TV Tonight Awards 2010: Good year for Drama

2010 was a good year for Drama shows according to the results of the annual TV Tonight Awards.

Packed to the Rafters, Offspring, Mad Men, Dance Academy and comedy shows The Librarians and Modern Family were all chosen as winners.

Packed to the Rafters was voted as Best Drama (Australian) for the second year in a row.

Rebecca Gibney thanked those who voted for the show, following an impressive run in 2010.

“Big thanks to the readers of TV Tonight, I’m thrilled,” she said.

“We had a fantastic third season of Rafters. We are very proud of the show, and it’s very gratifying to know people are enjoying it as much as we are. We are underway filming season four, with lots of great new stories, and some new faces, who you are going to love.

“So, thanks again, from me and all of the cast for this lovely recognition. Hope you all have a very happy and peaceful 2011.”

Meanwhile newcomer drama Offspring, which also fared well in the Best Drama stakes, won Best New Show (Australia) and delivered Asher Keddie the Favourite Female award.

Asher Keddie also thanked readers, saying, “Offspring is bold, funny, surprising and eccentric and I think Aussie viewers are enjoying the characters for all their foibles as well as their strengths. I am thrilled that Australians have embraced the show and thank TV Tonight‘s readers for their loyalty.

“2011 promises to be another great year with a few surprises!” she said.

Here are the first results of the Awards, with more to follow tomorrow.

Each category lists the Winner followed by Runners-Up in the order they were ranked by readers.

* denotes runaway winner.
/ denotes Tie.
(2009: winner of last year’s Award)

BEST AUSSIE DRAMA
Packed to the Rafters
Rush, Offspring, Rake, Tangle.
(2009: Packed to the Rafters)

BEST COMEDY (AUSTRALIAN)
The Librarians
Yes We Canberra, Review with Myles Barlow, Hamish & Andy specials / Lowdown, Wilfred.
(2009: The Chaser’s War on Everything)

BEST DRAMA (INTERNATIONAL)
Mad Men
Dexter, The Good Wife, Breaking Bad, NCIS.
(2009: Dexter)

BEST COMEDY (INTERNATIONAL)
Modern Family*
30 Rock, Glee, The Big Bang Theory, Community.
(2009: 30 Rock)

BEST LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation*

Spicks and Specks, Gruen Transfer, The 7PM Project, Good News Week.
(2009: Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation)

BEST MORNING PROGRAMME
The Circle*
Sunrise, Today, ABC News Breakfast / The Morning Show, Kerri-Anne.
(2009: Sunrise)

BEST GAME SHOW
Deal or No Deal
Hot Seat, Letters and Numbers, Minute to Win It, Pyramid.
(2009: Deal or No Deal)

BEST REALITY (AUSTRALIAN)
MasterChef Australia*

Beauty & the Geek Australia, Australia’s Next Top Model, The X Factor, The Block.
(2009: MasterChef Australia)

BEST REALITY (INTERNATIONAL)
The Amazing Race
Survivor, Undercover Boss, Project Runway, American Idol.
(2009: The Amazing Race)

BEST LIFESTYLE
Better Homes and Gardens*

Grand Designs Australia, Getaway, Selling Houses Australia, Poh’s Kitchen.
(2009: Better Homes and Gardens)

BEST FACTUAL / DOCUMENTARY / OBSERVATIONAL
Border Security

Australian Story, Bondi Rescue, Bondi Vet, Who Do You Think You Are?
(2009: Border Security)

BEST NEWS / CURRENT AFFAIRS
The 7:30 Report

Four Corners, TEN News, Seven News, 60 Minutes.
(2009: Seven News)

BEST TALK SHOW
Q & A*

The 7PM Project, The Circle, Insight, The Drum  / A Quiet Word with (Tony Martin).
(2009: Q & A)

BEST KID’S SHOW
Dance Academy
Play School, Prank  Patrol, Hi-5, Lockie Leonard.
(2009: Play School)

BEST SPORTS SHOW
Before the Game

AFL Footy Show, Sports Tonight, NRL Footy Show, The Matty Johns Show.
(2009: Before the Game)

BEST NEW SHOW (AUSTRALIAN)
Offspring*
Rake, Junior MasterChef, My Kitchen Rules, Gruen Nation.
(2009: MasterChef Australia)

BEST NEW SHOW (INTERNATIONAL)
Modern Family*

The Good Wife, Raising Hope, Sherlock, Community.
(2009: not polled)

FAVOURITE MALE
Shaun Micallef*

Adam Hills, Richard Roxburgh, Hugh Sheridan, Rodger Corser.
(2009: Shaun Micallef)

FAVOURITE FEMALE
Asher Keddie
Rebecca Gibney, Kat Stewart, Chrissie Swan, Carrie Bickmore.
(2009: Rebecca Gibney)

MOST UNDERRATED PERFORMER
Shaun Micallef

Jackie Woodburne, Chrissie Swan, Charlie Pickering, Kat Stewart.
(2009: Shaun Micallef)

TOMORROW: Worst Show, Worst Male / Female, Most Overexposed, International Show We Need to See on Air, Story of the Year, Best Subscription Channel, Best Digital, Best FTA Network.

This year votes came in from some interesting countries including Norway, Canada, Israel, China, France, Germany, Japan, UK, USA and NZ -thanks expats!

There were a few fan campaigns run for some shows, despite only one vote per computer being accepted. Votes were accepted for the categories in which they were eligible (sorry, but Hey Hey it’s Saturday doesn’t qualify as News and Current Affairs, and it surely doesn’t qualify in the Best New Show category ….. votes were counted for Best Light Entertainment).

Sometimes people ignored voting criteria which voided their vote in that category.

In the Game Show category votes for Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation, Spicks and Specks, RocKwiz were ineligible as instructions noted Celebrity / Panel shows were out. Many people noted a slim line-up of game shows this year.

The 7PM Project, and Q & A were also ineligible for Best News / Current Affairs as criteria stipulated no talk-driven formats. The Circle was a curious vote in the category of Best Talk Show -strictly speaking it didn’t transgress any of the rules and was allowed.

Across the four years the Awards have been polled, four shows are yet to lose their category: Deal or No Deal, Border Security, Better Homes and Gardens and The Amazing Race -all four are Seven titles.

Tune in tomorrow for the final instalment!

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