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TCA Awards: Mad Men, Big Bang, ER, True Blood, BSG are big winners - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 1st 2009 11:02PM
TCA logoTonight, the members of the Television Critics Association (including me) gathered at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena to give out its annual awards. The membership voted on the awards in the month leading up to the press tour; we were given a number of candidates to choose from in various categories. The membership was also asked to choose recipients for an individual Career Achievement award and the Heritage Award, which recognizes a past show that had a big impact artistically and on the industry.

The members gave ER its Heritage Award, which honors the impact the show has had on the TV landscape. As for current shows, the members gave Battlestar Galactica the Program of the Year award, Mad Men Outstanding Achievement in Drama. The Big Bang Theory won for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, and Jim Parsons won the Individual Achievement in Comedy award for his performance. Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad won the Individual Achievement in Drama award. True Blood won the Outstanding New Program Award. And, finally, the award I'm most excited about (because she'll likely be there): Betty White received the Career Achievement award.

A complete list of winners is after the jump.

2009 TCA Award recipients are 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)

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)

HERITAGE AWARD: ER (NBC)

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: Betty White

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Yay for BSG! I know a lot of fans didn't care for the finale, but I loved it.
Mad Men-Bleh.
Big Bang Theory-I get the feeling everyone is realizing, after all this time, that Chuck Lorre is a genius.

August 02 2009 at 10:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Heather

Woohoo for all of them!

As for "Braking" Bad, I can see that show. A chem teacher finds out he has terminal cancer so he decides to race recklessly to raise money for his family.

August 02 2009 at 9:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RobynM

Woot for BBT, Jim Parsons, Yo Gabba Gabba and Betty White. :)

You got to meet Alan, Betty and Sonia? All in one day? Oh, I'm jealous.

August 02 2009 at 7:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Matt

"Bryan Cranston of Braking Bad won the Individual Achievement in Drama award."

Braking? Is it a show about reckless driving?

August 02 2009 at 1:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joel Keller

Thanks for pointing that out. It's been fixed.

August 02 2009 at 2:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Guess Who

Big Bang deserved it - BSG's final season did not.

August 02 2009 at 12:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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DarthPaul

wrong!

August 02 2009 at 4:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shannon

BETTY WHITE!

that is all.

August 02 2009 at 12:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joel Keller

Got to meet Ms. White tonight... what a pleasure. It was like TV legends day today; got to meet Betty White, Alan Alda, and Maria from Sesame Street. This job can be very exciting and humbling sometimes.

August 02 2009 at 2:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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