PRESS TOUR: 'Breaking Bad,' 'Game of Thrones' and more shows win big at the 2013 TCA Awards

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Key PeeleBEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Winners of the 2013 Television Critics Association Awards were announced tonight in a ceremony at The Beverly Hilton, including awards for "Breaking Bad," "Game of Thrones," "The Americans," "Parks and Recreation" and more. (Full disclosure: I'm a TCA member and I cast a ballot in the awards competition.)

The evening opened with introductory remarks by comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, stars of Comedy Central’s hit series “Key & Peele” (returning with new episodes on Comedy Central on Sept. 18) The pair did their Obama-and-his-anger-translator-Luther routine and it was hilarious, as it always is.

“I’m up here hosting an awards show that ain’t even televised!” Luther raged before making fun of how long TV critics stay at The Beverly Hilton during press tour: “Y’all been living in a hotel longer than that family from ‘The Shining’!”

Read about all the winners – and what they had to say – after the jump. …

 2013 TCA Award recipients are as follows:

  • Individual Achievement in Drama: Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black,” BBC America). A no-show to collect her award, but she did send a taped message.
  • Louis CKIndividual Achievement in Comedy: Louis C.K. (“Louie,” FX, at left). He hilariously mocked the TCA Award trophy itself as a “plastic piece of $#*!,” a joke other winners have made at past TCA Awards shows but it was still funny thanks to Louie’s hangdog style. But he also was sincere in his thanks to TV critics and in his recognition that “the way TV gets better is by trying new things. Some of that is bad, some of that is good.”
  • Outstanding Achievement in News and Information: “The Central Park Five” (PBS). Ken Burns was a no-show due to a 60th birthday party celebration in his New Hampshire hometown, but he did send a taped message.
  • Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming: “Shark Tank” (ABC). Mt. Lebanon native Mark Cuban was a no-show but the rest of the sharks and executive producer Mark Burnett were on hand.
  • boo bunheadsOutstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: “Bunheads” (ABC Family). Actress Kaitlyn Jenkins (at right), who played Boo on the much-loved but canceled series, got a bit teary thanking critics and reading a message from “Bunheads” creator Amy Sherman Palladino. If anything had to beat out “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” in this category, I’m glad it was “Bunheads.”
  • Outstanding New Program: “The Americans” (FX). Keri Russell and Noah Emmerich joined the show’s producers to accept the award.
  • Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials: “Behind the Candelabra” (HBO). Executive producer Jerry Weintraub, a movie producer who’d never heard of the TCA “because I make movies,” accepted the award and praised HBO executives for their collaboration on the project since he couldn’t get a movie studio to finance the Liberace story, presumably due to its gay themes. He dedicated the award to the late Pittsburgh Pops conductor Marvin Hamlisch; the film was the last one he scored.
  • GOT TCA awardsOutstanding Achievement in Drama: “Game of Thrones” (HBO). Stars Kit Harrington (who plays Jon Snow) and a dark-haired Emelia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), at left, accepted the award with Clarke saying, “It’s such a joy for my dragons and I to be part of this world created by George R.R. Martin.”
  • Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: (Tie) “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS) and “Parks and Recreation” (NBC). “Big Bang” executive producer Chuck Lorre refuted Louis C.K.’s premise that TV critics are only a force for good. “They can also sneak into the nursery and kill the baby,” he said. “You write a show and it’s called ‘putrid’ and it sticks with you. The word lingers.” “Parks” executive producer Mike Schur joked that he was fine with the plastic Lucite TCA Awards trophy, continuing the theme.
  • Career Achievement Award:Barbara Walters (ABC). She sent a taped thank you saying, “I’m smiling all over.”
  • Heritage Award: “All in the Family” (CBS). Rob Reiner asked, “How do smile all over. Did you only notice the only part of her that wasn’t smiling was her face?” Reiner and series creator Norman Lear then read from recently released tapes that showed the homophobia of President Richard Nixon in his reaction to an “All in the Family” episode. (http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-our-nixon-cnn-documentary-all-in-the-family-20130801,0,2530354.story)
  • Program of the Year: “Breaking Bad” (AMC). “We were the little show that never should have been made,” said series star Bryan Cranston.

 Here's the complete TCA release:

THE TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES

2013 TCA AWARDS WINNERS

 

AMC’s “Breaking Bad” Named Program of the Year

FX’s “The Americans” Wins Outstanding New Program

 

 “Game of Thrones,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Shark Tank,” ‘Behind the Candelabra,” “Bunheads,” “Parks and Recreation” and “The Central Park Five” are honored along with favorites “All in the Family” and Barbara Walters     

 

BEVERLY HILLS, CA (EMBARGOED UNTIL 9 PM PT on Saturday, August 3, 2013) – The Television Critics Association (TCA) tonight recognized the top programs and actors of the 2012-2013 television season at its 29th Annual TCA Awards presentation. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, stars of Comedy Central’s hit series “Key & Peele,” hosted the annual invitation-only event, held at the Beverly Hilton hotel in conjunction with the TCA’s summer press tour. The non-televised ceremony bestowed awards in 12 categories to recipients in comedy, drama, reality, miniseries, news and youth programming.

Members of the TCA, a media organization of more than 220 professional TV critics and journalists from the United States and Canada, voted AMC’s celebrated “Breaking Bad” this season’s Program of the Year and honored FX’s freshman drama, “The Americans,” with the award for Outstanding New Program.

“These were not easy choices for our membership because there were so many deserving nominees,” said TCA president Candace Havens. “In a year that saw a lot of great television, the TCA Awards winners represent the best of the best."

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Drama, having previously won for Program of the Year in 2012, and BBC America’s “Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany was honored with Individual Achievement in Drama for her portrayal of Sarah Manning.

CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” and NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” both were award-winners, tying for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy. And Louis C.K., star of FX’s “Louie,” nabbed the top trophy in the Individual Achievement in Comedy category for the second consecutive year.

HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra” emerged victorious in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials, while ABC’s “Shark Tank” took home the award for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming.

Additionally, the TCA also recognized ABC Family’s “Bunheads” with an award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming, and PBS’ documentary “The Central Park Five” received top honors for Outstanding Achievement in News & Information.

The TCA not only recognized the year’s finest programming, but it also bestowed a Heritage Award upon CBS’ classic sitcom “All in the Family” (1971-1979), for the cultural and social impact the program has had on society.

The non-profit organization also presented Barbara Walters (“The Barbara Walters Specials,” “The View,” ABC News) with a Career Achievement Award for her influence in covering news and information.

Photographs from the TCA Awards are available at http://bit.ly/137T2bD.

2013 TCA Award recipients are as follows:

    • 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)

 

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The Television Critics Association represents more than 220 journalists writing about television for print and online outlets in the United States and Canada. For 29 years the TCA has honored outstanding achievement in television and enduring contributions to the medium’s heritage through the TCA Awards.  Membershipin the Television Critics Association is open to full-time TV writers at newspapers, magazines, trade publications, news wire services, news syndicates, and text-based Internet news organizations. For additional information on the TCA, please visit www.tvcritics.org. The TCA is also represented on Facebook and Twitter. Follow the TCA on Twitter this Summer @TCAOfficial, using hashtag #TCAs13.

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