Nine bags Logie haul, ABC dominates news, Asher Keddie rescues Ten

The Nine Network was the clear winner after last night’s TV Week Logie Awards with the network taking home a total of eight awards at the glamorous ceremony held at Crown’s Palladium Ballroom.

Telemovie Howzat!, based on Kerry Packer’s invention of World Series Cricket was a big winner, taking home a Logie for most outstanding TV miniseries or telemovie, and most popular TV miniseries or telemovie.

Nine’s newest drama offering, House Husbands, took out the gong for most popular drama, and the well-documented success of Nine’s The Voice was also validated, with the show winning most popular light entertainment program.

Not losing out in the reality and sports TV sphere either, The Block received most popular reality television program and the NRL Footy Show was named the most popular sports program.

Hamish Blake was not surprisingly named most popular presenter for his work on Hamish and Andy’s Euro gap Year and Hamish and Andy’s Caravan of Courage: Australia vs New Zealand also for the Nine Network.

A few eyebrows were raised when Nine personality, Joel Madden, was named most popular new male talent. The Voice judge has already achieved international fame with his band Good Charlotte.

Seven’s ratings domination was not passed on through Logie wins, the network only taking home a handful of awards. Veteran lifestyle show Better Homes and Gardens took home most popular lifestyle program, most popular actor went to Home and Away star Steve Peacocke, while the X-Factor was awarded most outstanding light entertainment program.

Gold Logie and most popular actress Silver Logie recipient, Asher Keddie, can’t seem to put a foot wrong, taking home two of the four awards for Channel Ten, the Offspring actor said of her win: “It’s such a wonderful opportunity to say thank you to the audience who have watched me play a number of characters over the years.”

Channel Ten’s Puberty Blues star, Brenna Harding, took home the sliver Logie for most popular new female talent and Bondi Rescue was named the most popular factual program for the network.

The ABC was dominant in news categories, winning most outstanding news coverage for the Lateline story, ‘Breaking Ranks’ and most outstanding public affairs report for the Four Corners story, ‘Captain Emad: Smugglers’ Paradise – Australia’.

Indigenous Australia was another big winner last night, most outstanding series going to program Redfern Now. The show’s star, actress Shari Sebbens was awarded the Graham Kennedy Award for most outstanding new talent, and Debra Mailman received the Silver Logie for most outstanding actress.

Other awards included Foxtel’s London 2012 Olympic coverage receiving most outstanding sports coverage, most outstanding factual program went to SBS’s Who do you think you are? ABC3’s Dance Academy won most outstanding kids program.

Brian Henderson was inducted in the TV week hall of fame for his long career at the Nine Network.