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ABC Has Critics’ Top Picks

Jul 23, 2005  •  Post A Comment

ABC captured the top three honors at the 2005 Television Critics Association Awards, distributed Saturday in Beverly Hills. ABC’s critical and ratings hit drama “Lost” was named outstanding new program and also received the award for outstanding achievement in drama, while ABC’s other new hit “Desperate Housewives” walked away as program of the year.

ABC’s “Nightline” won the Heritage Award, which recognizes longstanding programming that has poignant cultural or social impact. Fox Broadcasting won two awards-a repeat outstanding achievement in comedy award for “Arrested Development” and the individual achievement in drama award for “House” star Hugh Laurie.

Other winners included PBS’s “Frontline” for outstanding achievement in news and information, its seventh win in that category; The N’s “Degrassi: The Next Generation” for outstanding achievement in children’s programming; and BBC America’s “The Office Special” for outstanding achievement in movies, miniseries and specials. Jon Stewart won his second individual achievement in comedy award for “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” on Comedy Central, and Bob Newhart was given the Career Achievement award.

Craig Ferguson, host of “The Late Show With Craig Ferguson” on CBS, emceed the program.