Note: Terry Morrow is reporting from the Television Critics Association meetings.
BEVERLY HILLS — It was a night of too few stars, but the ones who did attend the 28th annual Television Critics Association Awards shined bright.
Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad" was host of the ceremony and wowed the crowd with his hilarious monologue, which he wrote himself. All I can reveal is that he did walk out on stage with his pants unzipped and a $20 bill sticking out of it.
Claire Danes received her trophy for working on Showtime's "Homeland." Afterward, I got to gush to her about how much I enjoy the series. (And, yes, I have seen the first episode of the new season!)
I got to catch up a bit with "Breaking Bad" co-star Aaron Paul and even met his bride-to-be, Lauren Parsekian.
Leah Thompson and Gilles Marini represented ABC Family's "Switched At Birth."
As a presenter of Outstanding Achievement in Reality TV, I met Mary Murphy and executive producer Barry Adelman from "So You Think You Can Dance," which earned the award.
Murphy had glitter on her face, and she was very sweet.
The winners were determined by the membership of the TCA, consisting of print and online reporters whose main source of income is based on writing about television.
The winners of the evening:
Individual Achievement in Drama: Claire Danes ("Homeland," Showtime)
Individual Achievement in Comedy: Louis C.K. ("Louie," FX)
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 New Program: "Homeland" (Showtime)
Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials: "Masterpiece: Downton Abbey" (PBS)
Outstanding Achievement in Drama: "Breaking Bad" (AMC)
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: "Louie" (FX)
Career Achievement Award: David Letterman
Heritage Award: "Cheers"
Program of the Year: "Game of Thrones" (HBO)
Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or email@example.com. Follow Terry Morrorw on Twitter@Telebuddy.
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