Three of the biggest winners at the 10th annual Television Critics Association Awards on Friday night were first-time nominees - because they're all in their first season on the air.
NBC's "Frasier" won the TCA Award for outstanding achievement in comedy, while ABC's "NYPD Blue" took home the award in drama.And CBS's "Late Show With David Letterman" was chosen by the 180 members of the TCA as program of the year.
Most of the other winners were more familiar. ABC's "Nightline" was cited for outstanding achievement in news and information, while recently retired CBS newsman Charles Kuralt was cited for career achievement.
The children's programming award went to Linda Ellerbee's special on cable's Nickelodeon, and the PBS miniseries "Prime Suspect 3" was named outstanding special.
CBS's coverage of the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer was the winner in the sports category.
Both nominees and winners are chosen by members of the TCA, critics from across the nation. Winners were announced Friday in ceremonies introduced by Ellen DeGeneres, star of the ABC sitcom "Ellen."
In addition to the presentation of awards, the program included a retrospective of the winners of TCA awards over the past decade introduced by Brandon Tartikoff, president of New World Entertainment, former president of NBC Entertainment - and a past recipient of the TCA Career Achievement award.
Taped coverage of the TCA Awards can be seen today at 4 p.m. on cable's E! channel.