The Television Critics Association (TCA) celebrated the top programs and performances of the 2017-2018 television season this past Saturday evening August 4th 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.
Of the Filipino American involvements —
- The FX 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 starring FilAm Darren Criss in the titular role of Andrew Cunanan.
- And, for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, that honor went to NBC’s The Good Place starring FilAm Manny Jacinto (left). Created by Michael Schur, the series focuses on Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell), a woman who wakes up in the afterlife and is introduced by Michael (Ted Danson) to “The Good Place”, a Heaven-like utopia he designed, in reward for her righteous life. She realizes that she was sent there by mistake and must hide her morally imperfect behavior and try to become a better person. William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil and Manny Jacinto co-star as other residents of “The Good Place”, together with D’Arcy Carden as Janet, an artificial being helping the inhabitants. The Good Place has received positive reviews since its 2016 premiere. It has been praised for its performances, writing, originality, setting and tone. In addition, its first-season twist ending and its exploration and creative use of ethics and philosophy have been positively received.
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.
But, for the third consecutive year, FX reigned as the evening’s top winner. The network received four awards (including The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story), three went to 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.
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!”
ABOUT THE TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION
The Television Critics Association (TCA) represents more than 200 professional journalists who cover television for publications across the United States and Canada. The members reach tens of millions of consumers each week, and are considered experts within the industry, representing their employers as moderators, panelists, radio/TV guests and more. The prestigious organization honors outstanding achievements in television and enduring contributions to the medium’s heritage through the TCA Awards each year. This year’s TCA Awards are the organization’s 34TH anniversary. For additional information about the TCA, visit www.tvcritics.org; Facebook; and Twitter. To follow the Summer TCA on twitter, follow tweets with the hashtag #TCA18.