December 28th, 2010
12:53 PM ET
HenryCNN: Well, Lisa, it’s that time of year again, when we look back and reflect on the year that has come and gone, so of course, the best TV of the year is on my mind.
FranceCNN: Wow, that year went fast! There were some great series in 2010 and some not so great.
HenryCNN: We lost so many quality shows this year like “24,” “Law & Order,” “Dollhouse,” “Party Down,” “Better Off Ted” and a little show about an island (I have a lot more to say about that later, of course).
FranceCNN: You know I am a “Law & Order” fanatic so I was super bummed about losing the original show – not to mention the cancellation of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” even though that wraps up in 2011 so I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s get back to 2010. So what new shows have really made an impression this year?
HenryCNN: Well, it wasn't as great as 2009, but "The Walking Dead" and "Raising Hope," just a few episodes in, have a lot of potential (and viewers seem to agree). I'm looking forward to what 2011 holds for these shows. What impressed you about this year?
FranceCNN: I loved the fact that this was the year of the stellar comedy: “Modern Family,” “Glee,” and “Big Bang Theory” all scored big with critics and fans a like. These three definitely rank among my favorite shows of the year.
But there were quite a few that also let me down including “The Event.” I mean, that one seriously didn’t live up to all the hype in my opinion. What about you?
HenryCNN: Once they opened the door into that room in the hospital where all the little girls look like they had aged 50 years, “The Event” was officially too crazy for me not to keep watching. I’m strangely curious to see just how far they’re willing to take it.
As for what really disappointed me this year, it would have to be “Running Wilde.” Despite a few great moments, the show just didn’t work for me, and I don’t think Will Arnett and Keri Russell ever had the chemistry needed to pull it off. Based on the fact that Fox has left it off of their midseason schedule, it seems that audiences agreed. It’s just too bad, because there was so much talent involved.
I totally agree about this being a great year for comedy, which takes me to my most underrated show of the year. Among the great comedies on the air right now, like the trio you mentioned, “Community,” “Raising Hope,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “30 Rock,” and “The Office,” the one that holds a special place in my heart is “Parks and Recreation.”
The show really came into its own I season two, and the season finale, “Freddy Spaghetti,” is my favorite half hour of television this season. It didn’t hurt that the presence of Rob Lowe and Adam Scott added a lot to the show. It’s been a long seven months, and I can’t wait to see what they do in 2011. What’s your favorite underrated show?
FranceCNN: I’d have to say “Terriers.” I feel like it’s a quality show which really never got off the ground because people didn’t even understand what the title meant. Seriously, one out of three people I would talk to honestly thought it was a show about dogs.
Now we are about to head into 2011. Are there any mid-season replacements you are looking forward to?
I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but I’m slightly geeked out over Fox’s new animated show “Bob’s Burgers” which is set to air in January. It looks like it could be pretty funny.
HanksCNN: I’m wondering how Paula Abdul’s new show, “Live to Dance,” will turn out. I’m still trying to figure out if it has more in common with “America’s Best Dance Crew” than “So You Think You Dan Dance,” or if it’s a little of both. It may seem that we have more than enough dance shows on TV, but you can’t ignore Paula.
Out of all of the shows this year, it should come as no surprise to regular readers of the Marquee Blog that “Lost” was not just my favorite show of 2010, but should and almost certainly will be recognized as one of the most groundbreaking series of all time.
For all of the criticism about the “flash-sideways” scenes, the meaning behind the “pool of light” on the island, and the lack of clear answers to some of the show’s burning questions, I have a lot of respect for executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse for creating one of the most emotionally-satisfying series finales of all time. (Side note: How soon we forget, Golden Globes and SAG…) I defy anyone who’s at least a little familiar with the series not to shed a few tears or two watching that ending. Think of all the sci-fi/fantasy shows, especially, that had sub-par endings in comparison. Lindelof and Cuse did it their way, and for that, they deserve a lot of credit.
What was your favorite of 2010?
FranceCNN: I have to go with “Boardwalk Empire.”
I just love a period piece and it seemed to be a combination of some of what, in my opinion, have been some of the best shows HBO has had to offer in recent years: the organized crime ties of “The Sopranos,” the lush period detail of “Rome” and one of the best actors from “The Wire,” Michael K. Williams.
Steve Buscemi has finally found a role that befits his stellar acting chops and moves him beyond the odd ball. I just loved the show from start to finish and I can’t wait for it to return next season.
What about you Marquee readers? What was your favorite show of 2010?
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