Welcome to Emmys season: ‘Abbott Elementary,’ ‘Succession,’ Mandy Moore among TCA Award winners
Chicago - The Television Critics Association announced the winners of its prestigious annual awards on Saturday, Aug. 5, unveiling a slate of honorees reflective of the wide range of outstanding storytelling available to viewers of broadcast, cable and streaming TV.
Due to ongoing concerns over the COVID pandemic, the TCA Awards were given out virtually for the third consecutive year.
Topping the list of winners was ABC’s freshman standout "Abbott Elementary," creator Quinta Brunson’s sitcom about a group of dedicated teachers in an underfunded Philadelphia public school. "Abbott Elementary" was named Program of the Year, the association’s top honor, as well as Outstanding New Program and Outstanding Achievement in Comedy. Brunson also received the award for Individual Achievement in Comedy for her work as writer, producer and star.
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Individual Achievement in Drama went to "This Is Us" star Mandy Moore for her acclaimed performance as Rebecca Pearson in the NBC drama’s final season. FOX film and TV critic Caroline Siede has praised Moore for the "stellar dual [or triple] timeline performances she makes look so effortless."
HBO’s darkly comic media drama "Succession" picked up the award for Outstanding Achievement in Drama, the second time it’s earned the honor in its three-season history. Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries or Specials went to Hulu’s opioid crisis drama "Dopesick;" star Michael Keaton was also nominated for Individual Achievement in Drama, as was "Succession" Emmy darling Jeremy Strong.
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Additional series honors went to the Disney+ docuseries "The Beatles: Get Back," which won the Outstanding Achievement in News and Information Award; Netflix’s "I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson," the winner of Outstanding Achievement in Variety, Talk, or Sketch; and CBS workhorse "The Amazing Race" and HBO Max’s vibrant ballroom series "Legendary" shared the award for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming.
Netflix’s adaptation of "The Baby-Sitters Club" picked up its second consecutive award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming thanks to its excellent second season. The critically-acclaimed series was canceled by Netflix in March 2022.
L-R, top row: Jeremy Strong in "Succession" (HBO), Michael Keaton in "Dopesick" (Hulu), the cast of "The Baby-Sitters Club" (Netflix), Quinta Brunson in "Abbott Elementary" (ABC); second row, Leiomy Maldonado in "Legendary" (HBO Max), "The Amazing Ra
In addition to its awards for the current television season, the Television Critics Association also looks to the past with its Heritage and Career Achievement Awards. Joining recent Heritage Award winners like "The Golden Girls," "Deadwood" and "Friends" is Lucille Ball’s beloved trailblazing sitcom "I Love Lucy," which aired from 1951-1957 and is often called one of the greatest television shows of all time.
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Voting for the Career Achievement Award, given in recognition of an individual’s body of work over the course of their career, resulted in a tie for the first time in the history of the category. Comedy legend Steve Martin, currently starring in Hulu’s winning mystery series "Only Murders in the Building," and "Cheers" star Ted Danson, recently lauded for his work in metaphysical sitcom "The Good Place," were named joint winners.
Winners were selected by ballots collected from TCA membership, a group of more than 200 TV journalists based in the U.S. and Canada. Read the full list of winners below.
- Individual Achievement In Drama: Mandy Moore (THIS IS US, NBC)
- Individual Achievement In Comedy: Quinta Brunson (ABBOTT ELEMENTARY, ABC)
- Outstanding Achievement In News and Information: THE BEATLES: GET BACK (Disney+)
- Outstanding Achievement In Reality Programming: TIE: THE AMAZING RACE (CBS), LEGENDARY (HBO Max)
- Outstanding Achievement In Youth Programming: THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB (Netflix)
- Outstanding Achievement In Variety, Talk Or Sketch: I THINK YOU SHOULD LEAVE WITH TIM ROBINSON (Netflix)
- Outstanding New Program: ABBOTT ELEMENTARY (ABC)
- Outstanding Achievement In Movies, Miniseries, Or Specials: DOPESICK (Hulu)
- Outstanding Achievement In Drama: SUCCESSION (HBO)
- Outstanding Achievement In Comedy: ABBOTT ELEMENTARY (ABC)
- Program of the Year: ABBOTT ELEMENTARY (ABC)
- Career Achievement Honoree: TIE: Ted Danson & Steve Martin
- Heritage Award: I LOVE LUCY (CBS)
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Past TCA Award winners are listed on the organization’s official website, tvcritics.org/tca-awards.
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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 38TH anniversary. For additional information about the TCA, visit www.tvcritics.org; Facebook; and Twitter.
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