Television Critics Honor 'Glee,' 'Modern Family,' 'Lost,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'The Good Wife' - TCA Report
by Joel Keller, posted Aug 1st 2010 4:29AM
The TCA Awards are always a hoot, mainly because the critics put their tape recorders away and just hang out with the folks we're honoring that night. And tonight, there was a pretty good crowd:
-- Ryan Murphy accepted three awards on behalf of 'Glee' (Best New Program, Program of the Year, and Jane Lynch's award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy), he and writer Ian Brennan extolling the importance of public funding for school arts programs,
-- Tom Hanks, accepting the Outstanding Miniseries or Movie award for 'The Pacific' saying 'I'm not f--king dressing up for you guys anymore" after seeing host Dax Shepard's red suit, Murphy's t-shirt-under-tux-jacket look, and the entire cast of 'Yo Gabba Gabba' out to accept the award for Outstanding Youth Programming,
-- Damon Lindelof, accepting the Outstanding Achievement in Drama Award for 'Lost' (which tied with 'Breaking Bad') reading all the nasty tweets he got after the show's epic finale,
-- Steven Levitan, accepting the Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Award for 'Modern Family,' telling the crowd that he was out of the country and didn't have time to memorize his speech, then talking about just-departed ABC entertainment chief Steve McPherson, quoting him as saying "as long as I'm around, your show is safe."
By the way, Dax Shepard did a great job as host, acknowledging his uncanny resemblance to Zach Braff by thanking the critics for their support of 'Scrubs' for nine years. That was one of a number of funny jokes and stories he told that made the usually stone-faced critics laugh. It wasn't going to be hard to top last year's tepid hosting performance from Chelsea Handler, but Shepard exceeded expectations, and maybe made a few new fans as well.
The best moment of the night was when Gene Reynolds, accepting the Heritage Award for 'M*A*S*H,' got a standing ovation from the critics. Joining him on stage was fellow producer Burt Metcalfe and cast members Mike Farrell and William Christopher (who, at 77 years old, bounded on the stage). In the lobby bar after the post-show cocktail party broke up, the 'M*A*S*H' contingent was sitting and laughing, outlasting most of the much younger critics, who wandered back to their rooms around midnight.
Here are the winners of the various awards:
PROGRAM OF THE YEAR: 'Glee' (FOX)
OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM: 'Glee' (FOX)
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY: Jane Lynch, 'Glee' (FOX)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY: 'Modern Family' (ABC)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA: TIE - 'Lost' (ABC) and 'Breaking Bad' (AMC)
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA: Julianna Margulies, 'The Good Wife' (CBS)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS & INFORMATION: 'Life' (Discovery)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN YOUTH PROGRAMMING: 'Yo Gabba Gabba' (NICK JR.)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES, MINISERIES & SPECIALS: 'The Pacific' (HBO)
HERITAGE AWARD: 'M*A*S*H*' (CBS)
CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: James Garner