Nellie Andreeva

Last year’s Best New Show, HBO’s Game Of Thrones, was named Program Of The Year at the TV Critics Assn.’s Awards handed out tonight, succeeding last year’s top winner Friday Night Lights. Following in GOT‘s footsteps was Showtime’s hot freshman Homeland, which was named Best New Show and landed the individual achievement in drama acting award for star Claire Danes. AMC’s Breaking Bad won its second best drama series award (its first was in 2010), while FX’s critically praised Louie was recognized as best comedy, with its creator/star Louis C.K. earning the individual achievement in comedy prize.

PBS’ Downton Abbey was named best movie/miniseries, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance won for best reality series, ABC Family’s Switched at Birth for youth programming, and CBS’ 60 Minutes for news and information program.

TCA’s Heritage Award was given to classic comedy series Cheers; the Career Achievement honor went to latenight host David Letterman.

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston hosted the event held at the Beverly Hilton in conjunction with the TCA’s summer press tour which runs through August 3rd.

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