Friday, June 03, 2005

TCA awards

The nominations are out for the Television Critics Association awards, so I thought I'd show you the nominees and what I voted for.
In the interest of full disclosure, I've been a TCA member for more than 20 years and used to be an officer in the group. I've also been a presenter at some of the awards ceremonies.
The process works like this: I get a ballot listing the different categories and can nominate up to three items in each. My ballot goes in with everyone else who's made picks (the group has about 200 members), with the top five vote-getters ending up as formal nominees. Everyone then votes again, picking up to two items in each category. Then the winners are announced in July.
Here are the overall nominees:
PROGRAM OF THE YEAR (Award given to the best program from any category of television).
__ "Arrested Development" (Fox)
__ "The Daily Show" (Comedy Central)
__ "Deadwood" (HBO)
__ "Desperate Housewives" (ABC)
__ "Lost" (ABC)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY (show award)
__ "Arrested Development" (Fox)
__ "The Daily Show" (Comedy Central)
__ "Desperate Housewives" (ABC)
__ "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS)
__ "Gilmore Girls" (The WB)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA (show award)
__ "24" (Fox)
__ "Deadwood" (HBO)
__ "House" (Fox)
__ "Lost" (ABC)
__ "Rescue Me" (FX)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES, MINI-SERIES AND SPECIALS (show award)
__ "Lackawanna Blues" (HBO)
__ "Life and Death of Peter Sellers" (HBO)
__ "The Office Special"(BBC America)
__ "Something the Lord Made" (HBO)
__ "Sometimes in April" (HBO)
OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM OF THE YEAR (Award given to the best new series televised forthe first time between May 27, 2004 and May 25, 2005)
__ "Desperate Housewives" (ABC)
__ "House" (Fox)
__ "Lost" (ABC)
__ "Rescue Me" (FX)
__ "Veronica Mars" (UPN)
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY (person award)
__ Jason Bateman ("Arrested Development")
__ Marcia Cross ("Desperate Housewives")
__ Teri Hatcher ("Desperate Housewives")
__ Ray Romano ("Everybody Loves Raymond")
__ Jon Stewart ("The Daily Show")
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA (person award)
__ Kristen Bell ("Veronica Mars")
__ Matthew Fox ("Lost")
__ Hugh Laurie ("House")
__ Ian McShane ("Deadwood")
__ Kiefer Sutherland ("24")
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING (program award)
__ "DeGrassi: Next Generation" (The N)
__ "Dora the Explorer" (Nickelodeon)
__ "Nick News" (Nickelodeon)
__ "Postcards from Buster" (PBS)
__ "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Nickelodeon)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS & INFORMATION (program award)
__ "60 Minutes" Sunday edition (CBS)
__ "The Daily Show" (Comedy Central)
__ "Frontline" (PBS)
__ "Meet the Press" (NBC)
__ "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer" (PBS)
__ "Nightline" (ABC)
HERITAGE AWARD (Award recognizes a program whose contents have had apositive impact on society and popular culture beyond the boundaries of TV.Candidate shows need to have been in production for at least five seasons OR off the air for at least five years)
__ "Frontline" (PBS)
__ "M*A*S*H" (CBS)
__ "Nightline" (ABC)
__ "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
__ "Sesame Street" (PBS)
CAREER ACHIEVEMENT (Award given to a person whose career, in total, has made a lasting contribution to the medium)
__ Tom Brokaw
__ Bill Moyers
__ Bob Newhart
__ Aaron Spelling
__ Oprah Winfrey
Here was my nomination list:
PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
1. ''The Office'' (NBC)
2.''The Amazing Race'' (CBS)
3.''Carnivale'' (HBO)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
1. ''The Office'' (NBC)
2. ''Arrested Development'' (Fox)
3. ''Everybody Loves Raymond'' (CBS)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
1. ''Rescue Me'' (FX)
2. ''Veronica Mars'' (UPN)
3. ''Carnivale'' (HBO)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES, MINISERIES AND SPECIALS
1. ''Warm Springs'' (HBO)
2. ''Reefer Madness'' (Showtime)
3. ''The Office Special'' (BBC America)
OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM
1.''Veronica Mars'' (UPN)
2. ''Rescue Me'' (FX)
3. ''The Office'' (NBC)
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
1.Steve Carell, "The Office''
2. Doris Roberts, ''Everybody Loves Raymond''
3. Jason Bateman, ''Arrested Development''
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
1. Hugh Laurie, ''House''
2. Kristen Bell, ''Veronica Mars''
3. Glenn Close, ''The Shield''
NEWS AND INFORMATION
1. ''Unforgivable Blackness'' (PBS)
2. ''The Staircase'' (Sundance)
3. ''Nightline'' (ABC)
MOVIES, MINISERIES & SPECIALS
1. ''Warm Springs'' (HBO)
2. ''Reefer Madness'' (Showtime)
3. ''The Office Special'' (BBC America)
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING
1. ''Postcards From Buster''
2. ''Nick News With Linda Ellerbee''
CAREER ACHIEVEMENT
1. Larry Gelbart
2. James Garner
3. Bill Moyers
HERITAGE AWARD
1. ''Everybody Loves Raymond''
2. ''Nightline''
3.''NYPD Blue''

I know, there are a lot of differences in those lists. That neither surprises nor disappoints me. I know that other critics have their favorites, just I have mine.
There are things I have nominated over the years even though I knew they were not going to be consensus picks -- because I still thought they deserved a nod, even if it came only from me. And there are some things I did not get to the first time around that the nomination list reminds me of; for example, before I do my final ballot, I'm going to try to take a look at ''Sometimes in April.''

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