Airdate: Rove LA

Rove LA, the next project for Rove McManus, will beginĀ on FOX8 on Monday September 19th.

The new chat show sees him return to Foxtel, having previously worked as a roving reporter on In Fashion, hosted by Hugh Jackman in the 1990s.

But the new LA-based series won’t air live via satellite.

“No, I would have to do it at 3AM!” he insists.

The show will instead have a swift turnaround of about 48 hours.

Overseeing the show is Todd Yasui, in conjunction with Roving Enterprise’s Craig Campbell.

McManus told TV Tonight, landing Yasui was a coup.

“He used to be the head of late night at the FOX network in the States and has a great history of working with pretty much anyone working in the world of late night in America: Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, so I’m in good hands,” he said.

There also aren’t any plans to have a resident band.

“The show primarily is for Australian audiences so it will be on a slightly smaller scale.”

“We’ll still have musical performers but we’ve done very well over the years when they’ve all been able to talk. People like P!nk, Michael Buble, Lady Gaga -they’ve all been very happy being able to come in and talk.”

11 Comments:

  1. @Russell

    Also being in the US gives him easier access to more interesting guests than he would’ve had just staying in Australia. The move to the US was the right choice for that reason alone.

  2. Your all sad, cynical sycophants. You all took time out of your day to read it, and probably look it up as well. if you really didn’t care, then you just wouldn’t care.

    Fact of the matter is, that this is a far better career move than hanging around on some 2-bid FTA network, in the lack-luster media climate that is Australian Television.

  3. @Russell To be fair, I’ve heard far better feedback from Americans about him than I ever have from Australians. He hasn’t got a fulltime gig there but he is often on Jay Leno and Chelsea Lately and has done some pilots. I expect someone there will pick this show up soon enough, as is the plan. I don’t know what’s sad about it. (That said, he hasn’t been funny in a very long time and never seemed able to learn how to interview despite doing it for over 10 years)

  4. Said it before. This guy annoys me. He wants to have his cake and eat it too.
    Wants out of Australia to crack a bigger market – the US. But the US didn’t want him, so now he’s staying in LA and doing a show for the only people that like him – Australia.

    Kinda sad

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