PRESS TOUR: 2014 TCA Awards honor TV's best (updated with photos)

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The Television Critics Association honored TV's best last night at the 30th annual TCA Awards.

I am a voting member of TCA and my big disappointment in these picks is that we failed to honor FX's nominated "Fargo," which I found to be far superior entertainment to best miniseries winner "True Detective."

But, hey, at least we gave "The Good Wife" the best drama series award; the Emmys didn't even give "Good Wife" a nomination.

Read details from the ceremony and the winners list after the jump. ...


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The TCA Awards are not televised, much to the relief of the stars and all those involved because it keeps it a more intimate ceremony. It's just about celebrating good work.

McConaughey blogThis year's ceremony kicked off with Terry Crews ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine") as host alongside his surprise date: Miss Piggy. The pair sang a duet that worked in all kinds of TV show titles, including this line: "You live in a 'House of Cards' or is it a 'House of Lies'?"

Miss Piggy thought she was at the TSA Awards rather than TCA Awards. Eventually, Crews cracked too many pig jokes at her expense and she gave him her patented “hi-ya!”

“True Detective” won for outstanding miniseries and star Matthew McConaughey showed up to collect his award for individual achievement in a drama, thanking critics for helping shine a light on the series: “Y’all helped us get started.”

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus won for individual achievement in comedy.

“You know why I love critics?” she asked. “Because I love being criticized …positively.”

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ABC Family’s worthy “The Fosters” won in the youth programming category, beating my preferred choice, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.” “The Fosters” follows a family headed by a lesbian couple who take in several foster children.

“I really believe TV is important,” said executive producer Peter Paige. “I really believe media changes the world. When you’re not seen on TV, you feel invisible.”

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Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” was named outstanding new program with star Kate Mulgrew praising writer Jenji Kohan: “When she writes, Jenji Kohan takes no prisoners."

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HBO’s “Veep” tied with FX’s “Louie” for best comedy. “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci acknowledged the many Washington politicians who gave the show’s writers access and tips.

“And we repaid them by portraying them as the shallow suck-ups they are,” he said.

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NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” received TCA’s Heritage Award and new “Weekend Update” anchor Colin Jost accepted on behalf of executive producer Lorne Michaels and the 140 cast members and 220 writers in the show’s almost 40-year history. Jost said he grew up watching the show in the Chris Farley-Adam Sandler era, which he recalls critics calling “Saturday Night Dead.”

“They look pretty darn good in retrospect,” Jost said. “Just saying.”

TV comedy director James Burrows won the Career Achievement award, noting, “You guys write stuff and I don’t always agree with it, but I do agree with this.”

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AMC’s “Breaking Bad” cast made one last victory lap, collecting the Program of the Year prize.

“Everyone’s thanking HBO,” noted “Bad” star Bryan Cranston. “So thank you HBO: You turned us down. That’s alright. I’m going to work with you soon.”

HBO will adapt Cranston’s stage play “All the Way” for premium cable.

Cranston acknowledged the premise of “Breaking Bad” – chemistry teacher gets cancer, makes meth – was “such a bad idea. I don’t blame HBO. But we’re very thankful to AMC, which was desperate.”

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Here's the TCA Awards winners release and more photos below:






AMC Hit “Breaking Bad” Takes Program of the Year for Second Consecutive Year, While Netflix Favorite “Orange is the New Black” Wins Outstanding New Program



Acclaimed Series “Louie,” “The Good Wife,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race,”

“True Detective,” “Veep” and “Cosmos” are Honored, Along with

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Producer/Writer/Director James Burrows



Host Terry Crews Celebrates the Organization’s 30th Anniversary




BEVERLY HILLS, CA (Saturday, July 19, 2014) – The Television Critics Association (TCA) recognized the top programs and actors of the 2013-2014 television season tonight, at its 30th Annual TCA Awards presentation. The prestigious organization’s event was held at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel, and emceed by Terry Crews, actor, comedian, and host of “WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE” and star of FOX’s hit precinct sitcom “BROOKLYN NINE-NINE.”

The results were determined from votes cast by the TCA’s membership, comprised of more than 220 professional TV critics and journalists from the United States and Canada. The winners represented an eclectic blend of shows and stars in 12 categories, putting the spotlight on the best of the best in comedy, drama, reality, miniseries, news, and youth programming. Highlights included AMC’s celebrated drug drama “BREAKING BAD” winning Program of the Year for the second consecutive season, and Netflix’s freshman prison dramedy, “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK,” taking home honors for Outstanding New Program.

HBO emerged as one of the evening’s biggest winners, thanks to its gritty crime drama “TRUE DETECTIVE,” which won Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials, while star Matthew McConaughey was honored with Individual Achievement in Drama for his portrayal of Rust Cohle. And “VEEP” earned the network even more accolades, as the politically charged series tied with FX’s critical darling “LOUIE” for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy. “VEEP” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus nabbed the top trophy in the Individual Achievement in Comedy category.

Additionally, CBS’ “THE GOOD WIFE” received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Drama; Logo’s “RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE” took home the award for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming; ABC Family’s “THE FOSTERS” earned Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming; and the FOX/National Geographic Channel docuseries “COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey” received top honors for Outstanding Achievement in News & Information.







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The TCA also bestowed a Heritage Award upon NBC’s long-running late-night sketch comedy program “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE,” for the cultural and social impact it has had on society, and presented prolific award-winning director/writer/producer James Burrows (“CHEERS,” “TAXI,” “WILL & GRACE”) with a Career Achievement Award for his legendary role in creating some of the most groundbreaking and influential TV programming over the course of three decades.

“This was truly a monumental year — not just for television, but for our organization, as a whole,” said Scott D. Pierce, TCA President and TV critic for The Salt Lake Tribune. “These winners truly are the absolute best of the best, and they could not be more deserving of the awards they’ve earned tonight. But, the real stars are our members, who have worked so tirelessly to make the Television Critics Association the highly respected and influential entity that it is today. Without them, none of this would have been possible. I’m excited to see what the next 30 years has in store for us.”

Photographs from the TCA Awards are available at

2014 TCA Award recipients are as follows:

    • Individual Achievement in Drama: Matthew McConaughey (“True Detective,” HBO) 
    • Individual Achievement in Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep,” HBO)
    • Outstanding Achievement in News and Information: “COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey” (FOX and National Geographic Channel)
    • Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (LOGO)
    • Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: “The Fosters” (ABC Family) 
    • Outstanding New Program: “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
    • Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials: “True Detective” (HBO)
    • Outstanding Achievement in Drama: “The Good Wife” (CBS) 
    • Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: (Tie) “Veep” (HBO) and “Louie” (FX)
    • Career Achievement Award: James Burrows
    • Heritage Award: “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
    • Program of the Year: “Breaking Bad” (AMC) – second consecutive


The Television Critics Association (TCA) represents more than 200 professional journalists who cover television for publications across the United States and Canada. The members reach tens of millions of consumers each week, and are considered experts within the industry, representing their employers as moderators, panelists, radio/TV guests and more. The prestigious organization honors outstanding achievements in television and enduring contributions to the medium’s heritage through the TCA Awards each year. This year’s TCA Awards are the organization’s 30th anniversary. For additional information about the TCA, visit; Facebook; and Twitter. To follow the Summer TCA on twitter, follow tweets with the hashtag #TCA14



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