The Television Critics’ Assocation (TCA) presented awards to top programs and actors of the 2010-2011 ceremony, on Saturday, August 6, 2011. Nick Offerman, star of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” hosted the non-televised event held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, according to an announcement from TCA.
Program honors went to DirecTV/NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” “Mad Men,” “Modern Family,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Restrepo,” “Sherlock,” “Sesame Street” and “Amazing Race” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show”
Individual awards went to Oprah Winfrey, Jon Hamm of “Mad Men,” Nick Offerman of “Parks and Recreation” and Ty Burell of “Modern Family.
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The final season of DirecTV/NBC’s “Friday Night Lights” was recognized with TCA’s award for “Program of The Year.”
Winning its second consecutive TCA Award, ABC’s “Modern Family” took home the award for “Outstanding Achievement in Comedy.” “Modern Family” won the Emmy in 2010 and has received numerous nods for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. ABC collects 63 Emmy nods, led by Modern Family
AMC’s “Mad Men” received the award for “Outstanding Achievement in Drama,” its third in this category, having previously won the distinction in 2008 and 2009. Emmy nods led by Mildred Pierce – Mad Men – Boardwalk Empire
The award for “Individual Achievement in Drama” went to actor Jon Hamm (Don Draper, of AMC’s “Mad Men”). The honor os “Individual Achievement in Comedy” was shared by actor/host Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson, of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”) and fellow actor Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy, of ABC’s “Modern Family”).
PBS Masterpiece’s “Sherlock” emerged victorious in the category of “Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials,” CBS’s “Amazing Race” received the organization’s first award for “Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming.”
The TCA also recognized PBS’s “Sesame Street” with an award for “Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming.” National Geographic Channel documentary “Restrepo” received top honors for “Outstanding Achievement in News & Information.”
Television personality Oprah Winfrey was honored with a Career Achievement Award for her influence through the long running talk show, “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Winfrey ended her talk show after 25 years and has taken the helm of her own television network, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. Surprise Oprah an upbeat farewell tribute
TheTCA bestowed a Heritage Award on CBS’s former comedy series “The Dick Van Dyke Show” (1961-66) its cultural and social impact on society. Show creator Carl Reiner, who also received the 2003 TCA Career Achievement Award, was on hand to receive the honor alongside series actors Rose Marie and Larry Mathews.