Most actors, producers and directors will probably tell you that they didn’t get into this business for the awards. But very few have refused them when offered.
Actually getting the offer is where things get tricky. Emmy plays favorites, often nominating the same contenders over and over again while passing over breakout performances noticed and praised by people who actually watch television. “Sons of Anarchy” executive producer and director Paris Barclay put it best when he recently observed, “The Emmys are very, you know, generally monogamous…They fall in love with people, and they stick with them until they die.”
But the Television Critics Association has no problem passing the love around. Shows on BBC America, FX, HBO, AMC, ABC Family, NBC, CBS and PBS were honored at The 29th Annual TCA Awards Ceremony, held August 3 at the Beverly Hilton, including several contenders that received no Emmy love whatsoever. Most notably, “Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany was honored with an award for Individual Achievement in Drama, while ABC Family’s “Bunheads” won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming. The “Bunheads” win is particularly bittersweet considering that it was recently cancelled.
Sure, AMC’s “Breaking Bad“, this year’s Program of the Year winner, is in the running for an Outstanding Drama Emmy, as is HBO’s “Game of Thrones“, the winner for Outstanding Achievement in Drama. But FX’s “The Americans” deserved a place in that category with Walter White and Daenerys Targaryen. Where Emmy snubbed “The Americans, ” the TCA gave it an award for Outstanding New Program.
The best part about any TCA Awards ceremony is that everybody can relax. The winners know they’ve won because if they hadn’t, they would not have been invited. There is no red carpet, but you’d better believe there’s an open bar. The awards show goes quickly, everyone enjoys a lot of laughs — especially this time around, thanks to Saturday night’s hosts Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, stars of Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele”. Afterward, everyone enjoys coffee, dessert and conversation. Always a low-key good time.
Mind you, most TV producers and stars don’t even list their TCA wins among their career accolades in their public bios, and that’s OK. We’re content with knowing that the programs listed in the press release below join the ranks of such legendary Emmy-snubbed TCA winners as “Boomtown,” Hugh Laurie, and Yo Gabba Gabba!
Read the full list of winners, taken from the TCA’s official press release:
- Individual Achievement in Drama: Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black,” BBC America)
- Individual Achievement in Comedy: Louis C.K. (“Louie,” FX)
- Outstanding Achievement in News and Information: “The Central Park Five” (PBS)
- Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming: “Shark Tank” (ABC)
- Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: “Bunheads” (ABC Family)
- Outstanding New Program: “The Americans” (FX)
- Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials: “Behind the Candelabra” (HBO)
- Outstanding Achievement in Drama: “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
- Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: (Tie) “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS) and “Parks and Recreation” (NBC).
- Career Achievement Award: Barbara Walters (ABC)
- Heritage Award: “All in the Family” (CBS)
- Program of the Year: “Breaking Bad” (AMC)