Be­lieve it or not, there was more to TV this year than Oprah. Guy Davis casts a glance back at the year that was.

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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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