The Television Critics Association handed out its annual awards Friday night at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel here, and the big winners were NBC, PBS and a show canceled by ABC.
"My So-Called Life," the affecting hour about teens and their parents, was named outstanding drama by the TCA. The show was dropped by ABC after a single season.NBC took home awards for both program of the year - the hit drama "ER" - and top comedy - "Frasier."
Meanwhile, PBS won three of the eight awards, with two of those going to Ken Burns' mega-documentary "Baseball," which was named both the top special and the winner in the sports category. PBS's "Frontline," which has won two previous TCA Awards, won in the news/information category - tying with last year's winner, ABC's "Nightline."
The children's programming award was also a repeat, with Linda Ellerbee's "Nick News" winning for the second year in a row.
And Ted Turner, the founder of Turner Broadcasting - which includes TBS, TNT, TCM and CNN - was recognized for career achievement.
The winners were nominated and voted on by the approximately 150 members of the TCA. Here's a list of the categories, nominees and winners (in bold):
PROGRAM OF THE YEAR: "ER," "Baseball," "Homicide: Life on the Street," "My So-Called Life" and "The X-Files."
COMEDY: "Frasier," "Friends," "The Larry Sanders Show," "Mad About You" and "Seinfeld."
DRAMA: "My So-Called Life," "ER," "Homicide: Life on the Streets," "NYPD Blue" and "The X-Files."
NEWS/INFORMATION: "Frontline" and "Nightline," CNN's coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial and "The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour."
SPECIALS: "Baseball," "Barbra Streisand Concert," "The Far Side Cartoon Special," "500 Nations."
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING: "Nick News," "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood," "Rug Rats" and "Sesame Street."
SPORTS: "Baseball," Bob Costas, HBO boxing, CBS's NCAA Final Four and "ESPN Sportscenter."
CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: Ted Turner, Roone Arledge, Steven Bochco, David Letterman, Bill Moyers.