Named the best new program this year, 'Homeland' also took an acting nod for its lead star Claire Danes.
New series "Homeland" won big with the TV critics, nabbing two nods at the annual Television Critics Association awards. Announced on Saturday, July 28 night, the winners list saw the Showtime series taking home Outstanding New Program and Individual Achievement in Drama for Claire Danes.
The awards were given out at the Beverly Hilton ballroom but the event was not televised and was off the record. Bryan Cranston hosted the awards. His show, "Breaking Bad", won Outstanding Achievement in Drama, while FX's "Louie" won the comedy award. The Program of the Year went to HBO's "Game of Thrones".
"The past year in television offered a wide variety of standout programming. Viewers were treated to shows that were fearless, thought-provoking and original," TCA president Candace Havens said in a statement. "Whether it was the hard-hitting drama of 'Homeland,' the elegance of 'Downton Abbey,' the brash honesty of 'Louie' or any of our other winners - truly, there was something for everyone."
2012 TCA Award recipients:
- Individual Achievement in Drama: Claire Danes ("Homeland", Showtime)
- Individual Achievement in Comedy: Louis C.K. ("Louie" FX)
- Outstanding Achievement in News and Information: "60 Minutes" (CBS)
- Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming: "So You Think You Can Dance" (Fox)
- Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: "Switched at Birth" (ABC Family)
- Outstanding New Program: "Homeland" (Showtime)
- Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials: "Downton Abbey" (PBS)
- Outstanding Achievement in Drama: "Breaking Bad" (AMC)
- Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: "Louie" (FX)
- Career Achievement Award: David Letterman
- Heritage Award: "Cheers"
- Program of the Year: "Game of Thrones" (HBO)