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The Logies Nominations Are Announced But Do The Ratings Reflect The Nominations?

If you looked at this year’s Logie nominations you would not think that reality TV has carved up the ratings in 2014.

There is Most Popular Reality Show, nominated by public, but not most Most Outstanding Reality Show, which is an industry award. Though there is a Most Outstanding Entertainment Program.

The nominations are:

Most Popular Reality Program

• Big Brother (Nine Network)

• Bondi Rescue (Network Ten)

• Bondi Vet (Network Ten)

• My Kitchen Rules (Channel Seven)

• The Block (Nine Network)

Most Popular Entertainment Program

• Family Feud (Network Ten)

• Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year South America (Nine Network)

• Sunrise (Channel Seven)

• The Project (Network Ten)

• The Voice Australia (Nine Network)

Most Popular Lifestyle Program 

• Better Homes And Gardens (Channel Seven)

• Getaway (Nine Network)

• Grand Designs Australia (FOXTEL/LifeStyle Channel)

• Selling Houses Australia (FOXTEL/LifeStyle Channel)

• The Living Room (Network Ten)

Most Outstanding Entertainment Program

• Bogan Hunters (7mate)

• Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell (ABC)

• The Chaser’s Media Circus (ABC)

• The Checkout (ABC)

• The Voice Australia (Nine Network)

Congratulations to Scott Cam for his nomination for the Gold Logie (he won it last year) and Shaynna Blaze who is in two shows that are nominated, The Block and Selling Houses.

The other nominations for the Gold Logie is Andy Lee, Carrie Bickmore, Asher Keddie, Steve Peacocke and Hamish Blake.

Full list of nominees are here.

By the way I hope My Kitchen Rules picks up the most popular reality program.

March 22, 2015   8 Comments

ASTRA Awards On Tonight – Preview

shaynna and Matt

The subscriptionTV Awards otherwise known as the ASTRA’s are on tonight in Sydney. It will be all glitz and glam on the red carpet for the event which is being held in Carriageworks.

Shaynna Blaze and Matt Shirvington will be doing the hosting duties as well as a stellar list of stars presenting awards. Days of Our Livesstars Kristian Alfonso (Hope) and Shawn Christian, who are out here on a promo tour,  will be presenting Channel of the Year.

Scottish historian and television presenter Neil Oliver (Coast Australia, History) will also present an award as will Kerri-Anne Kennerley, host of Behind Mansion Walls (Crime & Investigation Network) who will be attending her first ASTRA Awards.

Other presenters for the tonight will be:
The Real Housewives of Melbourne (Arena), Israel Folau(NSW Waratahs, Rugby Union), Marcia Hines (host, Smooth), Kerri-Anne Kennerley (Behind Mansion Walls, CITV), Shaynna Blaze (ASTRA Awards co-host; Selling Houses Australia, The LifeStyle Channel), Matt Shirvington(ASTRA Awards co-host; Super Saturday, FOX SPORTS),Ryan “Fitzy” Fitzgerald (The Recruit, FOX 8), Mark Bosnich (Hyundai Matchday Saturday, Sunday Shootout, FOX SPORTS), Lisa Wilkinson (former panellist Foxtel’s Beauty and the Beast), Sam Moran(Play Along With Sam, Nick Jr.), Kate Peck (VJ, MTV), David Speers (Political editor, SKY NEWS Australia), Danny Clayton (VJ, Channel [V]), Carissa Walford (VJ, Channel [V]), Matt Moran (Paddock to Plate, The LifeStyle Channel), Brendan Moar (Coast Australia, HISTORY), Jacinta Tynan (SKY NEWS Australia), Aaron Jeffery (Wentworth, SoHo), Robbie Magisiva (Wentworth, SoHo), Didier Cohen(Australia’s Next Top Model, FOX8), Jennifer Hawkins (Australia’s Next Top Model, FOX8), Neil Oliver (Coast Australia, HISTORY), Lara Pitt (FOX SPORTS), Tim Mannah (Parramatta Eels, NRL), Simon Burke (Devil’s Playground, showcase), Naomi Sequeira (Disney), Deborah Hutton (Foxtel Movie Show, Arena), Tara Rushton (Kick Off, FOX SPORTS), Nicole Trunfio (The Face, FOX8) and Timomatic(singer).

Charlotte Dawson will receive an posthumous award for her enormous contribution to subscription.

Other reality celebrities nominated (highlighted in bold) for awards are:

Favourite Personality – Male

Danny Clayton [The Riff] (Channel [V])
Paul Murray [Paul Murray Live] (SKY NEWS National)
Alex Perry [Australia’s Next Top Model] (FOX8)
Didier Cohen [Australia’s Next Top Model] (FOX8)
Peter Maddison [Grand Designs Australia] (The LifeStyle Channel)
Andrew Winter [Selling Houses Australia] (The LifeStyle Channel)
Paul West [River Cottage Australia] (The LifeStyle Channel)
Matty Johns [Monday Night with Matty Johns] (FOX SPORTS)

Favourite Personality – Female

Naomi Sequeira [Hanging With Adam and Naomi] (Disney Channel)
Brooke Corte [Trading Day, Business Agenda, Media Week & business news coverage] (SKY NEWS Business)
Laura Jayes [Lunchtime Agenda, Election 2013] (SKY NEWS)
Nicole da Silva [Wentworth] (SoHo)
Danielle Cormack [Wentworth] (SoHo)
Jennifer Hawkins [Australia’s Next Top Model] (FOX8)
Shaynna Blaze [Selling Houses Australia] (The LifeStyle Channel)
Lara Pitt [Rugby League coverage, Sterlo & Monday Night with Matty Johns] (FOX SPORTS)

Favourite Program – Australian

Paul Murray Live (SKY NEWS National)
Wentworth (SoHo)
Australia’s Next Top Model (FOX8)
Grand Designs Australia (The LifeStyle Channel)
Paddock to Plate (The LifeStyle Channel)
Selling Houses Australia (The LifeStyle Channel)
River Cottage Australia (The LifeStyle Channel)
Abalone Wars (Discovery Channel)

Favourite Program – International

Top Gear (BBC Knowledge)
Duck Dynasty (A&E)
TOSH.0 (The Comedy Channel)
The Crazy Ones (FOX8)
Phil: Secret Agent Down Under (The LifeStyle Channel)
Grand Designs UK (The LifeStyle Channel)
Gold Rush (Discovery Channel)
Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel)

Most Outstanding Reality Program

Geordie Shore Season 6 – No Delay from the UK!, (MTV Australia)
Australia’s Next Top Model S.8, (FOX8)
Camp Orange: Spill Seekers, (Nickelodeon)

Most Outstanding Lifestyle Program

Paddock to Plate, (The LifeStyle Channel)
Selling Houses Australia, (The LifeStyle Channel)
Grand Designs Australia, (The LifeStyle Channel)

Favourite Program – International Drama

Coronation Street (UKTV)
The Walking Dead (FX)
Game of Thrones (showcase)
Breaking Bad (showcase)
Hart of Dixie (FOX8)


Most Outstanding Children’s Program or Event

Disney Channel FanFest TV Special Event, (Disney Channel)
Squeak & Boo, (Disney Junior)
Play Along with Sam, (Nick Jr)

Most Outstanding Music Program

Kings Of Leon On Sydney Harbour, (Channel [V])
The Riff, (Channel [V])

Most Outstanding Sports Program

The Code – Life With The Mariners, (Fox Sports)
The DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour, (Fox Sports)
Socceroos’ 2014 World Cup Qualifying Campaign, (Fox Sports)
Friday Night Footy on FOX, (FOX FOOTY)
2012/13 Hyundai A-League, (Fox Sports)

Most Outstanding Sports Entertainment Program

Monday Night with Matty Johns, (Fox Sports)
RUGBY HQ, (Fox Sports)
Open Mike, (FOX FOOTY)
Sunday Shootout, (Fox Sports)

Most Outstanding Factual Program

Australia: Life On The Edge, (National Geographic Channel)
Building Australia, (History Channel)
Breaker Morant – The Retrial, (History Channel)
The People Speak, (History Channel)
Abalone Wars, (Discovery Channel)

Most Outstanding News Program

Witness to Courage (CNN International Coverage during Typhoon Haiyan), (CNN International)
SKY NEWS National – Election 2013, (SKY News National)
Paul Murray Live, (SKY News National) 

Most Outstanding General Entertainment Program

Aussie Pickers, (A&E)
Oprah’s Next Chapter, (Discovery Home & Health)
SLIMEFEST 2013, (Nickelodeon)

Most Outstanding Drama

Top of the Lake, (UKTV)
Wentworth, (SoHo)

Most Outstanding Use of Innovation

Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda, (Discovery Channel)
Ref Cam, (Fox Sports)
Rugby on FOX SPORTS, (Fox Sports)


Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Male

Peter Mullan, (UKTV)
David Wenham, (UKTV)
Aaron Jeffery, (SoHo)
Robbie Magasiva, (SoHo)

Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Female

Elisabeth Moss, (UKTV)
Danielle Cormack, (SoHo)
Nicole da Silva, (SoHo)
Kris McQuade, (SoHo)

Most Outstanding Performance by a Broadcast Journalist

Kieran Gilbert, AM Agenda, Election Coverage (SKY NEWS)
Ahron Young,News Coverage (SKY NEWS)
Daniel Bourchier, News Coverage (SKY NEWS)
David Speers, PM Agenda, The Nation, Election Coverage(SKY NEWS)
Gerard Whateley, AFL 360 (FOX FOOTY)

Best New Talent

Shareena Clanton, (SoHo)
Sam Moran, (Nick Jr)
Kelli Underwood (Fox Sports)

March 20, 2014   Comments Off on ASTRA Awards On Tonight – Preview

The Logies Nominations Are Out – But There Should Be More Reality Show Categories

Congratulations to all the reality shows and stars who received a Logie nomination this morning, however considering the genre is one of the highest rating on TV for the last few years and has created the most media chatter it would be good see it given a few more recognition by receiving a few more categories.

Currently the categories it receives are Most Popular Reality Program, Most Popular Light Entertainment Program, Most Popular Lifestyle Program, and Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program. Also  there is Most Popular Factual Program, and Most Outstanding Factual Program.

The most popular categories are voted by the public, the most Outstanding are voted by peers. They need to add a Most Outstanding Reality Program into the roster. As well as a Most Popular Reality TV Host, currently they can only be nominated in the Best New Talent Categories which is for everyone on TV or Most Popular Presenter.

Another category I would like to see is Most Popular Reality TV Contestant, this would acknowledge the integral part of these shows are the contestants, as they are the ones the audience love to talk about.

In fact maybe it is time for there to be a stand alone reality awards show.

This years nominations are:

Beauty and the Geek Australia (Channel Seven)
Big Brother (Nine Network)
MasterChef Australia (Network Ten)
My Kitchen Rules (Channel Seven)
The Block (Nine Network)

It is interesting that The Amazing Race Australia can get an International Emmy, but can’t even get a nomination for a Logie.

Gruen Planet (ABC1)
Hamish & Andy’s Euro Gap Year (Nine Network)
The Project (Network Ten)
The Voice (Nine Network)
The X Factor (Channel Seven)

The talent programs nominate themselves under this category, it will be very surprising if The Voice does not win.

Alex Williams, Underground: The Julian Assange Story (Network Ten)
David Campbell, Mornings (Nine Network)
Joel Madden, The Voice (Nine Network)
Robert Irwin, Steve Irwin’s Wildlife Warriors (Network Ten)
Will McDonald, Home and Away (Channel Seven)

Annabel Crabb, Kitchen Cabinet (ABC2)
Brenna Harding, Puberty Blues (Network Ten)
Catherine Mack, Home and Away (Channel Seven)
Clare Bowditch, Offspring (Network Ten)
Edwina Royce, House Husbands (Nine Network)

 As you can see the only reality related nomination in the new talent category is Joel Madden from The Voice, but congratulations to Annabel Crabb for her nomination as well. She was also nominated in the Graham Kennedy Most Outstanding New Talent Category.

Better Homes and Gardens (Channel Seven)
Getaway (Nine Network)
Grand Designs Australia (The LifeStyle Channel)
The Living Room (Network Ten)
Selling Houses Australia (The LifeStyle Channel)

Bondi Rescue (Network Ten)
Bondi Vet (Network Ten)
Border Security: Australia’s Front Line (Channel Seven)
RPA (Nine Network)

Who Do You Think You Are? (SBS ONE)

Hamish & Andy’s Caravan of Courage: Australia Vs New Zealand (Nine Network)
Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell (ABC1)
The Hamster Wheel (ABC1)
The Voice (Nine Network)
The X Factor (Channel Seven)

Go Back To Where You Came From (SBS ONE)
AFP (Nine Network)
Kings Cross ER (Crime & Investigation Network)
Then The Wind Changed (ABC1)
Who Do You Think You Are? (SBS ONE)

Who do you hope will win in these categories this year? The Logies will be screened on April 7.

Also below are the non- reality related categories for your information. 

Adam Hills, Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight (ABC1)
Andy Lee, Hamish & Andy’s Euro Gap Year and Hamish & Andy’s Caravan Of Courage: Australia Vs New Zealand (Nine Network)
Asher Keddie, Offspring (Network Ten)
Carrie Bickmore, The Project (Network Ten)
Hamish Blake, Hamish & Andy’s Euro Gap Year and Hamish & Andy’s Caravan Of Courage: Australia Vs New Zealand (Nine Network)
Steve Peacocke, Home and Away (Channel Seven)

Firass Dirani, House Husbands (Nine Network) and The Straits (ABC1)
Hugh Sheridan, Packed to the Rafters (Channel Seven)
Lachy Hulme, Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War (Nine Network), Beaconsfield (Nine Network) andOffspring (Network Ten)
Matthew Le Nevez, Offspring (Network Ten)
Steve Peacocke, Home and Away (Channel Seven)

Asher Keddie, Offspring (Network Ten)
Ashleigh Cummings, Puberty Blues (Network Ten) and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries(ABC1)
Deborah Mailman, Mabo (ABC1), Redfern Now (ABC1) and Offspring (Network Ten)
Julia Morris, House Husbands (Nine Network)
Rebecca Gibney, Packed to the Rafters (Channel Seven)

Adam Hills, Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight (ABC1)
Andy Lee, Hamish & Andy’s Euro Gap Year and Hamish & Andy’s Caravan Of Courage: Australia Vs New Zealand (Nine Network)
Carrie Bickmore, The Project (Network Ten)
Chrissie Swan, Can of Worms (Network Ten)
Hamish Blake, Hamish & Andy’s Euro Gap Year and Hamish & Andy’s Caravan Of Courage: Australia Vs New Zealand (Nine Network)


Annabel Crabb, Kitchen Cabinet (ABC2)
Brenna Harding, Puberty Blues (Network Ten)
Jason Montgomery, Underbelly: Badness (Nine Network)
Natasa Ristic, Danger 5 (SBS ONE)
Shari Sebbens, Redfern Now (ABC1)

Offspring (Network Ten)
Puberty Blues (Network Ten)
Rake (ABC1)
Redfern Now (ABC1)
Tangle (Showcase)

Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War (Nine Network)
Jack Irish (ABC1)
Mabo (ABC1)
Underbelly: Badness (Nine Network)
Underground: The Julian Assange Story (Network Ten)


Before the Game (Network Ten)
Paralympics London 2012 – Highlights (ABC1)
The Footy Show (AFL) (Nine Network)
The Footy Show (NRL) (Nine Network)
Wide World of Sports (Nine Network)


“Baden-Clay”, Nine News (Nine Network)
“Cabinet Leaks”, Seven News Sydney (Channel Seven)
“Catholic Church Allegedly Hid Crimes of Paedophile Priests”, Lateline (ABC1)
“Fukushima”, ABC News (ABC1)
“Rudd Vs Gillard Leadership Challenge”, SKY NEWS (SKY NEWS)

“Abducted!”, 60 Minutes (Nine Network)
“Anatomy of a Massacre”, Dateline (SBS ONE)
“Captain Emad: Smugglers’ Paradise – Australia”, Four Corners (ABC1)
“The World According To Lance (Lance Armstrong)”, Four Corners (ABC1)
“Unholy Silence (Catholic Church)”, Four Corners (ABC1)

2012 Emirates Melbourne Cup Carnival (Channel Seven)
London 2012 Olympic Games (Nine Network)
2012 Toyota AFL Grand Final (Channel Seven)
London 2012 Olympic Games (FOXTEL)
Boxing Day Test Match (Nine Network)

Dance Academy (ABC3)
Didi and B (Nick Jr. )
The Adventures of Figaro Pho (ABC3)
Totally Wild (Network Ten)
You’re Skitting Me (ABC3)

 For more information about the Logies go to the official site

March 11, 2013   16 Comments

Director’s Guild Does Not Consider All TV Directors Equal

The Australia’s Directors Guild is creating some drama by freaking out that a reality TV director has been nominated for a AACTA award for best direction in television category. In their eyes Directors are not all equal.

The Guild has asked for Michael Mackay’s, the Executive Producer of The Amazing Race Australia, nomination to be withdrawn and replaced with a director of drama.

Directing drama probably is a different skill set but is it more difficult or worthier?

The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

It [Australia’s Directors Guild] strongly condemned “this disrespect of the drama director’s profession”.

“We were just amazed. We read it when the nominations came out and thought it was a mistake,” the executive director of the Guild, Kingston Anderson, said. “To our surprise, it was deliberate. This is like comparing apples to oranges; it makes no sense.

“If AACTA wanted to honour directors in the reality or non-dramatic form, then they should have created a category for those directors.”

The chief executive officer of the Academy, Damian Trewhella, said the category was for all directors.

“I understand the ADG’s position and why they would like to restrict the award to drama directors,” he said. “Currently, we have just one award, which is called ‘best direction in television’, not ‘best direction in a television drama’.

“Therefore, productions across all categories – drama, comedy, light entertainment, reality and children’s – are eligible for the award.

“We acknowledge that there are significant distinctions between the role of the director on a drama and on a reality show, and that this does pose challenges when trying to assess them against each other. Perhaps this could be seen as a compromise, but we prefer to be inclusive, rather than exclusive, where possible.”

McKay, who is in Asia working on The Amazing Race Ukraine, won the best director award at the Asian Television Awards last year for the same episode of The Amazing Race Australia, and is “a little surprised by the ADG’s reaction because the industry seems to be recognising directors across the board and their work”.

“I respect that; they’re clearly saying it isn’t the exclusive domain of drama directors,” McKay said. “I’m surprised the ADG wants to limit the category only to directors who make movies or telemovies or drama. There’s a whole lot more. Maybe the ADG isn’t proud of those directors.

“I’m the guinea pig. Was I surprised to be nominated? Yes. I’m so honoured to be nominated and when it’s in this sort of category I get a bit embarrassed. To be in the category with those guys is very special. Early in my career I worked on drama and I know how hard that is, too.”

However, McKay does not think the nomination was a mistake.

“They want to honour directors full stop, not just drama directors. That’s a real step forward for these awards,” he said. “Some of those sports broadcasts are complicated. Same with the entertainment shows. Maybe next year whoever directs the AFL grand final – a massively complicated broadcast – will be in that category as well.”

Rather than expand the award, the Directors Guild wants to restrict it further, preventing light entertainment and comedy shows from qualifying.

“They shouldn’t be in it,” Anderson said. “If it’s going to be a director’s award, which is what it is, then they should all be directors. It’s like saying in the Olympics, ‘We’ll put a shot putter up against a swimmer’.

“If you’re going to say the director of The Amazing Race should be up against the director of Beaconsfield, well, then surely the people in The Amazing Race should be up for best actors? That’s the logic of that if they’re doing the same thing. Would [Academy board member] Sigrid Thornton like that?”

McKay rejected the comparison.

“I don’t direct the competitors; it’s more like a live sports event,” he said. “My job is to ensure that we’re getting the shots that we want. I conceived the opening arrivals and work with a great team of people to achieve and execute the plan. I do not direct the contestants once the race has started.”

If this is how the guild has reacted to a nomination, they will extremely peeved if the reality show director takes out the prize.

December 6, 2012   15 Comments

Why I Love Reality TV – AFI Now Giving The Genre An Award

A reality TV award has now been added to the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). Of course I think this is fabulous as it shows reality TV as is getting the acknowledgement it deserves.

The Australian Film Institute announces nominations to these awards in November  and the winner announced early next year. You can keep track of the AACTA’s on their Facebook page or on Twitter.

I have written a piece for their blog called Why I Love Reality TV and they have put fancy pictures in it. So much slicker than you get over here.

September 4, 2012   2 Comments