The Logies gets less funny every year

The nominations for this year’s Logies have been announced and we have a question: Where’s the Most Outstanding Comedy Program category gone?

Logie awards 2018

Last year, and for several years previously, the Logies had two comedy categories: Best Entertainment Program, decided by a public vote and for which comedy shows were eligible, and Most Outstanding Comedy Program, decided by a panel of peers. Now, the Logies has dropped the Most Outstanding Comedy Program category and included a Most Popular Comedy Program, which will be decided by a public vote.

In one way this is a good thing – the Best Entertainment Program category was an odd one, which meant that shows as different as Family Feud and Upper Middle Bogan was competing against each other; it was a category that needed a re-think. But the loss of the Most Outstanding Comedy Program is something we should question.

Admittedly, we almost never agreed with the choice of the panel of peers – was Please Like Me really last year’s best comedy in a field that included both Mad As Hell and Upper Middle Bogan? But, historically, the Most Outstanding Comedy Program category has at least given the kind of shows that the public were never going to vote for some recognition at Australia’s biggest TV awards ceremony. Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell was deemed Most Outstanding Comedy in 2016, in 2015 it was Utopia – both good choices.

So what happens if the peers want to award an outstanding comedy program in the future? Does it get a nomination in the drama category? Or do outstanding comedy programs have to hope they’ll get an AACTA Best Television Comedy Series nomination (last year’s winner was Utopia)?

Meanwhile, here’s our list of comedy nominees in various categories. Which leads us to another question: what’s with the love for Rosehaven in the acting categories? And in what sense is Dilruk Jayasinha a newcomer?

MOST POPULAR ACTOR
Aaron Jeffery (Underbelly Files: Chopper, Nine Network)
Erik Thomson (800 Words, Channel 7)
Luke McGregor (Rosehaven, ABC)
Ray Meagher (Home And Away, Channel 7)
Rodger Corser (Doctor Doctor, Nine Network)

MOST POPULAR ACTRESS
Asher Keddie (Offspring, Network Ten)
Celia Pacquola (Rosehaven/Utopia, ABC)
Deborah Mailman (Cleverman, ABC)
Jessica Marais (Love Child, Nine Network; The Wrong Girl, Network Ten)
Julia Morris (House Husbands, Nine Network)

GRAHAM KENNEDY AWARD FOR MOST POPULAR NEW TALENT
Dilruk Jayasinha (CRAM!, Network Ten; Utopia, ABC)
Matty Johnson (The Living Room, Network Ten)
Sam Frost (Home And Away, Channel 7)
Sophia Forrest (Love Child, Nine Network)
Sophie Dillman (Home And Away, Channel 7)

MOST POPULAR ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM
Anh’s Brush With Fame (ABC)
Family Feud (Network Ten)
Gogglebox Australia (Foxtel/Network Ten)
Hard Quiz (ABC)
The Project (Network Ten)

MOST POPULAR COMEDY PROGRAM
Have You Been Paying Attention? (Network Ten)
Here Come The Habibs (Nine Network)
Hughesy, We Have A Problem (Network Ten)
Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell (ABC)
True Story With Hamish & Andy (Nine Network)

As for a prediction for who’ll win the popular vote for Most Popular Comedy Program? Our money’s on Have You Been Paying Attention? even if our heart says Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell. (Or the would-have-been-nominated-for-Most-Outstanding-Comedy-Program-if-the-category-still-existed Get Krack!n.)

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