Eddie McGuire is being touted as the answer to Nine’s woes at 5:30pm, as a potential host of it’s plans for a magazine-style show. That would put him against Andrew O’Keefe in Deal or No Deal -two men both king of spin and smooth talking.
Filming of McGuire’s pilot began last week and featured the Today show’s Karl Stefanovic and Leila McKinnon as co-hosts, but there is no guarantee they will front the final version.
Certainly adding Eddie would nab a new show some attention, but there could be problems in the Sydney market. Do we really want Eddie 5 nights a week in a late arvo spot? And if so, it’s a tad ironic he wouldn’t be doing what he does best, a game show. But Nine is believed to have been happy with this one week hosting of A Current Affair this year.
On the weekend newspapers also wrote of a “secret project” for McGuire. TV Tonight already hinted at another format believed to have been readied for McGuire, but which was shelved after it suddenly collapsed in the US.
Source: Herald Sun