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'Game of Thrones,' 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Sherlock,' and 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' among big winners of Television Critics Association Awards

Jon Hamm was named best actor in a drama and Modern Family’s Ty Burrell and Parks and Recreation’s Nick Offerman tied for best actor in a comedy in the annual Television Critics Association awards ceremony held on Saturday night.

The full list is:

•    Individual Achievement in Drama: Jon Hamm (“Mad Men,” AMC)
•    Individual Achievement in Comedy: Ty Burrell (“Modern Family,” ABC)
and Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation,” NBC)
•    Outstanding Achievement in News and Information:
“Restrepo” (National Geographic Channel)
•    Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming: “Amazing Race” (CBS)
•    Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: “Sesame Street” (PBS)
•    Outstanding New Program: “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
•    Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials:
“Masterpiece: Sherlock” (PBS)
•    Outstanding Achievement in Drama: “Mad Men” (AMC)
•    Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: “Modern Family” (ABC)
•    Career Achievement Award: Oprah Winfrey
•    Heritage Award: “The Dick Van Dyke Show”
•    Program of the Year: “Friday Night Lights” (DirecTV/NBC)

I voted as a member of the TCA and was pleased to see a tie-vote award going to both Ty Burrell and Nick Offerman. While I can quibble here and there – I’d say the past season’s superb Parks and Recreation could also have tied with this season’s excellent Modern Family, to split hairs, and delightful  Downton Abbey over the fine Sherlock, to split PBS – but this is a very solid list, don’t you think?

The ceremony was hosted by Parks and Rec’s Nick Offerman, who sang a deft parody of Johnny Cash’s “I Walk The Line” re-worded to josh about not going on-line to read comments left on TV-review message boards. Carl Reiner, representing  The Dick Van Dyke Show (along with Rose Marie and Larry Matthews in the audience), was tumultuously funny and gracious.

Twitter: @kentucker

Originally posted August 7 2011 — 1:05 AM EDT

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