The show first aired back in 1994.
Starting next Monday night, original host Bruce McAvaney returns with Wayne Carey, Luke Darcy and in something of a coup, AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou in a regular TV role.
Seven Melbourne Managing Director Lewis Martin said: “Seven pioneered this original fan favourite and with the finals looming we know there’s a hunger for high quality and insightful news, views and analysis from the biggest names in the game, including the AFL CEO at a time when the game faces the most challenging issues in its history.”
Andrew Demetriou commented: “Channel 7, as our free to air broadcaster, serves our game with wonderful broadcasts and commentary for four games per weekend and we are extremely pleased they have expanded their off-field commitment to the promotion and discussion around our game with the return of Talking Footy for the 2013 Toyota AFL Finals Series.”
Monday August 26: (all local times)
Melbourne Monday 9.40pm on Channel 7
Adelaide Monday 9.40pm on Channel 7
Perth Monday 9.40pm on Channel 7
Sydney Monday 11.30pm on 7mate
Brisbane Monday 11.30pm on 7mate
Bruce McAvaney – widely renowned as Australia’s pre-eminent sports broadcaster and the original host of Talking Footy, with an infectious passion and energy for AFL.
Wayne Carey – ‘The King’ is widely considered to be one of the greatest players to pull on the boots, a dual premiership captain, AFL Hall of Fame member, seven-time All- Australian and a big-game finals performer.
Luke Darcy – co-host of Seven’s Saturday Night Footy, respected former Western Bulldogs star and one of the most successful ruck-forwards of the modern era who won the coveted Leigh Matthews Trophy for the AFLPA MVP in 2002.
Andrew Demetriou – as CEO of the AFL since 2003 he has guided the game through two record-breaking TV rights deal, expanded the competition to 18 teams and overseen AFLPA collective bargaining agreements.