The votes are in.
Readers have spoken on their best and worst television for 2009 in the third annual TV Tonight Awards.
The winners: Shaun Micallef, MasterChef and Packed to the Rafters.
Over 1000 surveys were completed this year, and there were some definite trends. Some choices were clear decisions, others were tight races.
Several “winners” were also “losers” elsewhere, showing a divided audience, and a number of populist shows proved their mettle by staying ahead of underdogs.
Shaun Micallef won both Favourite Male and Most Underrated Performer, while Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation was voted Best Light Entertainment.
“Thankyou for this upstanding recognition,” said Micallef. “Amanda, Charlie, Josh and I look forward to bringing more Your Gen in 2010.
“When I’m looking myself up on the internet, I always log onto TV Tonight. There’s always something there about me (or Your Gen) and usually it’s complimentary. Thank you David for the support and for the always thoughtful assessments and appraisals,” he said.
“Happy New Year to you and your readers.”
MasterChef Australia was a dominant winner in the Reality category as well as taking out the Best New Show and Story of the Year award.
Packed to the Rafters won Best Aussie Drama while Rebecca Gibney was Favourite Female.
But it was bad news for Eddie McGuire.
His return to daily television netted him Worst Male and Most Overexposed although Hot Seat did chart a strong second placing in the Best Game Show.
So without any further ado, here are the results as chosen by you…
BEST AUSSIE DRAMA: Packed to the Rafters
Runners Up: Rush, Underbelly, East West 101, City Homicide, Tangle.
Rafters was well ahead of the pack this year. 2008’s winner Underbelly slipped back to third place.
BEST AUSSIE COMEDY: The Chaser’s War on Everything
The Librarians, TV Burp, Thank God You’re Here, John Safran’s Race Relations, 30 Seconds
A tricky category given we asked for scripted comedy and that panel shows shift to other categories, so Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation, Rove, Good News Week were all ruled ineligible. Review with Myles Barlow had no new episodes in 2009 so it was off the list. Last year’s winner: The Hollowmen.
BEST INTERNATIONAL DRAMA: Dexter
Lost, NCIS, True Blood, Mad Men, Grey’s Anatomy
No change for the top three from 2008.
BEST INTERNATIONAL COMEDY: 30 Rock
Glee, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, The Office, United States of Tara
Another tricky category as the definition of comedy varied wildly with the inclusion of dramedy (note Glee and Tara). 30 Rock wins for the second year in a row -and still no respectable timeslot.
BEST LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT: Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation
Rove / Spicks and Specks (tie), The 7PM Project, Good News Week, Hey Hey the Reunion
Last year’s winner Rove still polls well, suggesting its detractors are often more vocal than its supporters.
BEST MORNING PROGRAMME: Sunrise
Today, The Morning Show, 9AM with David & Kim, ABC News Breakfast, Mornings with Kerri-Anne
The third straight win for Sunrise, but the Today show is a strong second place.
BEST GAME SHOW: Deal or No Deal
Hot Seat, The Einstein Factor, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?
A small field of eligible shows this year, given we again asked Celebrity shows be excluded. Ineligible were Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation, Spicks and Specks, RocKwiz. Although Fifth Grader had some celebrity editions, it also had enough eps with general public competing on their own -which differs from RocKwiz. This is the third consecutive win for Deal but Hot Seat polled well.
BEST REALITY SHOW (Aussie): MasterChef Australia
Beauty & the Geek Australia, So You Think You Can Dance Australia, The Biggest Loser, The Apprentice Australia, Australian Idol
No surprises that MasterChef won by a huge margin. Newcomer Geek shows early promise. Both Dance (2008 winner) and Idol slipped back.
BEST REALITY SHOW (International): The Amazing Race
Survivor, So You Think You Can Dance, American Idol, The Biggest Loser, America’s Next Top Model
Very much a two horse race between Race and Survivor (and no doubt many who enjoy both). Race still wins comfortably for the third year running.
BEST LIFESTYLE: Better Homes and Gardens
What’s Good For You, Getaway, Gardening Australia, Domestic Blitz, Top Gear Australia
And this was a one-horse race as BH&G absolutely knocks it out of the park. Or is it that we just don’t think of other Lifestyle titles so readily? Either way Seven’s hit show takes the title for the third time.
BEST FACTUAL / DOCUMENTARY: Border Security
Bondi Rescue, Who Do You Think You Are?, Australian Story, The Force, Recruits
Border becomes another show to take its third title, still well ahead of the pack. SBS performs with WDYTYA? in a genre generally dominated by Seven.
BEST NEWS / CURRENT / PUBLIC AFFAIRS: Seven News
TEN News, The 7:30 Report, Today Tonight, ABC News, Four Corners
Seven News again wins but TEN News gave it a run for its money this year. The populist Today Tonight has its loyal followers, but will prove divisive elsewhere.
BEST TALK SHOW: Q & A
Rove, The 7PM Project, Insight, Elders with Andrew Denton, The View
ABC’s Q & A takes its first title, but Rove was a close second. More good news for TEN with newcomer The 7PM Project in third place. Last year’s winner Enough Rope with Andrew Denton scored a few votes but was ruled ineligible due to no new episodes in 2009.
BEST KIDS SHOW: Play School
H20: Just Add Water, Hi-5, My Place, Prank Patrol, The Shak
ABC’s perennial Play School takes its first Kid’s category while Hi-5 drops from first to third. With just a handful of episodes Prank Patrol proves an early success.
BEST SPORTS SHOW: Before the Game
The Footy Show AFL, Sports Tonight, The Footy Show NRL, AFL Grand Final, Australian Open.
There was a big rise by Before the Game this year pulling ahead of last year’s winner The Footy Show (AFL). Some Australian Open votes were specific about their vote going to FOX Sports and not Seven.
BEST NEW SHOW: MasterChef Australia
Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation, Glee, TV Burp, United States of Tara, The 7PM Project
Another big win for MasterChef. Last year’s winner was Rafters.
FAVOURITE MALE: Shaun Micallef
Rove McManus, Adam Hills, Hugh Sheridan, Hamish Blake, Matt Preston
Micallef zooms from fourth to first, defeating 2008’s winner Rove McManus and illustrating what a switch from SBS to TEN can achieve. New names included Hugh Sheridan and Matt Preston.
FAVOURITE FEMALE: Rebecca Gibney
Julia Zemiro, Jessica Marais, Carrie Bickmore, Myf Warhurst, Kat Stewart
Rebecca Gibney wins for the second year as Julia Zemiro rises, Jessica Marais makes an appearance and Carrie Bickmore shows some fans.
MOST UNDERRATED PERFORMER: Shaun Micallef
Julia Zemiro, Adam Hills, Charlie Pickering, Ed Kavalee, Jackie Woodburne
This category wasn’t conducted in 2008, although Jackie Woodburne and Shaun Micallef did rate a mention in 2007. Should we expect Micallef to be off the 2010 list now he’s got a hit? Adam Hills was also a Gold Logie contender yet is still seen as ‘underrated.’
MOST OVEREXPOSED PERFORMER: Eddie McGuire
Rove McManus, Andrew O’Keefe, Grant Denyer, Bert Newton, Dave Hughes
In 2009 Eddie had Hot Seat and Australia Unites (plus the odd appearance elsewhere) but as one reader said, after being rested he is perceived as “Eddie Everywhere” again due to his other media appearances in radio, print and sporting roles. This is the first time this category has been held.
WORST MALE: Eddie McGuire
David Koch, Daryl Somers, Kyle Sandilands, Rove McManus, Richard Wilkins
Eddie takes the cake again, pushing two-time winner Kyle Sandilands back to fourth (and all on the back of a handful of Idol auditions). But take heart Ed, you only beat David Koch by 1 vote. Richard Wilkins joins the ranks for the first time.
WORST FEMALE: Melissa Doyle
Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Tracy Grimshaw, Carrie Bickmore, Jodi Gordon, Ruby Rose
Melissa Doyle takes it for the second year. Walkley winner Tracy Grimshaw makes an appearance (with no sign of Anna Coren to upstage her anymore), Carrie Bickmore proves a divisive personality in both Favourite / Worst Female lists, Jodi Gordon’s year returns to haunt her and Ruby Rose (who just missed out in Overexposed) is on notice.
WORST SHOW (Australian): The Spearman Experiment
Home & Away, Packed to the Rafters, Today Tonight, homeMADE, Double Take / Neighbours (tie)
No clear winner this year with all results a close call, but Magda Szubanski gets it. Rafters makes a curious inclusion -is the honeymoon over or is the Tall Poppy Syndrome kicking in? Today Tonight makes the cut despite its votes in Best News / Current Affairs. Last year’s winner: Big Brother.
WORST SHOW (International): Dance Your Ass Off
Two and a Half Men, Flashforward, Gary Unmarried, CSI, How I Met Your Mother
Very much a two-horse race between Nine’s Dance Your Ass Off and Nine’s Two and a Half Men. The rest were a long way behind. Men also ranked high in 2008 but that was won by Kath & Kim (US).
INTERNATIONAL SHOW WE NEED TO SEE HERE: Modern Family
V, Community, Cougar Town, Melrose Place, The X Factor
No clear winner here but Modern Family pulls ahead. Most of these shows will air in 2010. There was some confusion over Pay TV titles being voted for and therefore ruled ineligible (True Blood, Breaking Bad [coming to ABC], Chuck, Dollhouse and Hung [coming to Seven]). Last year’s winner: Pushing Daisies.
THE STORY OF THE YEAR: MasterChef becomes a hit
News coverage of Black Saturday bushfires, Digital TV takes off, Hey Hey’s triumphant return, The Chaser’s “Make a Realistic Wish Foundation” sketch, Rove quits Rove.
Last year’s winner: “Scheduling hits a new low” (it may well have won again had it been up for nomination).
BEST SUBSCRIPTION CHANNEL: FOX8
Showcase, FOX Sports, Arena, Comedy Channel, LifeStyle
Not much change in Pay winners as FOX8 takes it for the third year.
BEST NEW CHANNEL: GO!
7TWO, ONE, ABC3, LifeStyle You, 13th Street
GO! wins by a huge margin. Ineligible: ABC2, already on air in 2008.
BEST FREE TO AIR NETWORK: TEN
Seven, ABC, Nine, SBS
A close race amongst first and second but TEN snatches the title from Seven after two wins. Nine remains in fourth place again.
Congrats to all.
Thanks to everyone who voted.