Television Critics Announce 2013 Award Winners

  • Publish Date: August 4, 2013
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Everything breaks for Bad

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The Television Critics Association, a group comprised of more than 220 professional TV critics and journalists who cover the industry, took time out of the summer press tour to hand out their 29th Annual TCA Awards on Saturday night, in a private ceremony hosted by comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.

With critical praise for the soon-to-end Breaking Bad reaching a fever pitch in recent weeks, you likely won't find it surprising to learn that the year's top honors went to that program. Breaking Bad essentially switched places with HBO's Game of Thrones, with the latter—last year's program of the year recipient—winning for best drama instead (the category which went to Bad in 2012). This year's other repeat winner was Louis C.K., who won again in the best comedy performance category (though Louie itself failed to repeat in the comedy series category).

Also of interest: critics honored Orphan Black's breakout star Tatiana Maslany for the best performance in a drama this year. The award comes a few weeks after Maslany was snubbed at this year's Emmy nominations. Of course, the TCA's awards and the Emmys rarely find common ground.

A full list of this year's award winners (as well as the previously announced nominees) is below.

Program of the Year
Winner   Other Nominees
Image   The Americans, FX
Game of Thrones, HBO
House of Cards, Netflix
The Walking Dead, AMC
AMCBreaking Bad   Previous Year's Winner:
  Game of Thrones, HBO
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
Winner   Other Nominees
Image   Louie, FX
New Girl, Fox
Veep, HBO
CBS(tie) The Big Bang Theory

NBC(tie) Parks and Recreation
  Previous Year's Winner:
  Louie, FX
Outstanding Achievement in Drama
Winner   Other Nominees
Image   The Americans, FX
Breaking Bad, AMC
Homeland, Showtime
Mad Men, AMC
HBOGame of Thrones   Previous Year's Winner:
  Breaking Bad, AMC
Outstanding New Program
Winner   Other Nominees
Image   Elementary, CBS
House of Cards, Netflix
The Mindy Project, Fox
Orphan Black, BBC America
FXThe Americans   Previous Year's Winner:
  Homeland, Showtime
Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials
Winner   Other Nominees
Image   American Horror Story: Asylum, FX
Downton Abbey, PBS
Rectify, Sundance Channel
Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel
HBOBehind the Candelabra   Previous Year's Winner:
  Downton Abbey, PBS
Outstanding Achievement in News and Information
Winner   Other Nominees
Image   Anderson Cooper 360. CNN
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Comedy Central
The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC
60 Minutes, CBS
PBSThe Central Park Five   Previous Year's Winner:
  60 Minutes, CBS
Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming
Winner   Other Nominees
Image   The Amazing Race, CBS
The Glee Project, Oxygen
Survivor, CBS
The Voice, NBC
ABCShark Tank   Previous Year's Winner:
  So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming
Winner   Other Nominees
Image   Adventure Time, Cartoon Network
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, PBS
Sesame Street, PBS
Switched at Birth, ABC Family
ABC FamilyBunheads   Previous Year's Winner:
  Switched at Birth, ABC Family
Individual Achievement in Drama
Winner   Other Nominees
Image   Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel (A&E)
Monica Potter, Parenthood (NBC)
Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX)
ShowtimeTatiana Maslany
Orphan Black
  Previous Year's Winner:
  Claire Danes, Homeland (SHO)
Individual Achievement in Comedy
Winner   Other Nominees
Image   Lena Dunham, Girls (HBO)
Jake Johnson, New Girl (Fox)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation (NBC)
FXLouis C.K.
Louie
  Previous Year's Winner:
  Louis C.K., Louie (FX)
Career Achievement Award
Winner   Other Nominees
Image   James L. Brooks
James Burrows
Jay Leno
William Shatner
Barbara Walters   Previous Year's Winner:
  David Letterman
Heritage Award
Winner   Other Nominees
Image   Lost, ABC
Saturday Night Live, NBC
Star Trek, NBC
Twin Peaks, ABC
CBSAll in the Family   Previous Year's Winner:
  Cheers, NBC

What do you think?

Do you agree or disagree with the critics' choices this year? Let us know in the discussion section below, and don't forget to make your predictions for the 2013 Emmy Awards.

 

Comments (4)

  • MarcDoyle  

    It's strange to me that the Heritage and Career Achievement Awards would list non-winning nominees at all. Sorry "Twin Peaks", you lost....Not good enough. The TCA topped the Emmy Awards with respect to several key shows, however- Orphan Black, The Americans, & Rectify.

  • fisy66  

    ...Rectify was outstanding and a game changer!!!!!!!!!

  • Duke_Challenger  

    Hannibal deserves some kind of recognition in my opinion. That and The Americans were two of the best new shows I've seen in a long time.

  • FleshWorld  

    Agree with Duke_Challenger. These awards are popularity contests based on what the lowest common denominator are watching. These idiots are not watching Hanniabal or The Americans or Justified. They're into the milquetoast crap that they can talk about around the water cooler like the horrifically banal Modern Family.

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