ROVE McManus has a new home, a possible back- up career and knows the perfect place to dump a body.
On the eve of the second season of his talk show, Rove LA, the treble outlined above isn’t as odd as it sounds for the three- time Gold Logie winner.
But it does sum up life in LA, where McManus and wife Tasma Walton have been based since last year, when he left Australia and local celebrity status behind to give overseas success a shot.
‘‘ Life in LA is weird and wonderful and it’s very different, and so long as we feel like we’re on the outside looking in, we’re OK,’’ McManus says.
‘‘ The day it feels the other way around I think I’ll need to get out of here.’’ But about that treble. The new home is his work home. Rove LA has got itself some new neighbours, moving from a studio at CBS Television City to new digs at the Warner Bros studio lot in Burbank.
The Big Bang Theory is shot there, as is Two and a Half Men, and parts of True Blood. Throw in Ellen DeGeneres and Conan O’Brien, and ducking out to borrow a cup of sugar from the neighbours could mean also bagging a big- name guest if Rove LA runs short.
Luckily, McManus ( pictured) says, netting big names for the show has been easier this time around.
‘‘ The focus is still finding interesting people, and the brief is anyone who will come and play under the parameters that we are willing to set,’’ he says.
‘‘ When we started we were told we would have three problems: getting celebrities to go off script; they won’t stay for [ the] whole show and you won’t get them to share camera time.’’
Sharing the spotlight is a concept foreign to many in Hollywood, but it seems the locals are catching on.
‘‘ People know the animal now,’’ McManus says.
In this year’s series there will be more pre- recorded segments highlighting all that is weird and wonderful in the city. Which brings us to the second part of that treble – his potential back- up career.
‘‘ We’ve shot a piece for the show where I joined a terrible, low- budget, B- grade horror movie,’’ he laughs.
‘‘ I had a one- scene, two- line role. It’s as low- budget as you can get. If I survive the cutting room floor, it could open some big doors for me.’’
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