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'Friday Night Lights' scores at TCA

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (2004) Connie Britton played the

Connie Britton played the wife of Coach Gary Gaines (Billy Bob Thornton) and then played coach Eric Taylor’s wife (shown above) in the TV sequel, which picks up some 20 years later at fictional version of the school. Photo Credit: NBC


Beverly Hills --  "Friday Night Lights" -- the brilliant, passionate, warm, real, loving, generous, beautiful (I'm running out of praise here; please supply your own love from here on out) -- drama that just wrapped on NBC has won Program of the Year by the Television Critics Association.

 Just so there's no doubt about my feelings on this award: The TCA got it exactly right.

In (what is commonly called) a star-studded ceremony at the Beverly Hilton, the show-runners of this classic accepted the prestigious award this evening, but there were a few other awards also handed out. Here's the complete list:

Individual Achievement in Drama: Jon Hamm (“Mad Men,” AMC)

Individual Achievement in Comedy: Ty Burrell (“Modern Family,” ABC) and Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation,” NBC)

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information: “Restrepo” (National Geographic Channel)

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming: “Amazing Race” (CBS)

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: “Sesame Street” (PBS)

Outstanding New Program: “Game of Thrones” (HBO) 

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials: “Masterpiece: Sherlock” (PBS)

Outstanding Achievement in Drama: “Mad Men” (AMC)

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: “Modern Family” (ABC)

Career Achievement Award: Oprah Winfrey

Heritage Award: “The Dick Van Dyke Show”

Program of the Year: “Friday Night Lights” (DirecTV/NBC)


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