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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.”



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