I spent months at the back end of last year and early this year moaning that there is nothing good on TV anymore.
Well that changed (thankfully) as 2010 went on and I spent the year with loads of great shows to watch.
There were a few disappointments (Ghost Whisperer didn’t get going until the last two or three episodes) but on the whole it’s been a great year for me on TV stuff.
BEST NEW SHOW
WINNER: The Walking Dead
There were plenty of contenders for this one but the show that blew me away was The Walking Dead. A zombie show that’s not immediately about finding a cure but about finding your loved ones. Strong acting and a sense of tension throughout make this a must watch. In the wrong hands this could’ve been a flashy ‘McG-style’ affair but it’s under played and subtle – which makes it a lot more powerful.
BEST COMEDY SHOW
WINNER: The Middle
The Middle came out of nowhere for me as I’d heard nothing about it but it’s become a real favourite over the last few months. The madcap tales of the Heck family are in the same vein as Malcolm In The Middle and the characterisation is superb. Each with their own little traits as a group there is a great chemistry. If it wasn’t for this show I wouldn’t spend so much time whispering Brick-style down to my chest. *whispers* To my chest.
BEST FACTUAL SHOW
WINNER: An Idiot Abroad
How much of it was staged we’ll never know but regardless Karl Pilkington’s trips to the seven wonders of the World were priceless. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant really did send him to the lesser seen side of the wonders. Apart from the comedy genius that gave us it was really interesting to actually see that type of thing. The stuff they don’t show you usually. Like him being at the Taj Mahal and saying ‘look it’s beautiful but just over there they are burning dead bodies.’ A nice insight into the areas surrounding the seven wonders.
E Edible Adventure
Hairy Bikers Cook Off
The Football League Show
Whether you love it or hate it, Glee has brought some innovative music uses onto our screens and has given Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ a new lease of life with a younger generation. Some of the mash ups on the show work really well and obviously the guys & girls are talented singers so Glee gets this years soundtrack award.
Actor Of The Year
WINNER: Philip Glenister – ‘DCI Gene Hunt’ (Ashes To Ashes)
Philip Glenister takes Actor of The Year for a second successive year and if you want to know why watch the finale of the last series of Ashes To Ashes. The moment *that* truth is revealed his acting is second to none. Any of the runners up could’ve won this on a different year but Glenister set the bar very high indeed.
Andrew Lincoln – ‘Rick Grimes’ (Walking Dead)
Nathan Fillion – ‘Richard Castle’ (Castle)
Stephen Moyer – ‘Bill Compton’ (True Blood)
Actress Of The Year
WINNER: Jane Lynch – ‘Sue Sylvester’ (Glee)
The runners up for this award are all amazing actresses who do a great job week in week out. But Jane Lynch almost single-handedly carries Glee every episode. Her vitriolic outbursts as Sue Sylvester are television gold. Sylvester is a poisonous, horrible character but Lynch gives her the smallest of chinks in her armour and that is enough to give her some likeability.
Joanna Kelly – ‘Myka Bering’ (Warehouse 13)
Stana Katic – ‘Kate Beckett’ (Castle)
Maggie Q – ‘Nikita’ (Nikita)
TV SHOW OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Warehouse 13
This was a two way fight between Castle and Warehouse 13, with the latter just about taking it. Warehouse 13′s kooky kind of comedy/drama is a refreshing change to the serious dramas around and the dynamic of the characters relationship took on the look of a family which really helped develop things. A few stand out epsiodes (‘Around The Bend’ and ‘Reset’ in particular) made sure I stayed hooked and by the end of the season I was left wanted more.
Hopefully 2011 will be just as good. With a guilty pleasure of mine, Primeval, returning and with new seasons of Warehouse 13, Castle and The Middle guaranteed I’m pretty optimistic.