Women rarely get nominated for Television Critics Assn. Awards, but two just won the performance categories for comedy and drama in the same year for the first time ever: Jane Lynch ("Glee") and Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife").
The Margulies win at the TCA Awards is especially surprising since she stars on a traditional legal show aired on broadcast TV. Hey, that's not hyper-cool, which usually matters a lot to gritty TV critics. Margulies beat such critically acclaimed hipsters as John Lithgow ("Dexter"), Katey Sagal ("Sons of Anarchy") and "Breaking Bad" stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul.
An even bigger oddity: "Glee" beat "Modern Family" to win the trophies as program of the year and best new program, but "Modern Family" struck revenge by besting "Glee" to win best comedy. Huh? How can "Glee" be the program of the year but not best comedy? Because TV critics are crazy, illogical and indulge themselves exactly as they well please, thank you very much. These kinds of schizo outcomes happen all the time at the TCA Awards.
Is the "Mad Men" juggernaut derailed? After winning best drama series for the last two years at both the TCA Awards and the Emmys, it lost to two shows that tied at TCA: "Lost" and "Breaking Bad." Previously, "Lost" won best drama series at TCA in 2005 and 2006.
Program of the year: "Glee" (Fox)
Outstanding new program: "Glee" (Fox)
Individual achievement in comedy: Jane Lynch, "Glee" (Fox)
Outstanding achievement in comedy: "Modern Family" (ABC)
Outstanding achievement in drama: TIE – "Lost" (ABC) and "Breaking Bad" (AMC)
Individual achievement in drama: Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife" (CBS)
Outstanding achievement in news and information: "Life" (Discovery)
Outstanding achievement in youth programming: "Yo Gabba Gabba" (Nick Jr.)
Outstanding acheievement in movies, miniseries and specials: "The Pacific" (HBO)
Heritage Award: "MASH" (CBS)
Career achievement: James Garner
Photo: Fox TV