Rove Live

If you’re looking for some quality entertainment on TV tonight then the Aussies have some great viewing.

Rove returns to TV3 tonight at 9:00pm with guest stars Jodie Foster and Ross Noble. What’s more, it’s being broadcast in HD! At 10:10pm, flick the channel over to TV One for The Chaser’s War On Everything and be entertained by the satirical stunt show that’s utterly fearless and where no one is safe – particularly Australian politicians and those in the media.

Both shows are definitely worth watching so if you’re going to be out, make sure you set the PVR.

Jodie Foster started in showbiz at 3 years old and was nominated for an Oscar by 14 and won 2 Oscars before she was 30.

She’s starred in such classic films as The Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver, Panic Room, The Brave One, Inside Man and Maverick. Her latest movie, Nim’s Island is an action-adventure family film, shot on the Gold Coast.

Voted one of the top 10 greatest stand-ups of all time by British TV viewers, Ross Noble is a comedy powerhouse.

Since his Perrier Award nominated 1999 Edinburgh Festival show, he’s become hugely popular around the world, winning numerous prestigious awards for Best Live Stand-Up Show, and is a favourite performer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Ross is currently touring Australia with more first class nonsense.


A look back at some of Rove’s finest moments from 2007

Friday, November 30th at 8:30pm

Rove might be wrapping up his show Rove Live for 2007, but TV3 is giving you the opportunity to catch up on some of his best episodes that you might have missed over the year. The Best of Rove 2007 starts on Friday, November 30th at 8:30pm on 3.

After a late start this year while Rove was coping with the death of his wife Belinda, Rove threw himself back into his work and turned out a great season of his popular talk show.

With a new, more competitive timeslot from the Ten network at home in Australia, and record ratings for the show, Rove looks to be stronger than ever. He also moved into a new timeslot in New Zealand, moving from 9:30pm to 8:30pm on Friday nights.

This year, Rove even had interest from some American executives, and presented two of his shows from the States – one in New York, and one in LA. Whether or not his show will reach the Americas is yet to be seen.

With the biggest international celebrity interviews (this year saw Robin Williams and Ozzy Osbourne, to name a few), funniest international comedians, and hottest international rock acts, it seems only fair to give New Zealand an encore performance of some of the best shows from 2007.

The Best of Rove 2007 begins on Friday, November 30th at 8:30pm on 3.

Delta Goodrem is back with her new single In this life and appears as a guest on Rove tonight. Check out the clip to your right, or watch the full show tonight on TV3 at 8:30pm

Star of High School Musical and its sequel, Zac Efron is one of the biggest teen stars in Hollywood right now. He’s a guest on Rove, talking about his new movie Hairspray which opened in New Zealand this week. Clip to your right.

Other guests include: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Nikki Blonsky (Hairspray) and Tori Amos talking about her new album. 8:30pm, TV3.

Rove Live returned last night in Australia with a record high audience of 1.68 million viewers, winning a 56% share of the 18-49 year olds. The show was moved into the highly competitive Sunday night slot, up against top shows CSI and Grey’s Anatomy.

The show returns to TV3 this Friday at 9:40pm. Catch Silverchair, Toni Collette, Ross Noble and more.

SYDNEY – The return of Rove McManus to live television may be earlier than many expected following the death of his wife Belinda Emmett, but friend and sidekick Peter Helliar believes the timing is “perfect”.

Rove, which has dropped the Live from its name, returns to Australian television on Sunday at 8.30pm in one of the week’s most hotly contested timeslots.

It will be less than six months after his actress wife of 18 months succumbed to cancer, aged 32.

“Obviously, Rove needed some time,” said Helliar, who has been associated with the presenter since the show began on the Nine Network in 1999.

“A lot of people who work on the show needed time. And there was no pressure from anyone on when to come back. But he’s ready, we’re all ready.”


Friday, April 6th 2007

Friday, April 6th at 4:30am and 11:30am
U19 Rugby World Cup

James Gemmell presents live coverage of the New Zealand v Wales pool match played in Belfast. After being defeated in the final in Dubai in April 2006 by Australia, the U19 All Blacks are out for revenge in 3 Sports exclusive coverage of the U19 Rugby World Cup screening on Friday, April 6th at 4:30am and 11:30am.

Friday, April 6th at 1:30pm
Return To The Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam And Burt

Adam West and Burt Ward return to their campy-superheroic roots in this combination reunion film and retrospective. West and Ward, the former Batman and Robin of the 1960s Batman television series, play themselves, as a search for the Batmobile, which has been stolen from a Hollywood charity auction, leads the not-so-dynamic duo into reminiscences about happy times and mishaps on the set of the old show, illustrated by vintage clips and recreations.

Friday, April 6th at 7:30pm
Doctor Dolittle 2

Academy Award-nominee Eddie Murphy returns as Dr. Dolittle in this hilarious animal adventure. The now-famous doc has more two and four-legged patients than he can handle. But his animal friends want more than office visits. The outraged critters want to save their forest from unscrupulous human developers, and they’re seeking Dolittle’s help.

Also starring: Kristen Wilson, Raven Symone, Kyla Pratt, Lil Zane, Kevin Pollack and Jeffrey Jones. Directed by Steve Carr.

Friday, April 6th at 9:40pm
Rove Live

The hit Australian entertainment show hosted by Rove McManus, Pete Helliar and stand-up comedians returns for brand spanking new episodes in 2007. The show is bursting with interviews, hilarious house visits and live performances from the hottest acts around today. In the first show of the year, Australian rock heroes Silverchair will perform their smash hit single Straight Lines.

Welcome back Rove McManus for 2007!

Friday, April 6th at 9:40pm

If you were missing interviews with top international celebrities, hilarious stand-up comedians, performances by top bands and fantastic segments like ‘What The?’ then you’re in luck – Rove McManus is back with Rove Live on Friday, April 6th at 9:40pm on 3.

Rove hosts this hugely popular show, which has seen him win the coveted Golden Logie award (Australia’s equivalent to the Emmy Awards) for Most Popular Television Personality three times!

If these awards weren’t enough to excite you about the return of this popular show, maybe huge international guests will be, as Rove interviews all your top Hollywood stars and hit music makers!

Similarly, if you are after performances from kick-ass bands, Australian rock heroes Silverchair will perform their smash hit single Straight Lines from their soon to be released album Young Modern on the first episode of 2007.

“It’s really good to be back at work after so much time away. It has been great to be thrown back into the chaos of producing our own show,” says Rove.

Tune in for the return of Australia’s favourite personality, favourite television presenter, and favourite light entertainment programme all rolled into one when Rove Live returns on Good Friday, April 6th at 9:40pm on 3.

An article in the Sunday Telegraph- LOOK Wow, exciting.

Rove: It’s time to laugh again
March 08, 2007

ROVE McManus is ready to make people laugh again and will return to television on April 1, five months after his partner Belinda Emmett lost her fight against cancer.

But he now faces his toughest career challenge yet as Channel 10 has moved his show variety/comedy Rove Live from Tuesday nights to 8.30pm Sunday, one of TV’s most competitive hours.

McManus was told of Ten’s decision in a four-hour meeting three weeks ago and decided to risk his reputation by taking on the massive challenge.

“It’s really good to be back at work after so much time away,” he said yesterday.

“It has been great to be thrown back into the chaos of producing our show.

“I assume this means Ten will pay us double time for working the Sunday shift – I got that at the bottle shop (I worked at) when I was 18.”

The meeting came after McManus spent summer grieving in Perth with his family after Emmett died on November 11, eight years after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Channel 10 and his colleagues at Roving Enterprises – which produces Rove Live, Real Stories and the ARIAS for Ten – weren’t even sure if he would return.

“At the end of last year we shut the doors and turned off the lights,” executive producer Craig Campbell said.

“A lot of our regular staff went off and got other gigs and some aren’t around because they still have jobs they took on, because we seriously didn’t know when he would come back or if he would want to come back.

“We’ve been together from the start (in 1999) and our understanding was that when he was ready to give me a buzz, he would.”

That buzz came early last month when he told Campbell he wanted to return to his Melbourne office.

“It was a great moment for everybody, especially to see him again and the moment was definitely marked – it was a big welcome home,” Campbell said.

Ten’s network programming chief David Mott said the hotel meeting went for so long because he wanted to be sure McManus was ready to fire again.

“We didn’t want to interrupt Rove during that time and until he was ready to chat. We wanted him to have the space he needed and I didn’t want the big ugly network bearing down on him, so we left him alone until the meeting.

“He was very considered and in very good form given what’s gone on in his personal life.

“Our (meeting) was incredibly enlightening, but more importantly he gave me a lot of confidence about him going forward – there’s no doubt he is a great performer with enormous talent.”

Rove is returning after a five month break following the death of his wife. In Australia, he’ll be screening at 8:30pm on Sunday nights starting April 1. He’ll be up against top rating shows Grey’s Anatomy and CSI. No word yet on the NZ timeslot.

The show is getting a major overhaul. Peter Helliar will be back, and Hamish Blake and Andy Lee may be regulars.