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A bolt from the Blue

Author: By RACHEL BROWNE
Date: 17/05/1997
Words: 703
          Publication: Sun Herald
Section: NEWS
Page: 32
LISA McCune, the 26-year-old star of the high-rating Blue Heelers country police drama, stands between A Current Affair host Ray Martin and his fifth straight Gold Logie.

Martin, 51, has won 25 Logies and has won the Gold Logie five times.

McCune won the Silver Logie for most popular actress last year and won the 1995 award for most popular new talent.

As well as being nominated for a Gold Logie, she has been nominated in the silver category. If she doesn't take the top honour, McCune is a shoo-in for the silver.

If she does win the gold, the silver for most popular actress will be a battle between Rebecca Gibney of Halifax fp fame and Home And Away starlets Isla Fisher, Tempany Deckert and Melissa George. Given that George has all but disappeared since leaving the show last year, pundits are tipping Gibney or magazine favourite Fisher for the award.

Blue Heelers' John Wood is a favourite for the most popular actor Silver Logie. A multiLogie winner, he is competing against a tough field of co-star Sacks, Water Rats' Colin Friels, Home And Away's Nic Testoni and Big Sky's Gary Sweet.

As with every awards ceremony, there is a "dark horse". This year, that is Kerri-Anne Kennerley, whose star was fading until Channel 9 discovered that she and Midday were a match made in ratings heaven.

KAK has been nominated in three categories: the Gold Logie, most popular light entertainment personality and most popular light entertainment program for her show. Even employees at rival networks believe she will not go home emptyhanded.

There was a minor upset last year when vote counters - who sift through the hundreds of thousands of voting coupons sent in by TV Week readers - noted that a couple of hundred had been posted from the same post office in Sydney.

They all favoured one young woman with a then fledgling TV career. The executive producer of her show happened to live very close to the above post office. All the forms were filed in the rubbish bin.

There is little hard evidence of rigging but Logies veterans recall with minor embarrassment the incident in 1988 when Jason Donovan marched up to the stage to collect his gong while the band played the theme from The Flying Doctors. Talk at the time was that Flying Doctors star Peter O'Brien won more votes but the award went to Donovan to go with Kylie Minogue's Gold Logie.

There was another uproar in 1986 when Chris Masters was voted reporter of the year by a panel of judges but the award went to Ian Leslie because the ABC had not officially nominated the Four Corners reporter after a Logies boycott.

In the mid-70s, a Melbourne morning program host polled more votes for the Gold Logie than every other contender combined. Smelling a rat, TV Week bosses scratched her name off their list.

And in the 1960s, a popular daytime compere who failed to win a Logie and boycotted the event was wooed back with the creation of a special new category of Logie for him.

No doubt the conveniences of Melbourne's Crown Casino, where the event is being held, will be rife with rumour before the curtains are drawn on the ceremony, which airs tonight on Channel 9 at 8.30pm.

* For more on the Logies, turn to today's TV Now magazine for Logies Golden Gaffes.

MOST POPULAR PERSONALITY
   NOMINEES
   Daryl Somers - Hey Hey It's Saturday
   Kerri-Anne Kennerley - Midday
   Lisa McCune - Blue Heelers
   Ray Martin - A Current Affair
   John Wood - Blue Heelers
   YOUR CHOICE
MOST POPULAR ACTOR
   Gary Sweet - Big Sky
   Nic Testoni - Home And Away
   Colin Friels - Water Rats
   Matin Sacks - Blue Heelers
   John Wood - Blue Heelers
   YOUR CHOICE
MOST POPULAR ACTRESS
   Melissa George - ex-Home And Away
   Lisa McCune - Blue Heelers
   Isla Fisher - Home And Away
   Tempany Deckert - Home And Away
   Rebecca Gibney - Halifax fp
   YOUR CHOICE
MOST POPULAR SERIES
   Blue Heelers
   Water Rats
   Home And Away
   Halifax f.p.
   YOUR CHOICE
MOST POPULAR COMEDY
   Hey Hey It's Saturday
   Full Frontal
   Australia's funniest Home Video Show
   Club Buggery
   YOUR CHOICE
MOST POPULAR COMEDY PERSONALITY
   Eric Bana
   Daryl Somers - Hey Hey It's Saturday
   Plucka Duck - Hey Hey It's Saturday
   Julia Morris - In Melbourne Tonight
   YOUR CHOICE
MOST POPULAR NEW TALENT
   Belinda Emmett - Home And Away
   Tania Zaetta - Who Dares Wins
   Ben Unwin - Home And Away
   Tasma Walton - Blue Heelers
   YOUR CHOICE
MOST POPULAR LIFESTYLE/INFOTAINMENT PROGRAM
   Better Homes and Gardens
   Burke's Backyard
   The Great Outdoors
   Animal Hospital
   YOUR CHOICE
MOST POPULAR LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PERSONALITY
   Ernie Dingo - The Great Outdoors
   Kerri-Anne Kennerley - Midday
   John "Sam" Newman - The Footy Show (Melbourne)
   Daryl Somers - Hey Hey It's Saturday
   YOUR CHOICE
MOST POPULAR LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
   This Is Your Life
   Hey Hey It's Saturday
   Midday With Kerri-Anne
   Who Dares Wins
   YOUR CHOICE
MOST POPULAR PUBLIC AFFAIRS
   60 Minutes
   A Current Affair
   Today
   Today Tonight
   YOUR CHOICE
 
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