TV Tonight Awards 2013: The Winners
Please Like Me, Offspring, Breaking Bad & A Place to Call Home amongst the best of 2013.
ABC dominated in News & Current Affairs, Factual, Comedy, Children’s and Talk categories.
7:30, Australian Story, Q & A, Dance Academy all won their categories, while the broadcaster completely dominated the Comedy category.
Best Aussie Comedy was a tie between newcomers Upper Middle Bogan and Please Like Me.
Josh Thomas, who also ranked well in the Favourite Male category, said, “Oh wow, this is surprising. Sometimes my Dad reads the TV Tonight comments and then calls me and gets upset about all the mean things people say about my comedy, accent and general demeanour.
“I’ve always had a hard time convincing him there are people that actually like the show, this should help. Thanks everyone.”
Once again Shaun Micallef and Asher Keddie won the Favourite Male and Female categories.
Offspring again won Best Australian Drama, amongst a number of strong wins for TEN.
The Project was again voted Best Light Entertainment, Modern Family again won Best International Comedy, The Living Room remains Best Lifestyle and axed series Before the Game was again Best Sports Program or Coverage.
Kat Stewart from Mr & Mrs Murder won Most Underrated Performer for the first time.
ELEVEN took out Best Multichannel for the third year running.
Readers gave a big thumbs up to Seven’s A Place to Call Home, voted Best New Australian Show and runner-up in Best Aussie Drama.
Actress Marta Dusseldorp thanked readers, saying, “We’re thrilled to see Australian drama strike such a chord with viewers. Bevan Lee has created a cast of characters Australians have grown to love.
“It’s an honour for the show to be recognised.”
Seven also took out Best Morning Programme yet again for Sunrise while The Blacklist was voted Best New International Show.
Nine’s Reality shows fared well with Big Brother winning Best Australian Reality show for the first time while Survivor was returned as Best International Reality.
Canadian sci-fi series Orphan Black topped the International Show We Need to See in Australia -it begins on SBS 2 next week.
Foxtel’s acclaimed US Drama Breaking Bad was voted Best International Drama and FOX8 has never lost the Best Subscription Channel -but Showcase is now nipping at its heels.
Readers also voted ABC’s ratings success over TEN as the Story of the Year, with ‘Offspring kills off Patrick’ the only other nominee to come close.
There were more than 700 surveys completed this year. Here are the top results.
* denotes runaway winner (2012 winners in brackets)
Best Aussie Drama: OFFSPRING * (TEN)
A Place to Call Home
Best Aussie Comedy: tie UPPER MIDDLE BOGAN * / PLEASE LIKE ME * (ABC / ABC)
It’s a Date
Ja’mie: Private School Girl
Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell
(2012: A Moody Christmas)
Best International Drama: BREAKING BAD (Showcase)
Game of Thrones
Best International Comedy: MODERN FAMILY * (TEN)
The Big Bang Theory
How I Met Your Mother
(2012: Modern Family)
Best Light Entertainment: THE PROJECT (TEN)
This Week Live
Have You Been Paying Attention?
(2012: The Project)
Best Morning Programme: SUNRISE * (Seven)
ABC News Breakfast
Best Reality Show (Aussie): BIG BROTHER (Nine)
The X Factor
My Kitchen Rules
(2012: The Voice)
Best Reality Show (International): SURVIVOR (Nine)
The Amazing Race
So You Think You Can Dance
Best Lifestyle: THE LIVING ROOM (TEN)
Better Homes and Gardens
Grand Designs Australia
Selling Houses Australia
(2012: The Living Room)
Best Factual / Documentary / Observational: AUSTRALIAN STORY (ABC)
Keating: The Interviews
(2012: Go Back to Where You Came From)
Best News / Current / Public Affairs: 7:30 (ABC)
Best Talk Show: Q & A * (ABC)
Paul Murray Live
Adam Hills Tonight
(2012: Q & A)
Best Kid’s Show: DANCE ACADEMY * (ABC)
(2012: Dance Academy)
Best Sports Show or Coverage: BEFORE THE GAME (TEN)
AFL Grand Final
Australian Open Tennis
The Footy Show AFL / NRL
(2012: Before the Game)
Best New Show (Australian): A PLACE TO CALL HOME (Seven)
Please Like Me
Upper Middle Bogan
(2012: House Husbands / Puberty Blues)
Best New Show (International): THE BLACKLIST * (Seven)
House of Cards
Under the Dome
Orange is the New Black / Broadchurch
Favourite Male: SHAUN MICALLEF (TEN / ABC)
(2012: Shaun Micallef / Hamish Blake)
Favourite Female: ASHER KEDDIE * (TEN)
(2012: Asher Keddie)
Most Underrated Performer: KAT STEWART (TEN)
Shaun Micallef / Josh Thomas
(2012: Shaun Micallef / Jackie Woodburne)
International Show We Need to See on Aussie TV: ORPHAN BLACK (SBS)
The Tomorrow People / Nashville
The Story of the Year: ABC OUTRATES TEN
Offspring kills off Patrick
Analogue TV ends in Australia
Doctor Who 50th Anniversary
(2012: TEN ratings, shares and brand plummets to new lows)
Best Subscription Channel: FOX8
SoHo / FOX Footy / Arena
Best Multichannel: ELEVEN
Best Free to Air Network: ABC
- Worst Show
- Biggest Blunder of the Year
- Most Over Exposed Performer
- Worst Male
- Worst Female