The first programme commissioned for the TVNZ Ondemand service, That Guy’s Rugby World Cup, goes live on Wednesday, September 5, at tvnzondemand.co.nz with edited highlights screening on TV ONE’s ‘Breakfast’ programme.
That Guy’s Rugby World Cup is a seven-episode, 15-minute sports comedy show produced and directed by Leigh Hart (aka That Guy) that will follow the Rugby World Cup.
That Guy’s Rugby World Cup will canvas the games, the teams, the history of the sport and the latest results from the action in France. Leigh Hart will be joined by Matt Johnson, Jason Hoyte and a panel that changes each week, and will include rugby greats, legendary sports commentators and entertaining enthusiasts.
The production team say its distance from France and lack of rights to footage from the games will make That Guy’s Rugby World Cup the must-see Rugby World Cup show.
“The last thing you want to be is too close to the action” explains Hart. “That’s why we have chosen to host the show from a hotel room in Auckland rather than get caught up in all the hype and excitement over in France.”
“It would be difficult to cover this event with any real credibility if we were actually over there,” adds Johnson. “You wouldn’t see the wood for the trees, so to speak.”
Hoyte agrees: “Too many rugby shows nowadays are dominated by footage of the games. We prefer to analyze teams and form without rugby footage. It’s less distracting.”
TVNZ Head of Emerging Business Jason Paris says the launch of That Guy’s Rugby World Cup marks a new stage in the development of TVNZ Ondemand.
“The public response to TVNZ Ondemand has been terrific. Viewers enjoy having the ability to watch TV ONE and TV2 programming at their convenience, and to gain access to video from the TVNZ archives, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes material from programmes such as ‘Shortland Street’ and ‘ONE News’.
“Commissioning new programmes designed specifically for TVNZ Ondemand is a natural extension of the site, and another way TVNZ is delivering on our strategy ‘Inspiring New Zealanders on every screen’. That Guy’s Rugby World Cup has the potential to become an instant online classic.”
That Guy’s Rugby World Cup will be available in full at tvnzondemand.co.nz each Wednesday morning. Edited highlights will screen on TV ONE’s ‘Breakfast’ programme that day and the series will be repeated on TVNZ 6 once the new digital channel launches on Sunday, September 30.
TVNZ News and Current Affairs will bring viewers expert coverage of the 2007 Rugby World Cup throughout the day. Special Rugby World Cup segments will screen on ‘Breakfast’, ‘ONE News Midday’, ‘ONE News 6pm’, ‘Close Up’ and ‘ONE News Tonight’, and online at tvnz.co.nz, keyword: Rugby World Cup. Andrew Saville and Tony Veitch will front ONE News’ coverage of the Cup, and will be joined by some of the world’s greatest rugby experts for pre and post-match analysis.