The nation’s TV critics love “Arrested Development” — but they love HBO even more.
Pay cabler snagged four TV Critics Assn. awards Saturday, with ambitious miniseries “Angels in America” taking the honor for program of the year at the 20th annual kudos. “Angels,” which snagged 21 Emmy noms last week, also won for best movie/mini/special.
Other HBO honorees were “The Sopranos” (drama) and “Deadwood” star Ian McShane. Introducing the latter award, TCA treasurer Kathy Tracy made subtle reference to “Deadwood’s” frequent use of profanity by saying it was her “fucking honor to present this cocksucking award to ‘Deadwood’s’ fucking brilliant Ian McShane.”
Critics handed McShane, who was overlooked by Emmy voters, an award for individual achievement in drama; Ricky Gervais of BBC America’s “The Office” was singled out for comedy acting.
On the broadcast side, “Arrested Development” provided Fox both of its TCA wins. Frosh comedy drew program of the year and comedy kudos.
CBS newsmag “60 Minutes” won the org’s heritage award, which goes to long-running skeins or those that have left the air. Creator Don Hewitt snagged the lifetime achievement award.
Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” was once again honored in the news/info category, while Nickelodeon’s “Nick News” won for kidvid programming.
HBO latenight host Bill Maher kicked off the kudos with a lengthy rant about life in wartime America.
Awards, voted on by the roughly 200 print reporters and critics who comprise the TCA, were awarded Saturday at a ceremony at the Westin Century Plaza Hotel.
Before the nods were presented, critics dealt with the tempest over a decision by TCA topper and Seattle Times columnist Kay McFadden to solicit coin from networks and others to fund publication of a 20th-anniversary TCA Awards program (Daily Variety, July 14). Program included ads from all of the major networks, as well as Daily Variety.
A lengthy, sometime heated debate over this issue dominated the org’s Saturday business meeting. In the end, critics voted to apologize to nets over the incident and consider a suggestion that the coin be refunded, according to members who attended the meeting.
Ironically, the program at the center of the storm featured a gaffe on its cover: The word “television” was misspelled.
(Adalian is a TCA member.)