The Television Critics Association awards took place on Saturday night in Beverly Hills and one show, predictably, came out on top: AMC’s Mad Men.
The TCA awards usually offer a little preview of what to expect from the Emmy’s. Mad Men has 16 nominations for that awards show. On Saturday night, the association gave AMC’s first nominated show program of the year as well as honors for new program and drama, according to Variety.
Mad Men follows the larger-than-life ad men of the alluring golden age of advertising: "three-martini (sometimes four- or five-) lunches, smoking in the offices, lots of extramarital affairs. (Of course, it was an alluring world largely for men; women were almost entirely confined to the typing pool and the beds of their bosses)," wrote Doree Shafrir for the Observer.
A show that was snubbed by the Emmy’s, The Wire, received the Heritage Award, which recognizes a longstanding program that has had a lasting cultural or social impact. David Simon did his song and dance about awards and how newspapers often compromise ethics standards to receive them. But then he joked: “I was completely wrong. It is all about the awards.”
He went on to say that if not for critics’ support, HBO might’ve canceled the series after the third and fourth season.
Here is a full list of TCA’s winners, courtesy of the association’s website:
2008 TCA Award recipients are as follows:
PROGRAM OF THE YEAR: “Mad Men” (AMC)
OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM: “Mad Men” (AMC)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY: “30 Rock” (NBC)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA: “Mad Men” (AMC)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS & INFORMATION: “The War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick” (PBS)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING: “WordGirl” (PBS)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES, MINI-SERIES & SPECIALS: “John Adams” (HBO)
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY: Tina Fey, “30 Rock” (NBC)
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA: Paul Giamatti, “John Adams” (HBO)
HERITAGE AWARD: “The Wire” (HBO)
CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: Lorne Michaels