Looks like the Peacock has a reason to be proud.
The Television Critics Association handed out its trophies this weekend, giving four key awards to NBC.
I'm pleased as punch that NBC's The Office nabbed the trophy for outstanding achievement in comedy for the second year in a row. (Take that, According to Jim!) Lest you worry, 30 Rock wasn't shut out of the proceedings: 30 Rock's Alec Baldwin picked up the award for individual achievement in comedy.
On the drama side, Heroes walked away with the trophy for outstanding program of the year, while The Sopranos' swan song racked up two, one for outstanding achievement in drama and the Heritage Award, given to programs that are felt to have a long-term impact on culture and society. Meanwhile, Michael C. Hall was awarded the individual achievement award for his work on Showtime's Dexter.
In a surprise move, NBC's Friday Night Lights took home the top prize for outstanding new program, beating out a slew of programs that included 30 Rock and Ugly Betty.
Here's the full list of the TCA Award winners:
PROGRAM OF THE YEAR: Heroes (NBC)
OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM: Friday Night Lights (NBC)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA: The Sopranos (HBO)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY: The Office (NBC)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS & INFORMATION: Planet Earth (Discovery)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING: Kyle XY (ABC Family)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES, MINI-SERIES & SPECIALS: Planet Earth (Discovery)
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA: Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)
HERITAGE AWARD: The Sopranos (HBO)
CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: Mary Tyler Moore
I'm just happy that The Office and 30 Rock, the highlights of my week that they are, received some critical praise as the race for the Emmys heats up.
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Jace is an LA-based television development and acquisitions exec who watches way too much television for his own good and would love a TiVo for every room in the house. (He’s halfway there.) His blog, Televisionary, can be found at televisionaryblog.com.