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Fox and cablers top TCA Awards

'24,' 'Bernie' help net nab half of series p'gramming nods

See winnersFox cleaned up at Sunday’s 18th annual Television Critics Assn. Awards, snagging five mentions, including program of the year for the real-time drama “24.”

Web’s tally reps half of the 10 awards handed out for series programming.

Cable dominated the rest of the awards, with the other five commercial broadcast nets completely shut out of the competish.

In addition to program of the year, “24” was named outstanding new program. Fox cleaned up in comedy, with “The Bernie Mac Show” winning overall honors and star Bernie Mac awarded kudos for individual achievement in comedy.

Fox’s vet toon laffer “The Simpsons” took the TCA’s first Heritage Award, designed to honor programming that’s had a significant impact on society and pop culture.

“We were pretty overwhelmed,” Fox Entertainment prexy Gail Berman said of her net’s haul at the TCAs. “Having put (so much) effort into our programming, that it was so highly regarded by people was just wonderful. It was really a wonderful evening.”

Top drama series honors went to HBO’s “Six Feet Under,” which dominated Thursday’s Emmy noms. Michael Chiklis won for individual achievement in drama for FX’s “The Shield.”

In other cable wins, HBO’s “Band of Brothers” took home the nod for movies/minis/specials while Nickelodeon’s kidvid powerhouse “SpongeBob SquarePants” was tagged outstanding children’s show.

PBS doc series “Frontline” received news/info series honors, snagging its fifth TCA award since 1992.

Bill Cosby was feted for lifetime achievement.

Awards were held at the Ritz Carlton Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena. The TCA comprises more than 200 journos from the U.S. and Canada.

Newsday columnist Diane Werts is prexy of the organization.

And the TCA winners are . . .

Achievement in Comedy

The Bernie Mac Show

Achievement in Drama

Six Feet Under

Achievement Movies, Mini-Series and Specials

Band of Brothers

New Program of the Year


Individual Achievement in Comedy

Bernie Mac (The Bernie Mac Show)

Individual Achievement in Drama

Michael Chiklis (The Shield)

Achievement in Children’s Programming

Spongebob Squarepants

Achievement in News & Information


Program of the Year


Career Achievement

Bill Cosby

Heritage Award

The Simpsons