SELF-IN­DULGING WAFFLE

GOLD LO­GIE WIN­NER TOM GLEE­SON IS BET­TER SUITED TO THE HALLS OF PAR­LIA­MENT THAN ON OUR SMALL SCREENS

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | TUGBOAT TALES - WORDS: ASH­LEY ROBIN­SON

Iwatched the Logies the other night. Well sort of. I just wanted to see if I could catch a glimpse of lo­cals Jett Kenny, Bach­e­lorette’s Angie Kent and Sea FM’S Heidi Latcham, which was all fine but I man­aged to sub­ject my­self to hours of self-in­dulged waffle head­lined by the Gold Lo­gie win­ner Tom Glee­son.

What a tosser.

I have never been overly fond of

Aus­tralian co­me­di­ans as I re­ally don’t think they’re as funny as they think they are.

And I would have to say, if there was a leader­board for that skill, Glee­son would be the Winx or Black Caviar – un­beat­able.

I now know why I usu­ally wouldn’t watch the Logies.

I prob­a­bly stopped get­ting ex­cited about them when they stopped mak­ing shows like Homi­cide and Di­vi­sion 4 but I pos­si­bly turned it on when Sea Change was go­ing back in the day to see if they won an award.

But that was nearly 20 years ago.

Well, af­ter watch­ing the other night I have missed noth­ing.

What a load of crap.

Sure there was some good spots like the trib­ute to Mike Wille­see but as far as I was con­cerned that was also spoilt by the Gold Lo­gie win­ner car­ry­ing on about how he beat the sys­tem, which I am sure he learnt from our ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

It did re­mind me how the land­scape of tele­vi­sion has changed dra­mat­i­cally.

When I was grow­ing up there were orig­i­nally only three chan­nels – Chan­nel 7, Chan­nel 9 and the ABC.

Then a few years later Chan­nel 10 came along, and of course the test pat­tern that came on about mid­night.

Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion had no com­pe­ti­tion ex­cept pic­ture the­atres but haven’t things

changed now.

It seems to me real­ity TV seems to be the life­line for free-to-air main­stream tele­vi­sion rather than well-made Aus­tralian dra­mas be­cause I am guess­ing it is cheaper.

Net­works are re­ly­ing on peo­ple want­ing to get on the box be­cause of ego rather than ac­tu­ally em­ploy­ing ac­tors who are try­ing to re­coup four or five years study­ing drama.

Ego is a far cheaper com­mod­ity and it’s in abun­dance.

You only had to watch the Logies to con­firm that.

The thing that amuses me is some of these real­ity stars, on what­ever show they were on, lied, cheated and bul­lied their way to try win the prize.

They then end up get­ting jobs in the me­dia and all of a sud­den are given “star” sta­tus.

Give me a break.

Ac­tu­ally they are prob­a­bly more qual­i­fied to go into pol­i­tics than me­dia.

A bit like buy­ing TV Week, watch­ing the Logies is def­i­nitely over for me, un­less Jett Kenny is get­ting one or I get a start in the Amaz­ing Race.

Tom Glee­son killed that for me the other night.

Why he needed to con­tin­u­ally stick it to Karl Ste­fanovic in-be­tween telling us how smart he is, is be­yond me.

I guess the only good thing to come out of the night was see­ing Si­grid Thornton, who is reviving a new Sea Change, which will be shown on Nine.

There is still hope that free-to-air TV has some­thing good com­ing and hope­fully Tom

Glee­son de­cides to run for Par­lia­ment, he has all the at­tributes.

A BIT LIKE BUY­ING TV WEEK, WATCH­ING THE LOGIES IS DEF­I­NITELY OVER FOR ME, UN­LESS JETT KENNY IS GET­TING ONE OR I GET A START IN THE AMAZ­ING RACE.

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