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Help Deggans figure out the best TV shows of the past year

Michaelchalltca It's that time of year where the Television Critics Association picks winners for its annual awards ceremony, held in July in Los Angeles. Longtime blog readers will recall that last year I got to hand a Best Actor award to Michael C. Hall, the star of the show I picked as best series of 2007, Showtime's Dexter.

Our ceremony always has an odd, revenge of the nerds quality, because the winners always come out, and they always seem a bit skeeved at having to spend time with the ink-stained wretches who talk up their shows to the masses (except for Martin Sheen who hung out at one TCA awards show until the hotel closed the reception room).

This time, I need your help to figure out which shows to choose among the finalists selected for our TCA awards. Please drop a comment on this blog post and help me sort through all the choices; feel free to suggest stuff that's not even on the ballot, if you like!

Logo A few notes on the categories: Program of The Year defines a show whose contents transcended television to become a major and commendable cultural phenomenon during the 2007-08 season.

Similarly, the Heritage Award recognizes a long-running program with a track record of high achievement that made a lasting cultural or social impact.

New Program of the Year, conversely, is for a freshman show whose great television work alone made it notable this past season. Outstanding Drama and Comedy are new or established shows that reached the apex of their respective categories during the 2007-08 season.

I can vote for up to two choices in each category. Ladies and Gentlemen, start your commenting -- my deadline is Monday!

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
__ "John Adams" (HBO) Lostlogo1
__ "Lost" (ABC)

____ Friday Night Lights" (NBC)
__ "Mad Men" (AMC)
__  "Ken Burns' The War" (PBS)
__ "The Wire" (HBO)
 
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
__ "30 Rock" (NBC)
__ "The Colbert Report" (Comedy Central)
__ "The Daily Show" (Comedy Central)
__ "Flight of the Conchords" (HBO)
__ "The Office" (NBC)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMADamages_main
__ "Damages" (FX)
__ "Friday Night Lights" (NBC)
__ "Lost" (ABC)
__ "Mad Men" (AMC)
__ "The Wire" (HBO)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT MOVIES, MINI-SERIES AND SPECIALS
__ "John Adams" (HBO)
__ "Masterpiece: Cranford" (PBS)
__ "Masterpiece: Jane Austen Collection" (PBS)
__ "Ken Burns' The War" (PBS)
__ "A Raisin in the Sun" (HBO)

OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
__ "Breaking Bad" (AMC)
__ "Damages" (FX)
__ "Flight of the Conchords" (HBO)
__ "Mad Men" (AMC)
__ "Pushing Daisies" (ABC)      30rockbaldwin

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
__Christina Applegate ("Samantha, Who?")
__Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock")
__Stephen Colbert ("The Colbert Report")
__Tina Fey ("30 Rock")
__ Ray Wise ("Reaper")

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
__ Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights")
__ Glenn Close ("Damages")
__ Paul Giamatti ("John Adams")
__ Jon Hamm ("Mad Men")
__ David Simon ("The Wire")

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING
__"Curious George" (PBS)
__"High School Musical 2" (The Disney Channel)
__"Hannah Montana" (Disney Channel)
__"Word Girl" (PBS)
__"Yo Gabba Gabba" (Nickelodeon)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS & INFORMATION
__"Alive Day Memories" (HBO) Alivedaylogo_2
__"This American Life" (Showtime)
__"Frontline" (PBS)
__"Nimrod Nation" (Sundance Channel)
__"Ken Burns' The War" (PBS)

HERITAGE AWARD
__"M*A*S*H" (CBS)
__"Roots" (ABC)
__"Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
__"Sesame Street" (PBS)
__"The Wire" (HBO)

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT
__ James Garner
__ Lorne Michaels
__ Bill Moyers
__ William Shatner
__ Mike Wallace

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 2:47pm]

    

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