Helliar joins Seven

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

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  1. To second some comments below, Pete Helliar was the driving force behind Before The Game which has been a great show, and has only kicked on (no pun intended) since he left and was replaced by Mick Molloy.

    I do think he was dialling it in on Rove in the last few years as he got overstretched with radio and whatever else he was doing, but with less on his plate I think he’ll be good for this show. He remains hugely popular with kids and footy fans.

    Richo is great talent, funny and self-deprecating. I’m looking forward to this.

  2. You may knock it now but you just wait. This show i think might take off. Seven are in the position to do this and i believe with the right mix this will work. Sure Helliar isnt the most warming person but the fact of the matter is he is good at what he does.

    I think Seven will have a counteract with the NRL one. I cant wait to see how this goes. You know its amazing how many people are knocking this. He is popular and i think you will be surprised. Another thing could this mean Rove could also be heading to the Seven team? I mean his show is over and he will be looking for other projects. He has always had a good association with Seven so maybe Helliar is just the beginning.

  3. @ Catherine,

    Have you watched Before the Game in recent years??? Peter Helliar hasn’t been the “host” of it for atleast 2 if not 3 years. Mick Molloy has been hosting with Heilliar making guest appearances.

    As someone commented earlier, if this ends up being the Southern states version of the Matthew Johns show that they’ll show up North I’m looking forward to it. Helliar has always had a football brain, plus despite his critics is generally funny. Plus the coup of Matthew Richardson who despite just coming out of the game has an incredible personality for televsion. Hasn’t channel 7 also contracted Tom Harley (former Geelong Captain) for the 2009 season? Will he also make regular appearances?

  4. @Ruddeger if you knew anything you would now that Pete has actually been a key part of the success of Rove and his other shows. Helliar was the driving force behind Before the Game and basically made it the success it is. He also worked on Skithouse which became one of Australia’s highest rating Sketch Comedy shows. Plus he has been part of Rove Live etc. since inception. So when you say he only got gigs because they were “Rove Made shows”. He has been a writer/performer for Roving Enterprises forever, they are his shows. In terms of longevity and popularity he probably ranks up there as one of the best in Australia in my opinion.

  5. Peter Helliar has not and can not be funny. I wont be watching because I am not interested in AFL, and I dont like Helliar, or the kind of skits and rubbish I sometimes see on The Footy Show when channel flicking.
    Wonder if the non AFL states will get the show at the same time, or better programming???

  6. How is Seven getting Helliar a “coup” as the Herald-Sun suggest ?
    He’s unfunny,bombed on radio,out of work in TV gigs and only ever got TV gigs because the shows he popped up on were Rove made shows.
    I doubt Ten will be worried about him going to Seven.If his show lasts a month I’ll be amazed.

  7. @ catherine – what makes you think this will “discuss footy all the time”? in Davids article it comes across as AFL footy show lite with comedic skits etc although likely nowhere near as funny as Sam and co. The only good footy show Seven had which did actually discuss footy all the time was the aptly named “talking footy” with Bruce. Watched it all the time until Seven stupidly pulled the plug on it.

  8. Seven have never got AFL light entertainment right, Live and Kicking, 4 Quarters, I think there’s been at least one more which I can’t recall.

    Not sure what’s got them believing that this time they’ve got the magic formula, maybe it’s just the continual decline of The AFL Footy Show.

    Still best of luck to them, especially if Tim Watson’s involved and required to show “personality”

  9. that’s great news for one of comedy’s (and AFL’s) good guys in Hellier and also for Richo. Hopefully us northern states can watch this show live on 7two… As for all the knockers, what’s up? Do you also go into restaurants, read the menu and say “I think food sucks, so listen up everyone. I will never eat here”??

  10. Sorry to join the harsh throng David, but Helliar has always been the weakest player in the shows he’s been involved in and I’m extremely annoyed that I’m going to have to put up with him in order to enjoy the great Richo. Will just have to hope that McKenna curbs Helliar’s worst excesses of lameness.

    Will have to focus on the happiness of knowing he won’t be dragging down Before the Game any more.

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