The Television Critics Association (TCA) has announced the winners of The 36th Annual TCA Awards, honoring the best programs and performances from the 2019-2020 television season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the TCA Summer Press Tour and the Awards could not be held in person.
The winners were determined by votes cast by the TCA’s approximate 250 professional TV critics and journalists in the United States and Canada. There are 13 categories including Program Of The Year, Outstanding Achievement In Reality Programming, Individual Achievement In Drama, Outstanding Achievement In News & Information, Outstanding Achievement In Sketch/Variety Shows, and Outstanding Achievement In Youth Programming, as well as the prestigious Heritage Award and Career Achievement Award.
HBO was the year’s biggest winner, doubling its win total from 2019 as the network took home six of the TCA’s top honors. The cable net’s “Watchmen” received three wins, including Program of the Year, while also being recognized for drama “Succession” and comedy series “A Black Lady Sketch Show.”
Other notable winners include Pop TV’s riches-to-rags hit “Schitt’s Creek,” which found new fortune earning awards for Outstanding Achievement In Comedy and Individual Achievement In Comedy for fan-favorite Catherine O’Hara. Additionally, ESPN’s Michael Jordan – focused docuseries “The Last Dance” dunked on the competition en route to hoisting up the trophy for Outstanding Achievement In News And Information; Netflix’s college pep squad profile Cheer landed Outstanding Achievement In Reality Programming; and PBS Kids’ Peabody Award-winning animated series “Molly Of Denali” added Outstanding Achievement In Youth Programming to its growing collection of accolades.
Additionally, the TCA has bestowed the Heritage Award to “Star Trek” in recognition of the groundbreaking series which brought the future to life—illustrating a unique vision that is equal parts hopeful and cautious as it explored issues such as bigotry, religion, politics, sexism, and human rights through timeless stories of love, war, intrigue, and adventure in outer space. The TCA also presented television icon Alex Trebek with the Career Achievement Award.
“Entertainment and culture are intertwined and in this challenging year, never has that intersection been more crucial as both a mirror to examine tough reflections and a rabbit hole to escape the noise and scares outside our homes. The 2019-2020 television season was both a challenge and a balm,” said Sarah Rodman, TCA President and executive editor at Entertainment Weekly. “This year offered up many high-quality options appealing to a wide swath of audiences with eclectic subjects ranging from sports and superheroes, to side-splitting sitcoms, darkly fascinating dramas, insightful documentaries, kid-friendly series, and more. We are excited to see what the future of television has in store, and we look forward to celebrating in-person next year as we come together to honor this medium that means so much to all of us.”
Here are the complete listing of winners:
● Individual Achievement In Drama: Regina King (WATCHMEN, HBO)
● Individual Achievement In Comedy: Catherine O’Hara (SCHITT’S CREEK, Pop TV)
● Outstanding Achievement In News and Information: THE LAST DANCE (ESPN)
● Outstanding Achievement In Reality Programming: CHEER (Netflix)
● Outstanding Achievement In Youth Programming: MOLLY OF DENALI (PBS Kids)
● Outstanding Achievement In Sketch/Variety Shows: A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW (HBO)
● Outstanding New Program: WATCHMEN (HBO)
● Outstanding Achievement In Movie, Miniseries, Or Special: WATCHMEN (HBO)
● Outstanding Achievement In Drama: SUCCESSION (HBO)
● Outstanding Achievement In Comedy: SCHITT’S CREEK (Pop TV)
● Program of the Year: WATCHMEN (HBO)
● Career Achievement Honoree:Alex Trebek
● Heritage Award: STAR TREK (CBS)
Past TCA Award winners are listed on the organization’s official website, tvcritics.org/tca-awards.