The Year in TV: September 2010

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

The start of the fall season brought a lot of new shows to television, but there were also cancellations and other news events.

TV-related news takes a serious turn, as a deranged man created a hostage situation at the Discovery Communications Building. He threatened network employees with pistols and a explosive device until policemen shot and killed him.


Here’s the new series that the major networks offered us this month:

The CW: Hellcats and Nikita.


NBC: The Event, Outsourced, Chase, Undercovers, Law & Order: Los Angeles, and Outlaw.


FOX: Raising Hope, Running Wilde, and Lone Star.


CBS: Hawaii Five-O, $#*! My Dad Says, Blue Bloods, The Defenders, and Mike and Molly.


ABC: No Ordinary Family, Better With You, Detroit 1-8-7, The Whole Truth, and My Generation.


Within the month, FOX’s critically praised Lone Star and ABC’s critically panned My Generation become the first two new fall series to be cancelled for low ratings.


Reality TV shows were still in full swing, with the following shows starting new seasons: ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, CBS’ Undercover Boss, Survivor: Nicaragua, and The Amazing Race, NBC’s The Apprentice, The Biggest Loser, and School Pride, The CW’s America’s Next Top Model, FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen, A&E’s Hoarders, and TLC’s Sister Wives.


PBS airs The Tenth Inning, focusing on the developments and events in professional baseball that happened from 1994 to 2009. It was a continuation of Ken Burns Emmy Award-winning original documentary series.


With its 10th season scheduled to air in January 2011, American Idol announces that Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, singer/actress Jennifer Lopez, and Randy Jackson will be their judges. Also, former judge Kara DioGuardi alleged that she wasn’t officially notified about being dropped from the show, but heard the news from her father, who heard it on the radio.


CBS’ As The World Turns ended after 54 years on air. It was the second longest-running TV soap opera and the last series entirely produced by Procter and Gamble.


During a press conference, Apple announces plans for their second version of Apple TV. The device streams iTunes rentals and other video files and has 8GB of flash storage, in a smaller size and a lower price than the original.


The voice of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Billie Mae Richards, writer/producer Stephen J. Cannelli, McCoy’s Tony Curtis, Checkers & Pogo’s Morgan White, announcer Art Gilmore, producer David Dortort, Rhoda’s Harold Gould, broadcaster John Kluge, actor Kevin McCarthy Love, Sidney’s Marilyn Cantor Baker, comedian Greg Giraldo, and director/producer Arthur Holch were some of the television personalities we lost this month.





90 Years on 'Olivia' Remains a Classic of Lesbian Literature

It's good that we have our happy LGBTQ stories today, but it's also important to appreciate and understand the daunting depths of feeling that a love repressed can produce. In Dorothy Strachey's case, it produced the masterful Olivia.


Indie Rocker Alpha Cat Presents 'Live at Vox Pop' (album stream)

A raw live set from Brooklyn in the summer of 2005 found Alpha Cat returning to the stage after personal tumult. Sales benefit organizations seeking to end discrimination toward those seeking help with mental health issues.

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

A Lesson from the Avengers for Our Time of COVID-19

Whereas the heroes in Avengers: Endgame stew for five years, our grief has barely taken us to the after-credit sequence. Someone page Captain Marvel, please.


Between the Grooves of Nirvana's 'Nevermind'

Our writers undertake a track-by-track analysis of the most celebrated album of the 1990s: Nirvana's Nevermind. From the surprise hit that brought grunge to the masses, to the hidden cacophonous noise-fest that may not even be on your copy of the record, it's all here.


Deeper Graves Arrives via 'Open Roads' (album stream)

Chrome Waves, ex-Nachtmystium man Jeff Wilson offers up solo debut, Open Roads, featuring dark and remarkable sounds in tune with Sisters of Mercy and Bauhaus.

Featured: Top of Home Page

The 50 Best Albums of 2020 So Far

Even in the coronavirus-shortened record release schedule of 2020, the year has offered a mountainous feast of sublime music. The 50 best albums of 2020 so far are an eclectic and increasingly "woke" bunch.


First Tragedy, Then Farce, Then What?

Riffing off Marx's riff on Hegel on history, art historian and critic Hal Foster contemplates political culture and cultural politics in the age of Donald Trump in What Comes After Farce?


HAIM Create Their Best Album with 'Women in Music Pt. III'

On Women in Music Pt. III, HAIM are done pretending and ready to be themselves. By learning to embrace the power in their weakest points, the group have created their best work to date.


Amnesia Scanner's 'Tearless' Aesthetically Maps the Failing Anthropocene

Amnesia Scanner's Tearless aesthetically maps the failing Anthropocene through its globally connected features and experimental mesh of deconstructed club, reggaeton, and metalcore.


How Lasting Is the Legacy of the Live 8 Charity Concert?

A voyage to the bottom of a T-shirt drawer prompts a look back at a major event in the history of celebrity charity concerts, 2005's Live 8, Philadelphia.


Jessie Ware Embraces Her Club Culture Roots on Rapturous 'What's Your Pleasure?'

British diva Jessie Ware cooks up a glittery collection of hedonistic disco tracks and delivers one of the year's best records with What's Your Pleasure.


Paul Weller Dazzles with the Psychedelic and Soulful 'On Sunset'

Paul Weller's On Sunset continues his recent streak of experimental yet tuneful masterworks. More than 40 years into his musical career, Weller sounds as fresh and inspired as ever.

Collapse Expand Reviews

Collapse Expand Features
PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.