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TV critics fawn over "Glee" at their trophy show

TV critics are mad about "Glee," showering the Fox musical dramedy it with three Television Critics Association awards, for Program of the Year, Outstanding New Program, and Best Individual Achievement in Comedy (to co-star Jane Lynch).

"She is our joy and delight," show creator Ryan Murphy said of Lynch during the ceremony Saturday night at the same ballroom in the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel where the Golden Globe Awards are held.

The TCA Awards showered love on "Glee." (Fox/Carin Baer)

It was one of three times Murphy took the stage to pick up a trophy, dressed in a jacket over what was no doubt a very expensive T-shirt that had been meticulously distressed to look like something he'd bought at a vintage store and pulled out of his clothes hamper an hour earlier.

"This is the last time I'm [expletive] dressing up for you," Tom Hanks told the TV critics in reference to Murphy's sartorial splendor, as well as the actors who showed up at the event dressed as characters from Nick Jr.'s "Yo Gabba Gabba," which was named best kids show for the second consecutive year.

Hanks was picking up what he called "this priceless piece of Lucite" from the TCA, for his HBO World War II miniseries "The Pacific," which he said was "not about World War II," but about how men and women come back from "hell on earth" - he mentioned Iraq and Afghanistan -- and set up Christmas trees in their homes and tell their children there is a Santa Claus.

Damon Lindelof, creator of TCA's former love "Lost," also gave a nod to Murphy during the trophy show. Picking up "Lost's" trophy (in a tie with AMC's "Breaking Bad" for best drama) Lindelof noted there were no "Lost" cast members at his table.

"I remember when the cast cared about us...It's coming, Ryan - it's coming!" he warned Murphy.

Steve Levitan, co-creator of ABC's comedy series "Modern Family," thanked Steve McPherson for being "in our corner."

McPherson, the former chief of ABC Entertainment, resigned suddenly on Tuesday. Levitan joked Saturday that it is so comforting to hear Steve tell them, "Guys, as long as I am around you have nothing to worry about."

Then Levitan wished "Modern Family" cast member Rico Rodriguez a happy 12th birthday, and everyone in the room -- yes, including the cast of "Glee" -- sang Happy Birthday to Rodriguez.

"Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan bravely made no reference to Ryan Murphy as he picked up his show's trophy, instead thanking AMC for being the "ballsiest network on TV - no offense to the HBO folks" in the room.

CBS's "The Good Wife" stars Julianna Margulies sent a taped thank-you to the TCA for naming her the year's best drama thespian in which she said it was an honor to have competed in the same category as "Breaking Bad's" Bryan Cranston. She did not name "Dexter's" John Lithgow, "Breaking Bad's "Aaron Paul, or "Sons of Anarchy's" Katey Sagal, who were also nominated in the category. We're guessing she'd been told they would not be present. Only people who know they've won something show up for the TCA Awards.

Also not present: James Garner, who was given the group's career achievement award.

Discovery's BBC co-production, "Life" was named Outstanding Achievement in News & Information, -- a category in which, weirdly, it competed with Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" and MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," among others.

And , nearly 30 years after it went off the air, TV critics finally got around to giving CBS's iconic anti-war comedy "M*A*S*H" its so-called Heritage Award, which the group doles out each year to shows that have had lasting cultural significance.

Too bad they waited until Larry Gelbart, who'd developed "M*A*S*H" from Robert Altman's film of the same name, wasn't around - he died of cancer last year. On the bright side, at least one of the younger critics in the room during the trophy show was not familiar with the series, despite the fact its finale made history when it attracted 125 million viewers.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 1, 2010; 7:39 PM ET
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2010  
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