Channel Ten’s newest challenge to Nine’s dominance of the variety style AFL show took centre stage last week for the premier of The Bounce.
There had been much talk about the new program for several months as we heard from network executives on how they were planning on challenging the current system and throwing a competitor the long time successful AFL Footy Show.
The show started off strongly. Host Pete Hellier walked out to a loud-mouthed crowd, with his footy in his hand and oozed enthusiasm.
Not that he did a super impressive job as the main man, but he did enough to justify his selection for the role.
Joining him in the hot seat were Leigh Matthews and Matthew Richardson, both of whom brought to expert opinions to the table.
The show took a while to get down into the dissecting of the sport itself, but once it did, it allowed Matthews and Richardson to reveal some interesting insights into the game.
Hellier, for a change, took a back seat.
One thing they could have done better, and taken advantage of a little bit more was the AFL rights to footage and access, an asset it has over Nine. Perhaps that will shift once the season gets into full swing.
The good thing about the show is that the crowd was really involved and felt part of the action, just like the Footy Show.
The bad thing is that it was not live, bringing it down a few pegs.
Challenging the Footy Show was always going to be hard, but it looks like a task The Bounce has taken with two hands, and one which doesn’t appear to be a total waste of time, at least for now.
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