TCA: ‘Friday Night Lights,' ‘Game of Thrones,' 'Mad Men' Among 2011 Award Winners


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The Television Critics Association announced its annual TCA Awards winners during a ceremony Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Friday Night Lights, which wrapped its final season on DirecTV and NBC this year, was named program of the year while HBO's fantasy epic Game of Thrones won outstanding new program.

ABC's Modern Family won its second consecutive TCA Award, taking home the prize for outstanding achievement in comedy. Series star Ty Burrell shared the honor for individual achievement in comedy with Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman, who also hosted Saturday's event.

Mad Men received outstanding achievement in drama, the AMC retro advertising series; third award in that category. Series lead Jon Hamm earned the award for individual achievement in drama for his role as ad man Don Draper.

CBS's Amazing Race earned the first TCA Award for outstanding achievement in reality programming. The top honor for outstanding achievement in news and Information went to the National Geographic Channel documentary Restrepo.

PBS took home two awards, on for PBS Masterpiece's Sherlock in the outstanding achievement in movies, miniseries and specials category and Sesame Street for outstanding achievement in youth programming.

The TCA honored The Dick Van Dyke Show with a heritage award for the former CBS program's cultural and social impact. Show creator Carl Reiner accepted the award with series stars Rose Marie and Larry Mathews.

Oprah Winfrey was presented with a career achievement award for her 25 seasons of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

The TCA Awards are selected by a group of more than 200 television critics and journalists in conjunction with the organization's summer press tour.