Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
June 12, 2007


NBC leads with 13 nominations for the annual Television Critics Association Awards, which will be handed out in July during the annual three week TCA tour in Pasadena, CA.


Here are the categories with my choices in bold.

Program of the year: "American Idol" (Fox), "Friday Night Lights (NBC), "Heroes" (NBC), "Planet Earth" (Discovery), "The Wire" (HBO), and "When the Levees Broke" (HBO).

Achievement in comedy:  "30 Rock" (NBC), "The Daily Show" (Comedy Central), "Entourage" (HBO), "The Office"(NBC), and "Ugly Betty" (ABC).

Achievement in drama: "Friday Night Lights" (NBC), "Heroes" (NBC), "Lost" (ABC), "The Sopranos" (HBO), and "The Wire" (HBO).

Achievement in movies, miniseries and specials: "Broken Trail" (AMC), "Planet Earth" (Discovery), "Prime Suspect" (PBS), "The State Within" (BBC America), and "When the Levees Broke" (HBO). 

New program of the year: "30 Rock" (NBC), "Dexter" (Showtime), "Friday Night Lights" (NBC), "Heroes" (NBC), and "Ugly Betty" (ABC).

Individual achievement in comedy: Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"), Stephen Colbert ("The Colbert Report"), America Ferrara ("Ugly Betty"), Tina Fey ("30 Rock"), and Jon Stewart ("The Daily Show).  *Why wasn’t Steve Carell of “The Office” nominated?

Individual achievement in drama: Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights"), Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights"), Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"), Hugh Laurie ("House"), and Helen Mirren "("Prime Suspect").  What about Ellen Pompeo of “Grey’s Anatomy?”

Achievement in children's programming: "Dora the Explorer" (Nickelodeon), "Johnny and the Sprites" (Disney Channel), "Kyle XY" (ABC Family), "Lincoln Heights" (ABC Family), and "SpongeBob SquaqrePants" (Nickelodeon).

Achievement in news and information: "Baghdad ER" (HBO), "Bill Moyers Journal" (PBS), "Galapagos" (National Geographic), "Planet Earth" (Discovery), and "When the Levees Broke" (HBO).

Heritage award: "M*A*S*H" (CBS), "Roots" (ABC), "Sesame Street" (PBS), "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS), and "The Sopranos" (HBO).


Bob Barker’s final episode of “The Price is Right” airs Friday.  The guy was flawless.  I wish CBS could talk him into doing one more year.   Expect Bob to clean up at the “Daytime Emmy Awards” that night.


CBS3’s “Alex Scott Phone Bank” raised more than $700,000 for pediatric cancer research Thursday.


Rachel Etemad, a senior at Villa Joseph Marie High School in Holland, PA was named one of the ten outstanding students to graduate from the KYW Newsradio Newstudies Program.


Former Fox29 weekend weather meteorologist Karen Thomas was hired as a fill-in weather person for NBC10.  The station is still looking for a full-time person to replace Amy Freeze.  Maybe NBC10 read our column back in March suggesting Thomas for the weather vacancy.


NBC10’s new shore traffic reporter is Candace Cook.  She arrives from WRBL in Columbus, Georgia.
Jared Cohen, 25, of Narberth, Pennsylvania will appear on tomorrow's (Wednesday) episode of "JEOPARDY!" at 7 p.m. on 6ABC.  Cohen is a finance undergraduate at Penn State University.