'Glee,' 'Lost,' 'Modern Family,' and 'Breaking Bad' win big at Television Critics Association awards

Glee won three major awards from the Television Critics Association awards handed out on Saturday night. The best drama award was a tie between Lost and Breaking Bad, while the best comedy prize went to Modern Family.

More than 200 of the nation’s leading TV critics voted three awards for Glee: Program of the Year, Outstanding New Program, and, in the Individual Achievement In Comedy, the winner was Glee‘s Jane Lynch.

For the second year in a row, the “Youth Programming Award” went to Yo Gabba Gabba, and the show’s colorful characters, including Muno, Foofa, and Brobee, cavorted across the stage to accept the award.

Tom Hanks, in accepting his award as co-producer of The Pacific,  gave a gracious speech but did not resist a good joke, saying with mock-irritation to the assembled TV critics, “After following Yo Gabba Gabba, that’s the last f—ing time I dress up for you!”

The 26th annual TCA event was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and hosted with laconic charm by Parenthood‘s Dax Shepard. Shepard noted that while he had never hosted an awards show before, “my body hosted the swine flu last year.” He also suggested that a TCA award should have been given to “that show about the out-of-work telephone salesman starring Luke Wilson — it’s on all the time.”

Modern Family creator Steve Levitan said, “Thank God we have a champion in our corner like Steve McPherson” — a joke about the ABC entertainment president who left the network this week. “Steve always said, ‘As long as I’m around, you have nothing to worry about.'”

Julianna Margulies won for Individual Achievement in Drama for her work in The Good Wife, while James Garner received a Career Achievement award.

The complete 2010 TCA Award list is after the jump.

• PROGRAM OF THE YEAR: “Glee” (FOX)
• OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM: “Glee” (FOX)
• INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY: Jane Lynch, “Glee” (FOX)
• OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY: “Modern Family” (ABC)
• OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA: TIE – “Lost” (ABC) and “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
• INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA: Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife” (CBS)
• OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS & INFORMATION: “Life” (Discovery)
• OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN YOUTH PROGRAMMING: “Yo Gabba Gabba” (NICK JR.)
• OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES, MINISERIES & SPECIALS: “The Pacific” (HBO)
• HERITAGE AWARD: “M*A*S*H*” (CBS)
• CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: James Garner

What do you think of the TV critics’ picks? (Yes, I’m a member, and I voted.)

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  • Andy

    First! Is program of the year better than best drama and comedy? Shouldn’t Glee have won both Program & Comedy since its technically the best comedy since it was the best program?

    • Kicker

      You need to wash your face, really and take a second look on the categories Glee won… It said “PROGRAM OF THE YEAR” and “OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM”!! Plus it’s critics choice and no voting from folks… So, that means critics love the show, that’s all… Who wouldn’t love Glee??? It has a rigid storyline or concept and great musical and lightly touched comedy and overwhelming acting performances or drama… I love Glee and I proudly said, “GLEE DESERVES TO WIN THOSE AWARDS”!!!

      • Hannah

        I don’t think you understand what Andy is saying

      • Vivi

        Kicker, I think you REALLY missed the mark on Andy’s question. *walks away*

      • Dummy

        I may be a dummy, but I am nowhere near the idiot that Kicker is.

      • Ben

        I don’t love Glee. The plot lines are asinine, the lip synching is atrocious and I hate pretty much all of the music. I can’t wait for all the characters to graduate so this show can be canceled. The only thing that makes it worth watching is Jane Lynch, so congrats to her.

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    • Nate

      @Andy: Yeah, I see your logic there. Unfortunately, it seems they didn’t. lol. But yes, perhaps it didn’t win in the comedy category because the show exhibited the musical, drama, and comedy as a conglomerate genre and didn’t necessarily shine in comedy alone.

  • Brent

    I definitely don’t think “Glee” was the best TV show of the year. I love the show, but it isn’t even the best comedy program. (They got that one right with “Modern Family.”) I agree with Jane Lynch. (When was the last time both drama and comedy individual achievement went to women?)

    • Kicker

      It’s critics choice and no voting from folks… So, that means critics love the show, that’s all… Who wouldn’t love Glee??? It has a rigid storyline or concept and great musical and lightly touched comedy and overwhelming acting performances or drama… I love Glee and I proudly said, “GLEE DESERVES TO WIN THOSE AWARDS”!!!

      • Desmo

        No need to double post.

      • Desert Cat

        Kicker, we get that you REALLY, REALLY like “Glee”. Now please stop.

  • JMaG

    This could be Breaking Bad’s year. I have a feeling they may win Best Drama, along with a likely 3peat for Bryan Cranston, and a very strong possible win for Aaron Paul.

    And no Glee was not the best Program of The Year. It was good, but not consistently.

    • Dummy

      It’s critics choice and no voting from folks… So, that means critics love the show, that’s all… Who wouldn’t love Glee??? It has a rigid storyline or concept and great musical and lightly touched comedy and overwhelming acting performances or drama… I love Glee and I proudly said, “GLEE DESERVES TO WIN THOSE AWARDS”!!!

    • Khristina

      Shut your mouth, JMag! lol jk

      But no way- this year is all about LOST! :-D

  • Jose

    Agree with Brent, Glee was far from the best, weird how it won program of the year yet it didn’t win outstanding comedy series. Hopefully Modern Family will take that Emmy next month.

    • Randi

      Well, Glee is undoubtedly the program of the year, but it’s not necessarily the best comedy. Modern Family is a much better comedy than Glee is. But no one can deny that Glee is the program of the year, in a different sense.

    • Dummy

      Listen, it’s critics choice and no voting from folks… So, that means critics love the show, that’s all… Who wouldn’t love Glee??? It has a rigid storyline or concept and great musical and lightly touched comedy and overwhelming acting performances or drama… I love Glee and I proudly said, “GLEE DESERVES TO WIN THOSE AWARDS”!!!

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  • Frank

    Glee’s may have won in a broader sense like most talked about or biggest deal. Modern family won best comedy show becasue it is more even. But glee won best program cause it was the the “it” show of the season.

  • jrm

    I just LOL’d, all by myself, reading Dax’s comment about Luke Wilson’s AT&T commercials. That just struck me as hilarious (especially thinking about Dax’s laconic delivery)!

  • Jason

    Given that the buzz for best comedy at the Emmys is split between Modern Family and Glee, I’m not surprised at this split.
    Happy Lost got recognized!

  • Will

    Makes no sense. How can a show be the best show of the year and NOT win best comedy? Ah well.

    • Dummy

      You make no sense, Will. It’s critics choice and no voting from folks… So, that means critics love the show, that’s all… Who wouldn’t love Glee??? It has a rigid storyline or concept and great musical and lightly touched comedy and overwhelming acting performances or drama… I love Glee and I proudly said, “GLEE DESERVES TO WIN THOSE AWARDS”!!!

  • shane

    Because best show applies to all areas of execution, thus its better than just being the best comedy.

    Happy for Lost as well, Jason.
    And going back a few weeks ago, I still say on Emmy night put your $$ on Juliana and Bryan. I love Lost, its my best show every year, but Good Wife and B’Bad are the ones to beat.

  • Nick

    Glee = slightly overrated, there I said it. Btw I am a fan of the show, just figure I’d state what critics don’t want to admit.

    • Dave

      I enjoy Glee as well, but I’d say it’s even more than just “slightly” overrated. The praise is getting ridiculous. It sure as heck does not deserve an award for Program of the Year. I really hope Emmy voters are sensible enough to realize it does not deserve to win the award for Best Comedy.

    • britana

      I agree. I’m also a big fan of the show but it’s overrated. It had a very inconsistent first season. Don’t get me wrong, when it was good, it was really fun, had great music and good performances, and it totally hilarious. But there were definitely a few episodes and storylines that were not so good. It really did not deserve an award for Program of the Year.

      • Person Who Talks

        Thats exactly how I feel about that show: I really enjoy it most of the time, but it’s starting to drown in its own ego. Anyway, I hope frickin’ Mad Men doesnt win at the Emmys again, because I am so sick of critics saying that television has to be cynical and posess a pessimistic view of human nature in order to be “intelligent”. That is why I will be rooting for LOST; it was enigmatic and undeniably poignant until the end. Long live LOST!!!!!!

    • Anna

      Glee is so overrated. I even watched Glee (it makes me so mad when people insult a show and they have not seen it or just 1 or 2 episodes) and I thought it was just ok. Show of the year? I think not

    • Dummy

      You’re slightly overrated, Anna! It’s critics choice and no voting from folks… So, that means critics love the show, that’s all… Who wouldn’t love Glee??? It has a rigid storyline or concept and great musical and lightly touched comedy and overwhelming acting performances or drama… I love Glee and I proudly said, “GLEE DESERVES TO WIN THOSE AWARDS”!!!

  • Ms. Cuntess

    I love Glee! I’ll be fine with it or Modern Family winning the best comedy series emmy! F#(k 30 Rock!

  • Jose

    The Program of the Year takes into account all factors, such as mainstream buzz and popularity.

    Heroes, for example, won the award for its first season. However, Sopranos won best drama that year.

    • TONY

      Doesn’t make sense…. if Glee is Program of the Year it should have also won in Comedy category… stuff like this destroys credibility of the whole awards process

      • googliezoo

        So what you’re saying is if the program of the year was a drama it should also win for the drama category. If it’s a comedy it should win for the comedy category. So, then, what’s the point of having separate categories at all? I don’t think you’re getting that there are different criteria for each category.

  • sally

    Glee is a terribly written and acted show and Julianna Margulies is one of the most botoxed actresses around. She can’t even show any emotion!

    • Dummy

      You are terribly written and acted, Sally. It’s critics choice and no voting from folks… So, that means critics love the show, that’s all… Who wouldn’t love Glee??? It has a rigid storyline or concept and great musical and lightly touched comedy and overwhelming acting performances or drama… I love Glee and I proudly said, “GLEE DESERVES TO WIN THOSE AWARDS”!!!

  • SAinSA

    seems everyone on this site is a frickin’ critic, everyone with opinion that’s best. send me $5, i’ll start an association, have an election, and you all can have your say next year.

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  • BenLinus

    Who are these guys fooling Lost clearly should of won all the categories; TV died back in May as far as I’m concerned.

    • teresa

      Oh BenLinus, I so agree with you. What will I watch next year without Lost?? I don’t even care about the new shows. There will never be another experience such as Lost.

      • fred

        “There will never be another experience such as Lost.”
        THANK GOODNESS! Lost should have lost :-)

      • Anna

        I’m so happy for LOST! I totally agree BenLinus and Teresa. I love LOST so much. I hope it wins best drama at the emmys and everything else it was nominated for. That would make me so happy.

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