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Television critics hand out honors that Emmy overlooked to Battlestar Galactica, True Blood and ER

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Tcalogo1 Say what you will about us snarky TV critics, but we are the folks who dare to love the shows Hollywood often shuns.

As evidence, consider the slate of winners at this year's 25th annual awards ceremony held by the Television Critics Association in Los Angeles. This year is the first time I've been working as a TV critic when I didn't attend the summer press tour offered by the TCA, where our annual awards are a highlight -- offering us rumpled writers a chance to rub shoulders with the likes of Jon Hamm, Tina Fey and Tom Hanks (all folks I met at last year's awards).

On Saturday, the critics handed its big Program of the Year award to Battlestar Galactica, a space-set drama that managed to tackle big questions about religion, war, familial friction, fate and the nature of good and evil within the confines of an amazingly well-conceived science fiction program.

You helped me out with many of my votes, as I posted the early ballot and finalists for awards for your feedback. Though many choices were different than ours, I think the slate of winners turned out well.

Emmy has consistently ignored the show's ambitious plots, sharp writing and in-your-face action, so the TV critics honored the program after its final episode. Ditto with ER, which didn't get much traction, despite leaving TV this year as one of the most influential series in both the television industry and in society.

HBO's True Blood roared up from a so-so beginning to become one of TV's most exciting new series, reflected in our award for Best New Program. I only wish I could have joined my fellow critics in celebrating this great work -- and seeing notorious showbiz curmudgeon Chuck Lorre actually give some praise to critics for liking his latest CBS success, Big Bang Theory.

Here's hoping the Emmy academy is taking notes. Check out the remaining list of winners.Battlestargalactica2

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
"Battlestar Galactica"

NEW PROGRAM
"True Blood"

DRAMA SERIES
"Mad Men"

COMEDY SERIES
"The Big Bang Theory"

NEWS & INFORMATION
"The Alzheimer's Project"

CHILDREN'S PROGRAM
"Yo Gabba Gabba"Er_live_dvd_front

MOVIES, MINISERIES, SPECIALS
"Grey Gardens"

COMEDY INDIVIDUAL
Jim Parsons

 DRAMA INDIVIDUAL
Bryan Cranston

HERITAGE AWARD
"E.R."

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT
Betty White

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