ABC News
Lynette Rice and James Hibberd
December 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM EST

It’s a lot harder than it seems, whittling down the big stories that rocked the TV industry this year. Do we ignore how DirecTV tortured its subscribers by yanking the Viacom channels? Do we overlook how Disney Channel finally overcame the juggernaut that is Nickelodeon?

Yup, we do. There were just too many, far more significant milestones/flub-ups/hot messes that we wanted to acknowledge. So after much deliberation, here are the top 10 stories that had us buzzing and/or shaking or heads in disbelief.

10. Arrivederci, Jersey Shore and friends

Cable bid farewell to some pretty major powerhouses this year, including MTV’s Jersey Shore and Discovery’s American Choppers and Dirty Jobs. We’re not too sure how Discovery plans to fill the void left behind by Mike Rowe’s labor of love and those motorcycle boys, but MTV has already turned its back on Snooki and Co. by setting its sights on a bunch of hell raisers in West Virginia. Get ready, America.

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