Here 10 things from TV in 2013 that were memorable to me.  Feel free to agree, or more likely disagree, and add your own lists below.

# The announcement that Paul Henry is returning to New Zealand television to host a daily late night show.
Love him or hate him, Paul Henry is good for TV simply because he gets people talking.  Usually, quite passionately.

# House of Cards.
This was definitely my favourite show of 2013 and a real contender for all time favourite.  While the show has been out on DVD since June in the US, TV3 will get around to screening at some point in 2014 while the entire second season will be made available on Netflix from Feb 15.

# This moment from the Emmy Awards:

# Breaking Bad.
I spent too large a chunk of the middle of the year quite ill with pnuemonia.  I’d only seen the first season so there was some epic catching up prior to the fantastic season finale.  If you haven’t seen this yet, get the box set.

# Game of Thrones.
I will never forget the Red Wedding.  What an epic moment in TV history.

# Jono and Ben at Ten.
This local Friday night comedy has gone from strength to strength in 2013 with both Boyce and Pryor producing some excellent weekly entertainment.

# Jack Bauer is coming back
24 has been absent from my viewing schedule for far too long.  A different city in a different country, Bauer in London is definitely something I’m looking forward to seeing in 2014.  Someone just needs to bring back Sydney Bristow and my life will be complete.

# Hello Ladies
I don’t typically like shows that give you 30 minutes to an hour of cringing but Stephen Merchant was hilariously funny in this show.

# Banshee
Outrageous Fortune’s Antony Starr kicked 2013 off with a crime drama on US cable channel Cinemax.  I’m very much looking forward to it’s return on Jan 11th.

# The rise of digital.
Netflix had a great year and even picked up some Emmy Awards without actual broadcasting anything in primetime.  Amazon even got in on the act with a couple of shows of their own, proving that producers can deliver content to audiences without broadcasters.  This is creating some interesting scenarios, particularly where shows that get canceled by networks can take on a new life online.  Great news for anyone who ever stuck with a show only to be left with a cliffhanger ending with no chance of ever getting any resolution.

What about you?

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Regan is one of the co-founders of Throng Media.
If they're on, I'm usually watching Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, 24, Battlestar Galactica, The X Factor, Survivor, House of Cards, Mad Men and the NRL.
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  • Trevor Ashman

    YAY for 24…..does anyone know whether it will screen in NZ? it better 🙂

    • 24 is scheduled to air in May 2014 in the US. I’d be very surprised to see it on NZ screens at all, let alone before September . Best to just download it online. I wouldn’t bother waiting for it.