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Monday 24 January 2011

Rove McManus - new FOXTEL TV show, ROVE LA

FOXTEL announced in a press release yesterday that Rove McManus will return to Australian television in 2011 – exclusively on FOXTEL – to host a new talk show on FOX8.

The one hour weekly program - to be called ROVE LA - is to be filmed in Los Angeles and will be produced by Roving Enterprises. The exclusive series will premiere on FOX8 later this year.

So, that's what Rove has been up to in the US, eh? Not just his cheeky appearances on Chelsea Lately and guest pop-ups on the Jay Leno show...

Each week, ROVE LA will be a postcard home from the well-loved comedian and filmed in front of an intimate audience in a Hollywood studio. Celebrity guests will feature on the show, as well as field stories from Rove while he acquaints himself with the American way of life. (Please let him be as funny/funnier than The Chaser's Charles Firth...)

On his return to Australian TV, Rove said: “While it has been great to rest, recharge and get to know LA over the past 12 months, I have really missed the adrenaline rush of a TV studio and doing what I love most. I’m excited to be back, excited to be with FOXTEL and excited to be doing a show from a country that will give me plenty to share with everyone back home. Now if only I can get the exchange rate going in the right direction...”

FOXTEL Executive Director of Television, Brian Walsh, said: “It is an under-statement to say we are excited that Rove is joining FOXTEL. His passion and enthusiasm for this project is enthralling, and after a well earned break it will be great to have him back on Australian television again.”

"Every Australian television network was chasing Rove and I am delighted that he chose FOXTEL. It is an absolute vote of confidence by one of our brightest and most successful television performers that he chose FOXTEL as the future and indeed, his future.

The series is said to see Rove return to some of his comic roots and have all the energy and spontaneity of a studio show in front of a live audience. It also promises some of Hollywood's biggest names as guest stars.

FOXTEL intends for this to be a longterm partnership. We are already planning more show ideas well into 2012. This is a landmark deal for FOXTEL," Brian Walsh said.

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