NITV kids series Grace Beside Me has been nominated for a Logie Award 2 years running, despite only producing one season.
In what may indicate a loophole that needs addressing, no rules have been broken by NITV.
The series launched in March 2018, just before the eligibility cut-off date of March 31. That led to a nomination for Most Outstanding Children’s series in the awards held on July 1st.
Episodes that screened after April 1 fell into this year’s eligibility period, leading to another nomination in this year.
It may raise questions about whether a season of television should be eligible once per Awards.
But Grace Beside Me isn’t the only curious nominee this year, with UK produced The Cry up for Most Outstanding Drama and Most Outstanding Actress for Jenna Coleman. While ABC had some money and script input into the project, it has always considered the project a “minority” co-production.
A Logies source indicated The Cry passes the Significant Australian Content test at Screen Australia.