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Believe it or not, there was more to TV this year than Oprah. Guy Davis casts a glance back at the year that was.
When it came to television in 2010 – both in terms of programming and the way viewers received that programming – there were upheavals and events galore, and that’s even before The Event premiered.
Both grown-ups and kids whipped up delicious dishes in the MasterChef kitchen, to the delight and envy of millions of people nationwide.
Packed to the Rafters’ audience was grief-stricken by the tragic death of Zoe Ventoura’s Melissa.
Would-be X Factor host Matthew Newton torpedoed his TV comeback with his reprehensible off-screen behaviour.
Long-running TV shows came to a conclusion; new digital TV channels were launched.
Of course, all of this paled in comparison to the allconquering Oprah Winfrey roadshow that took Australia by storm over the past couple of weeks.
With the Queen of All Media ready to wrap up her talkshow next year, local fans and followers were given the chance to be closer to Oprah than even before, and for a while it seemed as if nothing else in the world mattered.
I mean, come on, Oprah was here! Dropping in on Aussie families, climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge and hanging out with our best-known celebrities.
Australia’s Winfrey windfall aside, though, there was plenty happening on screen and off in 2010, with the tide of public opinion turning against some types of shows.
The home-grown cop drama, for instance, had enjoyed a resurgence in recent years, with the likes of Rush and City Homicide winning over viewers. But interest started to wane a little in 2010, and Nine’s new venture into the genre, the lacklustre Cops LAC, was pretty much a non-starter.
Meanwhile, UK crime dramas and mysteries were brilliant this year, whether it was Sherlock, an inspired update of the famous sleuth’s investigations, or the gritty and intense Luther, in which Idris Elba gave one of the performances of the year.
It seemed that familythemed comedy-dramas and character studies were the new thing on local television –
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