Each year we ask for your input on the categories for the next Australian Tumbleweeds. Below is the list of last year’s categories. Tell us what you think should stay, go or be added. You can leave your comments or suggestions until 6th November 2009.
LAST YEAR’S CATEGORIES
WORST NEW COMEDY
WORST ENTERTAINMENT PERSONALITY
WORST ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME
WORST GAME OR PANEL SHOW
WORST SKETCH SHOW
WORST OVERALL COMEDY
WORST OVERALL CHANNEL / NETWORK FOR COMEDY
WORST RADIO COMEDY
WORST RADIO PERSONALITY
WORST PODCAST OR CD
WORST BOOK OR ITEM OF SPIN-OFF MERCHANDISE
MOST USELESS PANEL / TALKSHOW GUEST
THE ROBERT FIDGEON MEMORIAL AWARD FOR WORST CRITIC
MOST OVER-RATED COMEDY
MOST UNNECESSARILY OVER-EXPOSED COMEDIAN(S)
LEAST HOPED-FOR RETURN
MOST DISAPPOINTING COMEDY
MOST DISAPPOINTING COMEDIAN
THE ‘PISSING ON THEIR LEGACY’ AWARD
MOST IRRITATING OR POINTLESS CAMEO
MOST BLATANT PLAGIARISM
THE ‘MORE EFFORT INTO THEIR HAIRSTYLES THAN THEIR COMEDY’ AWARD
THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR CRAP COMEDY
BEST NEW COMEDY
I’d say we ditch the Hairstyle award (Wil Anderson’s had enough exposure!) and maybe Worst Export. A timely new category might be Stupidest Media Beat-Up, or something along those lines.
There was a suggestion to ditch “worst new comedy” as there’s been almost no new comedy this year, but I don’t know… part of me thinks there’d be no better indication as to how the commercial networks see comedy than to have “old Hey Hey It’s Saturdays” win that category.
Worst Export can probably go, just because nothing’s been exported yet (TAYG will be the winner in 2010, no doubt). We might not need all the panel show categories either, as that fad seems to have faded finally.
And yeah, the hairstyle fad seems to have fizzled out too (mostly because there’s no-one new coming through… still, Josh Thomas is a prime contender there). Wil Anderson’s new book needs a solid kicking tho’.
There are plenty of New Comedies this year, Race Relations, TBYG, Lawrence Leung and many more. And technically The Librarians series 2 is new.
A rather good suggestion by e-mail:
BLANDEST COMEDY – For all the forgettable comedy not bad enough to get nominated in other categories and not good enough to be watchable.
“Most Overdue DVD release” is my latest thought. Which we give automatically to The Games series 2.
Of course. Though that DVD of Graham Kennedy’s Coast to Coast was pretty overdue too, mind you.
Blandest Comedy is probably a goer, but personally bland pretty much equals bad – “forgettable” is a pretty dismissive insult, after all.
There should be both a category for crappiest media beat up and for crappiest management decision – one usually but not always follows the other, so it’s an important distinction.