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HBO on top at TCA Awards

Network nabs 10 nominations

HBO led all networks with 10 mentions as the Television Critics Assn. announced its nominees for the TCA Awards.

Leading the charge for the pay cabler was the final season of “The Wire,” which picked up noms for top drama and program of the year, as well as for the Heritage Award – given to a long-running program with a track record of high achievement and a lasting cultural or social impact. In addition, “Wire” exec producer David Simon was nominated for individual achievement in drama.

Also faring well was HBO miniseries “John Adams,” which was nominated for movie/mini, program of the year and individual achievement for Paul Giamatti.

AMC freshman series “Mad Men” drew four mentions, for drama, new program, program of the year and star Jon Hamm.

Other program of the year nominees are ABC’s “Lost” and documentarian Ken Burns’ “The War,” which aired on PBS. The public service network earned nine noms.

Besides “Mad Men” and “The Wire,” nominated dramas are “Damages” (FX), “Friday Night Lights” (NBC) and “Lost.” The five nominated comedies are NBC’s “30 Rock” and “The Office,” Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” and “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” plus HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords.”

The TCA Awards, to be voted upon by more than 200 TV critics and journalists, will be held July 19 at the Beverly Hilton.

And the nominees are:

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
“John Adams” (HBO)
“Lost” (ABC)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“The War” (PBS)
“The Wire” (HBO)

ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
“30 Rock” (NBC)
“The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)
“The Daily Show” (Comedy Central)
“Flight of the Conchords” (HBO)
“The Office” (NBC)

ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
“Damages” (FX)
“Friday Night Lights” (NBC)
“Lost” (ABC)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“The Wire” (HBO)

ACHIEVEMENT MOVIES, MINISERIES AND SPECIALS
“John Adams” (HBO)
“Masterpiece: Cranford” (PBS)
“Masterpiece: Jane Austen Collection” (PBS)
“Ken Burns’ The War” (PBS)
“A Raisin in the Sun” (ABC)

NEW PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Damages” (FX)
“Flight of the Conchords” (HBO)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“Pushing Daisies” (ABC)

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
Christina Applegate (“Samantha, Who?”)
Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”)
Stephen Colbert (“The Colbert Report”)
Tina Fey (“30 Rock”)
Ray Wise (“Reaper”)

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights”)
Glenn Close (“Damages”)
Paul Giamatti (“John Adams”)
Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”)
David Simon (“The Wire”)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING
“Curious George” (PBS)
“High School Musical 2” (The Disney Channel)
“Hannah Montana” (Disney Channel)
“Word Girl” (PBS)
“Yo Gabba Gabba” (Nickelodeon)

ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS & INFORMATION
“Alive Day Memories” (HBO)
“This American Life” (Showtime)
“Frontline” (PBS)
“Nimrod Nation” (Sundance Channel)
“Ken Burns’ The War” (PBS)

HERITAGE AWARD
“M*A*S*H” (CBS)
“Roots” (ABC)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“Sesame Street” (PBS)
“The Wire” (HBO)

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