Television Critics' Association Awards: 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Game of Thrones' and Ron Swanson
Getting half an award is kind of like getting a turkey burger. It may technically be edible, but only if it's a fried turkey leg inside a grilled hamburger.
Nick Offerman (aka Ron Swanson from "Parks & Recreation") finally got some love from The Television Critics Association after being snubbed by the Emmys nominations earlier this year. The TCA Awards ceremony was held last night, and Offerman shared the Individual Achievement in Comedy with Ty Burrell from "Modern Family," which also took home the Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Award.
The night's big winners were "Friday Night Lights," the DirectTV/NBC show that took its last bow this year, "Game of Thrones" - the bloodlust-laden HBO period piece, and the always award-worthy "Mad Men."
"Friday Night LIghts" won for Program of the Year, "Game of Thrones" took home Best New Series, and "Mad Men" took home the award for Outstanding Achievement in a Drama.
The critics also honored the National Geographic Chennel special "Restrepo," a hyper-realistic look at what the troops are facing in Afghanistan. That film's co-director Tim Hetherington was killed this year while filming the conflict in Libya.
See the entire list of 2011 Television Critics Association Awards:
Program of the Year
"Friday Night Lights" (DirecTV/NBC)
Outstanding Achievement in Drama
"Mad Men" (AMC)
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
"Modern Family" (ABC)
Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming
"The Amazing Race" (CBS)
Individual Achievement in Drama
Jon Hamm ("Mad Men," AMC)
Individual Achievement in Comedy
Ty Burrell ("Modern Family," ABC) & Nick Offerman ("Parks & Recreation," NBC)
Outstanding New Program
"Game of Thrones" (HBO)
Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials
"Masterpiece: Sherlock" (PBS)
Career Achievement Award
"The Dick Van Dyke Show"
Outstanding Achievement in News and Information
"Restrepo" (National Geographic Channel)
Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming
"Sesame Street" (PBS)