Television Critics Announce 2015 Award Winners

  • Publish Date: August 9, 2015
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The Television Critics Association, comprised of over 220 professional TV critics and print journalists who cover the industry, took a break from their summer press tour on Saturday to present their 31st Annual TCA Awards in a private ceremony hosted by James Corden.

With last year's big winner Breaking Bad no longer in the picture, the field was wide open, and the critics responded by selecting Fox newcomer Empire as the year's best overall program. (Yes, that's the same Empire recently snubbed by the TV Academy in this year's Emmy nominations.) Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer was the only show to receive multiple awards, however. That much-lauded sketch series was named the year's top comedy series and also earned an award for star Schumer.

A full list of the 2015 award winners (as well as the previously announced nominees) is below.

2015 TCA Awards: Winners and nominees

Winners in each category are marked with a star (Winner).

Program of the Year

  The Americans FX
Winner Empire Fox
  Game of Thrones HBO
  Mad Men AMC
  Transparent Amazon

Outstanding New Program

Winner Better Call Saul AMC
  Empire Fox
  The Flash CW
  Jane the Virgin CW
  Transparent Amazon

Outstanding Achievement in Drama

Winner The Americans FX
  Empire Fox
  Game of Thrones HBO
  Justified FX
  Mad Men AMC

Individual Achievement in Drama

  Viola Davis How to Get Away With Murder ABC
Winner Jon Hamm Mad Men AMC
  Taraji P. Henson Empire Fox
  Matthew Rhys The Americans FX
  Bob Odenkirk Better Call Saul AMC

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy

  The Big Bang Theory CBS
Winner Inside Amy Schumer Comedy Central
  Jane the Virgin CW
  Transparent Amazon
  Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Netflix

Individual Achievement in Comedy

  Julia Louis-Dreyfus Veep HBO
  Gina Rodriguez Jane the Virgin CW
Winner Amy Schumer Inside Amy Schumer Comedy Central
  Jeffrey Tambor Transparent Amazon
  Constance Wu Fresh Off the Boat ABC

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials

  Bessie HBO
  The Honorable Woman Sundance
Winner The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst HBO
  Olive Kitteridge HBO
  Wolf Hall PBS

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information

  60 Minutes CBS
  CBS Sunday Morning CBS
  The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Comedy Central
  Frontline PBS
Winner Last Week Tonight with John Oliver HBO

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming

  The Amazing Race CBS
Winner The Chair Starz
  Dancing with the Stars ABC
  RuPaul’s Drag Race Logo
  Shark Tank ABC

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming

  Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood PBS
Winner The Fosters ABC Family
  The Legend of Korra Nickelodeon
  Sesame Street PBS
  Switched at Birth ABC Family

Career Achievement Award *

Winner James L. Brooks Producer/Writer/Director

* Unlike in previous years, the nominees were not announced to the public.

Heritage Award *

  Friends NBC
Winner Late Show/Late Night with David Letterman CBS/NBC
  The Shield FX
  Star Trek NBC
  Twin Peaks ABC

* Presented annually to one "long-standing program that has had a major cultural or social impact."

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 2015 Emmy Awards.

Comments (3)

  • DuckNation  

    The Fosters over The Legend of Korra is a complete JOKE! and Amy Schumer is painfully annoying

  • jayman69  

    Without Letterman late night talk show would be dead right now. He brought zany silly college rumour to tv at the right time and paved the way for comedians and hosts today. The other shows will get their due and deservedly. Letterman was always the overachieving underdog and lasted long at his craft. He had another year or two in him, as he brought his 'A' game his last month, but knew when to bow out.

  • LamontRaymond  

    Kudos to the TV Critics for recognizing The Americans as the best drama. Strange that another drama - Empire - was the program of the year. How does that work? And how does the program of the year get beat out by Better Call Saul (deservedly) for newcomer of the year? And Letterman for the heritage award? blah. The Shield and Twin Peaks crush it.

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