AFIs recognise TV's class acts

It doesn't quite attract the same sex appeal as the Logies, but the peer-voted AFI Awards do garner industry credibility. You only need to look at the TV categories to see these are a more serious affair than Logie's soapie-skewed ceremony.

Underbelly leads the pack with eight nominations including Best Drama Series, which it should win over Satisfaction, Rush and City Homicide. As well as Directing and Screenplay nominations its cast have been recognised including Gyton Grantley, Kat Stewart, Vince Colosimo, Damian Walshe-Howling and Madeleine West.

SBS's multicultural cop series East West 101 picks up six nominations including Best Telefeature/Miniseries against Rain Shadow, Bed of Roses and Valentine's Day. Don Hany and William McInnes are both nominated for acting awards too.

Chris Lilley fans will be pleased to see him nominated for Best Comedy Performance while Summer Heights High is a likely winner for Best Comedy Series. Others in contention are The Librarians, The Hollowmen and Chandon Pictures on Movie Extra. Robyn Butler, Rob Sitch and Rob Carlton will all have to fend off Chris Lilley -- a big ask given he took both the popular and peer-voted Logie wins this year.

Last year in light entertainment RocKwiz won for SBS. It's nominated again with competition from Spicks and Specks, Enough Rope and newcomer The Gruen Transfer. Surely it's Denton's year?

H20: Just Add Water dominates the children's field with three nominations for Channel TEN. Others include Blue Water High, Animalia and Double Trouble.

Stephen Curry, whose Logie acceptance speech for The King was so spirited, will host the ceremony to be held in Melbourne on 7 December.

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