The Year in TV: April 2010

Continuing out look at the year’s most notable television events, here’s what happened in April 2010.

Comedy Central airs the 200th episode of South Park, which causes controversy for a recurring character on the show, the Prophet Mohammed.


Matt Smith becomes the 11th actor to play Doctor Who. His debut episode brings 1.2 million viewers to BBC America, setting a new ratings record for the cable channel.


American Idol airs their third Idol Gives Back special, which featured performances from Elton John, Annie Lennox, the Black Eyed Peas, Carrie Underwood, and more. Over $45 million dollars were raised from donations and downloads from sponsors and viewers, with the proceeds benefiting Save The Children, Malaria No More, America’s Second Harvest, and UNICEF, among other charities.


The following shows made their TV debuts: CBS’ Miami Medical, HBO’s Treme, ABC’s Romantically Challenged, and Happy Town.


Meanwhile, these shows aired their series finales: NBC’s Trauma, ABC’s Ugly Betty, CBS’ Accidentally on Purpose,the CW’s Melrose Place and High Society.


If you have a kid (or if you are one), chances are you seen one of the new family-friendly series that debuted this month: Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Doodlebops Rockin’ Road Show, Good Luck Charlie, Generator Rex, Adventure Time With Finn and Jake, and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated


Designing Women’s Dixie Carter, Allen Swift, the voice of Howdy Doody and Underdog’s Simon Bar Sinister, Dorothy Provine from The Alaskans and The Roaring Twenties and Dynasty’s John Forsythe and Christopher Cazenove were all legendary TV actors who left us this month.


MTV’s The Real World/Road Rules Challenge and 16 & Pregnant, HBO’s How to Make It America, VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club, TNT’s Southland, Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, ABC’s Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, The CW’s Life Unexpected, FOX’s Human Target, Starz Spartacus: Blood & Sand, FX’s Damages, and NBC’s The Marriage Ref, Who Do You Think You Are?, and Minute to Win It all aired their season finales.





Punk Rock's WiiRMZ Rage at the Dying of the Light on 'Faster Cheaper'

The eight songs on WiiRMZ's Faster Cheaper are like a good sock to the jaw, bone-rattling, and disorienting in their potency.


Willie Nelson Surveys His World on 'First Rose of Spring'

Country legend Willie Nelson employs his experience on a strong set of songs to take a wide look around him.


Gábor Lázár Is in Something of a Holding Pattern on 'Source'

Experimental electronic artist Gábor Lázár spins his wheels with a new album that's intermittently exciting but often lacking in variety.


Margo Price Is Rumored to Be the New Stevie Nicks

Margo Price was marketed as country rock because of her rural roots. But she was always more rock than country, as one can hear on That's How Rumors Get Started.


DMA's Discuss Their Dancier New Album 'The Glow'

DMA's lead-singer, Tommy O'Dell, discusses the band's new album The Glow, and talks about the dancier direction in their latest music.


Garage Rockers the Bobby Lees Pay Tribute to "Wendy" (premiere)

The Bobby Lees' "Wendy" is a simmering slice of riot 'n' roll that could have come from the garage or the gutter but brims with punk attitude.


Indie Pop's Fuller Delivers Moment of Levity With "Crush Me" (premiere)

Indie pop's Fuller delivers the infectious "Crush Me" from an upcoming EP. "It's about knowing that I might fail, but not fearing failure, because never trying would be the biggest failure of all."


Laura Nyro's "Save the Country" Calls Out from the Past

Laura Nyro, a witchy, queer, ethnic Russian Jew, died young, but her non-conformist anthem, "Save the Country", carries forth to these troubled times.


Journalist Jonathan Cott's Interviews, Captured

With his wide-ranging interviews, Jonathan Cott explores "the indispensable and transformative powers of the imagination."

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

Coronavirus and the Culture Wars

Infodemics, conspiracies -- fault lines beneath the Fractured States of America tremble in this time of global pandemic, amplify splinters, fractures, and fissures past and present.


'Switched-On Seeker' Is an Imaginative Electronic Reimagining of Mikal Cronin's Latest LP

Listeners who prefer dense rock/pop timbres will no doubt prefer Mikal Cronin's 'Seeker'. However, 'Switched-On Seeker' will surely delight fans of smaller-scale electronic filters.


IYEARA Heighten the Tension on Remix of Mark Lanegan's "Playing Nero" (premiere)

Britsh trio IYEARA offer the first taste of a forthcoming reworking of Mark Lanegan's Somebody's Knocking with a remix of "Playing Nero".

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