Two articles with Logies producer Janine Cooper in today’s press give us some indications of what to expect on TV’s ‘night of nights.’
“My brief from the network was to make it different,” Cooper told The Australian. “Yes, you’ve got to hand out awards, but we’ll be playing to Gretel’s strengths. It will be more live, less packaged, but by no means all Gretel. It’s going to be different and fun. Gretel appears five times in the 2 1/2-hour show — it’s by no means the Gretel Killeen Show. The real star is the Logies.”
Although the Logie Awards are owned by TV Week magazine, the telecast belongs to Nine, and the network has the final say on creative decisions for the show.
“When I was approached to do the Logies, I kept thinking ‘Who would I like?’ — and Gretel was at the top of the list because she’s done so much live television and she can handle anything.
“People forget Gretel is a writer — she has a background in stand-up comedy,” Cooper says. “It’s a joy to work with a host who has good ideas and is willing to share them. She sat down and wrote a script for a sketch in no time, which doesn’t happen very often in TV.”
Cooper also told the Courier Mail, “It is television awards – and whether you’re in the industry or you’re a viewer – everyone feels like it is their awards.
“And everybody has an opinion about the Logies, which makes it a hard show to do – but it also makes it an exciting show to do.”
Her challenge also was to give the show a facelift by moving the audience closer to the stage and reintroducing an orchestra pit.
“In previous years, the band has either been in another room or backstage.
“This year the audience can expect a really great showbiz show full of the stars that they know and that they love and that they respect.