TV critics are mad for 'Men' and 'Wire'


AMC's "Mad Men" can't possibly be mad at the Television Critics Assn.

The series tied HBO's "The Wire" with four nominations in this year's TCA Awards, tops for any series. Both shows got noms for drama, program of the year and individual achievement ("Mad Men's" Jon Hamm and "Wire's" David Simon).

Although critics have been bashing HBO for losing its way, the pay cabler led all nets with 10 nominations. In addition to "Wire," HBO collected three noms for its "John Adams" miniseries, two for "Flight of the Conchords" and one for the documentary "Alive Day Memories."

PBS came in second with nine noms, including three for Ken Burns' "The War."

Among the broadcast nets, NBC and ABC scooped up most of the noms. NBC scored seven, including three for "30 Rock" and two for "Friday Night Lights." ABC landed five, led by "Lost" with two.

TV critics will cast final ballots through Monday and announce winners July 19 at the TCA Awards at the Beverly Hilton. (partialdiff)