TV Critics Love 'The Wire,' 'Mad Men'

The closing chapters of "The Wire" and the stylish first season of "Mad Men" lead the nominees for the 2008 Television Critics Association Awards.

Each show earned four nominations, the most of any program, and both are up for the top honor of program of the year. They'll also compete for the outstanding drama award, and "Wire" creator David Simon and "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm are also nominated for individual achievement in drama.

The other nominees for program of the year are Ken Burns' epic PBS documentary "The War," HBO's miniseries " John Adams" and ABC's "Lost."

HBO leads all networks with 10 nominations, followed closely by PBS with nine. NBC has seven, ABC six and AMC five, its best showing ever.

Cable shows dominated the best new program category, taking up four of the five spots. In addition to "Mad Men," fellow AMC series "Breaking Bad," FX's "Damages" and HBO's comedy "Flight of the Conchords" picked up nominations for best new show, along with ABC's "Pushing Daisies."

"The Wire" is also among the nominees for the Heritage Award, which honors a show that's had a significant impact on the TV landscape. The other nominees are "Roots," "Sesame Street," "Saturday Night Live" and "M*A*S*H." The career achievement nominees are James Garner, Lorne Michaels, Bill Moyers, William Shatner and Mike Wallace.

The TCA Awards are scheduled for Saturday, July 19. The full list of nominees:

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

"John Adams" (HBO)
"Lost" (ABC)
"Mad Men" (AMC)
"Ken Burns' The War" (PBS)
"The Wire" (HBO)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY

"30 Rock" (NBC)
"The Colbert Report" (Comedy Central)
"The Daily Show" (Comedy Central)
"Flight of the Conchords" (HBO)
"The Office" (NBC)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA

"Damages" (FX)
"Friday Night Lights" (NBC)
"Lost" (ABC)
"Mad Men" (AMC)
"The Wire" (HBO)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT MOVIES, MINI-SERIES AND SPECIALS

"John Adams" (HBO)
"Masterpiece: Cranford" (PBS)
"Masterpiece: Jane Austen Collection" (PBS)
"Ken Burns' The War" (PBS)
"A Raisin in the Sun" (ABC)

OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM

"Breaking Bad" (AMC)
"Damages" (FX)
"Flight of the Conchords" (HBO)
"Mad Men" (AMC)
"Pushing Daisies" (ABC)

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY

Christina Applegate ("Samantha Who?")
Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock")
Stephen Colbert ("The Colbert Report")
Tina Fey ("30 Rock")
Ray Wise ("Reaper")

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA

Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights")
Glenn Close ("Damages")
Paul Giamatti ("John Adams")
Jon Hamm ("Mad Men")
David Simon ("The Wire")

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING

"Curious George" (PBS)
"High School Musical 2" (The Disney Channel)
" Hannah Montana" (Disney Channel)
"Word Girl" (PBS)
"Yo Gabba Gabba" (Nickelodeon)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS AND INFORMATION

"Alive Day Memories" (HBO)
"This American Life" (Showtime)
" Frontline" (PBS)
"Nimrod Nation" ( Sundance Channel)
"Ken Burns' The War" (PBS)

HERITAGE AWARD

"M*A*S*H" ( CBS)
"Roots" (ABC)
"Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
"Sesame Street" (PBS)
"The Wire" (HBO)

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT

James Garner
Lorne Michaels
Bill Moyers
William Shatner
Mike Wallace