Top TV Stories of 2012: 'Walking Dead,' 'Homeland' and NBC's comeback
Jeff Zucker, Kevin Clash and Live+7 ratings also make the list
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In many ways, 2012 was a status quo year on the small screen. CBS ruled overall. FOX ruled in the always-crucial 18-49 demographic. "Modern Family" swept any available award for outstanding comedy series. And lots and lots of people watched a cable show about zombies.
But it was also a year of upheaval. Revered showrunners were sent packing. A disgraced network chief landed a high profile new job as his former network finally showed signs of recovery. "Mad Men" finally lost at the Emmys and a scandal overtook TV's most wholesome show.
Check out our list of The Biggest TV Stories of 2012 in the gallery below.
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1984 | Documentary | NRSummary: The story of the life and influence of Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay US politicians and a dedicated activist who worked to improve thousands of lives prior to his 1978 assassination.Director: Rob Epstein
Cast: Harvey Fierstein, Harvey Milk, Anne Kronenberg
2009 | Comedy | NRSummary: The US President and the UK Prime Minister are looking to launch a war in the Middle East. The plot follows government officials and advisers in their behind-the-scenes efforts either to promote the war or prevent it. Spinal Tap meets Strangelove. A satirical demolition of Whitehall and Washingto...Director: Armando Iannucci
Cast: Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, Gina McKee, James Gandolfini
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Jack O’Connell commands attention as a violent young man sent up to an adult prison, where he finds help from his also-incarcerated father when trying to survive amongst this whole new class of criminals.Director: David Mackenzie
Cast: Jack O'Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the Internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes.Director: Sofia Coppola
Cast: Emma Watson, Israel Broussard, Taissa Farmiga, Katie Chang
2015 | Comedy | NRSummary: Music, comedy, adventure and romance come to life as the knight Galavant seeks revenge against the evil King who stole away his true love Madalena.Director: Dan Fogelman (creator)
Cast: Joshua Sasse, Timothy Omundson, Vinnie Jones
2010 | Adventure | TV-PGSummary: Teenaged superhero sidekicks and proteges strive to prove their worth alongside their adult counterparts as they balance difficulties in their own lives.Director: Paul Norris (creator)
Cast: Danica McKellar, Jesse McCartney, Nolan North
2012 | Documentary | PG-13Summary: Sarah Polley constructs a moving and surprising family portrait in this excellent documentary that explores the truth and exaggerations of storytelling.Director: Sarah Polley
Cast: Michael Polley, John Buchan, Mark Polley
1993 | Action | PG-13Summary: A young man gets the chance to work alongside his movie idol (Arnold Schwarzenegger) when he’s pulled right into the movie in this cleverly meta spin on big-ticket action films.Director: John McTiernan
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, F. Murray Abraham, Art Carney
1957 | Thriller | NRSummary: Lean and mean Mike Hammer story in which Mickey Spillane’s private detective seeks to avenge the death of a young woman, leading him to stumble across gang fights and a Nazi treasure hoard.Director: Phil Victor, George White
Cast: Robert Bray, Whitney Blake, Patricia Donahue
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