The big winner was "Glee," which nabbed three of the top prizes including "Program of the Year."
Creator Ryan Murphy, writer Ian Brennan, and most of the cast were on hand to accept the awards. Notably absent was Individual Achievement in Comedy winner Jane Lynch due to a case of laryngitis. But Brennan- who scripts all of Lynch's Sue Sylvester zingers- more than compensated for her absence by sharing four of the snappier insults she'll be slinging at Mr. Schu next season. Murphy was heartfelt in his acceptance and both he and Brennan talked about how heartened they were that the show seemed to be having a positive impact on arts programs in schools.
Because the, mercifully brief and low-key, ceremony - hosted by Dax Shepard this year- is not televised the writers, producers, and stars often feel free to let it all hang out and both Tom Hanks and "Lost" co-executive producer Damon Lindelof did just that.
Lindelof hilariously shared some of the more colorful tweets he read about himself and the show from fans angry about the finale during his acceptance of the Outstanding Achievement in Drama trophy. ("Lost" tied with "Breaking Bad.") Our favorite: "'You're a dirty liar. You never knew, you made it all up, you tricked us all, you betrayed me and I hope you rot, (expletive).' That one," he quipped, "is signed, J.J. Abrams." He also offered gratitude for the support and fervor of the critics.
Hanks was his usual charming self, ribbing the organization -- "This is the last time I'm (expletive) dressing up for you" he mock-growled when he saw some of the more casually attired attendees-- before getting serious when accepting the trophy for Oustanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials for "The Pacific."
"M*A*S*H" co-creator Gene Reynolds and stars Mike Farrell (B.J. Hunnicutt) and William Christopher (Father Mulcahy) received a lengthy ovation before accepting the Heritage Award.
Much of the "Modern Family" gang was on hand to accept the Outstanding Achievement in Comedy award and, when creator Steven Levitan mentioned that it was Rico Rodriguez's 12th birthday, the room broke into an impromptu serenade of "Happy Birthday" to the adorable actor who plays Manny on the show and he stood up and took a little bow.
Here's a complete list of the TCA Award Winners:
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
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
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