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Television Critics Awards 2011: Help me pick the best TV shows from last season

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June

tcalogo1.gifAs the dust clears from another raucous TV season, it's time for me to tap the wisdom of all you small screen fans out there.

That's right, for the fourth year in a row I'm crowdsourcing my ballot for the Television Critics Association's Awards ceremony.

The TCA awards are handed out by the group of 200 or so TV critics and writers who cover the industry regularly for print and online outlets. We also put on a press tour twice a year which features press conferences and publicity events organized by the biggest networks cable channels and public broadcasters in the field; this year's TCA Awards is scheduled as part of the summer tour, taking place Aug. 6. (Check this story from when I gave Dexter star Michael C. Hall an award back in 2007)

tca-awards-tom-hanks-2.jpgEarlier today, the TCA announced finalists for all its awards categories. Starting tomorrow, members like me will vote for the winners.

And I want your help.

Gaze over the list of nominees below and help me figure out how my vote should go.  Some categories might seem no-brainers -- how do you not choose Oprah Winfrey for career achievement this year, even at a time when 80-something icon Bill Shatner is in the running? Others will take a bit more puzzlement.

Take a look at the nominees below and give me you best feedback. I have highlighted my early picks below, but I can be swayed.

justified-movie-poster-1020540955.jpgIndividual Achievement in Drama
1.    Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire,” HBO)
2.    Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones,” HBO)
3.    Jon Hamm (“Mad Men,” AMC)
4.    Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife,” CBS)
5.    Margo Martindale (“Justified”, FX)
6.    Timothy Olyphant (“Justified,” FX)
 
Individual Achievement in Comedy
1.    Ty Burrell (“Modern Family,” ABC)
2.    Louis C.K. (“Louis,” FX)
3.    Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation,” NBC)
4.    Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation,” NBC)
5.    Danny Pudi (“Community,” NBC)
6.    Jon Stewart (“The Daily Show,” Comedy Central)
 
Outstanding Achievement in News and Information
1.    “If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise” (HBO)
2.    “Restrepo” (National Geographic Channel)
3.    “60 Minutes” (CBS)
4.    “The Rachel Maddow Show” (MSNBC)
5.    “30 for 30” (ESPN)

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming
1.    “Amazing Race” (CBS)
2.    “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” (Travel Channel)
3.    “Survivor” (CBS)
4.    “The Voice” (NBC)
5.    “Top Chef: All Stars” (Bravo)

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming
1.    “A Children’s Garden of Poetry” (HBO)
2.    “iCarly” (Nickelodeon)
3.    “Nick News with Linda Ellerbee” (Nickelodeon)
4.    “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour” (The Hub)
5.    “Sesame Street” (PBS)
6.    “Yo Gabba Gabba” (Nick Jr.)
 
walking-dead-first-look-walker-woman-760.jpgOutstanding New Program
1.    “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
2.    “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
3.    “Terriers” (FX)
4.    “The Killing” (AMC)
5.    “Walking Dead” (AMC)

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials
1.    “Cineme Verite” (HBO)
2.    “Downton Abbey: Masterpiece” (PBS)
3.    “Mildred Pierce” (HBO)
4.    “Sherlock: Masterpiece” (PBS)
5.    “Too Big to Fail” (HBO)
 
Outstanding Achievement in Drama
1.    “Friday Night Lights” (DirecTV/NBC)
2.    “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
3.    “Justified” (FX)
4.    “Mad Men” (AMC) 
5.    “The Good Wife” (CBS)
 
modernfamily.jpgOutstanding Achievement in Comedy
1.    “Community” (NBC)
2.    “Louie” (FX)
3.    “Modern Family” (ABC)
4.    “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)
5.    “Raising Hope” (FOX)
 
Career Achievement Award
1.    Steven Bochco
2.    Dick Ebersol
3.    Cloris Leachman
4.    David Letterman
5.    William Shatner
6.    Oprah Winfrey
 
Heritage Award
1.    “All in the Family”
2.    “Freaks and Geeks”
3.    “The Dick Van Dyke Show”
4.    “Twin Peaks”
 
Program of the Year
1.    “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
2.    “Friday Night Lights” (DirecTV/NBC)
3.    “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
4.    “Justified” (FX)
5.    “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)

[Last modified: Monday, June 13, 2011 4:13pm]

    

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