July 25, 2005

TV critics celebrate ‘Lost’ world

By Barry Garron

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The critics love "Lost."
ABC's thriller-chiller took two Television Critics Assn. honors
Saturday during the TV scribes' 21st annual ceremony at the
Beverly Hilton.

"Lost," the freshman sensation that helped turn around
ABC's fortunes last season, got the TCA nod for new program and

J.J. Abrams, co-creator and executive producer of "Lost,"
thanked the crowd effusively in accepting the trophies.

"The support you have given 'Lost,' we can't really
quantify," he said. "It's unbelievable."

"Lost's" freshman-year ABC companion "Desperate Housewives"
didn't go home empty-handed either, taking the trophy for
program of the year during the ceremony hosted by Craig
Ferguson, newly enshrined host of CBS' "The Late Late Show."

Ferguson told the crowd that after making the transition
from actor and comedian to late-night talk-show host, he now
sympathized with the professional challenges that TCA members
face, particularly during the semiannual press tour.

"We both have to watch a lot of very bad television,"
Ferguson said. "The main difference is you don't have to
pretend to like it."

Fox's little-watched but critically cuddled "Arrested
Development" scored its second consecutive win for comedy

Hugh Laurie, star of Fox's hot new medical drama "House,"
was on hand to accept his win for individual achievement in
drama. After declaring his belief that television critics are
some of the "wisest, kindest members of our community," Laurie
noted that the last time he won an acting award was when he was
9, with his parents seated in the audience.

"I hope wherever they are, my parents are as proud as I
am," Laurie quipped.

Jon Stewart of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" won his
second TCA laurel of the past two years for individual comedy

PBS' "Frontline" picked up its seventh TCA Award in the
news and information field. Teen drama "Degrassi: The Next
Generation," from Viacom-owned the N, won for children's
programing. "The Office Special" prevailed in the longform
heat, on the heels of the BBC America special earning an Emmy
nomination in the same category.

ABC's "Nightline" and its soon-to-retire anchor Ted Koppel
earned the TCA's tip of the hat with its Heritage Award for
programs that have lasting cultural impact.

Bob Newhart, the offbeat comedian saluted for his long
career last week on PBS' "American Masters" showcase, got the
night's standing ovation when he accepted the award for career

"I have a suggestion," Newhart said. "Maybe you should give
it out at the beginning of someone's career and they would have
many years to enjoy it. You could have a revocation ceremony
and take it back, saying, 'You really didn't live up to what
you were supposed to be."'

But Newhart concluded on a more serious note with a nod to
the assembled scribes.

"I love television. It is just, as you people know more
than anyone, it is the most powerful medium ever," he said. "It
has great power to elevate and great power to debase, and you
are its keeper."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter