Six of TV’s Most Valuable Players for 2014

By Rachel Cruz | 3 years ago
Six of TV’s Most Valuable Players for 2014
Actor Matthew McConaughey at the 83rd Academy Awards.

It has been another impressive year for television indeed. The medium has been continuously breaking ground and coping with the changing times. Great talents and personalities with big ideas emerged, making TV watching a lot more exciting. Who were they and what have they done to make TV in 2014 unforgettable? Read our round-up of TV’s MVPs for 2014 below.

Matthew McConaughey on “True Detective” – The movie actor, who also bagged this year’s Best Actor award at the Oscars and other award-giving bodies, surprised everyone with his bid to do television for HBO’s “True Detective.” It wasn’t a surprise, however, when he delivered one of the best performances of his career via the limited TV series. As Rust Cohle, McConaughey took the medium to a different level. Now, the small screen really isn’t just for second-tier actors.

Jill Soloway, Jeffrey Tambor and the cast and crew of “Transparent” – Hailed by critics as one of the most outstanding shows of 2014, “Transparent” delivered a touching story and opened viewers to the experiences of a transgender and his family. Jill Soloway received plenty of praises for writing the series, while Jeffrey Tambor was lauded for his performance as Maura/Mort. The show is a front-runner in many awards show, no doubt. The series will return with a second season in 2015 on Amazon Prime.

Shonda Rhimes and ABC’s TGiT (Thank God, It’s Thursday!) Program Line Up – Thursdays used to be dominated by comedy series, but ABC, through writer and producer Shonda Rhimes, changed all that. Shondaland Productions’ “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder” have made Thursday nights “Shonday nights." The ratings has also proven that ABC is lording it over other networks for the primetime slot for this particular night of the week.

Ryan Murphy – The writer and producer has had another great year with “American Horror Story,” pushing the levels of shock culture further. His other project, the TV movie “The Normal Heart,” also had a good screen time on HBO. It received an Emmy award last August 2014. Murphy will soon be unveiling his latest TV show “American Crime Story,” while capping of the last season of “Glee” with a nice send-off for 2015.

Miniseries Emergence – This year brought back the popularity of miniseries and limited engagements and anthologies. The trend started coming back to the fold a  few years ago, but it has started peaking in 2014 with “True Detective,” “Fargo,” “The Missing” and “The Honourable Woman,” among others. It will continue to become a trend in 2015 as networks and producers are opting to do more shortened and limited series.

Streaming Sites like Netflix and Amazon Prime – This service is already changing the TV landscape faster than anyone has expected. In the past two years, Netflix has been making a mark on the industry with quality shows like “Orange Is the New Black” and “House of Cards.” The platform allowed for “binge-watching” as a new way to enjoy a TV series. Amazon Prime, meanwhile, has finally found its hit in “Transparent” and has also released a gem of a series over Christmas with “Mozart in the Jungle.” These two shows are critic favorites.

The streaming sites have also taken in canceled series or shows that traditional networks have dumped from their line-up, thus giving it a chance to be seen. Many actors are also slowly becoming interested in doing TV shows for this platform as there are countless of TV projects in development for 2015. It’s an exciting time for a TV fan too, as now, there are plenty of options to picking out a show to watch.

What’s your impression of the year that was in television? Do you agree that it has been a wonderfully diversified year? Sound off in the comments below.

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Rachel will watch any TV show once to see if it's worth following. She watches 55 to 60 American, British and Canadian TV shows on any regular week. Glued to TV, she has not seen the world outside in a while. :P