LA- life

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TELEVISION - DEB­BIE SCHIPP

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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