Footy Show revamp: For & Against
On a day when the biggest news in AFL was Tayla Harris, Nine's revamped show went for laughs. A lot.
It pitched for laughs. A lot.
But on a day when the biggest breaking news in football was Tayla Harris, the issue only registered a few minutes discussion on Nine’s new-look AFL Footy Show.
If it wanted to demonstrate it means business, the show really should have had Harris on set (radio managed it yesterday morning). It would have drawn a line in the sand between two eras.
Instead this was more Before the Game than the traditional AFL Footy Show with Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann, Neroli Meadows, Brendan Fevola and Dylan “I’m a tennis player on a footy show” Alcott (his words).
While Lehmo kept things moving, and the studio audience was on side, team sheets had been discarded for gags and comedy. There were AFL coaches talking Married at First Sight, Shane Crawford in pre-recorded segments with players, plus guests Mason Cox, Shaun Burgoyne, Matthew Lloyd, Nathan Brown and Billy Slater. ‘Supergroup’ Arc closed the show, running 10 minutes overtime despite being pre-recorded.
Ironically Sam Newman had caused offence on Twitter on the very same day, taking aim not at the show, but at the accent of NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. I guess we were lucky he wasn’t around to discuss Tayla Harris after all….
On social media the weight of the comments was far more negative than positive, targeting everything from casting to expertise to Neroli Meadows’ laugh.
But it will be OzTAM ratings where it counts most.
— Judy Kelly (@Kelly1Judy) March 20, 2019
Haven't watched the Footy Show in years, a few mins in @lehmo23 proving already to be a great host @DylanAlcott @Neroli_M_FOX great fit on the panel, and good ol @BrendanFevola25 got to love him. @Channel9 #footyshow
— 🇲🇹 Grace Vassallo 🇦🇺 (@GraceVassall0) March 20, 2019
I can’t tell you what it means to see a disabled person on a panel show not there to talk about disability. This is what inclusion looks like, a person talking about their passion who just happens to be disabled. Go @DylanAlcott! Thank you @AFLFootyShow #AFLFootyShow
— Julia (@starrybryte) March 20, 2019
Loving the new Footy show format!! The cast works so well together! #aflfootyshow
— ☾madeleine (@idgimaddy) March 20, 2019
Haven’t watched @AFLFootyShow in years because it got so awful.
Tonight is the first time I’ve sat down and genuinely enjoyed it thanks to great presenters like @DylanAlcott.
More interested in footy than I have been in ages. #aflfootyshow
— Nicca Grant, MD (@PenelopeTurnip) March 20, 2019
— Micheal Anderson (@mjanderson79) March 20, 2019
#TheFootyShow is a great improvement. Well done
— Ash Brown (Person/Human) (@RealFreeBrowny) March 20, 2019
#footyshow I'm liking this new format and I haven't watch for yrs. Let's see how it goes
— Cheryl Hutchinson (@stormkiddo) March 20, 2019
— Proud OLD Soldier (@GrumpyOLSoldier) March 20, 2019
— Liam Scott (@LiamFScott) March 20, 2019
They had six months to come up with something new and fresh and this is the best they come up with. Can't wait for it to be axed. #aflfootyshow
— Loz (@djlozza66) March 20, 2019
This isn’t the footy show I’m watching the project afl version.
What a joke bring back Sam Newman #aflfootyshow
— bdstratton (@bdstratton) March 20, 2019
— Trent Ball (@RealTrentBall) March 20, 2019
Dylan Alcott is a legend but I’m not sure why he is on a footy show. There is zero chemistry between the panel members #aflfootyshow
— Rohanc (@rohancct) March 20, 2019
— Elden Scrub Lord Syphon (@Syph0nX) March 20, 2019
— Rick Cole (@Tricki_ricki) March 20, 2019