CBS' Western miniseries "Lonesome Dove" was named best program of the year and best drama, and CBS' "Murphy Brown" was named best comedy by the Television Critics Association.

A career achievement award was presented posthumously to Lucille Ball by the 120-member association, which is meeting here to preview network, cable and syndicated programming for the coming TV season. The awards were presented Friday night.CBS spokesman Axel Petersen accepted the awards for "Lonesome Dove," the critically acclaimed eight-hour miniseries based on Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

"Something like this comes along once in a blue moon," said Petersen. "We're glad it was on CBS, because it came along just at the right time."

CBS, in third place for the second season in a row, got a morale boost from the high-rated miniseries.

Diane English and Joel Shukovsky, executive producers of "Murphy Brown," and cast member Charles Kimbrough, were on hand to accept their award.

"This is truly probably one of the best ones of these we could get, having been a critic myself," said English, who formerly wrote about television for Vogue magazine. "Having your support sometimes gives us a second chance when we really need it."

Petersen accepted the career achievement award on behalf of Lucille Ball.

The other honorees Friday night included "What's Alan Watching?" as best special; "The Jim Henson Hour," which was canceled by NBC, as best children's program; Cable News Network for best news and information for the second year in a row; and NBC's coverage of the Summer Olympics for best sports programming.