The Television Critics Association (TCA) celebrated the top programs and performances of the 2017-2018 television season last night at the 34TH Annual TCA Awards ceremony. The invitation-only event at The Beverly Hilton hotel, was emceed by writer, producer, and TV personality Robin Thede, host of the recent BET series “The Rundown with Robin Thede.”
Votes were cast by the TCA’s membership of more than 200 professional TV critics and journalists from the United States and Canada, putting the spotlight on a diverse roster of series and stars in 13 distinct categories including Program Of The Year, Outstanding Achievement In Reality Programming, Individual Achievement In Drama, and Outstanding Achievement In Youth Programming, as well as the prestigious Heritage Award and Lifetime Achievement honors. The 34TH Annual TCA Awards also featured the addition of the Outstanding Achievement In Sketch/Variety Shows category.
For the third consecutive year, FX reigned as the evening’s top winner. The network received four awards, three for its hit undercover Cold War thriller “The Americans,” which earned the coveted Program Of The Year award, as well as Outstanding Achievement In Drama, and Individual Achievement In Drama for series star Keri Russell. Additionally, the network snagged Outstanding Achievement In Movies And Miniseries honors for the critically acclaimed true crime event “The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” a stunning exploration of the iconic fashion designer’s murder.
Other notable winners include the BBC’s first-year assassin drama “Killing Eve,” as the year’s Outstanding New Program; Rachel Brosnahan, who overtook last year’s winner, Donald Glover, to claim the Individual Achievement In Comedy title for her role in Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” was posthumously honored for Outstanding Achievement In News And Information. “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver,” captured the TCA’s first-ever award for Outstanding Achievement In Sketch/Variety Shows.
The TCA also bestowed a Heritage Award upon the beloved long-running NBC/Warner Bros. Television’ comedy “Friends,” which remains one of television’s most popular shows even since it went off the air 14 years ago. The TCA also presented Rita Moreno—entertainment icon, Presidential Medal Of Freedom recipient, and member of a rare club of performers to win both an Emmy®, GRAMMY®, Oscar®, and Tony®–with the Career Achievement Award, honoring her unparalleled legacy which includes acclaimed roles in legendary television series including “Oz, “One Day At A Time,” “The Rockford Files” and “The Muppet Show.”
“This year’s TCA Awards offered the welcome opportunity to say goodbye to one of the era’s most critically acclaimed shows in ‘The Americans,’ a drama that combined espionage thrills, high emotional stakes and international intrigue that couldn’t have been more current,” said Daniel Fienberg, TCA President and The Hollywood Reporter TV Critic. “Our other winners included new shows like ‘Killing Eve’ and ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,’ rebooted shows like ‘Queer Eye,’ the anthological darkness of another ‘American Crime Story’ chapter and the hopefully timeless and unending wonder of ‘Sesame Street.’ As we always say, TV offers something for every audience in 2018 and if you can’t find anything to watch, you’re not trying hard enough and you need to read some more TV critics!”
2018 TCA Award recipients are as follows:
- Individual Achievement in Drama: Keri Russell (THE AMERICANS, FX)
- Individual Achievement in Comedy: Rachel Brosnahan (THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL, Amazon)
- Outstanding Achievement in News and Information: ANTHONY BOURDAIN: PARTS UNKNOWN (CNN)
- Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming: QUEER EYE (Netflix)
- Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: SESAME STREET (HBO)
- Outstanding Achievement in Sketch/Variety Shows: LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER (HBO)
- Outstanding New Program: KILLING EVE (BBC America)
- Outstanding Achievement in Movies And Miniseries: THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY(FX)
- Outstanding Achievement in Drama: THE AMERICANS (FX)
- Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: THE GOOD PLACE (NBC)
- Program of the Year: THE AMERICANS (FX)
- Lifetime Achievement Honoree: Rita Moreno
- Heritage Award: FRIENDS (NBC)