TCA Awards winners: ‘Empire,’ ‘The Americans,’ ‘Better Call Saul,’ Amy Schumer (twice)

After being snubbed in many top Emmy races, “Empire” picked up a plum of a consolation prize on Saturday at the Television Critics’ Association Awards. Gold Derby users had predicted that this freshman sensation would prevail in the competitive Program of the Year category. 

“The Americans” also struck Emmy revenge by winning Outstanding Achievement in Drama at the TCA Awards after being overlooked in that race by TV academy voters. That snub is all the more shocking considering “The Americans” also won Best Drama Series in May at the Critics’ Choice TV Awards, which are rival kudos to TCA. See the list of Critics’ Choice winners here.

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Of the 10 TCA categories, Gold Derby’s racetrack odds got only four races correct: Program of the Year, Best Drama Series, Best News and Information Program and Best Youth Program. See our rankings here, which includes the full list of nominees.

Part of the problem in predicting this kudos is that the 220 TV critics who belong to the association play loose with lots of categories. For example, they named “Inside Amy Schumer” as Best Comedy Series (it contends at the Emmys as a variety show). Its creative dynamo, Amy Schumer, won the individual comedy award here. While we had forecast wins for “Transparent” and its star, Jeffrey Tambor in those races, that first-year show was shut out despite four nominations in total. 

Likewise, HBO took Best Movie/Miniseries/Special for a documentary “The Jinx”; we were expecting it to win this award with “Olive Kitteredge.” We did predict that the paycaster’s satirical series “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” would be named Best News & Information Program

We also foresaw “The Fosters” repeating as Best Youth Series.

The 31st annual edition of these awards took place at the Beverly Hilton on August 8 at the conclusion of the summer press tour. Winners below.

Program of the Year: “Empire” (Fox)
Outstanding New Program: “Better Call Saul” (AMC)
Outstanding Achievement in Drama: “The Americans” (FX)
Individual Achievement in Drama: Jon Hamm (“Mad Men,” AMC) 
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: “Inside Amy Schumer” (Comedy Central)
Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials: “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” (HBO)
Individual Achievement in Comedy: Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer,” Comedy Central)
Outstanding Achievement in News and Information:Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO)
Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming: “The Chair” (Starz)
Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: The Fosters” (ABC Family) 
Career Achievement Award: James L. Brooks
Heritage Award: “Late Show/Late Night with David Letterman” (CBS/NBC)
Photos: “The Americans” (FX), “Better Call Saul” (AMC), “Empire” (Fox)

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