It was an undistinguished 2010 for television, so ordinary it generated only nine significant events, four of them low lights. The year started with a messy reversal of one of TV's worst programming mistakes -- "Leno" at 10 p.m. -- and ended with the country paying far too much attention to a contrived dancing competition, "Dancing With the Stars. Viewers watched as clumping Bristol Palin advanced farther in the competition than her performance could possibly allow.
The broadcast networks' rollout of new fall shows was pretty much a disaster. Hailed by many critics, Fox's Lone Star, about a Texas bigamist, was the first to go, after two episodes. Perhaps most notable were the demises of three long-term, groundbreaking shows within a few weeks -- "Law & Order," "Lost" and "24" -- and battles and uncertainty over TV signal delivery simmered and bubbled up throughout the year.