JULY 23, 2006, LOS ANGELES – Members of the Television Critics Association bestowed four TCA Awards on NBC tonight, including Outstanding New Program of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, Individual Achievement in Comedy and The Heritage Award.
In a ceremony introduced by Mary Lynn Rajskub from Fox’s hit series “24,” NBC was the top trophy earner. ABC and PBS came away with two awards per network; Fox and Disney Channel received one award each.
NBC newcomer “My Name is Earl” won Outstanding New Program and sophomore series “The Office” was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Comedy. The ABC series “Lost” was honored for Outstanding Achievement in Drama for the second year in a row, and ABC’s hot doctors led “Grey’s Anatomy” to a trophy for Program of the Year. In the Individual Achievement Categories, Hugh Laurie (“House”) won for drama for the second consecutive year, and Steve Carell (“The Office”) won for comedy.
PBS’s “Frontline” received its eighth (TCA) honor in the category of Outstanding Achievement in News & Information.
NBC’s “The West Wing” received the Heritage Award, which recognizes a long-standing program that has had a lasting cultural or social impact. Carol Burnett received TCA’s 2006 coveted award for Career Achievement.
Other winners included PBS’s “American Masters: Bob Dylan — No Direction Home” (Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Mini-series and Specials,) and Disney Channel’s “High School Musical” (Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Programming).
Among those on hand at Pasadena’s Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel to accept were Carol Burnett, Hugh Laurie, Steve Carell, Jason Lee, Jaime Pressly, Rainn Wilson, B.J. Novak, John Krasinski, Ethan Suplee, Nadine Velazquez, Isaiah Washington, James Pickens, Chandra Wilson, Ashley Tisdale, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Lucas Grabeel , Aaron Sorkin and John Wells.
2006 TCA Award recipients are as follows:
PROGRAM OF THE YEAR: “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM: “My Name Is Earl” (NBC)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA: “Lost” (ABC)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY: “The Office” (NBC)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS & INFORMATION: “Frontline” (PBS)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING: “High School Musical” (Disney Channel)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES, MINI-SERIES & SPECIALS: “American Masters: Bob Dylan — No Direction Home” (PBS)
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY: Steve Carell, “The Office” (NBC)
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA: Hugh Laurie, “House” (Fox)
HERITAGE AWARD: “The West Wing” (NBC)
CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: Carol Burnett
The 22nd annual TCA Awards were held at The Ritz Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. Founded in 1978, the Television Critics Association is composed of more than 200 reporters and columnists in print media from the United States and Canada.
VIPs ATTENDING AWARDS CEREMONY:
Robert Sean Leonard
Brian Miller (Carol’s husband)
Mary Keye Schilling
Leslie David Baker
MY NAME IS EARL
Daniel Dae Kim
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
Vanessa Anne Hudgens
THE WEST WING
MARY LYNN RAJSKUB
Phil Piga (PBS)
Stephanie Aronson (PBS)
AMERICAN MASTERS: BOB DYLAN: NO DIRECTION HOME
NBC UNIVERSAL STUDIO
Frederick Brown (Getty Images)
Jesse Grant (Wire Image)
Phil McCarten (AP)