The Footy Show (rugby league)
|The Footy Show|
|Presented by||Paul Vautin
|Theme music composer||Times We Had - Kid Mac|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||21|
|No. of episodes||567 (as of 6 March 2014)|
|Executive producer(s)||Gary Burns
|Running time||90 minutes
|Original channel||Nine Network|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Original run||10 March 1994 – present|
The Footy Show is an Australian Logie Award-winning sports variety television programme covering professional rugby league in Australia. It is shown on the Nine Network and is currently presented by former rugby league footballers Paul Vautin and Darryl Brohman and Australian former test cricketer Michael Slater. Having aired on Thursday nights since 1994, the programme is largely entertainment-based, with some football-related content included, such as previews of the weekend's fixtures and interviews with players.
- 1 Presenters
- 2 Scheduling
- 3 History
- 4 Brisbane Footy Show
- 5 Sunday Footy Show
- 6 Special editions
- 7 Awards
- 8 Criticism
- 9 International broadcast
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
- Paul Vautin (1994–present)
- Darryl Brohman (2010–present)
- Beau Ryan (2009–present) (appears in the opening credits, but doesn't appear as a panelist in every episode)
- Michael Slater (2012–present)
- Erin Molan (2012–present) (doesn't appear in the opening credits)
- David Middleton (2013-present) (doesn't appear in the opening credits)
- Gordon Tallis (2012–present) (appears in the opening credits, but doesn't appear in every episode)
- Benji Marshall (2010–present)
- Mario Fenech (1994–present)
- Bryan Fletcher (2013-present)
- Brad Fittler (2011)
- Wendell Sailor (2009–2010)
- Andrew Voss (1997–2011) (appeared as a regular guest 1997 - 2008 and 2011, and as co-host 2009 - 2010)
- Laurie Daley (2008)
- Matthew Johns (2003–2009)
- Paul Harragon (2001–2008) (appeared as special guest host on 23/5/2013)
- Peter Sterling (1994–2006, 2010)
- Steve Roach (1994–1999)
- Ray Hadley (1994–1996, 1998) (occasionally appears for 5-in-the-bin, as of 2012)
The NRL version of the show airs twice each week in the form of a:
- Thursday night programme, shown at 8.30 p.m. AEST, and
- Sunday morning programme, shown at 11:00 a.m. AEST
From 1994 to 2012, The Footy Show usually aired at 9.30 pm AEST, However, on 28 November 2012, Nine announced that the show would air at 8.30 pm AEST.
In New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory, the NRL version of The Footy Show is aired on Thursday evenings, and the AFL version would air later that night. In the AFL dominated states of Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania, the air time is reversed.
The Thursday night NRL version is based around variety with segments, bands and a serious discussion about current issues in the game and past/future match-ups.
Former segments included National Naan News (with Mahatma Cote), Daredevil Dudes, Going.. Going.., "Crack-a-Fat", One Versus One, Their House (with Ryan Girdler), Reg Reagan and That's Gold. Crack-a Fat has returned as a segment in 2013.
Perhaps the most popular segment introduced on The Footy Show in 2010 is "Stuff You May Have Missed", a weekly wrap-up of bloopers that viewers may have missed during the previous NRL round plus many bloopers from various television programs, not just on Channel Nine but other stations. The segment was dropped in 2013.
The show's 500th episode aired on 11 August 2011.
The Footy Show debuted in March 1994 at the same time as a sister program The Footy Show (AFL). The original hosts (in 1994) were 'Fatty' aka Paul Vautin, 'Sterlo' (Peter Sterling), and 'Blocker' (Steve Roach). Hadley and Roach did not have a good relationship with the rest of the team, and both left at the end of the 1999 season for varying reasons. Hadley had become disillusioned as a result of the confirmation that the Super League competition would take place in Australia in 1997 (see Super League War). This meant that the Footy Show would be required to give fair coverage and discussion of both the Super League and ARL competitions during its broadcast. Hadley had been a stout supporter of the more traditional ARL, believing that Super League's agenda was backed by money and greed and was not prepared to lend his support to the rival competition, thus leading to his eventual departure from the show. Hadley left at the end of 1996, and returned to the show in 1998, before leaving for good. Roach, on the other hand, had been involved in an altercation, allegedly assaulting a heckler in a Sydney pub. Channel Nine, not wanting to condone such conduct and wishing to preserve its reputation, were quick to terminate Roach's contract as a result of his actions.
For two years, Vautin and Sterling presented the show by themselves, often with guest hosts such as Phil Gould, the Johns brothers (Andrew and Matthew) and Ryan Girdler with his highly popular segment, Their House, the name a parody of the Australian TV programme Our House (a lifestyle programme).
In 2001, a contest was held to find a new co-host, via a parody of the hit show Survivor (also shown on Nine), and former Knights forward Paul Harragon, also known as 'Chief', was selected. In 2003, fellow former Knights player Matthew Johns joined as the fourth host, following the success of his appearances as alter egos Reg Reagan and Trent The Flight Steward the previous year. A new character, Randy Discotelli, based upon an American fitness instructor, was introduced in 2005.
Paul Harragon's introduction to the show brought popular segments such as 'That's Tops', which involves giving the 'thumbs up' sign with both hands simultaneously. 'That's Tops' ran from 2002 until the end of 2004. Mario Fenech also appears often as a host. In 2005 'That's Gold' was introduced, a hand gesture which involves placing an upright clenched fist on an open palm; both gestures have become popular throughout Australia and New Zealand and are often 'performed' at NRL-related sports venues across the country.
In May 2005, due to declining ratings, former host Ray Hadley was invited back to the show. However, he declined this offer due to his radio commitments on 2GB. Rebecca Wilson was also invited to be part of the show and she accepted. However, Vautin and Sterling disapproved of this move due to personal reasons, and Wilson appeared for only one episode.
The show has spawned three "best of" video/DVDs, a compilation CD, the Reg Reagan All of Me DVD and the single "Am I Ever Gonna See the Biff Again?" by Reg Reagan and the Knucklemen (Reagan is a parody of a stereotypical ocker football players from the 1970s).
For a period of ten weeks in 2005, the show was hosted by Matthew Johns, due to head injuries suffered by Vautin while filming a comedy sketch for the show. Vautin returned in September 2005.
The Footy Show is more a variety show than a typical sports programme. This is evident through the many games that the members play such as Going, Going, GOOONE! and segments such as Daredevil Dudes. Only one match is previewed in significant depth, it generally being the Friday Night showcase.
In 2007, Peter Sterling decided not to return to the show so he could concentrate on commentating. The show decided to keep the three hosts (Vautin, Harragon and Johns). In 2008, Laurie Daley joined the show as a fourth host.
In early 2009, it was announced that Paul Harragon had quit the show, Laurie Daley had returned to Foxtel (where he first began his television career) and Andrew Voss would join to replace the departing hosts. In May 2009, Matthew Johns was sacked by the network in controversial circumstances.
In 2010, the show underwent a format change. Andrew Voss was removed as host (but still remained on the show as a supporting presenter), and Paul Vautin was joined by three other hosts (Peter Sterling (who returned as a co-host after a three year absence), Wendell Sailor and Darryl Brohman) who alternated their appearances weekly. In 2011, Wendell Sailor and Peter Sterling left as hosts and the show returned to having three weekly hosts with Vautin, Brohman and Brad Fittler. 2012 has seen Fittler leave the show, and former test cricketer Michael Slater become co-host along with Vautin; Brohman has dropped off as co-host and replaced Andrew Voss as a supporting presenter (most notably presenting the segment "Stuff You May Have Missed").
Brisbane Footy Show
The Brisbane Footy Show was the original concept of an NRL Footy Show devised by the QTQ9 Production Manager John Evans. The show started in 1993 for two years before Channel 9 Sydney believed it was a waste of money and resources to have different footy shows airing in different states. The Brisbane Footy Show started as a high-budget "live" show almost solely concerned with League discussion and a music act. The set was large, encompassing the entire of Studio B including a studio audience of more than 100, with a complete green floor (simulating grass) and a large set of goalposts. There were several areas where interviews were conducted, including "controversy corner" and the "bar room" as well as the main panel desk. The show was generally hosted by Chris Bombolas, Gary Belcher, Kevin Walters (doing Street Beat), Peter Jackson, Mario Fenech, Laurel Edwards and Steve Haddin with a weekly live cross from Sam Newman from the Channel 9 Melbourne AFL Footy Show, who would usually make sarcastic comments towards Mario Fenech. Today, the Sydney version is shown in Brisbane and Queensland.
Sunday Footy Show
The Sunday Footy Show is aired on Sundays at 11 am. Most of the time, it is a more serious football-focused panel hosted by Peter Sterling and a variety of panelists including Mario Fenech, Phil Gould and a variety of NRL players. The show discusses the results of the weekend's matches so far and includes interviews with players. There is also a segment called 'Around the Grounds' which is presented by Tim Gilbert and discusses the rest of the weekend's game and injury wrap-up. There is also a 'League of League' segment showcasing previous greats of the NRL. At the end of the programme, there is a 'Brut Big Hits' segment showing three of the biggest hits in the previous round.
Immediately after the Sunday Footy Show, The Sunday Roast airs, on which the less serious Footy Show boys go through all of the funniest footy moments of the week.
The Sunday Footy Show is filmed on the same set as the Today Show.
During May 2006, the town of Beaconsfield, Tasmania was rocked when news of two mine workers were trapped down a mine shaft. Miraculously, 34 year old Todd Russell and 37 year old Brant Webb escaped with aid from emergency workers. To celebrate, both the AFL and the NRL Footy Shows had a special programme dedicated to the two surivours. This included a cross to Eddie McGuire who held an interview with Brant and Todd.
In 2006, to celebrate the State of Origin decider—which was to be held in Melbourne for the first time in years—the two shows were filmed in adjoining rooms, in Nine Network Melbourne's complex. On the AFL Show, Fatty went over from the NRL Show to join as a guest for a few minutes. Upon his return, a quiz was held between AFL Show regulars Billy Brownless and Sam Newman, with Matthew Johns and Peter Sterling representing the NRL side. Most of the questions were about either the Melbourne Storm for the NRL boys, since it was a celebration of Melbourne Rugby League, and the Geelong Football Club who Newman and Brownless both played for in the AFL. The AFL boys won the quiz. Also during the show, Newman showed the two boys what he thought of their 2006 Logie by destroying a (presumably) fake Logie while Fatty was on their show.
In 2006, the AFL and NRL produced a special broadcast from Germany. This was to coincide with the Socceroos FIFA World Cup campaign. It was co-hosted by Eddie McGuire and James Brayshaw. Unlike the traditional versions, the special was solely based around the Socceroos' World Cup Campaign.
The Most Popular Sports Program award at the Logies has been going on since 1996 (except 1999 where the award was not given out). The show has won or been nominated every year since this award has been out.
- 8 times (2000, 2004–07, 2009–10, 2013)
- 9 times (1996–98, 2001–03, 2008, 2011–12); (lost to The AFL Footy Show (1996–98, 2002–03, 2008, 2011); The Dream with Roy and HG (2001); The AFL Grand Final (2012)
It has also been nomitated for:
- Once (1996) for the Most Popular Light Entertainment award (lost to Hey Hey It's Saturday)
The Footy Show has attracted criticism for its often crass, low-brow humour and been accused of "celebrating" alcohol in sport. The programme once featured alcohol advertisements throughout, and alcohol advertising on the set. The show has also received its share of criticism for its lowbrow humour and poor productions values.
- Rothfield, Phil (March 2010). "Channel Nine dumps Andrew Voss from Footy Show for Sami Lukis, Wendell Sailor and Mario Fenech". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
- Headon, David (October 1999). "Up From the Ashes: The Phoenix of a Rugby League Literature" (pdf). Football Studies Volume 2, Issue 2. Football Studies Group. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
- The Australian newspaper, 31 March 2007 Story: "The time has come to end glamourising alcohol sponsorship"
- The Footy Show website
- The NRL Footy Show at the Internet Movie Database
- The NRL Footy Show at TV.com
- The Footy Show (NRL) at the National Film and Sound Archive