In closing off TCA this weekend, the 2014 awards ceremony provided at least a few surprises. You had a network show winning Outstanding Achievement in Drama, a show on ABC Family taking home a trophy, and also a reality show with a tiny but loyal following dethroning “The Amazing Race” and other warriors.
You can see the entire listing of winners below, and for the sake of adding insight, there is some analysis to follow each one of them.
Program of the Year – “Breaking Bad” (AMC). Go figure here. It’s a global sensation, people love the series, and they will never be able to vote for it again. The irony is that it still won despite the last season airing almost a full year ago.
Outstanding Achievement in Drama – “The Good Wife” (CBS). Big upset here. It’s also an interesting contrast to the fact that the show did not get an overall series nomination at the Emmys in what was considered a big upset.
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy – “Louie” (FX) and “Veep” (HBO). Given how much the latter show has become an awards darling, even a tie for “Louie” is a huge coup.
Individual Achievement in Comedy – Julie Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep.” Still, Louis C.K.’s performance could not be enough to topple a woman who probably needs to buy a new trophy case every year.
Individual Achievement in Drama – Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective.” We are not willing to say that McConaughey is a lock for the Emmys the same way that Julia is in her category, but it’s close.
Outstanding Achievement in News and Information – “Cosmos” (Fox). A cool victory for the show, and one that they should celebrate.
Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming – “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (Logo). Even though “Survivor” would have been our pick after its great year, we’re happy that voters are realizing that it is okay to award shows not named “Top Chef” or “The Amazing Race.”
Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming – “The Fosters” (ABC Family). The good thing about this show is that it is one that adults can also watch without feeling too silly.
Outstanding New Program – “Orange Is the New Block” (Netflix). A very good show, but we wouldn’t have picked it over “Fargo.”
Outstanding Miniseries / TV Movie – “True Detective.” See above, rinse, and then repeat.
James Burrows received the Career Achievement on the night, and “Saturday Night Live” won the Heritage Award that it probably should have won before now for its place in TV history.
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