“Sopranos” honored by critics

The HBO series The Sopranos was named program of the year by the Television Critics Association Saturday, The Associated Press reports. The series will compete with NBC’s The West Wing for the best drama award at the Emmy Awards ceremony on September 16.

Acting honors went to The Sopranos star James Gandolfini and to Jane Kaczmarek of Fox’s Emmy nominated Malcolm in the Middle. Malcolm was also named the outstanding comedy.

Filmmaker Ken Burns received the news and information award for his PBS series Jazz, while ABC’s Life with Judy Garland: Me & My Shadows was honored in the movie, miniseries and specials category.

The WB’s Gilmore Girls was named best new program.The PBS programs Between the Lions and Sesame Street, shared honors in the children’s programming category.