Television Critics Association Awards Presentation
Beverly Hills, CA – With advertising dollars in place, secured at the Up-fronts in the spring, summer is when the Networks showcase their wares to television critics at the Television Critics Association press tour. It began July 24 and concludes on August 7th. Television critics from across the country (and some other countries) converging upon the Beverly Hilton for two weeks of interviewing talent and network executives; set visits, lunches, networking — with Hollywood’s top talent from broadcast, cable and public network shows.
Based on what they see at the TCA Press tour, the critics then give a thumbs-up or a thumbs down — it is often the first impression audiences will have of the new shows and could be a make or break for a project.
The following year, the critics get to see how their prediction from the previous year did and vote for the winners of the TCA Awards.
This year’s Television Critics Association (TCA) held its 29th Annual TCA Awards presentation on Saturday, August 4, 2013, recognizing the top programs and actors of the 2012-2013 television season. Hosted by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, stars of Comedy Central’s hit series Key & Peele, the invitation-only event 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.