TV critics mad about 'Mad Men,' 'Wire'

Each nominated for four TCA Awards

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).

In addition, "Mad Men" is up for new program while "Wire" was mentioned for the organization's Heritage Award.

Although critics have been bashing HBO for losing its way, the pay cabler led all nets with 10 awards. 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," a fall docu series on World War II. Three others went to PBS kids shows ("Sesame Street," "Word Girl" and "Curious George").

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. The CW network received a single nom for "Reaper" and CBS earned one in the Heritage category for "M*A*S*H." Fox, the ratings leader last season, was shut out.

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

A complete list of nominations is on the next page.

Complete list of TCA Award nominations:

Program of the year

"John Adams," "Lost," "Mad Men," "Ken Burns' The War," "The Wire"


"30 Rock," "The Colbert Report," "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," "Flight of the Conchords," "The Office"


"Damages," "Friday Night Lights," "Lost," "Mad Men," "The Wire"

Movies, miniseries and specials

"John Adams," "Masterpiece: Cranford," "Masterpiece: The Complete Jane Austen," "Ken Burns' The War," "A Raisin in the Sun"

New program

"Breaking Bad," "Damages," "Flight of the Conchords," "Mad Men," "Pushing Daisies"

Individual achievement in comedy

Christina Applegate ("Samantha Who?"), Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"), Stephen Colbert ("The Colbert Report"), Tina Fey ("30 Rock"), Ray Wise ("Reaper")

Individual achievement in drama

Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights"), Glenn Close ("Damages"), Paul Giamatti ("John Adams"), Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), David Simon ("The Wire")

Children's programming

"Curious George," "Hannah Montana," "Word Girl," "Yo Gabba Gabba"

News and information

"Alive Day Memories," "This American Life," "Frontline," "Nimrod Nation," "Ken Burns' The War"

Heritage Award

"M*A*S*H," "Roots," "Saturday Night Live," "Sesame Street," "The Wire"

A Career Achievement Award also will be presented.