Helliar joins Seven

Peter Helliar will host a new weekly AFL footy entertainment program on Channel Seven.

The live one-hour show will feature pre-recorded comedy skits, interviews, match footage, a “heroes and villains” segment and even footy street parties, notes the Herald Sun.

Helliar will be joined by former Richmond player Matthew Richardson. He will not be doing his ‘Strauchanie’ character, instead looking to create new characters.

There will be a ‘significant female presence’, but no footy panel.

In a futher coup, the show has Kath & Kim producer Rick McKenna behind it.

Helliar has been a regular on TEN’s Before the Game, produced by Roving Productions.

Seven’s new show could go to air in a 7.30pm or 8.30pm midweek timeslot, before Nine’s Footy Show (AFL).

Nine has speculated it could shift The Footy Show to 8.30pm Thursdays this year, to combat the threat.

Seven has previously attempted an entertainment AFL shows, notably Live and Kicking, whilst AFL Game Day airs on Sunday mornings.

Source: Herald Sun

53 Comments:

  1. I think its great. Pete knows his football and it will nice to watch something on a thursday night. Its a shocking night to watch tv. There is never anything good on. I will still watch the footy show afterwards but it will be nice to watch a footy show that actually discusses footy the whole time.

    I wonder who will host before the game then. Although personally i think it doesn’t really need a host. The pnael can survive on there own. I can picture the first episode already. It will have sam bagging the 7 show and sending up skits of it.

    Good luck Pete!

  2. Good on ya Pete – it’s time to move on from Straugnie ,TEN and Roving. Seven will at least be a new test bed to grow, independent of the ROVE crew and stereotype.

    Hopefully Seven will have a 1 hour show before the Footy Show, @ whatever time required to accommodate.

    Before The Game can go on without Pete – it’s a good show, and deserves ongoing support from TEN.

  3. Can’t see this working.

    David, do you foresee Helliar hosting this AFL show while Matthew Johns hosts a NRL show for the Sydney and Brisbane markets?

  4. Great, at least Prime and Seven in North NSW will avoid the expected rubbish this should be although repeats of something equally mind numbering will be in it’s place

  5. A terrible version of Before the Game. I’m sure this’ll work great…. No doubt it’ll start several minutes late, not be in HD, and half the show will be lottery results.

  6. Not doing Strauchanie – that is what so many people love him for … and based on the sketches he has done on Rove throughout the years, he may be a one trick pony. Does Ten own the rights to the character? I am surprised his BFF did not just add another seat on Before the Game or on The 7PM Project?

  7. Seven are in need of 10.30 filler; wouldn’t this type of show go much better at 10.30 than in a prime 8.30 slot? Unless it was like a Saturday Night.

    But I’m also in Sydney and the interest in me seeing this is 0.

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