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Critics honor 2004-2005 best in U.S. TV

Sunday, July 24, 2005

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The Television Critics Association (TCA) announced the winners of its annual awards for best in television programming June 23 in Beverly Hills, California. The TCA is made up of approximately 200 television writers and columnists in the U.S. and Canada.

The awards, except for the Heritage Award and Lifetime Achievement Award, were for outstanding programs first broadcast in the United states between June 2004 and May 2005.

ABC's Desperate Housewives was named Program of the year, while the Network's Lost was named as best dramatic program.

The critics' choice for best comedy series was Fox's Arrested Development.

Awards for acting and performance went to Hugh Laurie in Fox's House for best dramatic performance while best comedic performance honors went to Jon Stewart of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

The TCA awarded American comedian Bob Newhart with its Lifetime Achievement Award. The Heritage award for program "that has transcended its medium to profoundly impact on society or culture" was presented to ABC late night news program, Nightline.

Full list of winners and nominees

Award Winner Network Other nominees
Program of the Year Desperate Housewives ABC
Outstanding New Program Lost ABC
Outstanding Achievement in Drama Lost ABC
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Arrested Development FOX
Outstanding Achievement in News & Information Frontline PBS
Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming Degrassi: The Next Generation The N
Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Mini-series and Specials The Office Special BBC America
Individual Achievement in Comedy Jon Stewart, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Comedy Central
Individual Achievement in Drama Hugh Laurie, House Fox
Heritage Award Nightline ABC
Lifetime Achievement Bob Newhart    

Source: Television Critics Association

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