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Rove McManus. Picture: Tarsha Hosking/FOXTEL

This year is make or break for *Rove McManus *' US career. The *Perth *-raised presenter has been based in Los Angeles with his *Geraldton *- born wife *Tasma Walton *since last year, where he filmed the first season of his Foxtel talk show Rove LA.

He's been making a name for himself in Tinseltown appearing on Chelsea Lately and The Tonight Show with *Jay Leno * and he even recently co-hosted Entertainment Tonight with *Nancy O'Dell *.

Next month, the first season of Rove LA will air to US audiences - something the funnyman is both thrilled and nervous about.

"It is very exciting. I don't think it's quite hit me yet. They'll play the first season (which aired in Australia last year) and then once we start season two they'll pretty much take that straight away," he explained to _AAA _. "The problem is, the first series was shot with the idea that they wouldn't see it.

"I do recall I opened the first show by saying it was great because we were shooting this in America but the Americans we can slag off."

Meanwhile, Aussie audiences can expect season two of the show to air on Fox8 later this year. McManus, left, says he and his team will commence planning for the new season after his trip to London to cover the Olympics for Foxtel.

The popular media personality will focus on filming colour stories from the two-week sporting event.

"I'll be doing field pieces out and about during the course of the Games and a lot of that will be dependent on what happens, plus what's happening around the city," he said.

While he won't be reporting on any specific sport, Olympic blood runs through his veins.

"I had an uncle who won gold at, I think, two or three Olympics playing water polo," he said.

Family is greatly important to McManus and being away from his Perth-based relations is one of the only downfalls of living in the US.

"I do get homesick," he said. "I'm probably further away from my family than I ever have been. But with things like Skype now, I actually, literally see them more than I ever have. Even when I was in Melbourne I didn't see them as much as I can now because of Skype."

Recently back in Australia for The Logies and a host of other commitments, McManus didn't get the chance to return to his hometown of Perth.

"Unfortunately I didn't have enough time," he said. "We had a really good stay over the Christmas just gone and that was good. I was there for a good couple of months actually, so I got my Perth fix."

HOLLY RICHARDS

'I'm probably

further away from my family than I ever have been. But with things like Skype now, I actually, literally see them more than I ever have.'