ROVE ON THE BIG SCREEN
ROVE McManus has opinions and “I’m not afraid to share them”.
This week, it’s all about his new panel program Show Me The Movie! – described as Spicks and Specks for film buffs, co- starring comic Joel Creasey and Offspring favourite Jane Harber.
“I wouldn’t say I’m a walking IMDB page, but I’m a cinephile and love going out and seeing what films are on offer,” he tells TV Guide. “I have strong opinions and, like most people, want to find someone who’s seen it so you can sit and swap ideas, bounce around what you liked and didn’t like. I think this will be a great platform for that … sharing opinions whether people want them or not.”
While Creasey is a regular on formats like this, Rove predicts it will be Harber who will surprise. “If you’ve seen her work on
Offspring or The Moodys, she is just tremendous and brings a wonderful comedic side to even the dramatic characters she plays,” he says. “On a personal level, she’s an incredibly funny person.”
Thrown the keys to the new vehicle by the people behind Spicks and
Specks and Good News Week has been a relief for the TV presenter and producer, whose Roving Enterprises – responsible for The Project and other shows – has kept him busy behind the scenes. There was the quiet signing of Lisa Wilkinson, whose move from Nine’s Today to The Sunday Project almost blew up the media late last year.
“When she’s added into the mix of Carrie [Bickmore], Waleed and Pete, with the gravitas and experience she has, it’s such a formidable team at the desk and we’re very fortunate to have her jump ship, to be honest,” he says.
Ask him what’s next on his dance card and he quick- steps around the perennial question about bringing back his late-night talk show.
“I love the fact that every day in my Twitter feed there’s some reference to [ Rove Live] and people asking for it to come back,” he says. “I get asked about it on the street all the time, yet for some reason network programmers aren’t interested. There’s obviously an appetite for it.”
With hosts like James Corden re-invigorating the format in the US, McManus is convinced the time for its revival here is now.
“We can cook and renovate at the same time, it would be great to have a platform for new acts or comedians,” he says. “The fact there’s nowhere to go for musicians either … it would be great to bring back that variety show.”
SHOW ME THE MOVIE!
7.30PM, THURSDAY, TEN