Logie Awards 2022: Neighbours cast neglected in tribute segment


The MAJOR problem with the Logie Awards: Leading critic reveals TV’s night of nights neglected one of the most important events of the year

The TV Week Logie Awards have been criticised for failing to properly acknowledge the cancellation of Neighbours, the longest-running Australian TV series of all time.

Neighbours will soon come to an end after 37 years on the air, and leading industry blogger David Knox of TV Tonight said the show’s cast should have been invited on stage to take a bow during the on-air tribute.

‘Only a week ago the show wrapped 37 years of production, unsurpassed in Australian drama history,’ Mr Knox wrote after the ceremony.

The TV Week Logie Awards have been criticised for failing to properly acknowledge the cancellation of Neighbours, the longest-running Australian TV series of all time. Actors Dan MacPherson (left) and Natalie Bassingthwaighte (right) paid tribute to the soap that started their careers, but no other cast members were invited on stage to take a bow

‘That cast should have been on the stage and taken a bow,’ he added.

‘The entire room would have given them a standing ovation. The Home and Away team would have been their biggest fans on the night.’

Neighbours was axed after the UK’s Channel 5 decided in March not to renew its contract with production company Fremantle to finance and broadcast the series.

During the Logies’ tribute, a highlight reel aired of Neighbours’ most memorable moments, including fan favourites Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan. 

Neighbours will soon come to an end after 37 years on the air, and David Knox of TV Tonight said the show's cast should have been invited on stage to take a bow during the on-air tribute

Neighbours will soon come to an end after 37 years on the air, and David Knox of TV Tonight said the show’s cast should have been invited on stage to take a bow during the on-air tribute 

Neighbours alumni Dan MacPherson, 42, and Natalie Bassingthwaighte, 46, then appeared on stage to present the award for Most Popular New Talent.

Both actors had started their careers on the 10 Peach soap opera.

‘I have so many amazing memories of my time on the show,’ Bassingthwaighte said.

Neighbours was axed after the UK's Channel 5 decided in March not to renew its contract with production company Fremantle to finance and broadcast the series

Neighbours was axed after the UK’s Channel 5 decided in March not to renew its contract with production company Fremantle to finance and broadcast the series 

She namechecked Neighbours lifers Jackie Woodburne, Alan Fletcher, Stefan Dennis and Ian Smith as her ‘mentors’ in the industry.

According to TV Tonight, Neighbours cast members including Stefan Dennis and Ryan Moloney, who were present in the auditorium during the ceremony, had to watch the tribute from tables with TV cameras blocking their view.

Neighbours announced via Twitter in March that production would be ceasing on the long-running soap.

During the Logies' tribute, a highlight reel aired of Neighbours' most memorable moments, including fan favourites Kylie Minogue (pictured) and Jason Donovan

During the Logies’ tribute, a highlight reel aired of Neighbours’ most memorable moments, including fan favourites Kylie Minogue (pictured) and Jason Donovan 

‘We are so sorry to say that after nearly 37 years and almost 9,000 episodes broadcast we have to confirm that Neighbours will cease production in June,’ the show wrote.

Among the stars who began their career on Neighbours are Craig McLachlan, who earned three Logies while appearing in the series between 1987 and 1999, pop star Delta Goodrem, and most famously Jason and Kylie, who played Scott and Charlene. 

The last episode of Neighbours will air in Australia and the UK on August 1. 

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