TV Week: “It’s up to the networks”
Networks are capped at how many names they can submit in each category.
TV Week has reiterated the list of TV stars and shows up for consideration in the Logie Awards comes down to names put forward by networks.
Networks can submit 10 names each for Most Popular Actor & Actress categories, 15 for Most Popular Presenter and 5 for Most Popular Drama.
A spokesperson told TV Tonight, “It is up to the networks to submit the talent they feel is most deserving of an award.
“Each network works to a set number of entries per category and every year we have programs or talent that do not make the final shortlist.”
This year’s list sees some stark omissions including Craig MacLachlan, Anh Do, Sarah Harris, Toni Collette, Lee Lin Chin and John Clarke in his final screen performance. Some shows which have not yet premiered have been listed, due to the extended closing date of March 31st.
The Doctor Blake Mysteries has been shunted from Most Popular Drama despite the telemovie being the highest-rating local drama in 2017.
Social media has been lighting up with angry and confused fan reactions at omissions, particularly around Craig McLachlan.
TV Week does not offer an “Other” option.