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Nominee blue at award snub

BLUE Heelers stalwart John Wood has questioned the Logies voting criteria as his show has -- yet again -- been overlooked in the Most Outstanding categories.

Wood, nominated for the ninth year in succession for the Gold Logie for the most popular personality on TV, believes Blue Heelers has been snubbed by the Most Outstanding judging panel because of its commercial success.

"I was disappointed we did not make it into the Most Outstanding awards," Wood said.

"That would have been a great reward for a lot of hard work and effort on everybody's part, but those sort of awards tend to overlook TV like Blue Heelers."

The disastrous ABC series Fireflies, the little watched Love Bytes, axed dramas Secret Life of Us and Stingers and Foxtel series Love My Way are nominated for Most Outstanding Drama award.

"It is almost like the industry does not even bother to look at the show," Wood said.

"That may be harsh, and I might be under-rating them (judges), but I would suspect it would never occur to them to consider Blue Heelers for those sort of awards.

"It is a real shame, but people sort of think the good stuff (acting) is in the mini-series and telemovies. But that's not necessarily so.

"I think we did some great work collectively during the year, and I think I did some of my best work, not just on this show, but in my television career in the past 12 months."

Wood, the veteran of the Gold Logie category, doubts he will break his golden hoodoo this year.

"It is great to be nominated. I mean it must be some kind of world record to be nominated nine times in a row anyway, but for me to win, luck would have to play a big part," he said.

"Funnily enough, it would almost be an anti-climax to win now. I think there would probably be a massive groan in the auditorium if my name was called."

By Fiona Byrne
April 17, 2005
The Herald Sun