tenplay Trending 2016 Review: If Your Sofa Could Talk

Published: 12 December 2016

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Maybe you sat on its edge watching Australian Survivor, smacked at its sides laughing at Goggleboxers, jumped up and down on its seats during the finale of MasterChef, cried tears into its cushions during Offspring and The Bachelorette. Here are some of those 2016 moments on TEN that sofas nation-wide would agree affected all of us.

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Contentious Survivor (Australian Survivor)

She was the wildcard no one saw coming. Spending practically an entire season under the radar, Kristie somehow made it to Australian Survivor’s final three, culminating in a three-way immunity pillar-off with a much-debated outcome. Australia may have been divided when it came to her winning credentials versus Lee’s, but since she won a practically unanimous vote from her fellow castaways, those who were there suffered no such indecision.

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Just what the doctor ordered (Offspring)

The announcement that Offspring would be returning for a sixth season generated cheers and high expectations. To our utter joy, as well as babies, Offspring proved it still delivers its unique, quirky style of comedy, drama we can all relate to, and romance that gets our heart rates up. The increasingly extended Proudman clan had a lot to deal with this season, especially Darcy’s death. Come the finale, as they carried out Darcy’s wishes gathering in the park to scatter his ashes and sing ‘Wild Thing’, as we usually do when watching this show, we laughed as well as cried.

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I’m a record breaker… get me out of here! (I’m A Celebrity…)

This season’s jungle bunch were a laudably hardy lot, with Shane Warne even facing his greatest fear by getting up close and personal with a baboon spider. But it was Laurina Fleure who truly stole the show, breaking the world record for most celebrity challenges. Her finest hour: The Viper Room, where she somehow managed to lie still and claim 12 stars, despite a pair of amorous pythons getting slithery with it on top of her.

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The year’s best performance? (The People V O.J Simpson)

Despite being surrounded by remarkable acting, Sarah Paulson still managed to eclipse her American Crime Story counterparts. Personifying the strength and heart-rending vulnerability of lead prosecutor Marcia Clark, Paulson’s fearless turn not only won her an Emmy, but also ranked as one of the great US drama performances.

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A song in their hearts (The Bachelorette

Georgia’s epic love story had countless swoon-worthy scenes, but few as downright adorable as her suitors going Bachelors II Men and singing her a questionable harmony or two. It’s a shame only one could truly win her heart, because for that musical moment, they were all her special someone.

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Running on empty (Bathurst 1000)

Those expecting something special from this year’s Bathurst 1000 weren’t disappointed, as Will Davison won the closest finish in the marquee race’s 56-year history. The second Bathurst title for Davison, what made the feat even more impressive was that he managed to hold on despite running out of fuel at the last. Talk about cutting it close. 

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Thanks for the foggy memories (The Bold and the Beautiful)

Amnesia is a classic soap conceit, but B&B took it to a whole new level this year with Liam and Quinn’s ‘Fifty Shades of Forgetfulness’ storyline. With Steffy’s bearded boy wonder unable to withdraw any currency from his memory banks, black widow Quinn fabricated an elaborate story that reimagined them as married couple Adam and Eve. And yes, they did get to know each other in the biblical sense.

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The wrong girl? (The Bachelor)

Richie’s quest for true love found him Alex, but so deep was the public feeling for runner-up Nikki that the outcry was unprecedented. While it’s clear that Strahan and his chosen sweetheart are defying the negativity by going from strength to strength, only time will tell if Nikki’s destined to be Australia’s next Bachelorette.

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Gogglebach (Gogglebox)

Your friendly neighbourhood Goggleboxers said, in typical fashion, what most of the nation was thinking during The Bachelor finale. Screamed it, to be precise. Queue an echo of “Nooooooooo”s, followed by Anastasia’s more succinct appraisal of the situation: “IDIOT! Big, big mistake. Huge mistake. Like, life huge mistake.”

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Sportsmanship has never been sweeter (MasterChef)

It was one of the greatest finales in MasterChef history, and not because of Heston Blumenthal’s 100-step Verjus in Egg. In a tense final round with everything to play for, Elena stopped to help a struggling Matt complete his dish. It was an utterly selfless, quintessentially MasterChef moment, and Elena not only lifted the trophy, but carved herself a little piece of legend in the process.

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Is it aliens, or is it the government? We still don’t know! (The X-Files)

After 16 years wondering what Mulder and Scully might be up to, hoping they were shacked up together somewhere, living in marital bliss, arguing over the best way to fry an egg, we were overcome by a paranormal sense of elation on seeing them partner up again for some more world-saving. The X-Files reboot had it all; Skinner, the Smoking Man, URST, humour, horror, and one hell of a cliffhanger. More like this please.

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Shakas and shoeys (Daniel Ricciardo’s F1 season)

The Hamilton-Rosberg rivalry may have dominated the F1 headlines this year, but the grid’s greatest hero was our own Daniel Ricciardo, whose dazzling moves were every bit the equal of his million-dollar smile. Highlight reel-worthy moments include throwing a shaka to mark his overtake of the year on Valtterri Bottas at the Italian GP, and drinking from the shoe of glory following his win in Malaysia.

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The love triangle of Biblical proportions (Neighbours)

Neighbours outdid itself with this year’s plot points: Lassiter’s exploded, snake stalkers stalked, a hot air balloon crashed, Paul Robinson was wrongfully imprisoned. But the love triangle between Paige, Father Jack, and God, is the most epic since the scribing of Genesis.

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Don’t go Dinozzo (NCIS)

After 13 years on the world’s most watched show, a very Special Agent Anthony Dinozzo bid farewell to the world of Navy crime. We wept, we wailed. After all these years, Dinozzo was more than a close friend to his fellow characters, and Michael Weatherly more than a close friend to fellow cast members. He had become our friend. Sniff.

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Family funnies (Family Feud)

For anyone who doesn’t already know this, Family Feud is more than a fun game show where people win stuff, it’s half-an-hour of hilarious banter between host Grant Denyer and his contestants. And it’s pretty darn cheeky banter at that. Give us a word that rhymes with song… Dong…

As in, ding dong?

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Good girl gone bad (The Good Wife)

When we first met Alicia Florrick she was slapping her cheating husband; when we said goodbye to her, she was receiving a slap for betraying her friend. Throughout the course of this show Alicia transformed from meek victim to powerful, ruthless, master manipulator. Her journey came full circle; the woman who stood by a husband full of qualities she detested, came to embody those qualities herself.

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Questionable life decisions (The Wrong Girl)

30-year-old Lily stole our hearts and the hearts of just about every character on The Wrong Girl. It wasn’t just because she was played by Jessica Marais, or because her character was smart, quirky, career-driven, a good friend, sister, daughter and colleague, etc, but because she was flawed, just like the rest of us. While there were a range of highly entertaining characters on this laugh-out-loud show, Craig McLaughlin’s portrayal of outlandish, ego-centric breakfast show host Eric, was a cringe-worthy and side-splitting highlight.

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Our beloved Waleeder (The Project)

We’d follow him into battle, we’d elect him to run most aspects of our lives. All Hail Waleed Aly! You Project host, you rousing, resonating writer and commentator, you guitar-playing legend. From your Gold Logie acceptance speech, to your video calling on us, The People, to Send Forgiveness Viral – we respect and salute you.

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Attention to detail (Have You Been Paying Attention?)

The look on Bachelor Richie Strahan and his partner Alex’s face when Tom Gleeson told them he had Nikki Gogan on the phone, was priceless. Just one of many irreverent, outright inappropriate, and hilarious moments on a show where the news events of the week are just fodder for its comedic contestants. These guys don’t let anything stop them, not even a media ban on imagery of the Olympics. Can’t use official pics? No matter, Tom Gleeson’s nephew proved quite the adept life-drawer of Olympic teams. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the tenplay team!