In this final retrospective of 2010, I am listing my take on the top news and trends of the year, in no particular order.
SPIN-OFFS, CLONES AND REVIVALS:
Where were all the new shows? Instead we had My Kitchen Rules, Iron Chef Australia, Junior MasterChef, The X Factor Australia, The Block, The National IQ Test, Hey Hey it’s Saturday.
BAD BOYS ON TV:
TV turns redemption opportunity for Kyle Sandilands, Matty Johns, Matthew Newton, Ben Cousins, Shane Warne.
TOO MANY COPS AND UNIFORMS:
Including City Homicide, Rush, Cops LAC, Rescue Special Ops.
TOO MANY COOKS:
We still love MasterChef, but was it really necessary to flood the market with so many copycat shows?
TRUE CRIME OVERKILL:
Wicked Love: The Story of Maria Korp, Australian Families of Crime, Australian Druglords, Gangs of Oz, Crime Investigation Australia, Tough Nuts. Enough, already!
WHAT ABOUT HD?
New channels arrived in the form of ABC News 24, 7mate and GEM but ABC, Seven and Nine all dump their regular HD channels while the nation is upgrading their TV sets, leaving favourite shows to air in SD.
LIVE TELLY BLOOPERS:
Sarah Murdoch is left without a name at the final of Australia’s Next Top Model so she decides the winner herself, is forced to apologise and then fires the production company. Virginia Trioli mistakes herself for Michael Rowland. Guy Sebastian says Mahogany “blew him” on The X Factor Australia.
Hey Dad!’s legacy is now one of disgrace after cast members distance themselves from a former cast member. Matthew Newton is dumped from The X Factor while a bizarre interview from Bert & Patti sheds light on a amily in disarray. Collectors host Andy Muirhead faces serious charges, in a case that is yet to be resolved.
James Packer surprises everyone by buying up shares at TEN, selling half to Lachlan Murdoch. WA mining magnate Gina Rineheart soon follows suit. The dust is yet to settle.
JOHN EDWARDS, HITMAKER:
Producer John Edwards delivers 4 Australian dramas to wide acclaim: Offspring, Rush, Tangle and Spirited –including all 4 airing in the same week.
SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV:
Shine Australia arrives with an aggressive slate of projects including Junior MasterChef, Minute to Win It, Letters and Numbers, The Boss is Coming to Dinner, Relocation Relocation Australia, The Biggest Loser, Live to Dance, Iron Chef Australia, The Renovators, The Family.
THE END OF STUDIO NINE:
Variety television turns a corner as Nine farewells Television City after 55 years.
THE RISE OF TWITTER:
Now a powerful interactive force on Q & A and being incorporated by other shows. Also impacts via Catherine Deveny’s Logies comments, Wil Anderson and Stephanie Rice.
Sunrise chaos as Justin Bieber arrives.
ANTI SIPHONING REVIEW:
Sports divides into two lists, but no guarantees weekly games will be live.
VOTE 1 ELECTION:
‘Spillard’ captivates the nation on the same night TEN launches ads for Hawke. The ABC scores with Gruen Nation, Yes We Canberra!, 7:30 Report, and its Election night coverage. Laurie Oakes lands scoops for Nine while Mark Latham put himself in the story and forgets to remain the reporter.
YOU CALL THAT NEWS?:
Nightly News continues to blur the lines with an overload of fluffy stories that realy belong on current affairs. Meanwhile current affairs shows are left to turn to consumer affairs.
SO LONG, KERRY:
After 15 years Kerry O’Brien quits The 7:30 Report to be replaced by Leigh Sales & Chris Uhlmann.
SBS TURNS 30:
Public broadcaster celebrates a milestone amid ongoing questions over its role and funding issues.
CHARLIE SHEEN’S TRAINWRECK:
The highest paid US star is left to lead an out-of-control tabloid lifestyle while his show still attracts bumper ratings. Why?
Wilfred lands a US series on the FX Network.
Melissa Rafter expires on Packed to the Rafters in one of the industry’s best-kept secrets.
THE STIG REVEALED:
Former stunt driver Ben Collins spills the beans on Top Gear and attracts the ire of his colleagues.
TEN’s live broadcast tries to re-invent the wheel with a shocker of a broadcast.
OPRAH CONQUERS OZ:
Talk show queen becomes the darling of the media in a triumphant whirlwind tour.
KILLING TIME KILLED:
TV1’s big new drama becomes the victim of another legal case and withdraws from airing, Underbelly-style. It is hoped to air this year.