Third time proved to be the charm for “Breaking Bad” which finally won the coveted Program of the Year prize at the Television Critics Assn. Awards on Saturday. The TCA, which is comprised primarily of print and web writers, capped off the summer press tour with these kudos at the Beverly Hilton.
Last year’s winner of the top award, “Game of Thrones,” had to settle for claiming the drama series trophy for the first time in three bids.
“Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston was denied a chance to become a three-time TCA champ when hot newcomer Tatiana Maslany won the individual drama performance prize for her work as multiple characters on “Orphan Black.”
Over on the comedy front, Louis C.K. had to settle for repeating as the individual comedy winner while his show “Louie,” the reigning laffer, ceded its title to two series — “The Big Bang Theory” and “Parks and Recreation.”
“The Americans,” which lead with four bids, was named best new program.
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” which is enjoying a 10-year winning streak at the Emmys, has only won the News and Information Program prize from the TCA once and that was way back in 2004. This year, it was bested by the Ken Burns documentary “The Central Park Five.”
“Behind the Candelabra” won the TV Movie/Mini race over Emmy rival “American Horror Story: Asylum.”
And “Bunheads,” which was axed after just one season, picked up the consolation prize of Youth Series.
“All in the Family,” which claimed four Emmys as Best Comedy Series in the 1970s, was feted with the Heritage Award while TV news grande dame Barbara Walters won the career achievement prize.
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