The 2020 TV Hot List: The Year’s Biggest and Buzziest Shows, Networks and People

Honorees include Watchmen, The Mandalorian and Schitt’s Creek

This was already going to be a watershed year for the TV industry given the amount of new streaming services that entered the space in the past 12 months. But then Covid-19 dealt Hollywood a completely unexpected blow. As people were stuck at home, television proved an essential lifeline during the pandemic, especially the shows—like many of this year’s TV Hot List winners—which either provided a much-needed escape (like Disney+’s The Mandalorian, from TV Creator of the Year Jon Favreau) or spotlighted many of the same hot-button issues that were gripping the country (like Watchmen, our Show of the Year, and Lovecraft Country from Game Changer of the Year Misha Green). Meanwhile, linear TV is still hanging tough despite the increased competition, thanks to people like TLC president Howard Lee, Adweek’s TV Executive of the Year. From Watchmen to Schitt’s Creek to Stephen Colbert, this year’s TV Hot List honors 2020’s biggest and buzziest shows, networks and people.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 26, 2020, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.