TV Tonight Awards: Best of 2021
Readers choose ABC's The Newsreader & Fisk as Best Drama & Comedy of 2021.
Readers have voted Kitty Flanagan comedy Fisk and period drama The Newsreader as the best in their field in the TV Tonight Awards 2021.
The ABC shows won best local Comedy and Drama, respectively.
They also scored wins in 2 categories each.
Kitty Flanagan took out the Favourite Female Performer for the first time.
“It was such a dream come true to actually get to make my own show let alone do it with the best cast and crew in the history of ever,” said Flanagan. “I feel completely ‘hashtag blessed.’ To then have people watch it and like it, was the icing on the cake. So to then win accolades on top of all that from TVT – would have to be the cherry on top of that icing on the cake. Thanks so much to all the TVT viewers and voters as well as to my brilliantly funny cast, especially Julia, Marty & Aaron, who surrounded me in every ep and made me look good!”
The Newsreader also took out the Best New Australian show (with Fisk coming second).
Producers Michael Lucas and Joanna Werner said, “We’re so thrilled that The Newsreader has taken out these two awards. The show riffed on a lot of Australian broadcasting history, a topic of some expertise for many TV Tonight readers, so it’s especially thrilling to be acknowledged here. It was the highlight of our year to hear the feedback as we went out weekly on Sunday nights.
“Recreating 1986 during a 2020s pandemic was no small feat, so we are hugely indebted to the ABC, eOne, Screen Australia, Film Victoria, and most of all to our incredible cast and crew for all their talent and hard work. Thank you!”
Returning winners include Have You Been Paying Attention?, Australian Survivor, Gogglebox, The Project, The Living Room (all 10), Bluey, Q+A, News Breakfast (all ABC) and Seven’s The Front Bar.
Sam Pang has finally taken out the Favourite Male Performer after six successive wins by Shaun Micallef. New names this year include Sam Reid while Anna Torv -both from The Newsreader– makes a showing this year in Favourite Female results.
In the International category it’s worth noting Survivor (USA) now has a 10 year winning streak in the Reality category.
* denotes runaway winner.
Best Australian Drama: The Newsreader
Home & Away
Best Australian Comedy: Fisk *
Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell
Best International Drama: Succession
Mare of Easttown
Line of Duty / It’s a Sin
(2020: The Crown)
Best International Comedy: Ted Lasso
What We Do in the Shadows / Curb Your Enthusiasm
(2020: Schitt’s Creek)
Best Light Entertainment: Have You Been Paying Attention? *
The Cheap Seats
Gogglebox / The Chase
(2020: Have You Been Paying Attention?)
Best Australian Reality: Australian Survivor*
I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here
(2020: Australian Survivor)
Best International Reality: Survivor (US)
RuPaul’s Drag Race
The Great British Bake Off
The Real Housewives
(2020: Survivor US)
Best Australian Lifestyle: The Living Room
Better Homes & Gardens
Love it or List It Australia
Selling Houses Australia
(2020: The Living Room )
Best Morning Show: News Breakfast
The Morning Show
(2020: News Breakfast)
Best Factual / Documentary / Observational: Gogglebox
Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds
Exposed: Ghost Train Fire
Love on the Spectrum
Ms Represented / The Dog House Australia
Best News / Current / Public Affairs: The Project
(2020: The Project)
Best Talk Show: Q+A
One Plus One
Kid’s Show: Bluey*
The Bureau of Magical Things
Best Sports Show or Coverage: The Front Bar
Australian Open / NRL
(2020: The Front Bar)
Best New Australian Show: The Newsreader
The Cheap Seats
Best New International Show: Squid Game
Mare of Easttown
The White Lotus
(2020: The Queen’s Gambit)
Favourite Male: Sam Pang
(2020: Shaun Micallef)
Favourite Female: Kitty Flanagan
Anna Torv / Pamela Rabe
(2020: Celia Pacquola)
Tomorrow: Worst of 2021
Wednesday: Story of the Year, Best Channels, Underrated Performer, International Show We Need to See Here