In the first few minutes of Gretel Killeen’s hosting of the 51st TV Week Logie Awards she ‘died’ on stage as part of a cop-show stunt. It was to prove something of a metaphor for the night.
Killeen has been an acclaimed live performer over her Big Brother years, dealing with all manner of technical pressures and unscripted moments. Here, she conceded, a return to hosting, particularly for the Logies, was a daunting task.
The opening gags fell flat, the “shooting stunt” as a segue to the first award was perplexing. A “teen angel” lowering from the ceiling, with Bondi Vet’s Dr. Chris Brown was just downright bizarre. Better results came from her visit to the Ladies Room where Ruby Rose threw in an unexpected line and Carson Kressley added a little zing.
Killeen needed better writers and less focus on frock-changing. Her impromptu chat to Home and Away’s Jordan Rodrigues felt awkward.
The Logies themselves desperately needed some guests who could editorialise. It’s the one night of the year when somebody can take give a room of influential people a bit of a report card. Done with wit and discretion this works with the audience in the room and at home. Denton, Bert, Dame Edna -you were all missed.
Even The (usually funny) Umbilical Brothers seemed to drag, and a moment with Humphrey B. Bear ran out of puff quick smart.
Filmed “campaign” sequences by Charlie Pickering and Michael Chamberlin lifted the mood. Myles Barlow’s Review sequence was even better. Lookout The Chaser…
Points also to Dave Hughes, Wil (“Farmer Will Settle For A Root Thanks”) Anderson, Shaun Micallef for their punchy spots and to Ian Smith for showing a good sense of humour in several clips.
But the only moment of history will be left to Annie Lennox, whose accoustic performance clearly kept the room spellbound. A moment that wasn’t TV related, and wasn’t even Australian.
As far as surprising wins on the night, how did Border Security win Most Outstanding Factual over a very strong field? Meanwhile the NRL Footy Show defeated its higher-rating AFL equivalent in Most Popular Sports. And viewers would be unlikely to given Seven’s Beijing Olympics a Logie.
After criticism of its many former hosts, the annual Logies gig shows no signs of dropping its mantle as “the toughest job in television.”