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‘The Americans’ Named Program of the Year by The TCA

'Friends' Snags The Heritage Award; Rita Moreno the Lifetime Career Recipient

The Television Critics Association (TCA) celebrated the top programs and performances of the 2017-2018 television season tonight at the 34TH Annual TCA Awards ceremony, hosted by Rbin Thede.

Votes were cast by the TCA’s membership of more than 200 professional TV critics and journalists from the United States and Canada, putting the spotlight on a diverse roster of series and stars in 13 distinct categories including Program Of The Year, Outstanding Achievement In Reality Programming, Individual Achievement In Drama, and Outstanding Achievement In Youth Programming, as well as the prestigious Heritage Award and Lifetime Achievement honors. The 34TH Annual TCA Awards also featured the addition of the Outstanding Achievement In Sketch/Variety Shows category.

For the third consecutive year, FX reigned as the evening’s top winner. The network received four awards, three for drama “The Americans,” which earned the coveted Program Of The Year award, as well as Outstanding Achievement In Drama, and Individual Achievement In Drama for series star Keri Russell. Additionally, the network snagged Outstanding Achievement In Movies And Miniseries honors for “The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” a stunning exploration of the iconic fashion designer’s murder.

Other winners include the BBC’s assassin drama “Killing Eve,” as the year’s Outstanding New Program; Rachel Brosnahan, who overtook last year’s winner, Donald Glover, to claim the Individual Achievement In Comedy title for her role in Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” was posthumously honored for Outstanding Achievement In News And Information. “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver,” captured the TCA’s first-ever award for Outstanding Achievement In Sketch/Variety Shows.

The TCA also bestowed a Heritage Award upon the beloved long-running NBC/Warner Bros. Television’ comedy “Friends,” and presented Rita Moreno with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

“This year’s TCA Awards offered the welcome opportunity to say goodbye to one of the era’s most critically acclaimed shows in ‘The Americans,’ a drama that combined espionage thrills, high emotional stakes and international intrigue that couldn’t have been more current,” said Daniel Fienberg, TCA President and The Hollywood Reporter TV Critic. “Our other winners included new shows like ‘Killing Eve’ and ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,’ rebooted shows like ‘Queer Eye,’ the anthological darkness of another ‘American Crime Story’ chapter and the hopefully timeless and unending wonder of ‘Sesame Street.’ As we always say, TV offers something for every audience in 2018 and if you can’t find anything to watch, you’re not trying hard enough and you need to read some more TV critics!”

The 2018 TCA Award recipients are as follows:

Individual Achievement in Drama: Keri Russell (THE AMERICANS, FX)
Individual Achievement in Comedy: Rachel Brosnahan (THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL, Amazon)
Outstanding Achievement in News and Information: ANTHONY BOURDAIN: PARTS UNKNOWN (CNN)
Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming: QUEER EYE (Netflix)
Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: SESAME STREET (HBO)
Outstanding Achievement in Sketch/Variety Shows: LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER (HBO)
Outstanding New Program: KILLING EVE (BBC America)
Outstanding Achievement in Movies And Miniseries: THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY (FX)
Outstanding Achievement in Drama: THE AMERICANS (FX)
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: THE GOOD PLACE (NBC)
Program of the Year: THE AMERICANS (FX)
Lifetime Achievement Honoree: Rita Moreno
Heritage Award: FRIENDS (NBC)

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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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