'The Shield' tops TCA Award noms

NBC leads among networks; serialized dramas score

The Television Critics Association announced nominees for its annual TCA Awards, with the final season of FX's "The Shield" leading the list.

"The Shield" earned four nominations, including program of the year. NBC has struggled in the ratings and critics have knocked some of the network's newer programs, yet NBC led rivals with 11 nominations for "30 Rock," "The Office," "Saturday Night Live" and other shows. HBO also had a fine year, with six nominees and dominating the movies and miniseries category.

For program of the year, critics favored serialized dramas, nominating the final season of Sci Fi Channel's "Battlestar Galactica," ABC's "Lost," AMC's "Mad Men," FX's "The Shield" and NBC's "Saturday Night Live."

For best new program, Fox's "Fringe," CBS' "The Mentalist," HBO's "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency," HBO's "True Blood" and Showtime's "United States of Tara" made the list.

The ceremony will be held Aug. 1 in Pasadena, and will be hosted by E! personality Chelsea Handler.

Here's the complete rundown of nominees:

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
"Battlestar Galactica" (Sci Fi)
"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" (FX)
"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)
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