Last night Julie and Dave Rafter, Australia television’s favourite new mum and dad, decided to keep the baby.
At age 44 ‘Julie Rafter’ faces a number of health challenges that were laid out to her by a doctor, some of which could be life-threatening.
The episode capped off an extraordinary first season for the new Seven drama.
Less seriously, actress Rebecca Gibney, also 44, could be facing a challenge of her own, when the TV Week Logie nominations are announced next week.
Packed to the Rafters was one of the success stories of 2008, arguably matched only by Underbelly.
Both are bound to feature prominently in the nominee list next week.
Gibney, who has been an Aussie TV darling with the likes of Georgie Parker, Lisa McCune, Sigrid Thornton and Kate Ritchie, must surely be a hot contender for the Gold. But who else will join her?
Last year the nominees included Natalie Blair, Andrew Denton, Adam Hills, John Howard, Lisa McCune, Chris Lilley, Rove McManus and Ritchie. Lilley hasn’t had any series since 2007. Blair is unlikely to get a nod this year. Howard has been nominated several times without success. Denton had his final year with Enough Rope.
But who from Underbelly (Kat Stewart, Gyton Grantley, Vince Colosimo, Damian Walshe-Howling) would best represent the show in the Gold nominees?
The other shows to perform in ’08 included So You Think You Can Dance Australia and The Gruen Transfer. Will either host fall across the line in Gold?
And will a sentimental push for Ian Smith, after 20 years with Neighbours, succeed? It would be nice.
In drama Rafters and Underbelly will likely go up against City Homicide, All Saints, Home and Away and Rush. In the peer-voted Outstanding awards expect to see Satisfaction and East West 101 on the list. But where will this leave Bed of Roses, East of Everything, Sea Patrol, Scorched and historical docudramas from the ABC? Canal Road, Neighbours, Emerald Falls, McLeod’s Daughters and The Strip will surely miss out.
The Logies throws comedy in with light entertainment but The Hollowmen deserves to dominate. It was a light year for laughs, with no Kath & Kim, The Chaser, Thank God You’re Here or Summer Heights High. In a merged category how will often-overlooked comedies such as Chandon Pictures, Very Small Business, Newstopia and Swift & Shift Couriers compete against Rove, Australia’s Got Talent, The Gruen Transfer, Enough Rope and Spicks and Specks? They probably won’t.
So You Think You Can Dance Australia deserves the Most Popular Reality hands down. An honourable mention should go to Project Runway Australia. Trying to topple them will likely be Australian Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Australia’s Next Top Model and Farmer Wants a Wife. A battle between FremantleMedia and Granada? Probably.
Hugh Sheridan will be a popular choice in Best New Male Talent, likely to compete with Dean Geyer, Jordan Rodrigues and Matt Lee. Jessica Marais, Ricki Lee Coulter and Alix Bidstrup should get a nod in the female category. Magazine readers will be heard loud and clear here.
Other shows that should feature in the peer-voted category should be The Howard Years, First Australians, H20 Just Add Water, RocKwiz, Who Do You Think You Are and RPA. Lookout for other names such as William McInnes, Noni Hazelhurst, Jeremy Lindsay-Taylor, Madeleine West, Les Hill, Alison Whyte, Shaun Micallef, Michael Caton, Bojana Novakovic, Richard Roxburgh, Kerry Armstrong, Callan Mulvey, Don Hany and Susie Porter.
And a special shout out to our pals in community TV…
The nominees are out on Monday.
Who’s your tips?