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For the love of television

by Laura Casey on 17 December 2013

Growing up, I’ve always had a love of movies and all the different TV shows out there; my taste ranges from Doctor Who to Scrubs to The Vampire Diaries to Wentworth. With so many great shows on TV now days, it’s hard to pick a favourite. With the end of the year drawing closer, it’s that time we look back at the year that was, and look ahead to the New Year. As a keen TV buff, I was curious to see what shows performed well this year and what shows we can look forward to next year.

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The most popular programs of 2013 were made up of:

– My Kitchen Rules
– The Block: Sky High
– AFL Grand Final
– 2013 State of Origin Series
– The X Factor
– The Voice
– Melbourne Cup
– Rugby League Grand Final
– Tennis: The Australian Open
– A Place to Call Home

Just one look at this list and straight away, you can conclude that we’re a nation obsessed with competition – from cooking shows, singing competitions to sporting grand finales. 2014 is set to bring back more fresh reality competition in the form of My Kitchen Rules, The Block, The X Factor, The Voice, Biggest Loser, Masterchef, Australia’s Got Talent and Big Brother. For the sport fanatics, you’ve got everything covered, from the cricket, tennis, State of Origin, Winter Olympics, AFL, NRL, golf and V8 Supercars.

Personally, I’m more of a drama fan, so I had a look at what dramas were amongst the favourites this year:

– A Place to Call Home
– The Blacklist
– Packed to the Rafters
– Revenge
– Underbelly
– Downton Abbey
– Arrow
– Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
– Elementary
– Under the Dome

With such strong international programs to compete with, it was encouraging to see the Australian-made A Place to Call Home and Packed to the Rafters gain such popularity. If you haven’t watched either of these shows, I suggest you catch up over the Christmas break.

Now let’s take a look at what new content we’ve got coming to our screens in 2014 on our major free to air networks.

For you music lovers, Seven are bringing us INXS: Never Tear Us Apart, the no-holds barred look at how six suburban Sydney boys conquered the world with their unique sound and on and off stage antics. Nine will be bringing back The Voice with Kylie Minogue and Will.I.Am as new hosts.

For you drama fans, there’s quite a lot to look forward to in 2014. Seven are introducing The Killing Field, with Rebecca Gibney playing the head of a special police task force sent to a small country town to investigate a shocking crime; Resurrection and Intelligence. Nine are bringing us Fat Tony & Co., the true story of one of Australia’s most notorious criminals, Tony Mokbel; Love Child, Gina and Schapelle. Ten have got Party Tricks, Crisis and Secrets and Lies, which follows the story of a family man who finds the body of a young boy and quickly becomes the prime murder suspect; all airing in the new year.

With such a variety of programs coming our way, and only a handful that I’ve listed above, I’m sure there’s something that will entice all viewers. I personally can’t wait to check out Love Child and see the return of Wonderland, The Block, Winners and Losers and A Place to Call Home.

What was your favourite show of 2013? What show are you most looking forward to in 2014?

Laura Casey is a Media Coordinator at BCM

- Giulianna Stead on December 18

Great blog LC! My favs for 2013 were Revenge, A Place to Call Home & Homeland. I'm looking forward to them all coming back in 2014! I think INXS will be one to watch - still miss you Michael :-( Until then, iTunes & Apple TV will get a workout in our house until the tennis starts.

- Jo Stone on December 18

Excellent post LC - I'm looking forward to some great drama - the next Homeland, Downtown Abbey, BlackList etc. Thank goodness for time-shifting though, because over Summer it is cricket and tennis in my house!

- Paul Cornwell on December 18

Nice wrap up L.C. As for 2104 I'm looking forward to sport, sport and more sport. The Winter Olympics is a favourite and Sochi in February will be fantastic. Then cricket, NRL, rugby, tennis etc etc.

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