Established shows continue their dominance in 2010, though no one's resting on their laurels. We're as excited by 2010's upcoming small-screen activity as we are by the big. We have a new Doctor, there are fresh faces in Skins and Glee marches across the pond. The proven hits jostle with a few new commissions in our TV top 10 rundown. Do not adjust your set...
Our Top Ten Picks
- Starring: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan.
- David Tennant may have left the building but with newcomer Matt Smith taking the reigns as the good doctor, and Steven Moffat (Coupling, Jekyll) stepping in to take over from writer Russell T. Davies - we’re banking on a whole new set of exciting stories from the latest time traveller.
- Starring: Joseph Mazzello, Jon Seda, James Badge Dale, William Sadler and Isabel Lucas.
- After the success of Band of Brothers, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are teaming up once again to bring us another war-time TV series shot by cinematic standards - focusing this time on the United States Marine Corps' actions during World War II.
- Starring: Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines, Monica Raymund and Hayley McFarland.
- Already in its second series Lie to Me is one TV show we’re watching out for in 2010. From the producers of Arrested Development, Lie to Me follows a group of psychologists as they assist in uncovering crimes, via the perpetrators’ facial expressions.
- Starring: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Jessalyn Gilsig, Jane Lynch and Jayma Mays.
- The all-singing all-dancing cast of Glee is hitting a high note with audiences both here and across the pond in the U.S. With its colourful characters - including a helping of dry humour from Jane Lynch (Role Models, The 40 Year Old Virgin) - Glee doesn’t miss a beat.
- Starring: Kaya Scodelario, Lisa Backwell, Luke Pasqualino, Jack O'Connell and Ollie Barbieri.
- Series four of Skins returns this month with the same line-up from series three, but this time with guest appearances from Will Young, Chris Addison and Pauline Quirke. With more angst from Bristol’s trendiest teens, we definitely will be tuning in.
- Starring: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten and Rutina Wesley.
- While we welcome an onslaught of new shows onto our TV screens in 2010, True Blood continues to keep our pulses racing. With more blood-sucking scandal than an Anne Rice novel, what more could we possibly ask for?