TV Tonight takes a peek behind the scenes at the Rove studio and finds a very relaxed host and team, happy to welcome another audience.
Rove McManus was as relaxed as can be before, during and after his show when TV Tonight swung by for a visit last night. After all he’s close to racking up ten years of hosting commercial television.
In fact, the Rove team and crew ran a very smooth ship, knocking off the show from beginning to end without a hitch.
Now filming at the ABC’s Ripponlea studios after Global Studios became unavailable, the show featured Adam Hills, comedian Russell Kane, Ben Harper and the Relentless 7 and a pre-record interview with Hugh Jackman (who had extended his 5 minute interview time to 15 for McManus).
Regulars Pete Helliar, Ryan Shelton and Carrie Bickmore warmed up the couch, writer Kynan Barker doubled as warm-up man, ‘Kevin Rudd PM’ duo Hayden ‘Haydo’ Guppy and Nick Maxwell rehearsed their “live sell” and producer Craig Campbell watched over them all like a proud father.
In between segments Rove bantered with the audience (including tossing out the Easter Eggs), was pampered by make-up and was generally keen to move out from behind the studio desk.
Backstage a very replenished Green Room (complete with their own catering) keeps everyone buoyant.
Clearly looking after the team and keeping the studio light and friendly is crucial to hoping the audience at home feels just as welcome. What you see is what you get with Rove –70 minutes of a guy who loves his audience.
And as for that secretive 7pm project? There wasn’t much being given away -except don’t expect to see Hamish and Andy involved…