With the good times of New Year’s Eve nearly upon us it’s time to say farewell to 2011 and hello 2012. Before we do, though, let’s get a little nostalgic and take a look back at the best TV mom moments and stories of 2011 that deserve another look.
1. A farewell to Soap Operas – Okay, not all Soap Operas, but this daytime staple took a major hit in 2011 with the announcement that two of ABC’s long-running Soaps would be getting the boot. All My Children aired its final episode on September 23, 2011, while One Life to Live is slated to end in January 2012.
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2. Celebrating the birth of a comedic legend – Lucille Ball would have celebrated her 100th birthday on August 6, 2011. Accordingly, celebrations of her life on film and television were aired over that weekend in 2011 on the Hallmark Channel and TCM.
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3. Kiss them goodbye – 2011 saw the announcement that the ladies of Wisteria Lane would be bidding us adieu as Desperate Housewives would end after their eighth season.
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4. Switched at Birth keeps viewers from switching channels – When ABC Family introduced this new drama to their 2011 summer lineup, it quickly gained a fan base. The show not only took on the intriguing conundrum of two families being thrown together when they learned their teenage daughters were actually switched at birth (didn’t see that one coming, did ya?), but the show also actively uses American Sign Language.
Another added bonus to this summer breakout? It brought Constance Marie of George Lopez fame and Lea Thompson (Back to the Future, Caroline in the City) back to the small screen.
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5. The Secret Life of the American Teenager takes on one tough topic – While it might be easy to dismiss Secret Life as just another guilty pleasure-teen drama, this past summer the show threw viewers a major curveball when they took on a heartbreaking storyline that included a teen’s pregnancy ending in stillbirth. The actual moment was handled with great care and viewers felt the repercussions of that tragic loss throughout season 4.
6. HawthoRNe flatlines, but Pinkett-Smith’s marriage does not– On September 2, 2011 the cancellation of TNT’s HawthoRNe starring Jada Pinkett Smith was confirmed. While many could swear they saw this coming, the lack of renewal will leave fans of the show with some lingering, never-to-be-answered questions.
Only a week earlier, Pinkett Smith and husband Will Smith’s marriage came under fire with many speculating an affair between the lead actress and her co-star Marc Anthony. The couple and their family strenuously denied any troubles in their relationship.
7. Touchdown for USA’s Necessary Roughness – One of the greatest additions to a summer lineup overloaded with reality TV and reruns, Necessary Roughness was a sassy breath of fresh air with Callie Thorne taking on the lead role of Dr. Dani Santino. In September 2011 fans were gifted with the news that USA would renew their summer success for a second season.
8. A major loss on Army Wives – Lifetime’s incredible hour-long drama, Army Wives, saw its first significant in-combat loss that directly impacted the main characters in the season 5 episode, On Behalf of a Grateful Nation. This episode that aired in March 2011 was the most watched in Army Wives history.
9. One Tree Hill gets the nod for one more season – Fans of the long-running CW show were given early Christmas gifts in 2011 when first, in June, it was revealed that OTH was confirmed for a ninth season, and then in August, the greatest gift of all when Chad Michael Murray announced he would be returning for this final season.
10. TLC says goodbye to the Gosselins – Kate Gosselin’s rein as reality TV’s most talked about TV mom came to a close in 2011 when TLC revealed that they would not renew the mom of eight’s reality show, Kate Plus 8. The short-lived revamped reality show aired its final episode on September 12, 2011.
So many memorable TV moments from 2011, did your favorite make our top 10 list? Share your favorite 2011 TV mom memories in the comments section below.
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