Logie Awards 2009: Nominees

Packed to the Rafters and Underbelly dominated 2008 television and so it is with the 51st TV Week Logie Awards.

Rafters leads with 11 nominations while Underbelly has, appropriately, nine. Rebecca Gibney, Kat Stewart and Gyton Grantley all have nods in acting for both popular and peer-voted outstanding categories. Gibney is also a front runner for the Gold. Both shows are also in as Most Popular Drama and Most Outstanding Drama.

The lists reflect a strong showing by Drama in 2008. While the magazine’s younger readers favour soaps, the industry also nods to Bed of Roses, Rush and a surprise includion of the telemovie Scorched. It means Sea Patrol, City Homicide, East of Everything, and All Saints are all ignored.

And Drama’s high profile comes at the expense of comedy. While the Popular categories merge comedy with other light entertainment and variety fare, not even The Hollowmen makes that list. It does have a showing in the industry’s Comedy category alongside more niche comedies suchas Review with Myles Barlow and Mr Firth Goes To Washington. But where is Newstopia?

Elsewhere in the popular categories Reality is dominated by variety hybrids (Big Brother wasn’t even on the voting form -why not?). Project Runway Australia is a big omission.  The Rafters kids dominate the Most Popular New Talent categories. Expect Jessica Marais and Hugh Sheridan to both win this one. Two surprise inclusions in Most Popular Lifestyle are Ready Steady Cook and Top Gear Australia.

In Pay Television, Satisfaction only scored two nominations, for Madeleine West and Dustin Clare. The industry has also given nods to Sky News, Disney, Nickelodeon and The History Channel.

Popular Awards
TV WEEK GOLD LOGIE – Most Popular Personality on TV
Natalie Bassingthwaighte
Andrew Denton
Rebecca Gibney
Adam Hills
Simmone Jade Mackinnon
Rove McManus
Kate Ritchie
Ian Smith

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE — Most Popular Actress
Rebecca Gibney (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Jodi Gordon (Home And Away, Channel Seven)
Simmone Jade Mackinnon (McLeod’s Daughters, Nine Network)
Kate Ritchie (Home And Away, Channel Seven)
Kat Stewart (Underbelly, Nine Network)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE — Most Popular Actor
Gyton Grantley (Underbelly, Nine Network)
Todd Lasance (Home And Away, Channel Seven)
Mark Priestley (All Saints, Channel Seven)
Ian Smith (Neighbours, Network Ten)
Erik Thomson (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE — Most Popular Presenter
Natalie Bassingthwaighte (So You Think You Can Dance Australia, Network Ten)
Andrew Denton (Enough Rope With Andrew Denton, ABC1)
Grant Denyer (It Takes Two/Australia’s Got Talent, Channel Seven)
Adam Hills (Spicks & Specks, ABC1)
Rove McManus (Rove/Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?, Network Ten)

Kirsty Lee Allan (Sea Patrol, Nine Network)
Rebecca Breeds (Home And Away, Channel Seven)
Ricki-Lee Coulter (Australian Idol, Network Ten)
Jessica Marais (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Margot Robbie (Neighbours, Network Ten)

Dean Geyer (Neighbours, Network Ten)
George Houvardas (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Matt Lee (So You Think You Can Dance Australia, Network Ten)
Jordan Rodrigues (Home And Away, Channel Seven)
Hugh Sheridan (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)

Home And Away (Channel Seven)
McLeod’s Daughters (Nine Network)
Neighbours (Network Ten)
Packed To The Rafters (Channel Seven)
Underbelly (Nine Network)

Better Homes And Gardens (Channel Seven)
Domestic Blitz (Nine Network)
Getaway (Nine Network)
Ready Steady Cook (Network Ten)
Top Gear Australia (SBS)

Before The Game (Network Ten)
The Footy Show AFL (Nine Network)
The Footy Show NRL (Nine Network)
Sports Tonight (Network Ten)
Wide World Of Sports (Nine Network)

Australian Idol (Network Ten)
The Biggest Loser (Network Ten)
Dancing With The Stars (Channel Seven)
The Farmer Wants A Wife (Nine Network)
So You Think You Can Dance Australia (Network Ten)

Bondi Rescue (Network Ten)
Border Security (Channel Seven)
Find My Family (Channel Seven)
RPA (Nine Network)
RSPCA Animal Rescue (Channel Seven)

Australia’s Got Talent (Channel Seven)
Deal Or No Deal (Channel Seven)
Rove (Network Ten)
Spicks & Specks (ABC1)
Sunrise (Channel Seven)

Outstanding Awards
TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE — Most Outstanding Drama Series, Miniseries or Telemovie
Bed Of Roses (ABC1)
Packed To The Rafters (Channel Seven)
Rush (Network Ten)
Scorched (Nine Network)
Underbelly (Nine Network)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE — Most Outstanding Actor
Dustin Clare (Satisfaction, Showcase)
Vince Colosimo (Underbelly, Nine Network)
Gyton Grantley (Underbelly, Nine Network)
Callan Mulvey (Rush, Network Ten)
Damian Walshe-Howling (Underbelly, Nine Network)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE — Most Outstanding Actress
Julia Blake (Bed Of Roses, ABC1)
Rebecca Gibney (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Kat Stewart (Underbelly, Nine Network)
Claire Van Der Boom (Rush, Network Ten)
Madeleine West (Satisfaction, Showcase)

“Brisbane Storms” (Seven News)
“China Earthquake” (ABC News)
“China Earthquake” (Nine News Sydney)
“Financial Crisis” (Sky News Business)
“Nike Human Rights Investigation” (Seven News)

“Afghanistan: A Survivor’s Tale” (Foreign Correspondent, ABC1)
“Friday’s Child” (Australian Story, ABC1)
“Mugabe’s Calling Card” (Dateline, SBS)
“Out Of Control” (60 Minutes, Nine Network)
“Timor War Criminal” (Today Tonight, Channel Seven)

Beyond Kokoda (The History Channel)
First Australians (SBS)
The Oasis: Australia’s Homeless Youth (ABC1)
Schapelle Corby: The Hidden Truth (Nine Network)
The Howard Years (ABC1)

Border Security (Channel Seven)
Family Fortunes (ABC1)
RPA (Nine Network)
Two In The Top End (ABC1)
Who Do You Think You Are? (SBS)

The Hollowmen (ABC1)
Mark Loves Sharon (Network Ten)
Mr Firth Goes To Washington (SBS)
Review With Myles Barlow (ABC1)
Very Small Business (ABC1)

AFL Grand Final (Channel Seven)
Beijing Olympics (Channel Seven)
Beijing Paralympics (ABC1)
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 (Channel Seven)
Tour De France (SBS)

As The Bell Rings (Disney Channel)
Dogstar (Nine Network)
Figaro Pho (ABC1)
H2O: Just Add Water (Network Ten)
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards (Nickelodeon)

Lauren Clair (Underbelly, Nine Network)
Hanna Mangan-Lawrence (Bed Of Roses, ABC1)
Jessica Marais (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Hugh Sheridan (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Ashley Zukerman (Rush, Network Ten)


  1. I’m not gonna comment on the popular categories because who knows how that voting might have been manipulated but the outstanding awards have some rather astonishing inclusions and exclusions

    Scorched? As outstanding anything? That was the worst television I’ve seen this decade. I’m not a huge fan of City Homicide but it’s a heck of a lot better than Scorched. My niece’s grade 2 play was better than Scorched.

    Mark Loves Sharon? (drek with zero comedy innovation)(indeed zero laughs which surely should be a necessary factor even if innovation isn’t)

    Where’s the nod for Shane Bourne’s acting in City Homicide?

    And what about Denton’s show – which is actually far more worthy of an award than Denton himself because the guests make the show – I guess there’s no “outstanding” category for it which is very sad.

    And surely I’m not alone in thinking The Gruen Transfer is a better factual show than Border Security? I know I know it probably doesn’t fit the definition, but it’s one of the most interesting shows on TV so there should be a category for it at least in “outstanding’.

    Then again I haven’t watched the Logies in years so I’m not sure why I wasted 7 and a half minutes on this response

  2. I also feel it is disappointing that City Homicide has not been given a nod. It is so well acted and you would think Noni or Shane Bourne would have been given some support

    Kat Stewart and Gyton Grantley were suburb in Underbelly. They really deserve Gold Logie noms, but will most likely get both their awards in the categories they ARE nominated in

    Kate Richie got her nod already. Shouldn’t there be a cut off for performers who have missed a certain percentage of the year as they have left their respective show??

    For those who have Foxtel, Satisfaction is a brilliant show. Why though doesn’t Diana Glenn get a nod. She has some really challenging storylnes and is so important in the story arc?

  3. Don’t you think the outstanding categories should have gone something a little like this instead:
    Outstanding Drama: – Packed to the Rafters- Rush- Satisfaction- Underbelly- The Informant

    Outstanding Comedy: – Double the Fist- The Hollowmen- Mr. Firth Goes to Washington- Newstopia- Review with Myles Barlow

    WTF are Bed of Roses, Mark Loves Sharon, Scorched and Very Small Business doing here?

  4. Frustrates me with the nominations of Underbelly. Victoria still hasn’t officially been able to see this program, yet many voted for it to be there. I’m not saying it is a bad thing, but just that people voted for it yet I who can only get it by legal means and live in Victoria, want to see why it was all talked aboiut.

    Also.. why did Kate Richie get nominated? Didn’t she leave a fair while ago? It is going to just not make sense if she wins anything she is in.

  5. I thought Underbelly wouldhave the bragging rights with the most nominations, but it was Rafters. Some interesting nominees in the Most Outstanding Comedy category. Really was a soft year for comedy when Mark Loves Sharon makes the cut *reaches for bucket*

  6. Most Outstanding Comedy. I can see why the Bazura Project was not accepted for this category!
    The Hollowmen (ABC1) – reasonable, not outstanding but will probably win
    Mark Loves Sharon (Network Ten) – should have never gone to air, worse than the show it spun off from which was terrible as well.
    Mr Firth Goes To Washington (SBS) – a one-off special with the guy from the Chaser that noone cares about anymore
    Review With Myles Barlow (ABC1) – was good but noone has would know about it
    Very Small Business (ABC1) – Very few laughs

  7. Where is VideoHits 23 years on air & it has totally been snubbed by the logies. Infact the whole music show industry has been snubbed by the logies why? This totally crap.i cant believe that reality tv get approval.the logies have become a joke.

  8. Yes, what about Newstopia or Bogan Pride for Most Outstanding comedy? I’ve seen Mark loves Sharon and thought it was crap and havenever heard of ‘Mr Firth Goes To Washington’…who are the selectors for these awards? Name yourselves.

  9. Cable Television is eligible for Logies because usually it breeds more ‘Outstanding’ content than ‘Popular’, otherwise H&A may need to be nominated for Outstanding as there rarely is any on FTA. The ASTRA’s are more of a industry award than something like the Logies.

    Not comparable.

  10. There are a lot of glaringly obvious omissions and bizarre inclusions, but we have to remember who has voted for the ‘most popular’ categories: the TV Week readership.

    It was clearly a slow year for good comedies.

  11. where’s City Homicide? i wont say anything about the popular categories, because it probably isn’t 11 yo girls’ cup of tea. but it should have at least got into outstanding. Rush? Bed of Roses? Scorched??? good shows? maybe, better than C-Ho? not a chance!
    to be fair the acting at times can be slightly stiff but again- Rush? Bed of Roses? Scorched? even to an extent Underbelly & Packed!
    the scripts, the camera work, the editing-surely that counts for something…but then again NEWStopia gets nothing…(Mark Loves Sharon?)

    As for Gold wheres Shane Bourne, Kat Stewart, Gyton Grantley, Damian Walshe-Howling, Damien Richardson, Judith McGrath, Tammy MacIntosh, John Howard, Shaun Micallef (and if we have to have soapy stars how about the consistant ones-Jackie Woodburne, Alan Fletcher, Tom Oliver, Stefan Dennis, Ryan Moloney, Pippa Black, Ray Meagher or Lynne McGranger)?

    Maybe i should just be the one allowed to vote…

  12. How can Kate Ritchie appear in the Gold noms again, that is really beyond a joke.

    Where is Les Hill from Underbelly? How can Vince Colosimo who was in 1 episode get the nod over Hill/Mulvey/Harrington??? just a total joke there.

    Also there really is no need for Foxtel to have any representation at these awards, do the ASTRA awards recognise the FTA networks?? I dont think so.

  13. a lot of surprises in there. as far as nominations go H&A didn’t get as much as previous years paul o’brien, ada nicodemou, and lincoln lewis were hot contenders and missed out.

    who would have thought mcleods would get a mention let alone in the gold logie. i was sure that kat stewart, guyton grantley, or lisa mccune would represent 9 over simmone. but every congratulations to her the final season was great and deserves some good news.

    TEN wold be dissapointed that they weren’t nomintaed for any sport coverage awards with the ONE launch. if the logie people judge in the same way as the gold ring people (that gave 7 “world’s best olympic coverage”) the beijing olympics should win that award and that will cause a s**tstorm.

    i hope PTTR brings it home. especially rebecca and jessica.

  14. i am happy that Andrew Denton is nominated for the Gold and for Best Presenter. I’m sad that his show ‘Enough Rope’ isn’t nominated for Best Light Entertainment Program award, and Sunrise is!

    Kate Ritchie…. please don’t win. lol.

  15. Bit of a slap in the face to Sunrise being nominated for Light Entertainment Program category. They’d probably consider it a news program wouldn’t they?

  16. Can someone please explain how such a dire show like “Dancing with the Stars” is in the “reality” category?

    It’s “celebrities” performing rehearsed dance routines. There’s nothing “real” about the show….and don’t get me started on Sonia Kruger……..

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