A coup for Seven sees Greg Norman join upcoming reality contest Holey Moley (formerly Mega Mini Golf).
Norman will appear in episodes as the Resident Golf Pro, a role performed in the US by Stephen Curry.
Also announced are US actor /comedian Rob Riggle and AFL commentator Brian ‘BT’ Taylor. Both will serve as commentators on the series -Riggle is already successful in the role in the American production.
Olympia Valance (Playing For Keeps, Neighbours) will be Sideline Reporter.
While Sonia Kruger is no longer hosting, due to production of Big Brother, the US series does not have a traditional host.
Seven has also addressed legal use of the Holey Moley name, which is already used by an indoor mini golf company.
“Holey Moley is mini golf like you’ve never seen before and I couldn’t be more excited to be part of this fresh, fun, new TV series,” said Greg Norman. “I look forward to joining the other incredible talent on the Holey Moley team and seeing all of the competitors in the ‘Thunderdome’ of mini golf. Let the games begin!”
The Australian devised series, produced by Eureka and Unanimous Media, has been a hit in the US for ABC, recently winning Best New Format at the Realscreen Awards.
“Holey Moley promises to be fun, unpredictable, family entertainment on a scale unlike anything Australia has seen before,” said Angus Ross, Seven’s Director of Network Programming. “Greg Norman transcends the game of golf and we’re beyond excited to have him tee off with us. The powerhouse team of The Shark, Hollywood star Rob and our own BT and Olympia take this epic competition to the next level.”
“Eureka is thrilled to be working with Seven and unveil the most extreme mini golf course ever created!” said Chris Culvenor, Co-CEO of Eureka Productions. “It’s a fierce competition, full of incredible trick shots, hysterical wipeouts and high pressure putts.”
Holey Moley begins production in the US next month and will screen later this year.