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‘Battlestar’ tops TCA Awards

Syfy show named top program of the year

After failing to receive a single Emmy nomination for drama series during its four-season run, “Battlestar Galactica” found it has a friend in TV journos, earning the top program of the year honors at the Television Critics Assn. Awards.

Kudofest, held Saturday night at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, gave its big prize to the skein that has long had a rabid following with sci-fi fans and critics but never the TV Academy.

Skein ended its run on Syfy in March. Net is set to launch the prequel “Caprica,” which takes place 58 years prior to “Battlestar,” on Jan. 22.

“It certainly feels appropriate that we received the acknowledgement from the people who were champions of this show from its outset,” Mark Stern, exec VP of original programming at Syfy, told Daily Variety. “Critics really adopted this show early on and, in a weird way, this feels like a conclusion to the process.”

HBO fared best at the TCA Awards, with “True Blood” taking home new program of the year; “Grey Gardens” as top movie, miniseries or special; and “The Alzheimer’s Project” best in news and information.

AMC’s “Mad Men,” Emmy’s choice as top drama last year, was best in that category with TCA members as well, and CBS’ Monday night sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” was voted as top comedy.

For individual honors, Emmy winner Bryan Cranston was tapped in drama for his “Breaking Bad” turn as a chemistry teacher who provides for his family by making meth. On the comedy side, Jim Parsons won for portraying the geeky Sheldon on “The Big Bang Theory.”

Betty White received the career achievement award while “ER,” which just finished a 15-year run on NBC, earned the Heritage Award.

Nickelodeon’s “Yo Gabba Gabba!” was named best children’s program.

E! personality Chelsea Handler acted as emcee.

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