'Breaking Bad,' 'The Americans,' 'Game of Thrones, 'Bunheads,' Tatiana Maslany Among TCA Awards Winners

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August 3rd, 2013

Orphan Black

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AMC’s “Breaking Bad” Named Program of the Year
FX’s “The Americans” Wins Outstanding New Program

“Game of Thrones,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Shark Tank,” ‘Behind the Candelabra,” “Bunheads,” “Parks and Recreation” and “The Central Park Five” are honored along with favorites “All in the Family” and Barbara Walters

BEVERLY HILLS, CA (Saturday, August 3, 2013) – The Television Critics Association (TCA) tonight recognized the top programs and actors of the 2012-2013 television season at its 29th Annual TCA Awards presentation. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, stars of Comedy Central’s hit series “Key & Peele,” hosted the annual invitation-only event, held at the Beverly Hilton hotel in conjunction with the TCA’s summer press tour. The non-televised ceremony bestowed awards in 12 categories to recipients in comedy, drama, reality, miniseries, news and youth programming.

Members of the TCA, a media organization of more than 220 professional TV critics and journalists from the United States and Canada, voted AMC’s celebrated “Breaking Bad” this season’s Program of the Year and honored FX’s freshman drama, “The Americans,” with the award for Outstanding New Program.
“These were not easy choices for our membership because there were so many deserving nominees,” said TCA president Candace Havens. “In a year that saw a lot of great television, the TCA Awards winners represent the best of the best.”

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Drama, having previously won for Program of the Year in 2012, and BBC America’s “Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany was honored with Individual Achievement in Drama for her portrayal of Sarah Manning.
CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” and NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” both were award-winners, tying for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy. And Louis C.K., star of FX’s “Louie,” nabbed the top trophy in the Individual Achievement in Comedy category for the second consecutive year.

HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra” emerged victorious in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials, while ABC’s “Shark Tank” took home the award for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming.

Additionally, the TCA also recognized ABC Family’s “Bunheads” with an award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming, and PBS’ documentary “The Central Park Five” received top honors for Outstanding Achievement in News & Information.

The TCA not only recognized the year’s finest programming, but it also bestowed a Heritage Award upon CBS’ classic sitcom “All in the Family” (1971-1979), for the cultural and social impact the program has had on society.

The non-profit organization also presented Barbara Walters (“The Barbara Walters Specials,” “The View,” ABC News) with a Career Achievement Award for her influence in covering news and information.

2013 TCA Award recipients are as follows:

  • Individual Achievement in Drama: Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black,” BBC America)
  • Individual Achievement in Comedy: Louis C.K. (“Louie,” FX)
  • Outstanding Achievement in News and Information: “The Central Park Five” (PBS)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming: “Shark Tank” (ABC)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: “Bunheads” (ABC Family)
  • Outstanding New Program: “The Americans” (FX)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials: “Behind the Candelabra” (HBO)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Drama: “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: (Tie) “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS) and “Parks and Recreation” (NBC).
  • Career Achievement Award: Barbara Walters (ABC)
  • Heritage Award: “All in the Family” (CBS)
  • Program of the Year: “Breaking Bad” (AMC)


The Television Critics Association represents more than 220 journalists writing about television for print and online outlets in the United States and Canada. For 29 years the TCA has honored outstanding achievement in television and enduring contributions to the medium’s heritage through the TCA Awards. Membership in the Television Critics Association is open to full-time TV writers at newspapers, magazines, trade publications, news wire services, news syndicates, and text-based Internet news organizations. For additional information on the TCA, please visit www.tvcritics.org. The TCA is also represented on Facebook and Twitter. Follow the TCA on Twitter this Summer @TCAOfficial, using hashtag #TCAs13.

  • ally

    “for her portrayal of Sarah Manning” – ONLY?!

  • Ryus

    What’s the next award we can scream Tatiana Maslany deserves to win that she still has a chance at winning? The Golden Globes?

    In any case congrats Tat, well earned win. I say this as a fan of all other actors you competed with.

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  • Annonimous

    Tanya did really well.

  • betty

    ORPHAN BLACK is the best new thriller tv series of 2013.Tatiana Maslany has given an excellent performance in it.Orphan Black is a must watch series and highly exciting and addictive.it airs on BBC America.

  • Colin

    Orphan Black was really average.

    Great for The Americans though. Best show on TV.

  • PurpleDrazi

    Horray for Tatiana and The Americans!

  • Dennis

    The Americans is amazing… quality television

  • Billiam

    Way to go, ABC Family! Cancel the one show that wins an award!!

  • Tyson

    Awards don’t pay the bills, Billiam. Networks sometimes hope to use awards as marketing tools to draw more viewers and advertisers. That said, a TCA wouldn’t mean much. If people cared, the TCAs would have been televised.

  • david

    biggest snub in years has to be Tatiana at the emmys. I hope the golden globes recognise her next year. whether you like orphan black or not, it takes a truly talented actress to be able to portray seven different character and make you forget it is the same person playing them.

  • Tamara

    So glad that Bunheads got the recognition! It was a very sweet and quircky show with a lot of heart….so sorry it got cancelled :(

  • beck

    Glad Bunheads got a little love after the cancellation. It had a lot of problems, but it was still the best show ABC Family’s ever produced.

  • AllOfHerTwist

    I’m glad other people are enjoying Louie (Louis CK) as much as I am.

  • Rebecca

    I’m glad to see P&R get recognition. I watch TBBT and stream Breaking Bad, and I enjoy those shows, but P&R is my favorite comedy from the past few years…I love it more than even 30R and the rest of my faves.

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