Seven’s new AFL entertainment show will be called The Bounce.
Featuring Peter Helliar and Matthew Richardson, former Brisbane Lions coach Leigh Matthews will also be a regular.
“My role is to talk footy stuff – whatever is going on in the footy world,” Matthews told the Herald Sun.
The one hour live show will include recorded comedy skits, interviews, match footage, a “heroes and villains” segment and even footy street parties.
The Bounce is expected to air early on Wednesday or Thursday nights, to upstage Nine’s AFL Footy Show.
Helliar will introduce new characters in the show, which is Executive Produced by Rick McKenna and Produced by Pip Mushin. Helliar has previously been a cast member of TEN’s Before the Game.
Mick Molloy, who has also been a regular on Before the Game, is currently inVancouver with Nine’s Olympic broadcast. Despite his close alignment with Nine, TV Tonight can confirm he will be returning to the TEN sports panel show. Seems both networks are happy to share his talents.
The Bounce is expected to air in March, as is an NRL show to be aired in Sydney and Brisbane with Matthew Johns. The Sunday Telegraph reports it will take up a 7:30pm Thursday slot. Queensland rugby league’s Shane Webcke is considering an offer to join the show. Johns is believed to have developed two or three new characters for the show, based on Australian television personalities.
Meanwhile the Nine Network has begun discussions with the AFL to screen live matches on Friday nights as part of its bid to win back AFL rights. At present Seven delays most Friday games in favour of Better Homes and Gardens.
If the anti-siphoning list is shaken up, Nine also plans to show matches live in New South Wales and Queensland on Go!