TCA Awards

The TCA Awards are awards given by the Television Critics Association in honour of television excellence. It recognizes outstanding television programming, honoring actors, producers, and programs in a variety of categories. The event started at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California, in the year 1985.

The Television Critics Association (TCA) which is the organisation that sponsors the Awards, is made up of about 200 television critics, journalists and columnists from the United States and Canada, who cover television programming. The association welcomes applications and selects members twice annually in March and September. Once the selection process is completed, successful applicants alongside old members meet for the winter press tour in January at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa in Pasadena, California. Another meeting is also held in July for the summer press tour, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

At the end of the summer/July press tour, the TCA Awards are presented in eleven categories after members of the organization have voted for outstanding achievements in television. Considering the Fact that they are professional consumers of television programmes, these critics are usually the first to identify exemplary work in the medium.

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In 2002, the number of awards presented was increased to twelve following the addition of the Heritage Award, in honour of a long-standing program that has influenced society culturally.

Other awards include: Program of the Year, Outstanding New Program, Individual Achievement in Drama, Individual Achievement in Comedy, Outstanding Achievement in Drama, Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries, and Specials; Outstanding Achievement in News and Information, Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming, Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming and Career Achievement Award.

The 2016 Television Critics Association Awards (TCA Awards) had a record number of new series making the nominations, a feat which saw the president of TCA, Amber Dowling saying;

“TCA members have recognized a record number of first-time nominees for this year’s awards. In our 32-year history, this is one of the most diverse slates of genres and programs we’ve ever had. It’s been a banner year for fresh, noteworthy content and we’re looking forward to seeing which shows and actors grab top prizes following the difficult votes ahead.”

Mr. Robot and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, two of such new series, led the nominations for the 2016 TCA awards by getting four nominations each. However, The People v. O.J Simpson won the most awards at last.

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The 2016 TCA Award ceremony was hosted by Jane the Virgin star, Jaime Camil on Saturday, August 6, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Check out the full list of nominees and winners below, maybe you can find suggestions for a new series to watch.

Individual Achievement in Drama:


Bryan Cranston – All the Way (HBO)
Rami Malek – Mr. Robot (USA)
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul (AMC)
Keri Russell – The Americans (FX)
Courtney B. Vance – The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)

Winner: Sarah Paulson (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, FX)

Individual Achievement in Comedy:


Aziz Ansari – Master of None (Netflix)
Samantha Bee – Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)
Aya Cash – You’re the Worst (FXX)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep (HBO)
Constance Wu – Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)

Winner: Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The CW)

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information:


CBS News Sunday Morning (CBS)
Jackie Robinson (PBS)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
United Shades of America (CNN)

Winner: Full Frontal With Samantha Bee(TBS)

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming:


The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth (Showtime)
The Great British Baking Show (PBS)
I Am Cait (E!)
MasterChef Junior (Fox)
Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance (CBS)

Winner: Making a Murderer(Netflix)

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Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming:


Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior)
Nature Cat (PBS)
Odd Squad (PBS)
Sofia the First (Disney Junior)

Winner: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (PBS)

Outstanding New Program:


Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW)
Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Master of None (Netflix)
Underground (WGN America)
UnREAL (Lifetime)

Winner: Mr. Robot (USA)

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and



All the Way (HBO)
Fargo (FX)
The Night Manager (AMC)
Roots (History)
Show Me a Hero (HBO)

Winner: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)

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Outstanding Achievement in Drama:


Better Call Saul (AMC)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
The Leftovers (HBO)
Mr. Robot (USA)
UnREAL (Lifetime)

Winner: The Americans(FX)

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy:


Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW)
Master of None (Netflix)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Veep (HBO)
You’re the Worst (FXX)

Winner: Black-ish (ABC)

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Career Achievement Award:

Nominees: No nominees

Winner: Lily Tomlin

Heritage Award:


The Larry Sanders Show (HBO)
Seinfeld (NBC)
Star Trek (NBC)
Twin Peaks (ABC)

Winner: The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS)

Program of the Year:


The Americans (FX)
Fargo (FX)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Making a Murderer (Netflix)
Mr. Robot (USA)
UnREAL (Lifetime)

Winner: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)

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