Boy’s own adventure
FOR Gold Logie winner Rove McManus, life after quitting TV almost two years ago has been a ‘‘ rollercoaster ride’’.
The presenter ( pictured) shocked fans at the end of 2009 when he announced his self-titled light entertainment show on Channel 10 wouldn’t be coming back.
He was leaving to ‘‘ stand back and see what happens next’’.
What happened next was a move to the US with actress wife Tasma Walton.
‘‘ I feel my life is like [ a rollercoaster] a little bit . . . when you start it up and you’re about to come down the other side, you don’t know what’s coming and it can be a bit scary. But, by the end of it, it’s a thrill and everything turned out OK,’’ McManus says.
The ride so far has included stand-up gigs – performing around Los Angeles where he now lives – and some loopde-loops as a regular on latenight shows Chelsea Lately and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. But now the comedian is ready to take control of his adventure and make the move back into TV full-time with the launch of his new pay-TV show, Rove LA.
‘‘ I found myself getting to that point where I was ready to do something else,’’ he says.
‘‘ I needed to stop and walk away to discover what that next thing was going to be and slowly found that this was it.’’
The series will be a talk show with celebrity guests, stand-up from McManus and roving reports from the star as he explores some of the unusual and quirky sights and experiences found in LA.
He does admit to feeling a little nervous about hosting his own show again.
‘‘ There’s certainly a part of me that went, ‘ Well, if I never do it again, I kind of ended with a pretty good record’. You don’t want to come back and undo all that,’’ he says.
‘‘ I don’t feel pressure at all. I want the show to be good and I’m not going to phone it in. But, it’s the same pressure I had every other time I did the show.
‘‘ When there was a two-year contract sitting there or whatever, you still wanted to, week-to-week, put the best show out there that you could and keep pushing yourself. This will be no different.’’
So if the show is a success, will he stay in LA long term?
‘‘ I’m really just feeling like a little leaf on a river. I’m just so happily going with the flow.’’
Guess he’s not ready to get off that rollercoaster just yet.