Let the television awards season commence (again)!

by Colin McGuire. 0 Comments

“There is a way to separate award shows and that is how they are described. For example, the best and favorite can be used. Then there is the Television Critics Association Awards,”examiner.com’s Tim O’Brien wrote Sunday.“They use achievement and that is not a bad way to go.”

I don’t know why, but that first paragraph makes me laugh in an ironic and insulting way.

The Summer Television Press Tour (also known as “The Press Junket Nobody Pays Attention To”) climaxed Saturday night when the Television Critics Association held its annual awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, right in the thick of all the things Showtime’s “Episodes” constantly makes fun of.

The headlines out of Saturday night’s 10 (12, if you count the heritage and career awards) award celebration centered around Louis C.K. winning a few trophies. Everybody’s favorite high-school-teacher-turned-drug-lord Bryan Cranston presumably wowed the crowd with his hosting duties. Why? Because even with a mere season left, nobody wants to shut up about him wowing television viewers on the now slightly overrated “Breaking Bad” yet. That’s why. We get it: The dude’s life is out of control. Settle down.

Anyway, your winners? Well, I’m glad you asked …

– Program of the Year: “Game of Thrones”

– Individual Achievement in Drama: Claire Danes (“Homeland”)

– Individual Achievement in Comedy: Louis C.K. (“Louie”)

– Outstanding Achievement in News and Information: “60 Minutes”

– Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming: “So You Think You Can Dance”

– Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: “Switched at Birth”

– Outstanding New Program: “Homeland” 

– Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials: “Masterpiece: Downton Abbey”

– Outstanding Achievement in Drama: “Breaking Bad”

– Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: “Louie”

– Career Achievement Award: David Letterman 

– Heritage Award: “Cheers”

What does it all mean? Well, let’s see what the fabulous Lisa Des Moraes wrote about what David Letterman said after not showing up for his award …

“CBS late night star David Letterman, awarded the Career Achievement Award, was another no-show,” she wrote. “But, unlike the apologetic C.K., in his taped acceptance message Letterman said ‘I wish I could be with you tonight in Los Angeles, and I would be but, those of you who are friends … know tonight is the night I eat glass.’ He said he was instead sending a guy who looks sort of looks like him to pick up the trophy. Which is what happened.”

Precisely. The only real significance this should have is the fact that we are now officially in television awards season. The Emmys are set for Sept. 23 on ABC, and seeing how well “Louie” and “Homeland” did during this warm-up, one can only assume that both shows will do well whenever Emmy comes calling, right?

And don’t forget about the possible history “Mad Men” could make in less than two months. Will any of its actors or actresses finally pick up an individual award? Are we to believe that because “Game of Thrones” took home the TCA’s Program of the Year award, it will also stand in the way of the AMC drama setting Emmy records in September? And for God’s sake, can Mr. C.K. pleasefinally take down the dude from “The Big Bang Theory?”

Oh, television awards season. It’s good to have you back.

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