Logie Awards 2013: nominations

Photo1ashCarrie Bickmore, Hamish Blake, Adam Hills, Asher Keddie, Andy Lee and Steve Peacocke are all in the running for a Gold Logie award this year.

Knocked out of contention for the top award are former nominees Karl Stefanovic, Rebecca Gibney, Chrissie Swan, Wil Anderson and Shaun Micallef.

Hills has been for the sixth consecutive time while Asher Keddie is in the running for the third year in a row. Blake, who won in 2012, has his second nomination alongside Carrie Bickmore. Steve Peacocke, who won Most Popular New Male Talent is a first-time Gold nominee alongside Andy Lee.

Four of the six Gold nominees are also in the running for the Most Popular Presenter Silver Logie: Hills, Blake, Lee and Bickmore, joined by Chrissie Swan.

Missing out this year are acclaimed shows such as The Amazing Race Australia, A Moody Christmas, The People Speak and Lowdown.

This year the voting for all categories has closed, including last minute lobbying for the Gold.

A campaign by Jordan Raskopoulos’ to upset the Logies with a Most Popular Actor nod has not succeeded.

This year the Logies also bust some myths about voting (see below):

POPULAR (public voted)

Gold Logie: Most Popular Personality on TV
Adam Hills (Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight, ABC1)
Andy Lee (Hamish & Andy’s Euro Gap Year/Hamish & Andy’s Caravan Of Courage: Australia Vs New Zealand, Nine Network)
Asher Keddie (Offspring, Network Ten)
Carrie Bickmore (The Project, Network Ten)
Hamish Blake (Hamish & Andy’s Euro Gap Year/Hamish & Andy’s Caravan Of Courage: Australia Vs New Zealand, Nine Network)
Steve Peacocke (Home And Away, Channel Seven)

Silver Logie: Most Popular Actor
Firass Dirani (House Husbands, Nine Network; The Straits, ABC1)
Hugh Sheridan (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Lachy Hulme (Howzat!, Nine Network; Beaconsfield, Nine Network; Offspring, Network Ten)
Matthew Le Nevez (Offspring, Network Ten)
Steve Peacocke (Home And Away, Channel Seven)

Silver Logie: Most Popular Actress
Asher Keddie (Offspring, Network Ten)
Ashleigh Cummings (Puberty Blues, Network Ten; Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, ABC1)
Deborah Mailman (Mabo, ABC1; Redfern Now, ABC1; Offspring, Network Ten)
Julia Morris (House Husbands, Nine Network)
Rebecca Gibney (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)

Silver Logie: Most Popular Presenter
Adam Hills (Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight, ABC1)
Andy Lee (Hamish & Andy’s Euro Gap Year, Caravan of Courage: Australia Vs New Zealand, Nine Network)
Carrie Bickmore (The Project, Network Ten)
Chrissie Swan (Can of Worms, Network Ten)
Hamish Blake (Hamish & Andy’s Euro Gap Year, Caravan of Courage: Australia Vs New Zealand, Nine Network)

Most Popular New Male Talent
Alex Williams (Underground: The Julian Assange Story, Network Ten)
David Campbell (Mornings, Nine Network)
Joel Madden (The Voice, Nine Network)
Robert Irwin (Steve Irwin’s Wildlife Warriors, Network Ten)
Will McDonald (Home and Away, Channel Seven)

Most Popular New Female Talent
Annabel Crabb (Kitchen Cabinet, ABC2)
Brenna Harding (Puberty Blues, Network Ten)
Catherine Mack (Home and Away, Channel Seven)
Clare Bowditch (Offspring, Network Ten)
Edwina Royce (House Husbands, Nine Network)

Most Popular Drama Series
Home And Away, Channel Seven
House Husbands, Nine Network
Offspring, Network Ten
Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven
Puberty Blues, Network Ten

Most Popular Miniseries or Telemovie
Beaconsfield, Nine Network
Bikie Wars: Brothers In Arms, Network Ten
Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War, Nine Network
Underbelly: Badness, Nine Network
Underground: The Julian Assange Story, Network Ten

Most Popular Light Entertainment Program
Gruen Planet, ABC1
Hamish & Andy’s Euro Gap Year, Nine Network
The Project, Network Ten
The Voice, Nine Network
The X Factor, Channel Seven

Most Popular Lifestyle Program
Better Homes And Gardens, Channel Seven
Getaway, Nine Network
Grand Designs Australia, The LifeStyle Channel
The Living Room, Network Ten
Selling Houses Australia, The LifeStyle Channel

Most Popular Sports Program
Before The Game, Network Ten
Paralympics London 2012 – Highlights, ABC1
The Footy Show (AFL), Nine Network
The Footy Show (NRL), Nine Network
Wide World Of Sports, Nine Network

Most Popular Reality Program
Beauty And The Geek Australia, Channel Seven
Big Brother, Nine Network
MasterChef Australia, Network Ten
My Kitchen Rules, Channel Seven
The Block, Nine Network

Most Popular Factual Program
Bondi Rescue, Network Ten
Bondi Vet, Network Ten
Border Security: Australia’s Front Line, Channel Seven
RPA, Nine Network
Who Do You Think You Are?, SBS One

OUTSTANDING (peer voted)

Gold Logie: TV Week Logie Hall of Fame Award
Not announced yet.

Silver Logie: Most Outstanding Actor
Aaron Jeffery (Underbelly: Badness, Nine Network)
Anthony Hayes (Devil’s Dust, ABC1)
Guy Pearce (Jack Irish, ABC1)
Jimi Bani (Mabo, ABC1)
Lachy Hulme (Howzat!, Nine Network)

Silver Logie: Most Outstanding Actress
Catherine McClements (Tangle, Showcase)
Deborah Mailman (Mabo, ABC1)
Leah Purcell (Redfern Now, ABC1)
Mandy McElhinney (Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War, Nine Network)
Susie Porter (Dangerous Remedy, ABC1)

Silver Logie: Most Outstanding Drama Series
Offspring, Network Ten
Puberty Blues, Network Ten
Rake, ABC1
Redfern Now, ABC1
Tangle, Showcase

Silver Logie: Most Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie
Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War, Nine Network
Jack Irish, ABC1
Mabo, ABC1
Underbelly: Badness, Nine Network
Underground: The Julian Assange Story, Network Ten

Most Outstanding News Coverage
“Baden-Clay”, Nine News, Nine Network
“Cabinet Leaks”, Seven News Sydney, Channel Seven
“Catholic Church Allegedly Hid Crimes of Paedophile Priests”, Lateline, ABC1
“Fukushima”, ABC News, ABC1
“Rudd Vs Gillard Leadership Challenge”, Sky News

Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report
“Abducted!”, 60 Minutes, Nine Network
“Anatomy Of A Massacre”, Dateline, SBS One
“Captain Emad: Smugglers’ Paradise – Australia”, Four Corners, ABC1
“The World According To Lance (Lance Armstrong)”, Four Corners, ABC1
“Unholy Silence (Catholic Church)”, Four Corners, ABC1

Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program
Hamish & Andy’s Caravan of Courage: Australia Vs New Zealand, Nine Network
Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell, ABC1
The Hamster Wheel, ABC1
The Voice, Nine Network
The X Factor, Channel Seven

Most Outstanding Sports Coverage
2012 Emirates Melbourne Cup Carnival, Channel Seven
London 2012 Olympic Games, Nine Network
2012 Toyota AFL Grand Final, Channel Seven
London 2012 Olympic Games, FOXTEL
Boxing Day Test Match, Nine Network

Most Outstanding Children’s Program
Dance Academy, ABC3
Didi And B, Nick Jr.
The Adventures Of Figaro Pho, ABC3
Totally Wild, Network Ten
You’re Skitting Me, ABC3

Most Outstanding Factual Program
Go Back To Where You Came From, SBS One
AFP, Nine Network
Kings Cross ER, Crime & Investigation Network
Then The Wind Changed, ABC1
Who Do You Think You Are?, SBS One

Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent
Annabel Crabb (Kitchen Cabinet, ABC2)
Brenna Harding (Puberty Blues, Network Ten)
Jason Montgomery (Underbelly: Badness, Nine Network)
Natasa Ristic (Danger 5, SBS One)
Shari Sebbens (Redfern Now, ABC1)

Logies voting myths busted:

Only teenagers vote in the Logies
Um, no. In fact, almost the opposite is true. This year, 87 per cent of the people who voted in the TV WEEK Logie Awards were aged 18 or older.

It’s just a popularity award

Well, yes, some Logies are voted for by the public (they’re the ones with names like “Most Popular Actor”, obviously), but why shouldn’t there be an awards night where ordinary Australians get to have their say? There are also Logies that are decided by panels of independent industry experts (they’re the ones with names like “Most Outstanding Actor”). It’s the best of both worlds, really.

The voting is rigged – TV WEEK just chooses the winners they want

Hmmm… Roy Morgan, Australia’s longest-established public opinion survey company, might get a little offended if they heard that, seeing as they’re the people who run the voting. Also, Ernst & Young won’t be too impressed hearing that, either – they’re the independent scrutineers who make sure the voting process meets Australian auditing standards.

The voting has to be rigged, otherwise there’s no way Hamish Blake could have won Gold when Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year wasn’t on air for very long, or that Chrissie Swan could have been nominated for Gold the year before when hardly anyone was watching The Circle

Honestly, it’s not rigged. See above. When people vote in the TV WEEK Logie Awards, they’re voting for the shows and the people they really love, not simply the ones they watch most often. Otherwise, there’d be no need for the Logies at all – you could just grab a list of the top-rating shows of the year, and hand out awards based on that.

The networks rig it, somehow – they always have

Back in the old days, when voting was done through coupons in the magazine, there were rumours that networks would buy stacks of copies of TV WEEK to vote for their stars – but there were actually checks in place to stop the voting from being rigged in that way. Nowadays, with voting taking place over the internet, the checks are much more stringent. Sure, networks do run campaigns asking viewers to vote for a certain star, but it’s up to the viewers themselves to decide whether they want to vote.

Stars from Nine Network have an advantage because TV WEEK and Nine are part of the same company, and the Logies are telecast by Nine

TV WEEK and Nine are completely separate entities now, with TV WEEK having been bought by Bauer Media. No network has had an advantage, anyway. Yes, Hamish won Gold last year, and Karl Stefanovic in 2011, but before that, you have to go back a long way to find the last time a Nine star took home a Gold Logie (Ray Martin, 1996).

One actor’s campaign to rig the Logies this year forced TV WEEK to do an audit of the voting
The voting is audited every year. This year was no different.

There are a lot of donkey votes in the Logies because people who only want to vote in one category have to vote in at least nine, so the whole thing becomes a bit meaningless

Roy Morgan – the company that runs the Logies voting and have been in the survey business for about 70 years now – disagree. They say that if people are allowed to vote in just one or a couple of categories, the voting is more likely to be skewed, and less likely to represent what the public thinks.

Shows on community TV aren’t allowed to win Logies
All TV channels – free-to-air, pay and community – are invited to submit their programs and personalities for Logies voting. In recent years, community TV submissions have been included on the lists of programs and personalities that people can vote for. They haven’t won any Logies yet, but there’s nothing stopping them.

There’s so much secrecy surrounding the “independent industry experts” who judge the Most Outstanding awards – there’s something suspicious going on there

The experts are all people with extensive experience in their field, who aren’t affiliated to any of the programs or people they’re judging. Their identities aren’t revealed during the judging process, to make sure people don’t try to influence their votes, but they’re free to go public afterwards and say they were on the panels. They’re all invited to the TV WEEK Logie Awards.

With veteran journalist Peter Harvey having died recently, he’ll be given the Hall Of Fame Logie this year
Peter Harvey was a highly respected and much-loved TV reporter, but voting for the Hall Of Fame Logie took place in early February, before he passed away. Names were submitted by networks and TV WEEK, and all the judges on the panels for the Outstanding Awards cast a vote. The recipient will be announced in late March. Peter will be honoured in the “In Memoriam” segment of the Logies telecast, along with other personalities and members of the television industry who have died during the past year.

The Logies will air on Nine on Sunday April 7th.

This post updates.


  1. Once upon a time these awards went to people who were constantly on television – I mean day in and day out. The Graham Kennedys and Bert Newtons of this world. Not people who pop up in a short(ish) run and then are rarely seen for the rest of the year.

    If this were stil the case, Carrie Bickmore would be a shoe-in, and although I’ve never laid eyes on Steve Peacocke (and never heard of him), he would have to be up there with her.

    Then again, the Gold is for most popular personality, so as Steve is playing a character, how would we know what his personality is? The same applies to Asher Keddie – we mostly know her as playing someone else.

    Therefore – Carrie should win !

  2. @ Carta: you are spot on about Joel Madden’s Logie nomination It’s his first role in the tv field as a presenter. Matt Shirvington is another example of this. He was a sprinter at the Oylmpics, then got nominated for New Talent for his brief hosting role on Beyong 2000, in the mid-2000’s.

    Good to see Andy Lee team up against Hamish Blake for the Gold and Silver awards.

  3. Joel Madden is new to Australian TV screens, so that would be why and how TV Week justifies his eligibility. As far as I know, he hasn’t been a panellist on any TV shows overseas, so although he’s very well known, he’s still a newcomer in this particular field. Daniel Kowalski was nominated years ago when he had a brief stint as a sports reporter, yet he was extremely well known by that stage.

  4. Roger001 checking in here – long time reader, first time responder.
    where is the comedy award?
    apart from the Joel Madden nomination obviously

  5. carolemorrissey

    It’s quite ironic that channel 7 seems to have the highest rated shows, with channel 10 shows not rating well, and yet ch 10 seem to have a lot more nominations than ch 7. But it makes a nice change not having ch 7 dominating the awards like in previous years.

    I thought the same thing about The Voice & X Factor, they are reality shows and should be in that category. And I’m surprised that The Amazing Race Au wasn’t nominated nor was The Celebrity Apprentice, yet Beauty & The Geek is.

    I’m confused about how they decide the winners, are we not able to vote this time?

  6. @ Mr J – non-actors have always be eligeble for New Talent awards, hence why Joel Madden is there, along with David Campbell and Robert Irwin.

    am also disappointed that Richard Roxbrough isn’t there for Rake.

    although i don’t have paytv, its good to see 2 shows from the Lifestyle Channel up for the Popular Lifestyle Program award.

  7. I actually had to google Steve Peacocke, had no idea who he was.
    Don’t quite get Joel Madden or David Campbell being in the New Talent section considering David did 2 series of IT Takes Two and has appeared on various shows. Maybe he should have been under the presenter category. Pleased for House Husbands although Firass Dirani is my least favourite person on the show. Good luck to Julia and Edwina. No Winners and Losers, a bit disappointing but pleased for Adam Hills, Asher Keddie and Matthew Le Nevis.

  8. Yeah, Leo basically said my thoughts. I was surprised with Joel Madden being nominated as well.

    Then Neighbours again. Ever since it went to 11 instead of 10 its had a hard time of getting nominated. Although the ratings seem to indicate it is doing well on the multi-channels, it just isn’t getting the reach it once did while on 10.

  9. Agent X, I actually like the Gold Logie category but I do see where you’re coming from. There probably really isn’t any need for it.

    I know it was only one episode, but I’m glad Leah Purcell gets a nom. She was fantastic in Redfern Now. It’s a pity we don’t see her more on Aus TV.

    Also, I have to admit I’ve never heard of Steve Peacocke but then again I haven’t watched Home & Away in years.

  10. I don’t think Gold should be most popular personality. Most popular personality should itself be a silver logie and gold should be a mix of audience and peer votes. It just makes sense. If you already have two parties voting for separate stuff why not have the Gold have both parties vote. Obviously the peer votes will have to we weighted accordingly to how many people voted but that can’t be too hard.

  11. @C-Boy, my thoughts wer exactly the opposite to yours. Carrie Bickmore and Hamish & Andy nominated for a Gold Logie makes complete sense but Steve Peacocke is also nominated…really?

  12. It’s a decent Gold lineup. Happy to see Andy Lee there with Hamish Blake, instead of Karl Stefanovic. I understand the support for the pair, but I’m not a viewer of their specials. I also don’t watch Home and Away, but I’m happy to see Steve Peacocke there as a new nominee. I’m definitely fans of Carrie Bickmore, Adam Hills and Asher Keddie, but they don’t excite me this year! Hills and Kedder seem to have lost momentum since they should’ve won on previous nominations. And Carrie Bickmore seems to be someone who should be happy with the nod! But I guess I’d be rooting for Adam Hills or Asher Keddie.

    Wow, the Silver categories in both Outstanding and Popular are quite exciting! A great list of nominees in those five categories. Can’t say the same about the Most Popular New Talent gongs. Happy to see Danger 5’s Natasa Risitc up for the Outstanding New Talent award, but not so chuffed that it’s the SBS comedy’s sole nomination. The title two Light Entertainment categories (outstanding + popular) should be changed to “or Comedy” just to be more inclusive since there is no comedy category – not to say that comedies weren’t considered in the Light Entertainment category as I know they were.

    The Voice and X Factor should definitely return to the reality category. I assume Nine and Seven submitted their respective talent shows there to not compete with their other programs – which is category fraud! Why don’t they just try to sneak into Factual Program next year?!

    All up, a really great list of nominations, even though some categories aren’t as exciting as they could be.

  13. The reason they included a mythbusters section this year is to prove once and for all to people, a lot of whom comment here regularly, that just because you think it, doesn’t mean you know it !

  14. Firstly – Joel Madden – why oh why oh why!!
    Disappointed poor Neighbours is again out in the cold – it should be back on 10!
    Hall Of Fame this year – I reckon they will give it to Home & Away, they celebrate 25 years this year!

  15. Great to see Steve Peacocke is nominated for a Gold Logie. He deserves it! But Carrie Bickmore and Hamish & Andy…really?

    And I can understand why Neighbours is not nominated for Most Popular Drama. It’s not as popular as those drama shows that are nominated.

  16. Just regarding the Most Popular section. Surely the ratings are the best indication of what is Most Popular.
    Case in point, 2011, The Circle wins Most Popular Light Entertainment against programs attracting vastly more viewers. If Sunrise gets 400,000 viewers and The Circle gets 40,000 viewers, am I the only one who thinks that Sunrise is demonstrably 10 times more popular than The Circle by any measure except the few people who actually take the trouble to vote?
    And by the way, you’ll notice TV Week never release the actual numbers of votes cast. Is that because they are embarrassingly low?

  17. The Gold Logie category should be scrapped. It’s an old fashioned embarrassment that’s no longer relevant.

    Recent nominees all might be very good at what they do, but does one of them deserve a special award above all others?? No way.

  18. Strange bunch of gold noms, but it hast been a very outstanding year for talent. Would be good to see some more great actors in there. Reality show judges and variety show panelists have never been eligible, how is joel madden nominated?

    They desperately need to change the name if the ‘new’ awards to ‘rising’, which is what they are. Causes the same confusion and complaints every year.

    Those tv week questions don’t tackle any of the concerns I had over the logies process, says a lot IMO.

  19. Am I the only one that thinks its unfair The Project gets put in the Light Ent category up against shows like The Voice? They seem to be vastly different shows from my couch.

  20. If they have to include a myth busted section to justify their awards then it just goes to show what the public perception is of the Logies. Otherwise, there’s no reason to do so.

  21. jezza the first original one

    You didn’t dispell the myth that a logie can be won by simply funding a campaign through an Indian call centre/back office computer centre. Fifty thousand dollars for 65,000 votes

  22. How can Annabel Crabb be nominated for Best New Talent when she has appeared on ABC’s Insiders for the past 10 years? I know she has her own show now but how does that make her “new” talent.

  23. bettestreep2008

    Joel Madden?

    I didn’t realise he was an Australian.

    And for the second year running Neighbours is Not nominated for Most Popular Drama.

    Would it have been nominated if it was screened on Ten where it was rating over 600K nightly compared to the 250K it’s currently getting on Eleven?

    • I agree Joel Madden should not be eligible. The spirit of the award is to recognise emerging Aussie talent. Otherwise you might as well throw in Miriam Margoloyes. It’s a public voted category, and I suspect Facebook fans had much influence here.

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