PASADENA, Calif. -- Thank heavens for "The Big Bang Theory." That's undoubtedly what broadcast networks must have been thinking after looking at the list of winners at the 25th Television Critics Association Awards Saturday night.
The CBS comedy was the only network show on the air to get awards on a night that little-watched cable TV shows dominated. NBC's "ER," also won a Heritage Award for its work over 15 seasons. And Betty White, who has been on TV since practically the beginning of time, was given a career achievement award. And that was it for broadcast TV.
The critics honored "Big Bang" as outstanding comedy and co-star Jim Parsons for individual achievement in a comedy.
AMC's "Mad Men" was honored as outstanding drama and Bryan Cranston of AMC's "Breaking Bad" won for individual achievement in drama. SyFy's "Battlestar Gallactica" was named program of the year even though it wasn't nominated as best drama. Things like that happen at the TCA Awards.
HBO won three awards: "True Blood" was honored as outstanding new program, "Grey Gardens" as outstanding movie, miniseries and special and "The Alzheimer's Project' as outstanding news and information program. Nickelodeon's "Yo Gabba Gabba" was named outstanding children's program.
Of course, winning a TCA award doesn't guarantee anything when the Emmys are given out next month. What do you think of the critics' selections and the state of network television?
-- Alan Pergament