Television Critics Announce 2012 Award Winners

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  • Publish Date: July 29, 2012

Game on

ImageLouie, Louie

Saturday night, as it does each summer, the Television Critics Association (a group comprised of over 200 professional TV critics and journalists who cover the industry) named the winners of the 28th Annual TCA Awards in an invitation-only ceremony hosted by Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad, itself a winner in the best drama category.

Awards were once again handed out in a dozen categories, including one for career achievement and another for a classic series from the past. Last year's program of the year winner Friday Night Lights obviously could not repeat this year, which cleared the way for HBO's fan-favorite Game of Thrones to take the organization's top award this year. There were a pair of shows recognized twice: Showtime's first-year drama Homeland (winning for best newcomer and for Claire Danes' performance), and FX comedy Louie (for best comedy and for Louis C.K. as an individual).

While these awards aren't typically a good predictor of the eventual Emmy winners, they do seem a bit more satisfying, rewarding shows and performances that, for the most part, deserve recognition. (And So You Think You Can Dance.)

Program of the Year
Winner   Other Nominees
Image   Breaking Bad (AMC)
Homeland (Showtime)
Mad Men (AMC)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
HBOGame of Thrones   Previous Year's Winner:
  Friday Night Lights (NBC)
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
Winner   Other Nominees
Image   The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Community (NBC)
Modern Family (ABC)
Parks and Recreation (NBC)
FXLouie   Previous Year's Winner:
  Modern Family (ABC)
Outstanding Achievement in Drama
Winner   Other Nominees
Image   Game of Thrones (HBO)
Homeland (Showtime)
Justified (FX)
Mad Men (AMC)
AMCBreaking Bad   Previous Year's Winner:
  Mad Men (AMC)
Outstanding New Program
Winner   Other Nominees
Image   Girls (HBO)
New Girl (Fox)
Revenge (ABC)
Smash (NBC)
ShowtimeHomeland   Previous Year's Winner:
  Game of Thrones (HBO)
Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials
Winner   Other Nominees
Image   Game Change (HBO)
Hatfields & McCoys (History)
Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO)
Sherlock: Masterpiece (PBS)
PBSDownton Abbey   Previous Year's Winner:
  Sherlock (PBS)
Outstanding Achievement in News and Information
Winner   Other Nominees
Image   Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)
The Daily Show (Comedy Central)
Frontline (PBS)
The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)
CBS60 Minutes   Previous Year's Winner:
  Restrepo (Nat Geo)
Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming
Winner   Other Nominees
Image   The Amazing Race (CBS)
Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
The Glee Project (Oxygen)
The Voice (NBC)
ABCSo You Think You Can Dance   Previous Year's Winner:
  The Amazing Race (CBS)
Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming
Winner   Other Nominees
Image   iCarly (Nickelodeon)
Phineas and Ferb (Disney)
Sesame Street (PBS)
Yo Gabba Gabba (Nick Jr.)
ABC FamilySwitched at Birth   Previous Year's Winner:
  Sesame Street (PBS)
Individual Achievement in Drama
Winner   Other Nominees
Image   Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, AMC)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, HBO)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men, AMC)
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story, FX)
ShowtimeClaire Danes
Homeland
  Previous Year's Winner:
  Jon Hamm (Mad Men, AMC)
Individual Achievement in Comedy
Winner   Other Nominees
Image   Lena Dunham (Girls, HBO)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep, HBO)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory, CBS)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation, NBC)
FXLouis C.K.
Louie
  Previous Year's Winner:
  (tie) Ty Burrell (Modern Family, ABC) / Nick Offerman (Parks & Rec, NBC)
Career Achievement Award
Winner   Other Nominees
Image   Dick Clark
Andy Griffith
Regis Philbin
William Shatner
David Letterman   Previous Year's Winner:
  Oprah Winfrey
Heritage Award
Winner   Other Nominees
Image   Lost (ABC)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Star Trek (NBC)
Twin Peaks (ABC)
Cheers (NBC)   Previous Year's Winner:
  The Dick Van Dyke Show

What do you think?

Do you agree or disagree with the critics' choices this year? Let us know in the discussion section below, and don't forget to make your picks for the upcoming Emmy Awards.

 

Comments (7)

  • Yen  

    How does Big Bang theory even get nominated?

  • dunker  

    Why doesn't Boss get the recognition it deserves from most award shows? It was easily one of the five best dramas last season. And Kelsey Grammer's performance was outstanding.

  • NeoBasch  

    Wow, surprised to see Game of Thrones win. I thought for sure Homeland would win. Loved both though. They were pretty neck and neck quality wise. Congrats to Claire Danes, by the way! What a phenomenal performance. She surely deserved it, and would have been upset if anyone else won.

  • evergreenOldboy  

    the only complaint i have is that bryan cranston didn't win individual achievement in drama, otherwise it looks A-Okay from here. Also, yay for the Louie wins!

  • khan2705  

    Happy for Homeland and Claire Danes and glad for some of the nominees!!

  • caroline  

    good for Game Of Thrones and Homeland!

  • PigsSantaBacon  

    Wish it aired on television. It would have been fun to see Bryan Cranston host.

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