TV Tonight Awards: Best of 2019

Wins for Total Control, Five Bedrooms, Chernobyl, Bluey & Utopia.

Readers have voted ABC political drama Total Control as their Favourite Aussie Drama of 2019.

Voters in the 13th TV Tonight Awards also selected Deborah Mailman as their Favourite Aussie Female -a first for the star.

Deborah Mailman said, “A massive thank you to TV Tonight readers.

“I’m thrilled to receive this recognition.  I’m so proud of Total Control and given the strength of our Australian dramas and performances over the past year, this is a wonderful honour to be given. Thank you!”

Total Control beat off a strong first year by 10’s Five Bedrooms, which won Best New Aussie Show of 2019 and polled strongly in the Drama category. Both outranked Wentworth which has enjoyed a 4 year winning streak in this category.

Kat Stewart said, “I speak for all the cast in saying that we are thrilled that the discerning readers of TV Tonight have voted Five Bedrooms as Best New Show in 2019.

“In an increasingly challenging environment, it’s a joy to work with scripts from the killer partnership of Christine Bartlett and Michael Lucas. Their writing is brave, funny, full of heart, inclusive, progressive and fresh. A huge thanks to Hoodlum and 10 for making a show that we are all proud of. We love these characters and can’t wait to make Series 2 in 2020. Thank you TV Tonight!”

Utopia took out best Aussie Comedy while Shaun Micallef was again voted Favourite Male.

Chernobyl dominated the International category winning Best International Drama and Best International New Show of 2019.

There were new wins this year from Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, Bluey and The Front Bar.

Special mention must go to those shows that completely swamped their respective categories including Have You Been Paying Attention?, Australian Survivor, The Living Room, Bluey and Survivor (US) -the latter is still unbeaten in its category.

* denotes runaway winner

Best Aussie Drama: Total Control 
Five Bedrooms
Home & Away
(2018: Wentworth)

Best International Drama: Chernobyl 
The Crown
Game of Thrones
Killing Eve
(2018: Bodyguard)

Best Aussie Comedy: Utopia 
Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell
The Letdown
(2018: Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell)

Best International Comedy: Fleabag 
The Good Place
The Big Bang Theory
Young Sheldon
(2018: The Good Place)

Best Light Entertainment: Have You Been Paying Attention? *
Hard Quiz
The Project
The Front Bar
(2018: Have You Been Paying Attention?)

Best Aussie Reality: Australian Survivor *
MasterChef Australia
The Amazing Race Australia
I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here
Married at First Sight
(2018: Australian Survivor)

Best International Reality: Survivor *
The Amazing Race
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Love Island UK
The Great British Bake Off
(2018: Survivor)

Best Aussie Lifestyle: The Living Room *
Better Homes & Gardens
Selling Houses Australia
Gardening Australia
Love it or List it Australia
(2018: The Living Room)

Best Factual / Documentary / Observational: Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds 
Four Corners
Australian Story
Gogglebox / Ambulance Australia
(2018: Ambulance Australia)

Best News / Current / Public Affairs: The Project 
Four Corners
ABC News
60 Minutes
(2018: The Project)

Best Talk Show: Studio 10 
The Project
Andrew Denton: Interview
The Drum
(2018: Studio 10)

Best Kid’s Show: Bluey *
Play School
Mustangs FC
The Inbestigators
Giggle & Hoot
(2018: Play School)

Best Sports Show or Coverage: The Front Bar 
AFL Grand Final
Australian Open
Bathurst 1000
(2018: AFL Grand Final)

Best New Aussie Show of 2019: Five Bedrooms 
The Masked Singer
Total Control
Lego Masters
(2018: Playing for Keeps)

Best New International Show of 2019: Chernobyl 
Morning Wars
Years & Years
Unbelievable / The Mandalorian
(2018: Killing Eve)

Favourite Aussie Male: Shaun Micallef 
Sam Pang
Tom Gleeson
Hamish Blake / Dr. Chris Brown
(2018: Shaun Micallef)

Favourite Aussie Female: Deborah Mailman 
Celia Pacquola
Amanda Keller
Julia Morris
Carrie Bickmore
(2018: Julia Morris)

Tomorrow: TV Tonight Awards: Worst of 2019

10 Responses

  1. I put down Lego Masters as the best new show of 2019. Caught up watching LM on 9Now last year (due to study commitments) and I found this show to be more entertaining. Hamish Blake was a good host.
    I also put down Shaun Micallef as my favourite male. I didn’t have the chance to watch TBYG and MAH as I have been very stressed but I still liked Shaun. Shaun was voted the most favourite male for 10 straight years. Well done.

  2. It’s interesting that three of the winner in the fav new international show are limited ‘one-and-done’ series in Chernobyl, Years and Years and Unbelievable (all great).
    Morning Wars was so excellent it very nearly penetrated my Top 5 favourite shows of the year.
    Watchmen too was excellent (and also another potential one and done series). I will watch The Mandalorian, but until Disney fixes their embarrassing problem of having no real first run premium TV I won’t be subscribing.

  3. On-screen and off-screen, there’s a very good reason everyone adores Deb Mailman. All talent and all class. Thrilled by this result – but hurry up please with season 2 of Total Control!

  4. Great results. I forgot to vote for Letdown!!! Opps. I picked Rosehaven. I need to get in the habit of writing them down in readiness for voting ? yet to watch Total Control but definitely will given the praise. Sitting on my PVR to watch soon.

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