On the Couch

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On the Couch
Presented by Gerard Healy (2002-present)
Jason Dunstall (2014-present)
Jonathan Brown (2015-present)
David King (2016-present)
Mike Sheahan (2002-2014)
Robert Walls (2002-2008)
James Hird (2009-2010)
Paul Roos (2011-2013)
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 13
Production
Running time Approx 60 minutes
Release
Original network Fox Footy Channel (2002-2006)
Fox Sports (2007-2011)
Fox Footy (2012-present)
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release 2002 – present
External links
Website

On the Couch is an Australian television program focusing on current issues in the Australian Football League. From its debut in 2002 until 2006, it was shown on the Fox Footy Channel, until the channel's demise. From 2007 to 2011 it was broadcast on Fox Sports, before moving to the relaunched Fox Footy from 2012 onwards. The show airs on Monday nights following AFL 360 and is hosted by Gerard Healy. It also features Jason Dunstall, Jonathan Brown and David King as presenters.

Format[edit]

The shows format follows an "informal chat" style in a set that resembles a lounge room. It focuses more on in-depth coverage and discussions of topics as well as each week holding an interview with a player or coach.

The concept and style is similar to the Seven Network program Talking Footy, which also featured Mike Sheahan as chief journalist during its original run from 1994 to 2004.

History[edit]

Former players Gerard Healy and Robert Walls and journalist Mike Sheahan were the original presenters of the show. In 2009, James Hird replaced Walls on the couch.[1] When Hird left to pursue a coaching career with Essendon, Paul Roos replaced him.[2][3] In 2014, Roos left to coach the Melbourne Football Club and was replaced by long-time Fox Footy broadcaster and former player Jason Dunstall.

In 2015, Mike Sheahan announced that he was retiring from the show after 13 years. His replacement was recently retired Brisbane Lions triple-premiership player Jonathan Brown.[4] David King, who appeared occasionally in 2015, joined the series full-time in 2016. In July 2016, the original line-up of Healy, Sheahan and Walls returned for a special one-off episode before Fox Footy's 'Retro Round'.

Hosts[edit]

Various Fox Sports commentators have filled in along the way including Jason Dunstall, Brian Taylor and Alistair Lynch.

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