The one moment the Logies really missed….
After 37 years, the Neighbours cast should have taken to the stage for a final bow.
It was great to have the Logies back after a three year break, with a genuine feeling of camaraderie rippling through the room last night on the Gold Coast.
Having mates from opposing networks rubbing shoulders and catching up after difficult years gave everybody a spring in their step.
But there was one moment the Logies really needed to get right last night… a genuine tribute to Neighbours.
Only a week ago the show wrapped 37 years of production, unsurpassed in Australian drama history.
That cast should have been on the stage and taken a bow.
The entire room would have given them a standing ovation. The Home & Away team would have been their biggest fans on the night.
Instead they were relegated to a short video package with Dan MacPherson and Natalie Bassingthwaighte acknowledging the show as part of the Most Popular New Talent Award. It was nowhere near as good as the reel that ran at the British Soap Awards last week.
The cast who were present, headed up by Stefan Dennis and Ryan Moloney, were forced to watch from tables with an obstructed view due to cameras.
None of it was worthy of a grand send-off, and I feel for the cast.
I know the night is long. I know Neighbours is already in the Hall of Fame. But a bow in front of their peers should have been the least we could have done to say thank you on an absolutely amazing run.