Logies: Who’ll walk away with Gold?
TV Week previews the 36th annual TV Week Logie Awards, to be hosted by Ray Martin (pictured) from the World Congress Centre, Melbourne. International guests include Michael Crawford, Grant Shaud (Murphy Brown) and Randy Crawford. The presentation is set to open with a space-age performance featuring David Dixon, Abi Tucker (Heartbreak High) and Caroline O’Connor. A total of 23 Logies will be handed out on the night, culminating with the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television. The Logies after party will feature top acts from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Nominations: TV Week Logie Awards publicly-voted categories:
Gold Logie — Most Popular Personality: Daryl Somers, Ray Martin, Gary Sweet, Dieter Brummer
Silver Logie — Most Popular Actor: Dieter Brummer, Shane Porteous, Gary Sweet
Silver Logie — Most Popular Actress: Melissa George, Rebecca Gibney, Sonia Todd
Most Popular New Talent: Kimberley Davies, Melissa George, Jo Beth Taylor
Most Popular Lifestyle/Information Program: Australia’s Most Wanted, Burke’s Backyard, Talk To The Animals
Most Popular Children’s Program: Agro’s Cartoon Connection, Play School, Vidiot
Most Popular Public Affairs Program: A Current Affair, Real Life, Hinch
Most Popular Sports Program: AFL Grand Final, The Ashes, Rugby League State Of Origin
Most Popular Light Entertainment Personality: Andrew Denton, Ray Martin, Daryl Somers
Most Popular Light Entertainment Program: Hey Hey It’s Saturday, The Late Show, Midday With Ray Martin
Most Popular Series: A Country Practice, GP, Home And Away
Most Popular Drama: Law Of The Land, Police Rescue, Snowy
Most Popular Comedy Performer: Ruth Cracknell, Garry McDonald, Daryl Somers
Most Popular Comedy Program: Hey Hey It’s Saturday, The Late Show, Mother And Son
TV Week Logie Award industry-voted categories:
Gold Logie — Hall Of Fame, Most Outstanding Actor, Most Outstanding Actress, Most Outstanding Achievement In Drama, Most Outstanding Achievement In News, Most Outstanding Achievement In Comedy, Most Outstanding Achievement In Public Affairs, Most Outstanding Documentary (Single Program or Series), Most Outstanding Achievement By Regional Television.
- Former E Street and Neighbours star Andrew Williams (pictured) has landed a role in the popular US series Melrose Place. Williams makes his first appearance in the end-of-season episode and is expected to continue in an ongoing role. William’s casting follows news that Australians Cameron Daddo and Kylie Travis will be appearing in the Melrose Place spin-off, Models Inc.
- Shane Withington, best known from A Country Practice, is returning to TV — but not as an actor. He will be a commentator on soaps for ABC‘s TVTV program. “I’m not reviewing, I’m not a critic,” he told TV Week. “I’m just giving an update on what’s happening in the world of the soapies. It’s totally tongue-in-cheek.”
- Recent talk show pilots hosted by radio sex therapist Dr Feelgood (Sally Cockburn) have impressed Seven Network executive Des Monaghan, who is set to give an ongoing series the green light. Rumoured timeslot for the new show is Mondays at 10.30pm.
Lawrie Masterson: The View From Here
“The Logie Awards Official Program, which comes free with this issue of TV Week, mentions several firsts for the awards, not the least being the Sunday night timeslot. The program itself also is a first. It is the same program that invited guests will find on their seats in the John Batman Theatre at the World Congress Centre. A lot of fun in putting the program together revolved around the questions on Page 10. To go back over their history, particularly those formative years when television itself was just finding its way, is a fascinating exercise. For instance, until we started delving into the archives I hadn’t realised that the 1963 awards were postponed because the overseas guest didn’t turn up.”
Program Highlights (Melbourne, April 16-22):
Saturday: Saturday night AFL includes 90 minutes of highlights of the day’s matches (6pm, Seven), later followed by live coverage from Perth of West Coast Eagles versus Fitzroy (8.30pm, Seven).
Sunday: Radio presenter Neil Mitchell hosts Talking Melbourne (5pm, Nine). In Heartbreak High (6.30pm, Ten), when Irini (Elly Varrenti) dies, George (Nick Lathouris) gives in totally to his grief, while Nick (Alex Dimitriades) withdraws emotionally. Sunday night movies are Wayne’s World (Seven) and Die Hard 2 (repeat, Ten) — up against the 36th annual TV Week Logie Awards (8.30pm, Nine), hosted by Ray Martin.
Monday: In Talk To The Animals (7.30pm, Seven), Mike Lester goes behind the scenes at a dog show, Dr Harry Cooper visits Melbourne Zoo to assist in the vaccinations of some meerkats, and Steve Oemcke looks at dog sled races with Siberian huskies and Alaskan malamutes. In Healthy Wealthy And Wise (7.30pm, Ten), Lyn Talbot has advice for people buying computers, and Tonia Todman makes an unusual garden gift.
Tuesday: In Blue Heelers (7.30pm, Seven), when her ex-husband is supposedly found dead, no-one is more surprised than Chris (Julie Nihill, pictured) when she finds that he is very much alive. In GP (8.30pm, ABC), Zoe (Janelle Owen) gets a taste of the workforce and responsibility when she a lands a part-time job.
Wednesday: In A Country Practice (7.30pm, Ten), Maggie (Joan Sydney) and Claire (Claudia Black) are called in to keep the peace as the rush is on to have renovations completed in time for the official opening of the local health centre. The Melbourne International Festival Charity Gala (8.30pm, Seven), hosted by Wendy Harmer, features performers including the Tokyo Shock Boys, Bobcat Goldthwait, Jimeoin, Tania Lacy and the Del Rubio Triplets.
Thursday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Doug (Terence Donovan) and Cody (Peta Brady) are at loggerheads over the sale of the house. In Heartland (8.30pm, ABC), Vincent (Ernie Dingo) realises that he must confront his past before he can face any future.
Friday: In The Great Outdoors (7.30pm, Seven), guest presenter Chris Mainwaring explores the Karajini National Park, and Frankie J Holden visits the Tasmanian town of Evandale which is hosting the annual Australian National Penny Farthing Bicycle Championships.
Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 16 April 1994. Southdown Press.