“Breaking Bad” took home the well deserved top prize Saturday for Program of the Year for the second time in a row at the Television Critics Association 30th annual TCA Awards in Beverly Hills.
“Everyone’s thanking HBO, so thank you HBO,” quipped the star of the AMC hit, Bryan Cranston, in a heartfelt acceptance speech made bittersweet by the fact that this is the last time the series is eligible for an award. “Unless you create the category of newly departed show.”
Just like the Emmy nominations that were announced earlier this month, HBO gleaned a lot of kudos thanks to its gritty, eight-episode crime drama “True Detective,” which won Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials.
Unlike the Emmys, TCA deemed “True Detective” a miniseries, not a drama series. Star Matthew McConaughey was crowned in the Individual Achievement in Drama category for his portrayal of philosophical homicide detective Rust Cohle.
“I want to thank Rustin Cohle for having a bullshit meter of zero,” McConaughey said. “I’m gonna miss that guy.”
CBS’s veteran legal series, “The Good Wife,” was honored for Outstanding Achievement in Drama. Hopefully that will take a little sting out of this year’s Emmy snub.
The television critics’ group, which is in the midst of its annual summer press tour, honored shows and stars in a dozen categories during a ceremony emceed by Terry Crews (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire”) — with an assist from Miss Piggy —at the Beverly Hilton hotel.
Votes from TCA members —a group that includes more than 220 TV critics and journalists from North America —determine the winning programs and actors of the 2013-2014 television season.
The TCA gave its Heritage Award to NBC’s long-running late-night sketch show, “Saturday Night Live,” for its pervasive cultural and social impact.
“For those of you who don’t know, I’m on ‘Saturday Night Live,'” joked freshly minted Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost, who canceled his appearance this weekend at Zanies in Chicago to accept the prize in California.
The Career Achievement Award went to director/writer/producer James Burrows (“Cheers,” “Taxi,” “Will & Grace”) for his role in crafting some of the most groundbreaking and influential programming over the course of three decades.
Here’s a complete list of the award winners:
• 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)