel as Eddie returned to the AFL Footy Show last night.
A slim, trim McGuire was back at the helm of the Nine show after 12 years, thanking his predecessors Garry Lyon, James Brayshaw and Craig Hutchison.
Opening the show with co-stars Sam Newman, Rebecca Maddern and Dave Hughes, he was given something of a hero’s welcome by the crowd.
Notably, the show returned to giving more spotlight to AFL players, with 3 joining the hosts on a single, expanded panel. Despite some social media reaction to Hughes remaining, it was an improved outing after a disappointing run.
The real test for the show was not last night, with the show likely to be boosted through curiosity, but next week to see just how many return.
Seven’s Front Bar has less razzmatazz but makes up for that with rapport just as Nine did over 20 years ago.