TV Week Logie Awards 2008

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Fifty years of Logies and they finally learned to play it safe. On television's night of nights there were no prize upsets, and barely any of the unscripted highlights for which the show has become so well known.

Kate Ritchie managed to fend off a surge by ABC personalities to take home the Gold Logie at the 50th TV Week Logie Awards.

"The only reason I'm disappointed about winning is I won't get to hear Chris Lilley's acceptance speech," she said. And she was right. Lilley was certainly a crowd favourite on the night, drawing big cheers from his peers for his chameleon work in Summer Heights High, a show in which he not only starred, but also created.

Still it was Kate Ritchie's big night, scoring both Gold and Silver as Most Popular Actress. Clearly viewers were not about to forget her 20-year internment on Home and Away anytime soon. The show also picked up Most Popular Drama, upstaging newcomer City Homicide.

Lilley, who stopped the show with his outrageous "Naughty Girl" musical extravaganza, managed to win both Most Outstanding Comedy and Most Popular Actor – winning over both fans and peers alike.

Ahh, awards shows, they are always memorable for their live television fumbles, and Aussie events are no exception. So in a year marking 50 years of our sometimes adoring, sometimes irreverent ceremonies, most presenters and recipients stuck to script. Where were those car crash Logie moments? The classic Logie clips shown throughout the night really only highlighted the fact that the evening was producing none. On its spartan stage setting, the night (sans host) was nearly as predictable as a Westlife song.

Thankfully, there were a handful that rose to the occasion. Footy fan "Strauchnie" (Peter Helliar) left co-presenter Eddie McGuire speechless when he produced an Underbelly DVD going cheap. He even threw in an episode of Monster House and "the never-before-seen second episode" of Power of Ten (it was actually the third that didn't air). Strauchnie also fired the first of two Todd McKenney jokes – the other was from Bert Newton.

The booing at the mention of Sam Newman's name indicated that Aussie celebs were not without their reckless streak. Or perhaps the evening was wearing on and the alcohol had kicked in.

Adam Hills didn't let us down, either. He read out his unused acceptance speech when presenting Most Outstanding Talent (Female), thanking everyone at the ABC – and his high school drama teacher.

Sonia Kruger presented the Silver Logie for Best Presenter alongside Shane Jacobsen. She compared both Dancing with the Stars and Kenny noting, "one involves turning human waste into entertainment and I haven't actually seen your show yet." Her trademark improvisational comedy only underlined her own glaring omission as a contender for the very category she had been asked to present.

Winning Most Outstanding Actor, Stephen Curry told us his girlfriend hadn't been invited, so he might hook up with an actress from Underbelly.

Garry McDonald, who won the ABC's last Gold Logie, acknowledged the return of comedy and levelled a dig at Nine's "programming schedule... this year actually delivering the most laughs."

John Clarke, a popular inductee into the Hall of Fame, ended by saying "Thank you, you've made an old man very happy," then promptly walked off – leaving the trophy on the podium.

It was great to see an appearance by Plucka Duck and Dicky Knee, but as Daryl Somers looked for applause to back up his hopes to renew Hey Hey (it wasn't forthcoming), most seemed thankful the past isn't easily revived.

This year those Chaser boys were well behaved, but the ABC did manage to snaffle some fake Gruen beers onto tables – plugs for Wil Anderson's upcoming panel show on the advertising industry, The Gruen Transfer.

Channel Nine managed a plug of its own with a Hole in the Wall-style promo for the Gold Logie. But to even out the competition there was an extended, comic tribute to "Sally Fletcher" by the Umbilical Brothers.

During the Red Carpet Arrivals Magda Szubanski also managed to show us some Aussie spark, staging a mock catfight with Lisa McCune. We love you Mags.

More seriously, Les Hill leaked that David Gyngell had just given the thumbs up for another series of Underbelly – and he didn't look like he was joking either. Great news.

The shaking up of voting procedures – this year adding online votes over the TV Week magazine monopoly – didn't appear to alter the outcome, although the ABC did go home with an impressive seven trophies. Nine, TEN and Foxtel both won two, with one going to SBS. Seven dominated the night with nine awards.

As for losers on the night, here's a roll call of some of those who missed out: City Homicide, All Saints, Neighbours, The Chaser, Spicks and Specks, Australian Idol, Big Brother, Border Security, Love My Way, Sunrise, East West 101, McLeod's Daughters and Sea Patrol.

So that's it for another year, but one last request: now we've had the show without a host for so long, can we please go back to the tried and trusted formula? Bert, Micallef, Adam Hills – heck even ‘Strauchnie' would make the night one to remember.

50th Annual TV WEEK Logie Awards - 2008

POPULAR AWARDS

TV WEEK GOLD LOGIE
Most Popular Personality on TV
Natalie Blair
Andrew Denton
Adam Hills
John Howard
Chris Lilley
Lisa McCune
Rove McManus
Kate Ritchie - Winner!

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE
Most Popular Actor
Mark Furze (Home And Away, Channel Seven)
John Howard (All Saints, Channel Seven)
Chris Lilley (Summer Heights High, ABC1) - Winner!
Paul O'Brien (Home And Away, Channel Seven)
Glenn Robbins (Kath & Kim, Channel Seven)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE
Most Popular Actress
Natalie Blair (Neighbours, Network Ten)
Simmone Jade Mackinnon (McLeod's Daughters, Nine Network)
Lisa McCune (Sea Patrol, Nine Network)
Kate Ritchie (Home And Away, Channel Seven) - Winner!
Magda Szubanski (Kath & Kim, Channel Seven)

MOST POPULAR LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM
The Chaser's War On Everything (ABC1)
Kath & Kim (Channel Seven) - Winner!
Spicks & Specks (ABC1)
Summer Heights High (ABC1)
Thank God You're Here (Network Ten)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE
Most Popular Presenter
Andrew Denton (Enough Rope With Andrew Denton, ABC1)
Grant Denyer (It Takes Two/Australia's Got Talent, Channel Seven)
Melissa Doyle (Sunrise/Where Are They Now, Channel Seven)
Adam Hills (Spicks & Specks, ABC1)
Rove McManus (Rove/Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, Network Ten) - Winner!

MOST POPULAR SPORTS PROGRAM
The Footy Show AFL (Nine Network) - Winner!
The Footy Show NRL (Nine Network)
Inside Cricket (FOX Sports 1)
Sports Tonight (Network Ten)
The World Game (SBS)

MOST POPULAR NEW FEMALE TALENT
Charlotte Best (Home And Away, Channel Seven)
Tammy Clarkson (The Circuit, SBS)
Bindi Irwin (Bindi: The Jungle Girl, ABC1 ) - Winner!
Adelaide Kane (Neighbours, Network Ten )
Zoe Ventoura (Kick, SBS)

MOST POPULAR NEW MALE TALENT
Jack Campbell (All Saints, Channel Seven)
Sam Clark (Neighbours, Network Ten)
Lincoln Lewis (Home And Away, Channel Seven) - Winner!
David Lyons (Sea Patrol, Nine Network)
Stuart MacGill (Stuart MacGill Uncorked, LifeStyle Channel)

MOST POPULAR REALITY PROGRAM
Australian Idol (Network Ten)
Big Brother (Network Ten)
The Biggest Loser (Network Ten)
Dancing With The Stars (Channel Seven) - Winner!
It Takes Two (Channel Seven)

MOST POPULAR FACTUAL PROGRAM
Bondi Rescue (Network Ten)
Border Security (Channel Seven)
Choir Of Hard Knocks (ABC1) - Winner!
RPA (Nine Network)
RSPCA Animal Rescue (Channel Seven)

MOST POPULAR LIFESTYLE PROGRAM
Better Homes And Gardens (Channel Seven) - Winner!
Getaway (Nine Network)
The Great Outdoors (Channel Seven)
Things To Try Before You Die (Nine Network)
What's Good For You (Nine Network)

MOST POPULAR DRAMA
All Saints (Channel Seven)
City Homicide (Channel Seven)
Home And Away (Channel Seven) - Winner!
McLeod's Daughters (Nine Network)
Neighbours (Network Ten)

MOST OUTSTANDING AWARDS

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE
Most Outstanding Drama Series, Miniseries or Telemovie
City Homicide (Channel Seven)
Curtin (ABC1) - Winner!
East West 101 (SBS)
The King (TV1)
Satisfaction (Showcase)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE
Most Outstanding Actor
Stephen Curry (The King, TV1) - Winner!
Don Hany (East West 101, SBS)
Chris Lilley (Summer Heights High, ABC1)
William McInnes (Curtin, ABC1)
William McInnes (East West 101, SBS)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE
Most Outstanding Actress
Diana Glenn (Satisfaction, Showcase)
Claudia Karvan (Love My Way, Showtime)
Asher Keddie (Love My Way, Showtime)
Victoria Thaine (Rain Shadow, ABC1)
Alison Whyte (Satisfaction, Showcase) - Winner!

MOST OUTSTANDING NEWS COVERAGE
"East Timor: Finding Alfredo" (Foreign Correspondent, ABC1)
"Federal Election" (Sky News)
"Garuda Plane Crash" (Channel Seven News) - Winner!
"Pasha Bulker" (Nine Network News)
"Timor Baucau" (SBS World News)

MOST OUTSTANDING PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT
"The Big Sting" (60 Minutes, Nine Network)
"Final Call" (Four Corners, ABC1)
"Hicks On Trial" (Insight, SBS)
"Rwanda: Questions Of Murder" (Dateline, SBS)
"Some Meaning In This Life: Belinda Emmett" (Australian Story, ABC1 ) - Winner!

MOST OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY
Captain Cook: Obsession And Discovery (ABC1)
Constructing Australia: The Bridge (ABC1) - Winner!
Inside Australia: My Brother Vinnie (SBS)
The Sounds Of Aus (ABC1)
The Ultimate Donation (Network Ten)

MOST OUTSTANDING FACTUAL SERIES
Bondi Rescue (Network Ten)
Border Security (Channel Seven)
Choir Of Hard Knocks (ABC1) - Winner!
The Force: Behind The Line (Channel Seven)
The Gift (Nine Network)

MOST OUTSTANDING COMEDY PROGRAM
The Chaser's War On Everything (ABC1)
Kath & Kim (Channel Seven)
Summer Heights High (ABC1) - Winner!
Thank God You're Here (Network Ten)
Wilfred (SBS)

MOST OUTSTANDING SPORTS COVERAGE AFL Grand Final (Network Ten)
Australian Open Tennis Championships (Channel Seven)
3 Mobile Ashes Series, Fifth Test (Nine Network)
FINA World Swimming Championships (Nine Network)
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 (Channel Seven) - Winner!

MOST OUTSTANDING CHILDREN'S PROGRAM
Animalia (Network Ten)
Hi-5 (Nine Network)
H2O: Just Add Water (Network Ten)
Lockie Leonard (Nine Network) - Winner!
Totally Wild: Antarctica Special (Network Ten)

GRAHAM KENNEDY AWARD FOR MOST OUTSTANDING NEW TALENT
Tammy Clarkson (The Circuit, SBS) - Winner!
Adelaide Clemens (Love My Way, Showtime)
Nicole Da Silva (Dangerous, FOX8)
Sean Keenan (Lockie Leonard, Nine Network)
Zoe Ventoura (Kick, SBS)

Comedians Hamish and Andy announced the nominees for the 50th TV Week Logie Awards Monday morning at Sydney's Luna Park. In a swish breakfast ceremony Gladiators rubbed shoulders with soapie stars and TV hosts alike.

There were plenty of smiles in the room as favourite names and newcomers were acknowledged by the Class of 2007. The introduction of online voting has also shaken up the Gold Logie category, which is now dominated by the ABC.

GOLD LOGIE
Newcomers to the Gold include Chris Lilley, after his stunning year as the suburban chameleon in Summer Heights High. Mimicked from schoolyards to offices he has to be a hot contender. Andrew Denton, who enjoys unparalleled respect as Australia's favourite fireside chat, is there for Enough Rope. And the feelgood charm of Spicks and Specks' Adam Hills has elevated him from 2007 Logie host to Gold nominee. After losing Kath & Kim to Channel Seven, it would no doubt feel like poetic justice if the ABC's Lilley brought home the Gold trophy, last seen there when "Norman Gunston" took it in 1976 (back then it was given to the Gunston character over Garry McDonald, the actor who portrayed him!).

The ABC trio joins previous nominees Natalie Blair from Neighbours, John Howard from All Saints, Rove McManus for Rove/Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? and Sea Patrol's Lisa McCune, back for her fifth tilt at the Gold.

If she wins, McCune would match the five garnered by Ray Martin (Graham Kennedy has seven).

In accepting a nomination for her final year as beloved "Sally Fletcher", Kate Ritchie joked she wouldn't want to win on a sympathy vote, prompting Rove to interject, "I would!"

POPULAR
Actor (Silver Logie)
Chris Lilley and John Howard are surely the front-runners here. Lilley's meteoric year will compete with a sentimental "John Wood" surge for frequent nominee John Howard. Glenn Robbins' entry for Kath & Kim will be an outside chance.

Actress (Silver Logie)
Kate Ritchie is bound to be a hot favourite, having won last year's Gold and taking her long-publicised leave from Summer Bay (Home and Away). TV sweetheart Lisa McCune will likely give her a run for her money, though Sea Patrol's popularity has yet to match Channel Seven's nightly soap. It is great to see comic darling Magda Szubanski in this list, if at the expense of both Jane Turner (Kath) and Gina Riley (Kim).

Presenter (Silver Logie)
Rove had a good year in 2007 with a Sunday night makeover, and even a second show with Fifth Grader. Adam Hills and Denton will be looking to take him down. Grant Denyer is a new entry for his two variety hybrids, It Takes Two and Australia's Got Talent. Melissa Doyle is now officially more popular than her Sunrise co-host, with Kochie nowhere to be seen. Sonia Kruger is a glaring omission here, and Daryl Somers will be miffed given their show outrated them all. Ouch.

Light Entertainment
A huge makeover this year makes this an impossible field to tip. Thank God You're Here, the only 2007 nominee to survive, has serious competition from Kath and Kim. It wasn't the girls' strongest year but their ratings on Channel Seven were stunning. And how do we ignore The Chaser boys and Summer Heights High? This is a field so strong that even Rove was knocked out of contention.

Reality Program
In contrast, all five nominees here mirror the list from 2007 to a tee. Look to Dancing with the Stars and Aussie Idol to battle this out yet again.

Lifestyle Program
Things to Try Before You Die is a surprise nominee as a short-run travel adventure for the Nine Network. It comes at the expense of Jamie Durie, arguably ignored despite good figures for Australia's Best Backyard on Seven.

Factual Program
Logie's newest category sees five flagship shows across four networks. It's a surprise this has taken so long to be acknowledged. Frontrunner Border Security will need to edge out The Choir of Hard Knocks but RPA and RSPCA Animal Rescue are also strong.

Australian Drama
City Homicide has done well in its first year, but Sea Patrol is ignored. In truth '08 is Nine's year of drama not '07. Seven's in-house dramas dominate this category. Don't rule out the Bay again.

Best New Talent
Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late Steve Irwin, will be hard to beat here, and after all that media kerfuffle, National Bingo Night's Renee Bargh was overlooked for her exemplary ball-handling skills. So for those of you keeping score, that's nooo Bingo.

OUTSTANDING
In the industry-voted awards (as opposed to the Popular categories, which are voted by the public), SBS is finally recognised. After being almost ignored in the Popular categories, the broadcaster snares 13 in the peer categories -- it's strongest showing ever. Foxtel fares much better here too.

The Drama category is entirely refreshed with five newcomers, surprisingly at the expense of Love My Way. The King and The Circuit are strong contenders here. The Comedy short-list mirrors those of the popular Light Entertainment nominees, switching only SBS' pesky dog Wilfred over Spicks and Specks.

Most Outstanding Actor is dominated by the admired William McInnes, who will have to fend off the critically appraised performance of Stephen Curry as Graham Kennedy in The King. Notably, Chris Lilley is the only performer recognised in both Popular and Outstanding Actor nominations.

Foxtel's girls from Love My Way and Satisfaction have all but swept the Most Outstanding Actress awards. Can Claudia Karvan win for her final season?

And in the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent, the free-to-air personalities are also largely unrepresented. Zoe Ventoura from SBS drama Kick is a hot tip.

Some of the others that were overlooked this year include Gretel Killeen (Big Brother), Julia Zemiro (RocKwiz), Andrew O'Keefe (Deal or No Deal), John Waters, Bert Newton (20 to 1), Shane Bourne (Thank God You're Here), Australia's Next Top Model, The Abbey and The Librarians. You can check out our full list of nominees here.

And on a final note, the Fugly "anti-Logies" Awards promise to again de-bunk TV's favourite night, this year threatening its own Award ceremony, breaking with the traditional roll-call on the Crown Casino footpath.

The 50th TV Week Logie Awards are presented on Sunday May 4, 2008, with voting for the Gold Logie still open via phone voting.

TV.com joined the media scrum at the TV Week Logie Awards nominations breakfast at Sydney's Luna Park. Here's how we saw the event unfold.

View from The Crystal Ballroom in Sydney's Luna Park for the TV Week Logie Nominations Breakfast.

Hosts Hamish and Andy compare notes with Richard Wilkins before the announcements are made.

Dancing with the Stars's Sonia Kruger and Todd McKinney try to blend in with Gladiators Outlaw and Amazon.

Spicks and Specks host Adam Hills tries to look surprised at his nomination for Gold Logie.

Gold Logie nominee Natalie Blair takes a break from Neighbours rehearsals to attend the Luna Park ceremony.

All Saints' John Howard wondered if he could fax in his text vote.

Rove McManus passes the height requirement for Logie nomination.

Kate Ritchie doesn't want a sympathy win, just for having left Home and Away.

Gold Logie nominees Natalie Blair, John Howard, Adam Hills, Rove McManus, and Kate Ritchie (nominees not in attendance: Andrew Denton, Chris Lilley, and Lisa McCune).

Sunrise entertainment reporter James Tobin gets carried away trying to talk to Amazon.

Gladiators host Tom Williams with James Tobin.

A look at the 2008 nominees in attendance at the breakfast.

The media gears up for the announcement of the nominees.

Shannan Ponton, Sam Clark Jack Holden and Sonia Kruger.

Richard Wilkins gets ready for his morning interviews with Hamish and Andy.

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