This week The Project is filming in Sydney, which recently led to speculation the show could move permanently.
It’s a tall order given nearly all of the staff, both on and off-screen, are Melbourne-based.
One rumour even wildly suggested that TEN could poach Karl Stefanovic from Nine when his contract is up in November.
TV Tonight asked Roving Enterprises’ Rove McManus if there was any truth to the rumour.
“I’ll believe that when I see it,” he said wryly.
“Isn’t Karl at Nine? That’s kind of a stumbling block.”
But McManus was naturally complimentary of The Project team, especially in the light of their ability to adapt with a changing schedule.
“It’s an ever-changing beast and depending on whatever day or the time or week, it seems to get moved around quite a bit. So full credit to all those guys, because it’s a tough gig anyway, having to do musical chairs, and not much time to do it,” he said.
“Dave Hughes gets one day of the week back now, so he’s got only 6 days of the week he’s working! Lazy!
“Before the Game our Aussie Rules show has just launched in its new timeslot so it’s keeping everybody very busy. I think about them often because it’s hard and they’re not getting a break in between them at all.”
LA-based McManus was also recently a guest presenter on Entertainment Tonight.
“It was fun. Ultimately I was pleased that they let me play a little bit. I was very mindful that it was their show and they’d do it the way they want to, I would just come in and read the lines off the autocue and go home and say ‘thankyou very much.’ But there were a couple of takes where they said ‘Just muck around and see what happens.’ So that was a very pleasant surprise.”
Meanwhile he has a new season of his Foxtel show coming up soon and is off to London to cover the Olympics, which will mark the longest stay he has enjoyed in London.
But while there are no immediate plans to record shows in Australia, it doesn’t stop people asking about a return.
“Maybe it’s just me but I kind of feel that geographically it’s not so important. But I get asked about it a lot so maybe it’s more important than I feel it is.
“I guess to me the world’s a very small place and depending on who you’re talking to and how you’re talking to them then maybe it’s not so important where you’re doing it from,” he said.
“I get a lot of people saying ‘When are you going to be on Australian TV again?’ and I say ‘I am’ and they say ‘But I don’t get Subscription TV.’ So there’s not much I can do about that!”