TV Tonight Awards 2014: ABC, TEN top winners list.
"Better than a Logie," says Shaun Micallef, voted Favourite Male yet again by TV Tonight readers.
ABC won Best Free to Air Network and ELEVEN took best multichannel with both networks securing a slew of category wins for individual shows.
Offspring was voted Best Aussie Drama once again while Asher Keddie won the Favourite Female for the fifth year in a row.
The unbeatable Shaun Micallef clocks up six wins as Favourite Male despite a strong social media campaign by Please Like Me fans for Josh Thomas -but the latter did win the Comedy title.
Micallef thanked readers for their undying support.
“I’ve always felt that awards are meaningless baubles; trite and inconsequential and, frankly, insultingly gauche – but when I receive one, they somehow become very special and real indications that the quality of one’s work has been genuinely appreciated by a discerning majority of right thinking people,” he said.
“This is particularly so of the TV Tonight Award, which I have been fortunate enough to have received several times and for which I congratulate the TV Tonight Readership (now 8 years old; exactly my demographic) on their good taste.
“This award is much better than a Logie because I don’t actually have to turn up to some dreary, tedious, poorly hosted ceremony and collect it (and I’m not saying that ‘cos Housos won last year and we weren’t even freaking nominated).
“Thank you TV Tonight click-onners and thank you David Knox – or Knoxland, as the industry calls him (Ed: they do?) – for your support over the years.”
Wins for other networks were modest: Sunrise and the AFL Grand Final won for Seven, Fargo and First Contact for SBS and Survivor for Nine.
But while there were plenty of repeat winners in categories, Showcase has finally toppled FOX8 as Best Subscription channel.
There were 596 surveys completed this year.
Here are the first results with * denoting a runaway winner.
BEST AUSSIE DRAMA: Offspring*
A Place to Call Home
BEST AUSSIE COMEDY: Please Like Me*
Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell
Upper Middle Bogan
It’s a Date
(2013: Please Like Me / Upper Middle Bogan tie)
BEST INTERNATIONAL DRAMA: The Good Wife
Game of Thrones
(2013: Breaking Bad)
BEST INTERNATIONAL COMEDY: Modern Family*
The Big Bang Theory
Parks and Recreation
Orange is the New Black
(2013: Modern Family)
BEST LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT: The Project
Have You Been Paying Attention?
The Chaser’s Media Circus
Million Dollar Minute
(2013: The Project)
BEST MORNING PROGRAMME: Sunrise*
ABC News Breakfast
The Morning Show
BEST REALITY SHOW (Aussie): MasterChef Australia*
My Kitchen Rules
The X Factor
(2013: Big Brother)
BEST REALITY SHOW (International) Survivor*
The Amazing Race
Britain’s Got Talent
So You Think You Can Dance
If You Are the One
BEST LIFESTYLE: The Living Room*
Better Homes and Gardens
Selling Houses Australia
Grand Designs Australia
(2013: The Living Room)
BEST FACTUAL / DOCUMENTARY / OBSERVATIONAL: First Contact
Gold Coast Cops
(2013: Australian Story)
BEST NEWS / CURRENT / PUBLIC AFFAIRS: Four Corners
BEST TALK SHOW: Q & A*
(2013: Q & A)
BEST KID’S SHOW: Nowhere Boys
Giggle and Hoot
(2013: Dance Academy)
BEST SPORTS SHOW OR COVERAGE: AFL Grand Final
Australian Open Tennis
The Footy Show (AFL)
The Footy Show (NRL)
(2013: Before the Game)
BEST NEW SHOW (Aussie): The Code
The Chaser’s Media Circus
(2013: A Place to Call Home)
BEST NEW SHOW (International): Fargo
(2013: The Blacklist)
FAVOURITE MALE: Shaun Micallef
(2013: Shaun Micallef)
FAVOURITE FEMALE: Asher Keddie*
Sonia Kruger / Amanda Keller
(2013: Asher Keddie)
MOST UNDERRATED PERFORMER: Kat Stewart
(20113: Kat Stewart)
BEST SUBSCRIPTION CHANNEL: Showcase
BEST MULTICHANNEL: ELEVEN
BEST FREE TO AIR NETWORK: ABC*
Most Overexposed Performer
Story of the Year
Blunder of the Year
International Show We Need to See on Aussie TV