Let me start by saying how much I like Rove. Yeah, you can see where this is going, can’t you?
Rove returned to our screens this week to pay channel Fox 8 with Rove LA. Unfortunately, it’s kinda like the old Rove but without all the good bits.
Unlike on Ten where Rove surrounded himself with many loveable colleagues like Dave Hughes, Carrie Bickmore, Hamish and Andy, Ryan Shelton and Peter Helliar, Rove LA is a one man show very much like all the other US talk shows. The only problem is the show doesn’t air in the US!
And in case the anticipation of having him back on our screens after a couple of years hiatus wasn’t enough, someone decided that he should attend a porn expo first off. Perhaps the motive is you can only go up from the bottom.
While guests Lisa Kudrow, Kathy Griffin and Jerry Ferrara were typically entertaining in his company, there were some strange moments of awkwardness. I’m not entirely sure which reality it is that a celebrity would offer random strangers to insert objects into their ass but was Kathy Griffin on Rove’s new show. And despite the disclaimer that it was cliche, did Jerry really have to get an introduction to Vegemite? I mean, seriously. Who wrote those gags? A New Zealander?!
I am desperately hoping for everyone’s sake, especially Foxtel who appear to be proudly approving of their latest local content endeavor, that it pays off.
Rove, you’re so much better than that and I was really expecting more.