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TCA Awards Honor Game of Thrones, Friday Night Lights, Ron Swanson

Once a year, television critics from all over the country migrate to the fertile critiquing grounds of Hollywood to criticize things for two weeks straight, an event known in nature as the Television Critics Association Press Tour (TCAs). Also in attendance at this magical event are the TV networks, which present their upcoming shows and the stars of those shows in hopes of gaining the critics' favor and attracting viewers. It's an incredible spectacle, one that's always brimming with sarcastic tweets and jaded groans, and scented with the strong aroma of alcohol.

But every year, the TCA's noble critics put aside their dislikes for one night and one night only in order to reveal what they do like, for a change. This occurrence is known as the TCA Awards. And it happened on Saturday night!

Winning the top prize of Outstanding Program was NBC's Friday Night Lights, a longtime critics' favorite that completed its five-year (broadcast) run last month. There were no surprises in the Drama and Comedy categories, with perennial winners Mad Men and Modern Family earning honors in their respective genres. The Best New Show award went to HBO's Game of Thrones.

Elsewhere, Mad Men's Jon Hamm (snooze) won Best Drama Actor, and Modern Family's Ty Burrell and Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman split the award for Best Comedy Actor. Coincidentally, Offerman also hosted the event, in case you'd like to whip up any conspiracy theories.


Here's the full list of winners:

Program of the Year: Friday Night Lights (DirecTV/NBC)
Outstanding New Program: Game of Thrones (HBO)

Individual Achievement in Drama: Jon Hamm (Mad Men, AMC)

Individual Achievement in Comedy: Ty Burrell (Modern Family, ABC)
 and Nick Offerman
(Parks and Recreation, NBC)

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information:Restrepo (National Geographic Channel)

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming: The Amazing Race (CBS)
  
Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: Sesame Street (PBS)
   
Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials: Masterpiece: Sherlock (PBS)
Outstanding Achievement in Drama: Mad Men (AMC)

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: Modern Family (ABC)

Career Achievement Award: Oprah Winfrey

Heritage Award: The Dick Van Dyke Show”


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Game of Thrones is fantastic, I hope they will not kill it.
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Awesome that Modern Family and Ty Burrell won. Great show and Ty is so funny.
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Larasuzette: Please peddle your spam elsewhere... I'm getting tired of the silly spam-filters sites like these have to put in because of morons like yourself.



As for the TV awards, how could Game of Thrones NOT win a bunch?? It simply rocks.
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overall quite fair i must say
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Disagree with a few of the selections but overall most were deserving
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Love this awards! Very deserving all of them. Im specially happy for Friday Night Lights, it's unbelievable how this program has been ignored by the rest of the media...
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That is SO wonderful that Friday Night Lights got some well-deserved recognition. That show was one of the best things to happen to television in a long time. The little show that could, and always did.
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Good job FNL!!
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Well done for Games of thrones it deserves it for the others I never and will never watch them they are simple boring
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