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Rove McManus reveals how Saturday night TV has changed since the 2000s

‘It’s the biggest issue’: Rove McManus reveals the one major difference between hosting Saturday night TV today compared to his early career

Rove McManus’ new Saturday night variety show was green-lit by Channel 10 earlier this year, despite its trial run during ‘Pilot Week’ being a ratings flop.

And on Friday, the three-time Gold Logie winner spoke candidly about the difficulties he has faced producing Saturday Night Rove.

Speaking to Mumbrella, the 45-year-old revealed that it’s harder to make fun and spontaneous television in 2019 due to ‘boring legal stuff’.

'It's the biggest issue': Rove McManus (pictured) has revealed the one major difference between hosting Saturday night TV today compared to his early career

‘It’s the biggest issue’: Rove McManus (pictured) has revealed the one major difference between hosting Saturday night TV today compared to his early career 

‘I think the biggest issues have been the boring legal stuff,’ said Rove, who hosted his eponymous talk show between 1999 and 2009.

He explained that times have changed since he was last on air, saying: ‘We used to be able to show sets of other [TV] shows, or send a camera to someone’s house.’ 

But nowadays there are ‘hoops to jump through’ and other legal considerations that mean some ‘edgier’ ideas don’t make it air.

Legal considerations: The comedian, 45, told Mumbrella that it's harder to make fun and spontaneous television in 2019 due to 'boring legal stuff'

Legal considerations: The comedian, 45, told Mumbrella that it’s harder to make fun and spontaneous television in 2019 due to ‘boring legal stuff’

Blast from the past! Rove hosted his eponymous talk show between 1999 and 2009. Pictured interviewing Avril Lavigne in an undated photo

Blast from the past! Rove hosted his eponymous talk show between 1999 and 2009. Pictured interviewing Avril Lavigne in an undated photo

Despite facing more legal roadblocks than 20 years ago, Rove said he is committed to ‘make a funny, entertaining and engaging show.’

While Saturday Night Rove wasn’t a ratings hit during Pilot Week last year, the comedian is confident there is still an audience for Saturday night TV.

He is marketing the show at people like himself, i.e. parents with children who aren’t going out on the weekends and want to watch something family friendly. 

Challenges: Despite facing more legal roadblocks than 20 years ago, Rove is committed to 'make a funny, entertaining and engaging show' with Saturday Night Rove. Pictured during a notorious episode of Rove Live in 2009 featuring Kevin Rudd and Sacha Baron Cohen

Challenges: Despite facing more legal roadblocks than 20 years ago, Rove is committed to ‘make a funny, entertaining and engaging show’ with Saturday Night Rove. Pictured during a notorious episode of Rove Live in 2009 featuring Kevin Rudd and Sacha Baron Cohen

Rove Live premiered in 1999, winning Most Popular Light Entertainment Program at the Logie Awards five times, in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009. 

Some of the show’s content would be considered quite risque by today’s standards. 

Segments included ‘Sex Office’ and ‘Who Would You Turn Gay For?’ An infamous interview with Sacha Baron Cohen in character as Bruno even had to be censored. 

Saturday Night Rove premieres Saturday at 7.30pm on Channel 10 and 10 Play 

Pocket rocket: The 5'6 comedian is gearing up for the premiere of his late-night reboot Saturday Night Rove tomorrow at 7.30pm on Channel 10 and 10 Play.

Pocket rocket: The 5’6 comedian is gearing up for the premiere of his late-night reboot Saturday Night Rove that tomorrow at 7.30pm on Channel 10 and 10 Play

 

Daily Mail UK

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