The year in television news has been shocking, joyful, tragic, and altogether just plain emotional.
The year in television news has been shocking, joyful, tragic, and altogether just plain emotional. Netflix proved itself a worthy competitor within the TV world, Jimmy Fallon was announced as heir to the Tonight Show throne, and a soapy series got an even sudsier spinoff. We've had to say goodbye to several of our favorite shows as well of a handful of characters, but most heartbreaking of all, we had to let go of a beloved actor. Let's take a minute to look at the year in review.
Netflix Scores Serious Emmy Recognition
Netflix has been producing original content for almost two years now, but the online streaming company proved its mettle this year when three of its shows scored Primetime Emmy nominations in July. Political drama House of Cards went home with three wins and bragging rights to a total of nine nominations. Netflix also resurrected Arrested Development this year (more on that later), and the show's fourth season earned three nominations, including one for lead actor Jason Bateman. Next year at the Emmys, let's cross our fingers for some Orange Is the New Black love!
Breaking Bad Ends
After five turbulent seasons, Breaking Bad came to a startling end in September. The show had been getting more and more popular with audiences over the course of its run, and by the time the finale aired, Breaking Bad love — especially for stars Byran Cranston and Aaron Paul — was at a fever pitch. Everyone was watching it, probably even your mother. Farewell, Walt and Jesse, it's been fun.
Sleepy Hollow Is a Surprise Hit
Looking at the new Fall shows, we would not have predicted that a show about Ichabod Crane and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse would be the breakout hit of the season, but surprisingly, audiences really got into the supernatural series. Fox believes in it so much that the network renewed Sleepy Hollow for a second season in October, just three episodes into its initial run. Months later, ratings are steady, and we're impressed.
See more of the year's biggest entertainment headlines when you keep reading.