They promised so much, but in the end delivered so little, or at best did not live up to the hype.
In no particular order, here are some of the shows that did not meet the mark in 2015.
True Detective Foxtel
The best new show of 2014 fell so far in 2015 without Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson and director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Anthology is no guarantee of improvement.
History turns melodrama, with time to dramatise convict and colonial perspectives, but not enough time in 7 episodes for an Indigenous voice.
If you believed James Stewart and Kate Jenkinson were old enough to be parents to Lincoln Younes and Olivia DeJonge then you would probably buy the rest of the script too. Bad luck for the rest of us.
Restaurant Revolution Seven
Dining in shipping containers, a host with limited presenting skills -but its biggest problem was waiting too long to get to the cooking, when Nine went head to head with one that did.
Struggle Street SBS
Yes it got us talking about poverty, but the ‘poverty porn’ tone and bleak narration overwhelmed any considered discussion and ignited a tabloid feast. After the media left town, were the families actually any better off?
Australia: The Story of Us Seven
An over-produced missed opportunity with bloated CGI, emotive narration, selective recall, rapid-fire editing and celebrity commentary. Don’t forget those “Goannas the size of buses.”
Idiotic. You really have to wonder how so many people can collectively sign off on such rubbish.
Celebrity Apprentice Nine
Felt tired despite having a 2 year break. When lacklustre challenges were forced to draw upon fairy bread sandwiches for conflict you knew this was in trouble. Bring back the non-celeb version.
Heroes Reborn Seven
A series known for its convoluted plots returns with …a convoluted plot. No need to save this world.
State of Affairs Seven
Katherine Heigl just didn’t have the gravitas to be taken seriously as a CIA Agent. Please study Homeland and Madam Secretary.
Room 101 SBS
Delayed by SBS and now we know why. A pointless chat show from a host who deserves better. They should have just given him a proper chat show and be done with it.
Reno Rumble Nine
If you insist on giving us another Renovation show at least try and look a little bit different.
The Hotplate Nine
If you insist on giving us another cooking show at least try and look a little bit different.
Cats Make You Laugh Out Loud Seven
And Dogs, Pets and assorted Animals. There’s this thing called YouTube see. But the cats rated and saved a Programmer’s arse after the failure of Restaurant Revolution. What do critics know anyway?
The Verdict Nine
That first episode shouting match must go down as the worst hour of TV this year. It was as if Nine broadcast a rehearsal, with a host unable to control his guests. Not yet deserving of the Nine News & Current Affairs brand.
Lip Sync Battle Nine
More pointless telly without actually entertaining. Launched well thanks to its lead-in but frankly RuPaul did this so much better.
The Player Seven
In a year of ludicrous plots, this one takes the cake. Something about high rollers gambling on crimes before they happen. Who heard that pitch and said yes?
Open Slather, Foxtel
It gets a B+ for effort but despite 20 episodes, a fortune invested and all the patience in the world, this just never took off. Key problem? Writing, writing, writing.
And… a special mention to Foxtel’s IQ3
Was it rushed too soon ahead of Netflix or launched because it was overdue by months? Either way Foxtel’s new set top box has been riddled with bugs since day one, with some frustrated users demanding the return of the IQ2. There’s only so many times one can write about the errors and complaints, but they just keep comin.’