Homeland, Showtime's drama featuring Claire Danes as a troubled U.S. government agent who's convinced that a recently freed prisoner of war has been brainwashed into participating in a terrorist plot, won two awards at the annual Television Critics Award, presented Saturday night at the TCA's summer press tour in Beverly Hills.
The series won for Outstanding New Program, and Danes won for Individual Achievement in Drama. FX's Louie also won two awards, with star Louis C.K. winning Individual Achievement in Comedy and the show winning Outstanding Achievement in Comedy -- which is also an award for Louis C.K., who not only stars in the show but created it and writes and directs every episode.
Breaking Bad, AMC's acclaimed drama about a former high school chemistry teacher who becomes involved in the meth trade in Albuquerque, won Individual Achievement in Drama. But with all those accolades going to other shows, HBO's fantasy series Game of Thrones was named Program of the Year.
Other winners include: 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 Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials: Masterpiece: Downton Abbey (PBS); Career Achievement Award: David Letterman.
Cheers received the Heritage Award, which honors programs for their cultural and social impact.
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston hosted the awards, a non-televised event that took place at the Beverly Hilton. The TCA consists of more than 200 professional TV journalists from the United States and Canada. To follow members' press-tour updates on Twitter, use the hashtag #TCAs12.