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TV Critics Awards go to: Battlestar Galactica, True Blood, Big Bang Theory, Mad Men

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#1 OFFLINE   phrelin


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Posted 03 August 2009 - 12:37 PM

As if they were giving the finger to the Emmys, the Television Critics Association's 2009 Awards were as follows:
  • Program of the Year: Battlestar Galactica (Syfy)
  • Outstanding New Program: True Blood (HBO)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Drama: Mad Men (AMC)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  • Outstanding Achievement in News & Information: The Alzheimer's Project (HBO)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming: Yo Gabba Gabba (Nickelodeon)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Mini-Series & Specials: Grey Gardens (HBO)
  • Individual Achievement in Comedy: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Drama: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)
  • Heritage Award: ER (NBC)
The best report on this I could find is in the Toronto Star which includes the following:

But to quote Angela Lansbury – and several did that evening – from her 1996 TCA acceptance speech for Career Achievement, "F--- the Emmys."

The most important thing about the list is that "Big Bang Theory" is the only current broadcast network show on it. NBC is acknowledged only for it's past greatness with "ER" receiving the Heritage Award. ABC, CBS, and Fox - well, let's just say they came up empty-handed.

The nominees were (winners in bold):


“Battlestar Galactica” (SciFi Channel)
“Lost” (ABC)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“The Shield” (FX)


“30 Rock” (NBC)
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“The Daily Show” (Comedy Central)
“How I Met Your Mother” (CBS)
“The Office” (NBC)


“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Friday Night Lights” (NBC/DirecTV)
“Lost” (ABC)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“The Shield” (FX)


2008 Summer Olympic Coverage (NBC)
“24: Redemption” (Fox)
“Generation Kill” (HBO)
“Grey Gardens” (HBO)
“Taking Chance” (HBO)


“Fringe” (Fox)
“The Mentalist” (CBS)
“No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” (HBO)
“True Blood” (HBO)
“United States of Tara” (Showtime)


Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”)
Steve Carell (“The Office”)
Tina Fey (“30 Rock”)
Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother”)
Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”)


Glenn Close (“Damages”)
Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”)
Walton Goggins (“The Shield”)
Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”)
Hugh Laurie (“House”)


“Camp Rock” (The Disney Channel)
“The Electric Company” (PBS)
“Nick News” (Nickelodeon)
“Sid the Science Kid” (PBS)
“Yo Gabba Gabba” (Nickelodeon)


“60 Minutes” (CBS)
“The Alzheimer’s Project” (HBO)
“Frontline” (PBS)
“The Rachel Maddow Show” (MSNBC)
“We Shall Remain” (PBS)


“ER” (NBC)

“M*A*S*H” (CBS)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“The Shield” (FX)
“Star Trek” (NBC)

Edited by phrelin, 03 August 2009 - 12:44 PM.
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Posted 03 August 2009 - 01:21 PM

Thanks, Phrelin, it's an interesting list. While I probably would have selected a slightly different list of nominees, based on what was available for here, the picks were pretty dead on.

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 02:21 PM

Interesting list. Pretty much agree with it except for True Blood. Really? True Blood? I tried with that show, I really did. I made it half-way through the 3rd episode before I canceled the series on my DVR. Guess it was just me...

Otherwise, pretty good list.

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 02:22 PM

I'm surprised! This list actually has things on it that I watch! I don't remember that happening before. Now, I don't watch miniseries, pretty much at all, so I don't know that stuff, but this is the first time I recall that the critics are reaching out to programming that people seem to watch.
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Posted 03 August 2009 - 06:09 PM

I'm surprised! This list actually has things on it that I watch!

Agreed! Though I'd have liked to see The Shield get something (what an amazing 7 year series that was!), it's hard to disagree with most of the choices.

F the Emmies indeed.

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 06:18 PM

Nice to see Big Bang Theory get an award. I was somewhat flabbergasted that The Sheldon Show wasn't even nominated for a best show Emmy. Even with an expanded nominee list they couldn't make room for one of the best comedies currently on television.
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Posted 04 August 2009 - 11:45 AM

I was also disappointed that The Shield did not get anything. And the chronic underdog, Frid ay Night Lights. They should have gotten something for the two lead actors.

I also gave up on True Blood, but my husband loves it.

Lastly, my daughter watches Yo Gabba Gabba. It is the most ridiculous, annoying kids show there is!! I hate it!!.


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Posted 04 August 2009 - 12:05 PM

I'm surprised! This list actually has things on it that I watch! I don't remember that happening before. Now, I don't watch miniseries, pretty much at all, so I don't know that stuff, but this is the first time I recall that the critics are reaching out to programming that people seem to watch.

While I have sampled all but 2 on the list, I do not watch a single program on the list with regularity. To me....most are rehashes of previous program ideas and characters.

Network TV seems to struggle with launching truly new ideas, which perhaps explains why overall ratings have gone down there for some time, in lieu of other content channel providers.
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