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Emmys be damned: TV critics pick the winners

In television on 08/02/2009 at 9:12 pm

Members of the Television Critics Association or TCA (the full-time ones, the ones with travel budgets, not that I’m bitter) are gathered in Los Angeles as the networks and cable outlets preview their fall season programming slates.

And, as usual, they take advantage of the gathering and amassed Hollywood talent to hand out their annual awards. Battlestar Galactica, ER, Big Bang Theory and Betty White are among the winners this year.

But before you get to the list of winners, below, here are two bits of colour from the weekend: There was a chocolate fountain at the awards, and CBS Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson sent pizza, as well as this note, (with thanks to Alan Sepinwell of the New Jersey Star Ledger for tweeting this)

And now the winners. Which are guaranteed to be more just than the Emmy’s on Sept. 20, based on the nominations.

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

— Denise Duguay

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