Logies 2013: Random Acts of Carpetness Pt. 1

Photo1 (21)Here once again is my annual smorgasboard of eclectic quotes and tidbits from TV’s cavalcade whom I spoke to on the Logies Red Carpet.

With most stars you may literally have just 90 seconds with them before a publicist shuffles them along. I’m lucky most of them stop to talk to TV Tonight where possible, but there’s no time for in depth chats so I’ve learned to avoid asking about:

1) Who are you wearing? (I really don’t care)
2) Who do you think will win? (By the time I publish your answer it’s irrelevant)

As the afternoon progresses it gets more and more congested and there are faces passing you by that you simply don’t get a shot at. I’m also frustrated that producers and execs are channelled off the main Red Carpet in favour of Talent. I get that stars are the priority, but the truth is the others are the guys who will give you the good stuff. They’re the decision makers.

I’m publishing Part One of my Red Carpet interviews and gallery today and part two tomorrow, while a handful of yarns will run as stand-alone stories.

***Drum roll** Let the mayhem and vanity begin!

Photo1 (24)Scottie Tweedie on The Loop:

“We haven’t had a week off for the last year and a quarter now. So we’re getting momentum and everyone’s loving it. Amen!”

I asked if the show should the show move to primetime?

“Why aren’t you running the show? Whisper into the Dictaphone, ‘Put The Loop in primetime!’”

Photo1 (1)Ryan Moloney on whether being on ELEVEN meant no Logies nominations for Neighbours:

“That’s okay. We’re still pulling good numbers so it’s alright. As long as people still watch it.”

Photo1 (7)Adam Zwar on developing new shows for his production company High Wire Productions:

“We’re developing a number of shows for the company. There may be a sketch show for ABC2. But it’s early days and no contract has been signed. It’s with 20-somethings.

“I’d be the EP with Amanda (Brotchie) and Nicole (Minchin) and maybe write a sketch or two.

“We’ve got a few dramas and comedies that are percolating.”

Are we getting more Lowdown and Agony?

“I’m waiting to hear back on Lowdown.

“Until they (ABC) get a Head of Comedy they can’t really commission anything.

“We’re looking good for more Agony. We had really good ratings up until the last week.”

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Photo1 (8)Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston on the next season of MasterChef and whether it has more appeal than The Professionals:

Gary: “Amateurs are more interesting.”

Matt: “Professional cooking shows seldom make primetime. In the UK Masterchef amateurs is on the main channel and Professionals does about a third of the numbers on BBC2. It’s always going to do lower numbers than the main series.”

Gary: “The amateur foodies that I know love Professionals. People who love going to the market on the weekends.

“My daughter said to me ‘If they’re Professionals they’re going to get it right.’ But I think we like to see people fail a little, succeed a little, fail a little. That’s what it’s all about.”‘

How much diversity on the next series?

Matt: “When I walked down the line there were 17 different nationalities of the 22.”

Everyone commented on the new, slim George Calombaris.

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Photo1 (9)Jenny Brockie on Insight:

“We try to talk about things nobody else is talking about.”

Where does the show find all the people for their forums?

“I stand on a lot of shoulders to do that show. We have a fantastic team of researchers and producers who find all those people.

“And I have a little map so I know where people are sitting.

“We have a lot more satellite guests than we used to. The Greek shows were very interesting. There was a moment!”

Photo1 (10)Jared Daperis on when we will see Underbelly: Squizzy and his next project:

“I think July but this is all whispers. I think tomorrow morning they might officially give it the nod.

“There’s another TV project coming up but it’s still early days.”

Photo1 (22)Anabelle Crabb on her Best New Talent nomination:

“At my age it’s nice to be thought of new at anything, so I’m completely thrilled!

“We’re doing a third series of Kitchen Cabinet right now. We just did Malcolm Turnbull which was great fun.

“But I’ve got a brand new baby, so I’m juggling.”

Have politicians proven more easy to get for the show now?

“In the initial stages it sounded like such an odd idea and people were a bit hesitant, until after it became clearer.”

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Photo1 (14)Jonathan LaPaglia on his secret upcoming secret series, now revealed to be Love Child.

“I’m doing a small thing on Camp with Rachel Griffiths, playing her ex-husband then I’m coming back in May to do a film in Perth called The Reckoning.

“Then I’m back in June for another TV thing that I can’t officially talk about right now.”

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Photo1 (13)Ricardo Goncalves and Janice Petersen on World News Australia:

Ricardo: “I’ve just come back from Dubai doing stories on Australian expats.

Janice Petersen on the recent appointment of Jim Carroll as news boss:

Janice: “The head of the newsroom resigned and in his place is Jim Carroll from Channel TEN.”

RG: “We’re very excited to have him on board because he brings a different viewpoint on News.”

JP: “He’s has 30 odd years in the business so he’s certainly got a lot to offer.”

Jennifer Byrne on upcoming interviews for a new ABC series:

“There’s a series I’m doing with Ian McEwan, P. D. James who is a detective writer, Margaret Atwood and Ian Rankin.”

Any title?

“Best Sellers. I think it’s something like that!

“Those 4 people I’ve loved for years. P. D. James is 87.”

Photo1 (12)Eddie Perfect on the next season of Offspring:

“It’s drama, shit happens. There’s singing, dancing, a lot of crazy fantasy stuff.  It’s probably the funniest but also saddest season. It swings from comedy to drama pretty quickly.”

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Photo1 (16)Adam Hills on the new title for the show formerly known as Gordon Street Tonight:

“I can’t say Adam Hills Tonight. It’s Me Tonight!

“We start in the middle of May and go right up until the end of July. We film our last episode on July 29 and then I go live on Channel 4 in the UK on the second of August.”

On escorting his mum to TV’s night of nights:

“Having mum here who’s never been to the Logies and seeing it through her eyes, I’ve realised ‘It’s awesome!’”

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Photo1 (18)Hamish and Andy on Gap Year Asia:

Hamish: “Gap Year Asia at the very least will be less safe than anything we’ve done before.”

Andy: “At this stage we plan to base ourselves out of Bangkok.”

Hamish: “Pyongyang fell through.”

Andy: “Then we’ll hit about 12 or 13 countries, Mongolia, China, Vietnam, Japan, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, Malaysia.

“We head off in about 4 weeks. In total I reckon it will take about 3 months.

“What’s really interesting are the stories we’re finding. It’s awesome.”

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Photo1 (23)Sandra Sully responds to my comment that we miss seeing her on TEN News around the country.

“I miss it too, I have to say. We have fun at 5:00 in Sydney but it’s a very different beast.”

Is it better to work days instead of late nights?

“As essentially still a newlywed it is kind of nice from a personal perspective.

“I’ve been with the network for just over 20 years. But I started when I was 12.”

And Lachy Hulme gets points for honesty:

“Hi I’m Lachy Hulme from TV scumbus. I’m just here for the food.”

Pt 2: Tomorrow: Lisa McCune, Jonny Paslovksy, Amanda Keller, Claudia Karvan, Asher Keddie, Larry Emdur, Julia Morris, Ray Meagher and more.

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18 Comments:

  1. Maev....Sydney

    @ Secret Squirrel ….Oh my pet peeve….mens clothes…womans constantly changing and evolving…mens..basically same old ..same old…and dont get me started on the collar and tie and padded suit shoulder…*cringe*
    And I nod in agreement re comments on Suzie’s frock? and Matt’s electrocution hair.

  2. Susie Eleman has a regular guest spot on Seven’s The Morning Show on Fridays. She was on TMS yesterday talking about the fashion, and claimed no hollywood tape on her dress.

  3. Secret Squirrel

    Thanks for these “tidbits”, David. Hope you’ve since caught up on some sleep and that it wasn’t disturbed by nightmares about Susie Elelman’s wardrobe mishap or Matt Preston’s hair.

    Count me as another who wonders how Ms Elelman manages to score a ticket year after year. (Actually, I think I know both the reasons). As for Maria Venuti, she always looked like both her hair and her dress had just exploded.

    It’s funny how, at these events, women can wear whatever they want (apparently) but men are restricted to looking like penguins where even a modestly-coloured tie is frowned upon. I’d be interested to the reactions if one of them bared as much of their chest as Elelman did.

  4. Wasn’t Bruce Gordon a fan of Susie Elelman?
    IIRC he was trying to make her into the next KAK. She fronted a morning chat/informercial show on WIN network that was very Z-grade, practically unwatchable.

  5. I haven’t seen any comments on Matt Preston’s hair – what a shocker (literally). He looks like he’s channelling a certain North Korean dictator. I fell about laughing when I saw him.

    At least he left his yellow and pink suits at home.

  6. The exhibitionist is Susie Eleman (or similarly named). Used to have a “show” on WIN, sitting at a desk talking with a WIN radio chick for 30 mins. Very short-lived. Introduced by Bruce Gordon to spite Nine’s Morning Show when WIN dumped it for a while. How does she get an invite to the Logies every year? Haven’t seen or heard of her (except as a Logies attention-seeker) for years.

    • Susie Elelman is a Logies regular and part of the fun for her frocks alone, hence I like including her pic. Logies often invites former winners and people who make the night what it is. Bring back Maria Venuti!

      Yes Matt’s hair was up there. Literally.

  7. Funny how people come out of the woodwork who you never see on the box they seem to be experts in getting invitations to these events oh forgot its who you know thing!!!

  8. muscledude_oz

    Susie has really let herself go since being shown the door by WIN. And I note you are not so coy about publishing her picture uncensored unlike the Telegraph which fuzzed out her boobs despite some rather Benny Hill-type comments published underneath the pic.

  9. Can someone tell me what that chick pictured with the boobs showing actually does ?
    Every year she pops up in the papers flashing the boobs at the Logies like she’s some TV soapie starlet trying to grab some attention yet nobody seems to know who she is and what show she appears on.

  10. Great read.
    Very happy to hear there’s a possibility of more Lowdown and Agony in the future. Looking forward to new Kitchen Cabinet, Adam Hills Tonight, and can’t wait for season 3 of Offspring!.

  11. Really good read!! Based on those really good and hard questions, surely there must be some awkward moments between David and the actors and presenters!

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