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NBC Tops 2009 TCA Awards Nominations TVWeek

NBC led the list of 2009 Television Critics Association Award nominations, which were announced today.

The network received 11 nominations, which included ones for “30 Rock,” “The Office,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Friday Night Lights” and “ER.” The network’s 2008 Summer Olympic coverage was also recognized in the Outstanding Achievement Movie, Mini-series and Specials category.

“Saturday Night Live” will compete against “Battlestar Galactica,” “Lost,” Mad Men” and “The Shield” for Program of the Year, while “The Office” and “30 Rock” are up against “The Daily Show” and CBS’ Monday night comedies “The Big Bang Theory” and “How I Met Your Mother” for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy.

“Breaking Bad,” “Lost,” “Mad Men” and “The Shield” join “Friday Night Lights” in the Outstanding Achievement in Drama category.

The Outstanding New Program of the Year nominees are “Fringe,” “The Mentalist,” “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” “True Blood” and “United States of Tara.”

In the Individual Achievement in Comedy and Drama categories, nominations for Steve Carell, Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey helped the network jump to the top of the list.

FX’s “The Shield” received the most nominations for a single show, including Program of the Year, Outstanding Drama, TCA Heritage Award and Individual Achievement for actor Walton Goggins.

HBO had six total nominations. The network’s “Generation Kill,” “Grey Gardens” and “Taking Chance” will compete against each other, NBC’s Olympics coverage and Fox’s “24: Redemption” for Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Mini-Series and Specials category. The network also received nominations for “True Blood,” “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” and “The Alzheimer’s Project.”

E!’s Chelsea Handler will host the 25th annual TCA Awards, which will be presented Aug. 1 at The Langham, Huntington Hotel and Spa in Pasadena, Calif.

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
“Battlestar Galactica” (SciFi Channel)
“Lost” (ABC)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“The Shield” (FX)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
“30 Rock” (NBC)
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“The Daily Show” (Comedy Central)
“How I Met Your Mother” (CBS)
“The Office” (NBC)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Friday Night Lights” (NBC)
“Lost” (ABC)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“The Shield” (FX)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT MOVIES, MINI-SERIES AND SPECIALS
2008 Summer Olympic Coverage (NBC)
“24: Redemption” (Fox)
“Generation Kill” (HBO)
“Grey Gardens” (HBO)
“Taking Chance” (HBO)

OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
“Fringe” (Fox)
“The Mentalist” (CBS)
“No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” (HBO)
“True Blood” (HBO)
“United States of Tara” (Showtime)

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”)
Steve Carell (“The Office”)
Tina Fey (“30 Rock”)
Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother”)
Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”)

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
Glenn Close (“Damages”)
Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”)
Walton Goggins (“The Shield”)
Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”)
Hugh Laurie (“House”)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING
“Camp Rock” (The Disney Channel)
“The Electric Company” (PBS)
“Nick News” (Nickelodeon)
“Sid the Science Kid” (PBS)
“Yo Gabba Gabba” (Nickelodeon)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS & INFORMATION
“60 Minutes” (CBS)
“The Alzheimer’s Project” (HBO)
“Frontline” (PBS)
“The Rachel Maddow Show” (MSNBC)
“We Shall Remain” (PBS)

HERITAGE AWARD
“ER” (NBC)
“M*A*S*H” (CBS)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“The Shield” (FX)
“Star Trek” (NBC)

—Vlada Gelman