Logie Awards 2009: Nominees

By David Knox on March 30, 2009 / Filed Under News 52

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Packed to the Rafters and Underbelly dominated 2008 television and so it is with the 51st TV Week Logie Awards.

Rafters leads with 11 nominations while Underbelly has, appropriately, nine. Rebecca Gibney, Kat Stewart and Gyton Grantley all have nods in acting for both popular and peer-voted outstanding categories. Gibney is also a front runner for the Gold. Both shows are also in as Most Popular Drama and Most Outstanding Drama.

The lists reflect a strong showing by Drama in 2008. While the magazine’s younger readers favour soaps, the industry also nods to Bed of Roses, Rush and a surprise includion of the telemovie Scorched. It means Sea Patrol, City Homicide, East of Everything, and All Saints are all ignored.

And Drama’s high profile comes at the expense of comedy. While the Popular categories merge comedy with other light entertainment and variety fare, not even The Hollowmen makes that list. It does have a showing in the industry’s Comedy category alongside more niche comedies suchas Review with Myles Barlow and Mr Firth Goes To Washington. But where is Newstopia?

Elsewhere in the popular categories Reality is dominated by variety hybrids (Big Brother wasn’t even on the voting form -why not?). Project Runway Australia is a big omission.  The Rafters kids dominate the Most Popular New Talent categories. Expect Jessica Marais and Hugh Sheridan to both win this one. Two surprise inclusions in Most Popular Lifestyle are Ready Steady Cook and Top Gear Australia.

In Pay Television, Satisfaction only scored two nominations, for Madeleine West and Dustin Clare. The industry has also given nods to Sky News, Disney, Nickelodeon and The History Channel.

Popular Awards
TV WEEK GOLD LOGIE – Most Popular Personality on TV
Natalie Bassingthwaighte
Andrew Denton
Rebecca Gibney
Adam Hills
Simmone Jade Mackinnon
Rove McManus
Kate Ritchie
Ian Smith

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE — Most Popular Actress
Rebecca Gibney (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Jodi Gordon (Home And Away, Channel Seven)
Simmone Jade Mackinnon (McLeod’s Daughters, Nine Network)
Kate Ritchie (Home And Away, Channel Seven)
Kat Stewart (Underbelly, Nine Network)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE — Most Popular Actor
Gyton Grantley (Underbelly, Nine Network)
Todd Lasance (Home And Away, Channel Seven)
Mark Priestley (All Saints, Channel Seven)
Ian Smith (Neighbours, Network Ten)
Erik Thomson (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE — Most Popular Presenter
Natalie Bassingthwaighte (So You Think You Can Dance Australia, Network Ten)
Andrew Denton (Enough Rope With Andrew Denton, ABC1)
Grant Denyer (It Takes Two/Australia’s Got Talent, Channel Seven)
Adam Hills (Spicks & Specks, ABC1)
Rove McManus (Rove/Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?, Network Ten)

MOST POPULAR NEW FEMALE TALENT
Kirsty Lee Allan (Sea Patrol, Nine Network)
Rebecca Breeds (Home And Away, Channel Seven)
Ricki-Lee Coulter (Australian Idol, Network Ten)
Jessica Marais (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Margot Robbie (Neighbours, Network Ten)

MOST POPULAR NEW MALE TALENT
Dean Geyer (Neighbours, Network Ten)
George Houvardas (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Matt Lee (So You Think You Can Dance Australia, Network Ten)
Jordan Rodrigues (Home And Away, Channel Seven)
Hugh Sheridan (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)

MOST POPULAR AUSTRALIAN DRAMA
Home And Away (Channel Seven)
McLeod’s Daughters (Nine Network)
Neighbours (Network Ten)
Packed To The Rafters (Channel Seven)
Underbelly (Nine Network)

MOST POPULAR LIFESTYLE PROGRAM
Better Homes And Gardens (Channel Seven)
Domestic Blitz (Nine Network)
Getaway (Nine Network)
Ready Steady Cook (Network Ten)
Top Gear Australia (SBS)

MOST POPULAR SPORTS PROGRAM
Before The Game (Network Ten)
The Footy Show AFL (Nine Network)
The Footy Show NRL (Nine Network)
Sports Tonight (Network Ten)
Wide World Of Sports (Nine Network)

MOST POPULAR REALITY PROGRAM
Australian Idol (Network Ten)
The Biggest Loser (Network Ten)
Dancing With The Stars (Channel Seven)
The Farmer Wants A Wife (Nine Network)
So You Think You Can Dance Australia (Network Ten)

MOST POPULAR FACTUAL PROGRAM
Bondi Rescue (Network Ten)
Border Security (Channel Seven)
Find My Family (Channel Seven)
RPA (Nine Network)
RSPCA Animal Rescue (Channel Seven)

MOST POPULAR LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM
Australia’s Got Talent (Channel Seven)
Deal Or No Deal (Channel Seven)
Rove (Network Ten)
Spicks & Specks (ABC1)
Sunrise (Channel Seven)

Outstanding Awards
TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE — Most Outstanding Drama Series, Miniseries or Telemovie
Bed Of Roses (ABC1)
Packed To The Rafters (Channel Seven)
Rush (Network Ten)
Scorched (Nine Network)
Underbelly (Nine Network)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE — Most Outstanding Actor
Dustin Clare (Satisfaction, Showcase)
Vince Colosimo (Underbelly, Nine Network)
Gyton Grantley (Underbelly, Nine Network)
Callan Mulvey (Rush, Network Ten)
Damian Walshe-Howling (Underbelly, Nine Network)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE — Most Outstanding Actress
Julia Blake (Bed Of Roses, ABC1)
Rebecca Gibney (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Kat Stewart (Underbelly, Nine Network)
Claire Van Der Boom (Rush, Network Ten)
Madeleine West (Satisfaction, Showcase)

MOST OUTSTANDING NEWS COVERAGE
“Brisbane Storms” (Seven News)
“China Earthquake” (ABC News)
“China Earthquake” (Nine News Sydney)
“Financial Crisis” (Sky News Business)
“Nike Human Rights Investigation” (Seven News)

MOST OUTSTANDING PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT
“Afghanistan: A Survivor’s Tale” (Foreign Correspondent, ABC1)
“Friday’s Child” (Australian Story, ABC1)
“Mugabe’s Calling Card” (Dateline, SBS)
“Out Of Control” (60 Minutes, Nine Network)
“Timor War Criminal” (Today Tonight, Channel Seven)

MOST OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY
Beyond Kokoda (The History Channel)
First Australians (SBS)
The Oasis: Australia’s Homeless Youth (ABC1)
Schapelle Corby: The Hidden Truth (Nine Network)
The Howard Years (ABC1)

MOST OUTSTANDING FACTUAL PROGRAM
Border Security (Channel Seven)
Family Fortunes (ABC1)
RPA (Nine Network)
Two In The Top End (ABC1)
Who Do You Think You Are? (SBS)

MOST OUTSTANDING COMEDY PROGRAM
The Hollowmen (ABC1)
Mark Loves Sharon (Network Ten)
Mr Firth Goes To Washington (SBS)
Review With Myles Barlow (ABC1)
Very Small Business (ABC1)

MOST OUTSTANDING SPORTS COVERAGE
AFL Grand Final (Channel Seven)
Beijing Olympics (Channel Seven)
Beijing Paralympics (ABC1)
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 (Channel Seven)
Tour De France (SBS)

MOST OUTSTANDING CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
As The Bell Rings (Disney Channel)
Dogstar (Nine Network)
Figaro Pho (ABC1)
H2O: Just Add Water (Network Ten)
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards (Nickelodeon)

GRAHAM KENNEDY AWARD FOR MOST OUTSTANDING NEW TALENT
Lauren Clair (Underbelly, Nine Network)
Hanna Mangan-Lawrence (Bed Of Roses, ABC1)
Jessica Marais (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Hugh Sheridan (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Ashley Zukerman (Rush, Network Ten)

52 Comments »

  1. Tassie Devil in my Ivory Tower :-} May 3, 2009 at 8:17 pm -

    Alright! where the F’cuk is Gardening Australia, Collectors, Enough Rope, Talking Heads, Landline, 7,30 Report, Foreign Correspondent, Lateline Gruen Transfer and every 4 Corners Australian doco oh, and the best show Media Watch ????? Huh!!!!

    And how come Q&A with Tony Jones is missing????

    Silly me, they’re the shows that the intelligent people watch, of course they aren’t ‘eligible’…[wheres a “rolly eyes”when one needs it *sigh*]

    Hope the kiddies enjoy their show, I’m off to watch Dateline… thanks for the website. The ‘official’ one of course doesn’t provide for comments least an intelligent person leaves one.

  2. Deane Taylor April 29, 2009 at 11:42 pm -

    Where is the Princess Vemiro?

  3. andrea April 29, 2009 at 10:36 pm -

    Good luck to Sixty Minutes for “Out of Control”. The compassion the whole team showed in telling this story should be commended. A lot goes on behind the scenes the audience don’t realise. Due to the team’s caring and professionalism the public get to witness such stories. Win or loose they are winners in our book.

  4. Nadya April 24, 2009 at 2:54 pm -

    Rebecca Breeds all the way. I love her she is amazingly talented she is the best female newcomer on home and away, at least for this year’s logie awards lol. But good luck to everyone who is nominated. Also i want to say I love Home and away and Neighbours. hahahaha. Good luck!!!!!!

  5. Rog April 7, 2009 at 7:40 pm -

    Seen that figaro stuff, that’s very cool. Amazing animation! Very funny…

  6. Rebecca April 4, 2009 at 4:01 pm -

    Simmone Jade Mackinnon for Gold Logie 2009

  7. mac April 2, 2009 at 4:02 pm -

    lol at sunrise being nominated as a light entertainment program, although seven would call it a news/current affair show being nominated in the same category as rove and deal prove that the rest of us don’t think so.

  8. Andrey April 1, 2009 at 11:13 am -

    Ian Smith winning would be so funny!

  9. john April 1, 2009 at 5:36 am -

    Rebecca Gibney for Gold.That is all i care about.
    Great actress,great cast,great show..occassionally a little bland,but overall top effort to all involved.

  10. Lex March 31, 2009 at 8:12 pm -

    Why did they ever get rid of the most outstanding current affairs and most popular current affairs show category?

    Sunrise – light entertainment! Ha! So true, hardly any news at all!

  11. Dean March 31, 2009 at 12:46 pm -

    where is the gruen transfer?

  12. someone else March 31, 2009 at 6:18 am -

    Ian Smith needs to win as its his final year in television – this would be a great send-off by fans

    Vote Ian Smith!!!

  13. Carta March 31, 2009 at 1:42 am -

    Margot Robbie could be a surprise winner in the Most Popular New Talent category. Neighbours stars have had a few upset wins in this category in the past (think Natalie Blair and Patrick Harvey), although Jessica Marais will be hard to beat. Still, it would be nice to see Margot win this one and Jessica take out the “Outstanding New Talent” award. She does a great job as Donna. It would also be great to see Ian Smith win the Gold Logie.

  14. RichoTB March 30, 2009 at 11:41 pm -

    I’ll be giving this a miss, as usual

  15. damo March 30, 2009 at 7:13 pm -

    davo

    ithought it was a dribble show

  16. davo March 30, 2009 at 6:37 pm -

    I didn’t realise Sunrise was a “light entertainment” program. I thought it was a news program…

  17. Andrew March 30, 2009 at 5:42 pm -

    Well it’s obviously designed for people who won’t get a gong for most popular talent then! Oh and I think you will find all the Packed To The Rafters kids were nominated but TV Week like to pick and choose and need to spread out the category evenly across the networks or it will just be boring like Which PTTR cast member will win it?

  18. David Knox March 30, 2009 at 5:31 pm -

    Graham Kennedy Most Oustanding Talent will be its third year.

  19. Andrew March 30, 2009 at 5:18 pm -

    I find it hilarious that Sunrise is up for most popular light entertainment show! It’s suppose to be a morning news program..

    I think next year there should be a new category for most popular morning show so then shows like Today, Mornings With Kerry Anne, 9am with David & Kim can get a go.

    And what’s this with the Graham Kennedy award for outstanding best new talent? Obviously Jessica Marais will get it because she will miss out to Margot Robbie (Neighbours) so they created that category for that reason.

  20. Mike Beckham March 30, 2009 at 4:55 pm -

    @Earthquake

    Review was shown late Friday nights I believe and even if it were ABC2 exclusive it would be eligible anyway.

  21. Alex March 30, 2009 at 4:52 pm -

    i hope Figaro Pho get the kids award! :D

  22. damo March 30, 2009 at 3:46 pm -

    packed to the rafters and underbelly will collect nearly every logie and i hope dean gueyer doesnt get the best new tallant. the packed to the rafter actors are better than him. thank god kochie, tom william and a few others from seven didnt get nominated. if the olympics coverage gets a logie for that rubbinsh. i will throw my tv out the window. it shouldnt have even been nominated

  23. Andrew March 30, 2009 at 2:57 pm -

    Usually its the “most popular” categories that score the most criticisms when they are announced, but I think the “peer voted” awards which are meant to be the Logies’ saving grace in the cred stakes are going to take a hiding this year.

    Mark Loves Sharon for most outstanding comedy program? The industry must be in a bad state if that can get nominated. Very Small Business was not a bad show but I wouldn’t call it outstanding. I would have thought The Gruen Transfer should at least get a mention in that category.

    Scorched is a laughable nomination for most outstanding drama. Despite a good cast it was poorly written, poorly produced and predictable drama.

    And how does Figaro Pho get a nomination it hasn’t even aired yet? I thought the criteria was it had to air in 2008?

    And I’m sorry that Rodger Corser didn’t score a nomination from either Rush or Underbelly. He’s a good actor and thought would deserve a nomination somewhere in the voted or peer categories.

  24. Dino March 30, 2009 at 2:50 pm -

    hmmm, no mention whatsoever of Sea Patrol and City Homicide.

  25. Earthquake March 30, 2009 at 2:47 pm -

    I don’t know why everyone is bagging out Scorched.

    I really enjoyed it and it was definitely a telemovie that made me think.

    Sometimes we need a programme like that, not brainless crap.

    Where is Rebel Wilson, Bogan Pride, Newstopia, Shaun Micallef?

    And, as far as I know Review with Myles Barlow was only shown on ABC2?

  26. Marg March 30, 2009 at 2:39 pm -

    Oh and forgot Kestie Morassi (Satisfaction). She is truly one of Australia’s most promising talents. Would not be surprised if she ends up working in the US one day. She is awesome…….

  27. Bernadette March 30, 2009 at 2:38 pm -

    I’m not gonna comment on the popular categories because who knows how that voting might have been manipulated but the outstanding awards have some rather astonishing inclusions and exclusions

    Scorched? As outstanding anything? That was the worst television I’ve seen this decade. I’m not a huge fan of City Homicide but it’s a heck of a lot better than Scorched. My niece’s grade 2 play was better than Scorched.

    Mark Loves Sharon? (drek with zero comedy innovation)(indeed zero laughs which surely should be a necessary factor even if innovation isn’t)

    Where’s the nod for Shane Bourne’s acting in City Homicide?

    And what about Denton’s show – which is actually far more worthy of an award than Denton himself because the guests make the show – I guess there’s no “outstanding” category for it which is very sad.

    And surely I’m not alone in thinking The Gruen Transfer is a better factual show than Border Security? I know I know it probably doesn’t fit the definition, but it’s one of the most interesting shows on TV so there should be a category for it at least in “outstanding’.

    Then again I haven’t watched the Logies in years so I’m not sure why I wasted 7 and a half minutes on this response

  28. Marg March 30, 2009 at 2:34 pm -

    I also feel it is disappointing that City Homicide has not been given a nod. It is so well acted and you would think Noni or Shane Bourne would have been given some support

    Kat Stewart and Gyton Grantley were suburb in Underbelly. They really deserve Gold Logie noms, but will most likely get both their awards in the categories they ARE nominated in

    Kate Richie got her nod already. Shouldn’t there be a cut off for performers who have missed a certain percentage of the year as they have left their respective show??

    For those who have Foxtel, Satisfaction is a brilliant show. Why though doesn’t Diana Glenn get a nod. She has some really challenging storylnes and is so important in the story arc?

  29. mick March 30, 2009 at 2:06 pm -

    I’d have ‘Stupid, Stupid Man’ ahead of three of the five comedy nominees (Review, Mark Loves Sharon, Firth)

  30. David March 30, 2009 at 1:36 pm -

    Don’t you think the outstanding categories should have gone something a little like this instead:
    Outstanding Drama: – Packed to the Rafters- Rush- Satisfaction- Underbelly- The Informant

    Outstanding Comedy: – Double the Fist- The Hollowmen- Mr. Firth Goes to Washington- Newstopia- Review with Myles Barlow

    WTF are Bed of Roses, Mark Loves Sharon, Scorched and Very Small Business doing here?

  31. David Knox March 30, 2009 at 1:28 pm -

    5 edited eps aired legally.

  32. John March 30, 2009 at 1:26 pm -

    Frustrates me with the nominations of Underbelly. Victoria still hasn’t officially been able to see this program, yet many voted for it to be there. I’m not saying it is a bad thing, but just that people voted for it yet I who can only get it by legal means and live in Victoria, want to see why it was all talked aboiut.

    Also.. why did Kate Richie get nominated? Didn’t she leave a fair while ago? It is going to just not make sense if she wins anything she is in.

  33. Brodie March 30, 2009 at 1:12 pm -

    I thought Underbelly wouldhave the bragging rights with the most nominations, but it was Rafters. Some interesting nominees in the Most Outstanding Comedy category. Really was a soft year for comedy when Mark Loves Sharon makes the cut *reaches for bucket*

  34. Tony Harrison March 30, 2009 at 12:36 pm -

    Waht happened to Today Tonight and A Current Affair in the Best Comedy noms. What an outrage!

  35. Dylan March 30, 2009 at 12:05 pm -

    Most Outstanding Comedy. I can see why the Bazura Project was not accepted for this category!
    The Hollowmen (ABC1) – reasonable, not outstanding but will probably win
    Mark Loves Sharon (Network Ten) – should have never gone to air, worse than the show it spun off from which was terrible as well.
    Mr Firth Goes To Washington (SBS) – a one-off special with the guy from the Chaser that noone cares about anymore
    Review With Myles Barlow (ABC1) – was good but noone has would know about it
    Very Small Business (ABC1) – Very few laughs

  36. Sport lover March 30, 2009 at 11:56 am -

    Where is VideoHits 23 years on air & it has totally been snubbed by the logies. Infact the whole music show industry has been snubbed by the logies why? This totally crap.i cant believe that reality tv get approval.the logies have become a joke.

  37. David Knox March 30, 2009 at 11:40 am -

    I’ll be writing up another “Who Missed Out” article later.

  38. Andrew K March 30, 2009 at 11:39 am -

    Yes, what about Newstopia or Bogan Pride for Most Outstanding comedy? I’ve seen Mark loves Sharon and thought it was crap and havenever heard of ‘Mr Firth Goes To Washington’…who are the selectors for these awards? Name yourselves.

  39. Mike Beckham March 30, 2009 at 11:38 am -

    Cable Television is eligible for Logies because usually it breeds more ‘Outstanding’ content than ‘Popular’, otherwise H&A may need to be nominated for Outstanding as there rarely is any on FTA. The ASTRA’s are more of a industry award than something like the Logies.

    Not comparable.

  40. juzzy March 30, 2009 at 11:35 am -

    There are a lot of glaringly obvious omissions and bizarre inclusions, but we have to remember who has voted for the ‘most popular’ categories: the TV Week readership.

    It was clearly a slow year for good comedies.

  41. TomK March 30, 2009 at 11:28 am -

    where’s City Homicide? i wont say anything about the popular categories, because it probably isn’t 11 yo girls’ cup of tea. but it should have at least got into outstanding. Rush? Bed of Roses? Scorched??? good shows? maybe, better than C-Ho? not a chance!
    to be fair the acting at times can be slightly stiff but again- Rush? Bed of Roses? Scorched? even to an extent Underbelly & Packed!
    the scripts, the camera work, the editing-surely that counts for something…but then again NEWStopia gets nothing…(Mark Loves Sharon?)

    As for Gold wheres Shane Bourne, Kat Stewart, Gyton Grantley, Damian Walshe-Howling, Damien Richardson, Judith McGrath, Tammy MacIntosh, John Howard, Shaun Micallef (and if we have to have soapy stars how about the consistant ones-Jackie Woodburne, Alan Fletcher, Tom Oliver, Stefan Dennis, Ryan Moloney, Pippa Black, Ray Meagher or Lynne McGranger)?

    Maybe i should just be the one allowed to vote…

  42. pietro March 30, 2009 at 11:25 am -

    Are there more than 3 laughs between all those alleged comedy shows?

  43. Bass March 30, 2009 at 11:25 am -

    How can Kate Ritchie appear in the Gold noms again, that is really beyond a joke.

    Where is Les Hill from Underbelly? How can Vince Colosimo who was in 1 episode get the nod over Hill/Mulvey/Harrington??? just a total joke there.

    Also there really is no need for Foxtel to have any representation at these awards, do the ASTRA awards recognise the FTA networks?? I dont think so.

  44. Jerome March 30, 2009 at 11:22 am -

    a lot of surprises in there. as far as nominations go H&A didn’t get as much as previous years paul o’brien, ada nicodemou, and lincoln lewis were hot contenders and missed out.

    who would have thought mcleods would get a mention let alone in the gold logie. i was sure that kat stewart, guyton grantley, or lisa mccune would represent 9 over simmone. but every congratulations to her the final season was great and deserves some good news.

    TEN wold be dissapointed that they weren’t nomintaed for any sport coverage awards with the ONE launch. if the logie people judge in the same way as the gold ring people (that gave 7 “world’s best olympic coverage”) the beijing olympics should win that award and that will cause a s**tstorm.

    i hope PTTR brings it home. especially rebecca and jessica.

  45. Steve Roderick March 30, 2009 at 11:18 am -

    VSB, Hollowmen, review get my vote!
    mark loves sharon? really. thats stupid.

  46. bindi March 30, 2009 at 10:48 am -

    australian comedy is in a very sad state if mark loves sharon gets a nomination.

  47. alex March 30, 2009 at 10:38 am -

    I voting Harld Bishop for GoLd Logie. he has to be a strong contender!

    Go Ian Smith!!!!

  48. Vert March 30, 2009 at 10:36 am -

    Please God! Do not let Kate Ritchie win again! She didn’t even deserve one!

  49. Jimbo March 30, 2009 at 10:21 am -

    i am happy that Andrew Denton is nominated for the Gold and for Best Presenter. I’m sad that his show ‘Enough Rope’ isn’t nominated for Best Light Entertainment Program award, and Sunrise is!

    Kate Ritchie…. please don’t win. lol.

  50. Jed March 30, 2009 at 10:18 am -

    Bit of a slap in the face to Sunrise being nominated for Light Entertainment Program category. They’d probably consider it a news program wouldn’t they?

  51. mick March 30, 2009 at 10:17 am -

    Something very, very wrong with the system when Newstopia does not feature in the Outstanding Comedy Program category.

  52. michael March 30, 2009 at 10:02 am -

    Can someone please explain how such a dire show like “Dancing with the Stars” is in the “reality” category?

    It’s “celebrities” performing rehearsed dance routines. There’s nothing “real” about the show….and don’t get me started on Sonia Kruger……..

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