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TV Junkie: Our TCA Nominations; ThunderCats HO?!

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This week the TV Junkie submitted his nominations for the annual Television Critics Association awards.

This week the TV Junkie submitted his nominations for the annual Television Critics Association awards.
This week we submitted out Television Critics Association awards nominations and here are some of our picks (we'll see what makes it to the actual voting round). Most of our selections aren't what gets the most viewership or is the most "fun", we went for quality and innovation, which we think should be the entire point of the TCAs:Individual Achievement in Drama
Katey Sagal "Sons of Anarchy" (FX)
Bryan Cranston "Breaking Bad" (AMC)
This was tough - there were so many good performances this year but Sagal was the catalyst for the entire season of #SOA. Cranston doesn't just play Walt, he's incredibly involved in the direction of his show and is the ambassador of it - his work goes beyond what happens in front of the camera.

Individual Achievement in Comedy
Ray Romano "Men of a Certain Age" (TNT)
Jason Schwartzman "Bored to Death" (HBO)
Here's where confusion sets in as Romano's #MoaCA is a comedy-drama - it was great to see him bring such a multi-dimensional character to life. "Bored to Death" was fun from the beginning and Shwartzman was the innovative glue that holds it together. Because of when these shows premiered, they didn't make the cut for the winter awards shows, at the very least they should be honored with a nomination at the TCAs.

Outstanding New Program
"Modern Family" (ABC)
"Men of a Certain Age" (TNT)
Two great casts, two great shows, not a disappointing episode between them.

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Outstanding Achievement in Drama
"Breaking Bad" (AMC)
"Damages" (FX)
"Breaking Bad" steadfastly eclipses anything else on Sunday nights. In what is probably its last season, "Damages" was so complex and convoluted it kept us wanting more, and it did it by staying in just one dimension free of smoke monsters.

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
"Modern Family" (ABC)
"Bored to Death" (HBO)
Each of these shows has a great collection of characters and the casts to back them up. "Bored to Death" was perhaps that much more engaging with its on-location shoots in New York.

Career Achievement Award
Alec Baldwin "30 Rock" (NBC)
Edie Falco "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime)
Baldwin has been honored so many times already, but there is no one more commanding on Thursday nights, one of the most competitive nights of TV. Falco's Jackie Peyton is so real and perfect, she's the queen of TV for a reason.

Program of the Year
"Men of a Certain Age" (TNT)
"Modern Family" (ABC)
Sometimes the newest are the best, this was one of those years.
ThunderCats HO! - Yes, it's a fact, the Cartoon Network is resurrecting the '80s animated series. No word on when it's going to be broadcast in 2011 but we're kind of hankering for some leaked pics of Cheetara, mmmmm, snarf.
Rest In Peace: Funny lady Rue McClanahan who died early this morning from a stroke. This leaves Betty White as the sole survivor of "Golden Girls". Here is Betty's statement about her friend.
Nerdgasm: If you watched any of the Amgen Tour of California and wondered how our 8 day race compared with the 21 stage Tour de France, wonder no more as VeloNews has done a climb-elevation and wattage comparison of the races. Turns out the AToC is as difficult as the TdF's hardest week in the mountains.
The TV Junkie Plan: "Burn Notice", "Curb Your Enthusiasm/Curb: The Discussion", "Chelsea Lately", "The Colbert Report" (Vampire Weekend), Ferguson.

8:00pm So You Think You Can Dance Fox - Auditions continue; Vegas callbacks.

9:00pm Burn Notice USA - Season Premiere. Michael helps Fiona and Sam protect a lawyer from a biker gang; Michael teams up with an unlikely ally.

9:00pm NBA Basketball - Lakers vs. Celtics ABC - That basketball thing is happenin' big time tonight!

10:00pm Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns TBS - Season Premiere.

10:00pm Royal Pains USA - Season Premiere. Hank and Divya treat the heir of a famous inventor; Jill's job is threatened.

10:00pm Curb Your Enthusiasm / Curb: The Discussion TV Guide - Larry and Cheryl make new celebrity friends - followed by panel discussion hosted by Susie Essman

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11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Jonah Hill

11:00pm Lopez Tonight TBS - Actor Jonah Hill; Peter Frampton performs.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Round-table participants include comics Bobby Lee, Dov Davidoff and Jen Kirkman.

11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - Vampire Weekend

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Colin Farrell; actress Rose Byrne; Miike Snow performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Adam Goldberg; magician Jamy Ian Swiss; comic Jeff Stilson.


ThunderCats HO!!!!!! The Cartoon Network is bringing ThunderCats back in 2011!