Warnie's spin on the chat show

As the 2010 Ashes Test looms, one of Australia's most infamous cricketers will host an occasional chat show focused on entertainment, sport, trivia and big name interviews.

Shane Warne, the "king of spin" is set to front his own talk show, aptly titled Warnie.

Premiering on the eve before the Aussies take on the Brits, Warnie is being billed as a "chat show for everyone" in a bid to include a no-so-sport-savvy audience.

International music stars such as Coldplay front man Chris Martin, Dannii Minogue and Sting have already been confirmed as guests, along with James Packer, Russell Crowe, chat show legend and cricket fanatic Michael Parkinson, and cricket commentator Richie Benaud.

As the show's news reporter, Alicia Gorey (Today) will offer all the latest on the Ashes tournament, as well as presenting "The Spin Cycle", a fast-paced Q&A-style; segment that will challenge current and former cricket stars.

As famous for his moustache as his career as a fast bowler, Merv Hughes will be Warnie's roving reporter -- interacting with local fans as he follows the Test series around Australia. Back in the old dart, "fast-bowling, fast-talking" Darren Gough will be the show’s UK correspondent.

Also featured will be original puppets created especially for the show, that will bring to life some of the best scenes from Billy Birmingham's comedy cricket classic, The 12th Man.

"I'm a little nervous but absolutely stoked about having my own show on Channel Nine," Warne said.

"I doubt my old mate Parky will be shuddering in his boots, but I hope I can bring my own style of fun and zest to a show so that the whole family can enjoy."

Warnie premieres 9:10pm Wednesday, November 24, on Nine.

Following its debut, the show will air 8:30pm Thursday on December 2, 16, 23 and January 6.

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