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'Thrones,' 'Breaking Bad' honored by TV critics

August 5, 2013

YellowBrix

Aug. 05--BEVERLY HILLS -- HBO's "Game of Thrones," the star of BBC America's "Orphan Black" and a valedictory honor for "Breaking Bad" were among the highlights of the 29th annual Television Critics Association awards presented Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Members of TCA, including more than 220 critics and journalists in the U.S. and Canada, presented their program of the year award to "Breaking Bad," which launches its final eight episodes on Aug. 11. "Game of Thrones" was honored for top achievement in drama, and "Orphan Black's" Tatiana Maslany won for individual achievement in drama for portraying Sarah Manning. CBS' "Big Bang Theory" and BBC's "Parks and Recreation" shared the top comedy prize, and Louis C.K., star of FX's "Louie," won top individual comedy honors.

HBO's "Behind the Candelabra" won for best movies, miniseries or special, while the recently canceled ABC family show "Bunheads" won for outstanding youth programming. The PBS documentary "The Central Park Five" won in the news and information category.

The TCA career achievement award went to ABC veteran Barbara Walters, while the award for reality programming went to ABC's "Shark Tank."

The heritage award was presented to CBS' "All in the Family," with co-star Rob Reiner and creator Norman Lear on hand to accept. The award for outstanding new program went to FX's "The Americans."

The awards were hosted by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, stars of Comedy Central's "Key & Peele."

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