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TV Junkie: Last Night at the Television Critics Association Awards

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Creators of "Yo Gabba Gabba" Scott Schultz and Christian Jacobs with show characters with Tom Hanks at the 2010 Television Critics Association Awards.


Creators of "Yo Gabba Gabba" Scott Schultz and Christian Jacobs with show characters with Tom Hanks at the 2010 Television Critics Association Awards.
Last night the winners of the 2010 Television Critics Association Awards were handed out a a presentation at the Beverly Hilton. Dax Shepard of NBC's "Parenthood" did a very capable job in his first capacity as host of an awards show. Highlights of the night included: a spectacular speech by Tom Hanks, accepting the Outstanding Achievement in Miniseries award for HBO's "The Pacific"; the entire audience singing Happy Birthday to "Modern Family" star Rico Rodriguez; and the characters of kids show "Yo Gabba Gabba" coming out to accept the award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming. It was a great and intimate evening, perhaps because the proceedings were not on TV - kind of a paradox to have an awards show for TV programs picked by TV critics not broadcast on TV.We had some great conversations with people, including Bob Odenkirk, creator of "Mr. Show" and currently starring as Saul Goodman on AMC's "Breaking Bad", he has a show that will hopefully be making it to TV very soon (as well as a couple movie scripts). We also talked extensively with co-creator of "Yo Gabba Gabba", Christian Jacobs, about how the show came about: "We wanted to create a show that we could enjoy watching with out own kids - not something we could just 'tolerate'". "Yo Gabba Gabba" is in discussions with Nick Jr. to bring another season into production which should be a no-brainer [Dear Nick Jr.: Please keep the best kids TV show on the air - the bands are incredible, the guests are hilarious, and we can't get enough of Brobee.]

See the full list of winners after the jump plus check out our 36% pick rate.

The 2010 Television Critics Association Awards Winners

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1. Individual achievement in drama: Award given to the individual (often a performer, but it doesn't have to be) for recognition of their achievement in TV drama.
Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad" AMC) - TV Junkie pick
John Lithgow ("Dexter," Showtime)
Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife," CBS) - WINNER (no show - send vid clip)
Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad" AMC)
Katey Sagal ("Sons of Anarchy" FX) - TV Junkie pick

2. Individual achievement in comedy: Award given to the individual (often a performer, but it doesn't have to be) for recognition of their achievement in TV comedy.
Ty Burrell ("Modern Family" ABC) - TV Junkie pick
Jane Lynch ("Glee" Fox) - WINNER (no show)
Nick Offerman ("Parks and Recreation" NBC)
Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory" CBS)
Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family" ABC) - TV Junkie pick

3. Outstanding achievement in news & information: Award given to the best news and information program. Can be series, documentary or special.
"30 for 30" (ESPN)
"America: The Story of Us" (History Channel)
"Life" (Discovery Channel) - TV Junkie pick - WINNER
"The Daily Show" (Comedy Central) - TV Junkie pick
"The Rachel Maddow Show" (MSNBC)

4. Outstanding achievement in youth programming: Award given to the best youth program.
"Dinosaur Train" (PBS)
"iCarly" (Nickelodeon)
"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" (Cartoon Network)
"Word Girl" (PBS) - TV Junkie pick
"Yo Gabba Gabba" (Nick Jr.) - TV Junkie pick - WINNER

5. Outstanding new program: Award given to the best new series televised for the first time between May 23, 2009 and May 23, 2010. You may vote for zero, one or two candidates.
"Glee" (Fox) - WINNER
"Justified" (FX)
"Modern Family" (ABC) - TV Junkie pick
"Parenthood" (NBC) - TV Junkie pick

"The Good Wife" (CBS)

6. Outstanding achievement in movies, miniseries and specials: Award given to the best movie, miniseries or special.
"Life" (Discovery Channel) - TV Junkie pick
"Temple Grandin" (HBO)
"The Pacific" (HBO) - WINNER
"Torchwood: Children of Earth" (BBC America)
"You Don't Know Jack" (HBO) - TV Junkie pick

7. Outstanding achievement in drama: Award given to the best dramatic program.
"Breaking Bad" (AMC) - TV Junkie pick - WINNER (tie)
"Lost" (ABC) - WINNER (tie)
"Mad Men" (AMC)
"Sons of Anarchy" (FX) - TV Junkie pick
"The Good Wife" (CBS)

8. Outstanding achievement in comedy: Award given to the best comedic program.
"Glee" (Fox)
"Modern Family" (ABC) - TV Junkie pick - WINNER
"Parks and Recreation" (NBC)
"Party Down" (Starz) - TV Junkie pick
"The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)

9. Career achievement: Award given to a person whose career, in total, has made a lasting contribution to the medium.
James Garner - WINNER (no show)
Bill Moyers - TV Junkie pick
Sherwood Schwartz
William Shatner - TV Junkie pick
Dick Wolf

10. Heritage award: Award recognizes a program whose content has had a positive impact on society and popular culture beyond the boundaries of TV.
"24" - TV Junkie pick
"M*A*S*H" - WINNER
"Law & Order"
"Lost" - TV Junkie pick
"Twin Peaks"

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11. Program of the year: Award given to the best program that has also had a major impact on the medium and the culture.
"Breaking Bad" (AMC) - TV Junkie pick
"Friday Night Lights" (DirecTV/NBC)
"Glee" (Fox) - WINNER
"Lost" (ABC)
"Modern Family" (ABC) - TV Junkie pick