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'The Shield' and 'Mad Men' lead TCA nominations as women snubbed again

June 5, 2009 | 12:31 pm

NBC may rank last in viewership among the big four networks but it leads the pack in contention for the annual awards bestowed by the Television Critics Association with 11 nods. Past champs "30 Rock" and "The Office" return with multiple nominations from the TCA while the resurgent "Saturday Night Live" competes for both the program of the year title as well as the heritage award.

The Shield Season 7 cast TCA Awards Television Critics Association news 1357924 There was a strong showing from both basic and pay cable nets as well. The final season of "The Shield" on FX is up for four awards — program, drama, heritage and performance (Walton Goggins). The police drama's one previous win out of six nods was for star Michael Chiklis in 2002.

Hoping to repeat as both program of the year and top drama series is the second season of "Mad Men" on AMC, which also boasts another nod for the performance of Jon Hamm.

While two women made it into each of the drama and comedy categories for individual performance in the past two years, this year only one actress made the cut in each race — returning champ Tina Fey ("30 Rock") and repeat nominee Glenn Close ("Damages"). Fey faces off against co-star and past winner Alec Baldwin, Steve Carrell ("The Office"), Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother") and Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"). Close competes with Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") and Hugh Laurie ("House') as well as Goggins and Hamm.

Left off the list of contenders were critically-hailed performances by women in shows that the TCA loves — Toni Collette ("The United States of Tara"), January Jones ("Mad Men"), and CCH Pounder ("The Shield").  Snubbed also were past nominees Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights") and Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer").

Of the 24 awards for individual performances in comedy and drama series bestowed to date by the male-dominated membership of the TCA, only four have gone to women: Jane Kaczmarek for "Malcolm in the Middle" in 2000 and 2001, Edie Falco for "The Sopranos" in 2003 and last year's win by Fey.

For its last season, "Battlestar Galactica" — with its female president (Mary McDonnell) — finally earned some tangible recognition from the TV critics. Oddly, while it received a nod for program of the year, "Battlestar" failed to make the cut for drama series.

The fifth nominee for program of the year is "Lost" which has contended unsuccessfully for this top honor three times. "Lost" did win both drama series and new program of the year for its first season in 2005 and repeated as best drama series in 2006. It is also in the hunt for that award this year as well.

Rounding out the drama series slate are newcomer "Breaking Bad" and "Friday Night Lights," which picked up its third consecutive nod. The football family drama won new program of the year in 2007. This year's contenders for that award mark a breakthrough of sorts for the TCA. Four of the nominees feature strong female protagonists: "Fringe," "True Blood," "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency," and "The United States of Tara." The fifth contender is "The Mentalist."

Only one of the contenders in the catch-all movie, mini-series and specials category is female-driven — "Grey Gardens." The other nominees are the 2008 Summer Olympics, "24: Redemption," and two war telefilms from HBO — "Generation Kill" and "Taking Chances." 

However a woman — Chelsea Handler — has been tapped to host this silver anniversary edition of these kudos. The awards will be handed Aug. 1 at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
"Battlestar Galactica" (SciFi Channel)
"Lost" (ABC)
"Mad Men" (AMC)
"Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
"The Shield" (FX)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
"30 Rock" (NBC)
"The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)
"The Daily Show" (Comedy Central)
"How I Met Your Mother" (CBS)
"The Office" (NBC)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
"Breaking Bad" (AMC)
"Friday Night Lights" (NBC/DirecTV)
"Lost" (ABC)
"Mad Men" (AMC)
"The Shield" (FX)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES, MINI-SERIES AND SPECIALS
"2008 Summer Olympic Coverage" (NBC)
"24: Redemption" (Fox)
"Generation Kill" (HBO)
"Grey Gardens" (HBO)
"Taking Chance" (HBO)

OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
"Fringe" (Fox)
"The Mentalist" (CBS)
"The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" (HBO)
"True Blood" (HBO)
"The United States of Tara" (Showtime)

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
Steve Carell, "The Office"
Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
Neil Patrick Harris, "How I Met Your Mother"
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
Glenn Close, "Damages"
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Walton Goggins, "The Shield"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Hugh Laurie, "House"

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING
"Camp Rock" (The Disney Channel)
"The Electric Company" (PBS)
"Nick News" (Nickelodeon)
"Sid the Science Kid" (PBS)
"Yo Gabba Gabba" (Nickelodeon)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS AND INFORMATION
"60 Minutes" (CBS)
"The Alzheimer's Project" (HBO)
"Frontline" (PBS)
"The Rachel Maddow Show" (MSNBC)
"We Shall Remain" (PBS)

HERITAGE AWARD
"ER" (NBC)
"MASH" (CBS)
"Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
"The Shield" (FX)
"Star Trek" (NBC)

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