Nine has confirmed cast for its revamped AFL Footy Show, following from recent media rumours.
Anthony “Lehmo” Lehmann is “ringmaster” of the new-look panel. Joining him is FOX Footy journalist Neroli Meadows, plus Brendan Fevola, and Paralympian Dylan Alcott.
Shane Crawford, one of only two regulars to survive the revamp, returns to visit local clubs and community groups. With a heavy entertainment focus, the show is executive produced by Anthony Watts (Spicks & Specks) for Eddie McGuire-owned JAM TV. Both Lehmann and Alcott were part of ABC’s Invictus Games coverage produced by the same company.
A Nine release notes, “For 25 years The Footy Show has been a trailblazer, setting the benchmark to which others have aspired. At its core, it’s a celebration of our country’s great national game. ”
Lehmo adds, “The Footy Show is an institution and it’s a great honour to be taking the hosting chair. As a passionate footy fan, I’m itching for the season to start and can’t wait to work with this incredible lineup. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
The Footy Show will go head to head with Seven’s upstart The Front Bar with an expectation that former Footy Show stalwarts Eddie McGuire & Sam Newman will appear in specials through the year.
Each week the AFL’s biggest legends and rising stars will join the re-energised show in an environment where they can engage with fans and give us a true insight into what makes them tick.
This week, 2018’s breakout star, Collingwood’s Mason Cox will be on the panel along with veteran Hawthorn player Shaun Burgoyne.
NRL champion Billy Slater will also pop in to chat about his new gig with St Kilda, where he is playing a pivotal role in their leadership and development programs.
Essendon premiership player and three-time Coleman Medallist Matthew Lloyd will bring his extensive football knowledge as he previews all the Round One action.
Superband ARC, comprising Powderfinger’s Darren Middleton, Jet’s Mark Wilson, You Am I’s Davey Lane and Spiderbait’s Kram, will perform for viewers ahead of their upcoming Abbey Road Tribute Tour.
9pm Wednesday on Nine.