Carrie Bickmore & Rove McManus’s new project revealed!

The long-time friends were spotted brainstorming over lunch.
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Almost 20 years after they first worked together on his eponymous variety show, Rove McManus and Carrie Bickmore are getting the band back together!

WATCH: Revisit Carrie’s emotional farewell to The Project.

News of their new collaboration comes after the pair were spotted out in Melbourne enjoying a casual lunch date together. 

“Rove is working on a few new TV projects, and Carrie would absolutely be on top of his list [to involve],” a TV insider tells New Idea. “He has always known what a talent she is, and the level of public interest in her next move is also appealing.”

Carrie left Rove in 2009 to spearhead The Project – which is produced by his production company Roving Enterprises. She concluded her time on that show in 2022, following a temporary sabbatical.

Carrie Bickmore hugs Rove McManus.
Carrie gave her mate a hug after their lunch. (Credit: Media Mode)

Since then, there has been chatter that Carrie could name her price to return to the struggling current affairs show, now co-hosted by Waleed Aly and Sarah Harris.

But, our insider says Rove was not trying to lure Carrie back to The Projects desk during their catch-up.

“He isn’t as involved with that program these days as Network 10 has taken over the day-to-day running of the show,” explains our source.

Rove McManus and Carrie Bickmore selfie.
Rove and Carrie shared a selfie from their catch-up. (Credit: Instagram)

Instead, they suggest, Rove and Carrie were workshopping ideas for an entirely new project for them to create together.

“Carrie’s always had loads of her own ideas,” our source says. “Part of the reason why she left The Project was because she wanted more input in the content.”

After taking time away from in front of the camera, Carrie is “weighing up her options” about her next move. Our source reckons anything involving Rove, who has always championed her talent, would be “very appealing” to Carrie.

Carrie Bickmore walks in Melbourne, Australia
Something to share with us, Carrie? The star left with a big smile on her face (Credit: Media Mode)

“Carrie always seeks advice from Rove because she trusts him,” our insider explains. “They are both busy people and don’t catch up as much as they’d like to – but they both agree that, if a big deal is in the works, it’s better discussed in person.”

While Carrie and Rove are keeping quite for now, he did share a selfie from the lunch afterwards. 

“Always does my heart and soul the world of good @carriebickmore,” he captioned the happy snap. 

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