TV Tonight readers have voted Underbelly the Best Australian Drama of 2008.
Channel Nine’s gangland mini-series polled ahead of Seven’s Packed to the Rafters and City Homicide. TEN’s Rush came in fourth place.
Kat Stewart and Gyton Grantley, who played the role of Roberta Williams and Carl Williams, both thanked readers for the win.
“Thank you TV Tonight readers, for voting Underbelly as Best Drama for 2008!” said Kat Stewart.
“Being based on real events that were still unfolding around us, the stakes felt pretty high. You dream of getting a job where cracker scripts are taken even further with inspired direction, camera, performances, editing and sound.
“I’m personally really proud and eternally grateful to be part of it. It’s given me my best screen opportunity so far, and the opportunity to exchange abuse with strangers in a warm and affectionate way! ” she said.
Gyton Grantley said: “This was a special production because it told a true Australian story. One that was born and bred in the streets of Melbourne. The audience reaction was astounding and I’m sure it was this close relationship to the happenings of the gangland war that made it so watchable.
“Thanks again to TV Tonight readers for your support.”
2008 was a year that surely put Kat Stewart on the map. She also ranked highly in the Favourite Female category. In addition to shooting Tangle for pay television last year, she flexxed her comedic skills in SBS’ Newstopia –which also polled well in the Comedy category.
“Thanks also to TV Tonight readers for supporting Newstopia which we hope will be back some time in 2009,” she added.
Here are the winners of the TV Tonight Awards 2008:
Best Drama : Underbelly
Packed to the Rafters, City Homicide, Rush.
Best Drama (Int): Dexter
Lost, NCIS, House.
Best Comedy: The Hollowmen
Newstopia, Bogan Pride, Spicks and Specks.
Best Comedy (Int): 30 Rock
Two & a Half Men, The Office, How I Met Your Mother.
Best Light Entertainment: Rove
Spicks and Specks, Good News Week, The Gruen Transfer.
Best Morning Show: Sunrise
Today, 9am with David & Kim, The Morning Show.
Best Game Show: Deal or No Deal
Temptation, The Rich List, Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?
Best Reality: So You Think You Can Dance
Big Brother, Australian Idol, The Biggest Loser
Best Reality (Int): The Amazing Race
Survivor, So You Think You Can Dance (US), American Idol.
Best Lifestyle: Better Homes & Gardens
Domestic Blitz, Getaway, What’s Good For You.
Best Factual or Documentary: Border Security
The Howard Years, Bondi Rescue, Find my Family / RPA.
Best News or Public Affairs: Seven News
7:30 Report, 60 Minutes, Today Tonight.
Best Talk Show: Enough Rope with Andrew Denton
Rove, Q&A, Talking Heads.
Best Kids Show: Hi-5
H20 Just Add Water, Blue Water High, Play School.
Best Sports Show: The Footy Show
Beijing Olympics, Before the Game, Sports Tonight.
Best New Show: Packed to the Rafters
Underbelly, Rush, The Gruen Transfer.
Favourite Male: Rove McManus
Hamish Blake, Daniel McPherson, Shaun Micallef.
Favourite Female: Rebecca Gibney
Kat Stewart, Kate Ritchie, Julia Zemiro.
Worst Male: Kyle Sandilands
Andrew O’Keefe, David Koch, Rove McManus.
Worst Female: Melissa Doyle
Jackie O, Anna Coren, Sonia Kruger.
Worst Show: Big Brother
Monster House, The Strip, Today Tonight.
Worst Show (Int): Kath & Kim (US)
Two and a Half Men, The Moment of Truth, 90210.
Show Most in Need of Retirement / Axing: Australian Idol
Neighbours, Dancing with the Stars, All Saints.
Show We Need to See on air: Pushing Daisies
True Blood, Chuck, Reaper.
Story of the Year: Scheduling hits a new low
The end of Big Brother, The Underbelly ban, Nine axes Sunday and its News brand diminishes
Best Subscription Channel: FOX8
Arena, FOX Sports, Showcase.
Best Free to Air Channel: Seven
ABC, TEN, Nine.
A few trends in voting this year indicated some readers voted for 2007 shows that were actually in re-run last year (ie Summer Heights High, The Chaser) despite survey guidelines to focus on first-run shows. This meant those votes were ousted from those categories. In Comedy some chose to add Light Entertainment shows (there were no restrictions on scripted or non-scripted). Packed to the Rafters even logged quite a few votes in the Comedy category!
In sport there were votes for “The Footy Show, Footy Show (AFL) and Footy Show (NRL).” Whilst the AFL votes more than dominated NRL, The Footy Show brand was clearly a first choice.
Some shows ranked highly in both popular and worst categories, no doubt dividing viewers.
The Ellen de Generes Show polled well in the Talk Show category, but this section was preceded by a guideline to vote for Aussie shows.
A significant number of votes also chose “Foxtel” as Best Subscription Channel. Go figure.
In “Show We Need to See on air” there were some votes for show already on Pay TV. Whilst it would be nice to see them on FTA, sadly they didn’t qualify in this category.
One voter got very creative and tried to stack votes for their favourite shows by logging identical votes on multiple computers. But when there are some 30 questions and all your votes are for Anthony Callea, Catriona Rowntree, Sandra Sully, Worst Week of my Life, Jamie at Home, Dicko, and X Factor UK it’s just a dead give away. Sorry, those votes were all logged as 1 in each category.
And whose star is on the way up? New names on the “Favourite Male / Female” list, ranking just outside top placings were: Gyton Grantley, Todd Lasance, Callan Mulvey, Rodger Corser, Hugh Sheridan, Madeleine West, Lisa Wilkinson and Jolene Anderson.
To compare results with 2007 go here.
And that wraps up 2008! Thanks for voting, guys!