The Television Critics Association announced that Emmy and Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth will host its 33rd annual awards on August 5 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. These kudos cap off the summer press tour for these scribes from around the country who travel to Hollywood to preview the new fall season.
In making the announcement, TCA president Amber Dowling said, “Throughout her unprecedented career, Kristin Chenoweth has carved a lasting legacy as an entertainment powerhouse and trailblazer. She is the perfect choice to host this special evening, honoring a season that has truly been a landmark year for women in television.”
For her part, Chenoweth promised, ”I’m about to bring a whole lot of flair and fun to the evening’s proceedings. As a performer, I know how important collaboration is when it comes to crafting something that will entertain people, and make them laugh, and cry, and think. I’m so honored to be hosting this great event that celebrates those talented folks who work so hard to make the great shows that we all love to watch.”
The TCA Awards are often a preview of the Emmy Awards which are held in September. Last year, the big winner at both ceremonies was “The People v. O.J. Simpson.” It prevailed in all three of its TCA categories: Best Movie/Miniseries, Best Individual Achievement in Drama (Sarah Paulson) and the top prize, Program of the Year. “People v. O.J. Simpson” was the first miniseries to win Program of the Year at the TCA Awards since HBO’s “Angels in America” took the prize in 2004. It was also the first victory in the category for FX after previous nominations for “The Shield” (2002, 2009), “Justified” (2011), “The Americans” (2013, 2015, 2016) and “Fargo” (2016).
“The Americans” was still a winner, however. The period spy thriller won Best Drama Series for the second year in a row but lost its first Emmy bid in that race the following month. Seven other shows have won Best Drama multiple times at the TCA Awards, and five of them also won the Emmy for Best Drama (“Breaking Bad,” “Lost,” “Mad Men,” “The Sopranos” and “The West Wing”). The other two multiple TCA champs were “I’ll Fly Away” and “Homicide: Life on the Street.”
Best Comedy Series was won by “Black-ish,” which also had a corresponding nomination in the Emmys’ top race. It overcame the eventual Emmy winner, “Veep,” which previously won this TCA prize in 2014, and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” which nevertheless took Best Individual Achievement in Comedy for Rachel Bloom, who created, writes, composes and produces the series in addition to her starring role. That award has also gone to other multi-hyphenate performers in the past, like Tina Fey (“30 Rock,” 2008), Louis C.K. (“Louie,” 2012-2013) and Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer,” 2015).
USA’s techno-thriller “Mr. Robot” won Best New Program against a field that also included “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” as well as “Jessica Jones,” “Master of None,” “Underground” and “UnReal.”
Best News and Information was awarded to the new talk show “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.” Other variety series have won this award in years past, including “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (2004) and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (2015), but Samantha Bee is the first female talk host to do so.
Netflix’s true-crime documentary series “Making a Murderer” won Best Reality Program, while “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” claimed Best Youth Program. Rounding out the winners was the classic sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” which received the special Heritage Award.
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