Well, we're here - the final post of 2011. It seems like a lot more than 199 posts ago that we were starting off the year with an admission that I hadn't bothered with Modern Family and wondering if Firefly was the perfect box set show. Since then we've looked at so many shows, said goodbye to Oprah, been through a major earthquake, had a chat to Mark Sheppard, and so much more.
But more than anything I've written at the blog, On The Box is only here because of you, the readers; without you guys and gals reading and commenting on each post, this blog wouldn't be as much fun as it is. I take my hat off to each and every one of you, and I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart.
Now that the soppiness is out of the way, to finish up the year we've been celebrating the best and worst of television - the Worst TV of 2011 on Wednesday, the Best TV of 2011 yesterday. For today's post, I thought we could wrap up the year by handing out a few random awards to the shows and stories that caught my eye in the last twelve months. The headline says the 2 Annual On The Box Awards*, but I call them the 'Boxies. Feel free to add yours in the comments section, below.
Best Performance In A Comedy Central Roast: Surprisingly, I'm giving this award to The Rock radio host Leah Panapa, who took the stage as the sole female guest on the Roast of Murray Mexted and made me laugh more than in any other five minutes I watched this year. (It is highly NSFW - but you can watch it here.)
The "Let's Get Together" Award: Rove McManus had a new US-based talk show (Rove LA), while Hamish Blake and Andy Lee did a tour of America on Hamish & Andy's Gap Year - and both sucked. Why couldn't Hamish & Andy just help out on Rove's show, like the good old days? They're in the same country already!
Best Failed Attempt At Timeliness: As admirable as it was for TV2 to try airing a show within a week of the USA, backing Charlie's Angels to be a success was a bad decision. Don't let it put you off though, TVNZ; playing shows quickly could still work.
Worst Female Character Played By A Man: Precious Little, the coffee booth worker on Come Fly With Me played by Matt Lucas. Actually, all the female characters on Come Fly With Me were terrible. Actually, the entire Come Fly With Me show was pretty terrible.
Official 2011 Medical Professional Rankings: 1. Dr Gabriel Monroe, Monroe; 2. Dr Gregory House, House; 3. Nurse Jackie Peyton, Nurse Jackie ... 458. Dr Sid Walker, Home & Away. The readers of Inside Soap magazine even voted him their least favourite doctor. How could readers of a magazine about soap operas be wrong?!
Best Musical Montage: Hank Moody walks off the set of the film based on his book F**king & Punching, and drives off into the sunset to the Rolling Stones' You Can't Always Get What You Want in the season four finale of Californication. Five minutes of pure televisual bliss.
Best Ron Swanson Quote: "Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. Wait, wait. I'm worried what you just heard was, 'Give me a lot of bacon and eggs.' What I said was, 'Give me all the bacon and eggs you have.' Do you understand?" (watch it here)
Worst TV Movie/Best Social Media TV Event: If you were on Twitter during Panic At Rock Island, the horrible telemovie starring Grant Bowler and Anna Hutchison that centred on a virus outbreak at a music festival headlined by Aussie bands (insert your own "no wonder everyone got sick" joke here), you may remember that, even though the movie sucked, the laughs on Twitter made it completely bearable. Thanks again to everyone involved for a highly entertaining evening in front of the telly. The internet is a powerful tool when we use it to unite in mocking a television show.
Best Single Scene: The scene when Morgan (Lennie James) can't bring himself to shoot his zombie wife, while Rick (Andrew Lincoln) finds the Bicycle Girl zombie and says "I'm sorry this happened to you" before putting her ... umm, it out of its misery, toward the end of The Walking Dead premiere.
Best Hat: Raylan Givens' Stetson on Justified. Honourable mention: all of Frank Rossitano's hats on 30 Rock. By the way, you can read the slogans from all of Rossitano's hats, each one designed by actor/comedian Judah Friedlander, on the 30 Rock Wiki.
Worst Post-Death Scene: Shortly after Mr Vincent Nigel Murray was shot by Jacob Broadsky on Bones, his body was carried out to the coroners van while the team sang his favourite song: Harry Nilsson's Put The Lime In The Coconut. Honestly, who has that gawd-awful Lime In The Coconut song as their favourite?!
Most Optimistic News Going Into 2012: There is plenty of concern about TVNZ7 leaving the airwaves in June next year, however things look optimistic for the public service channel after United Future MP Peter Dunne stated that it was his intention to save the otherwise doomed station. Not that I don't trust Mr Dunne, but it might be a good idea to sign the petition over at SaveTVNZ7.co.nz anyway ... you know, just in case.
What random awards would you like to hand out to the shows, people and stories of 2011?
One final note: I really do mean what I said before - thank you all for your support and readership throughout the year, from the bottom of my heart. Have a great Christmas and a wonderful New Year.
On The Box will be back on January 9.
(*) Last year's awards are right here.
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