Packed to the Rafters and Underbelly dominate Logie Award nominations

There are eight nominees battling it out in the field for the 2009 Gold Logie: Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Andrew Denton, Rebecca Gibney, Adam Hills, Simmone Jade Mackinnon, Rove McManus, Kate Ritchie and Ian Smith. Yes "Harold" got over the line, after a push by fans. But he will have a fight on his hands to compete with popular choices such as Gibney, McManus and maybe even Ritchie.

The nominee list is dominated by two dramas that consumed us in 2008: Packed to the Rafters (11 nominations) and Underbelly (nine nominations).

Gibney is up for the Silver as our Most Popular Actress, competing with Kate Ritchie, Kat Stewart, Simmone Jade Mackinnon and Jodi Gordon. Both Gibney and Stewart are also recognised in the peer-awarded Outstanding Actress.

In the Silver race for Most Popular Actor are Ian Smith, Gyton Grantley, Todd Lasance, Erik Thomson and a posthumous nomination for Mark Priestley.

Most Popular Drama is a fight between Home And Away, McLeod's Daughters, Neighbours, Packed to the Rafters and Underbelly. Rafters would have to be the front runner here, but the list overlooks City Homicide, Sea Patrol, Rush, All Saints and Satisfaction -- to name a few.

For Most Popular Reality, the top five are Australian Idol, The Biggest Loser, Dancing With The Stars, The Farmer Wants A Wife and So You Think You Can Dance. Expect the latter to take out this category after a stunning first year.

Most Popular Light Entertainment sees Australia's Got Talent, Deal Or No Deal, Rove, Spicks & Specks and Sunrise all nominated.

While the magazine's readers skew towards younger and broadly popular shows, the peer-voted categories recognise some of the industry's best.

In the Outstanding Drama category it lists Bed Of Roses, Packed to the Rafters, Rush, Scorched and Underbelly. Expect Nine's gangster juggernaut to walk away with this one.

For Most Outstanding Actor, the industry has selected Dustin Clare, Vince Colosimo, Gyton Grantley, Callan Mulvey and Damian Walshe-Howling -- all five have appeared in versions of Underbelly, but Clare and Mulvey are nominated for Rush.

Most Outstanding Actress nominees include Julia Blake, Rebecca Gibney, Kat Stewart, Claire Van Der Boom and Madeleine West.

Amongst other titles recognised by the industry are First Australians, The Howard Years, Who Do You Think You Are, RPA, The Hollowmen, Very Small Business, Dogstar and H20: Just Add Water.

The Logies will be held on May 3rd at the Crown Entertainment Complex. See the complete list of nominees.

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