It was an emotional night for the “Breaking Bad” cast at the 30th annual TCA Awards, which took home their second annual prize for “Program of the Year” at the event, held Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton.
“It’s a little sad saying goodbye,” said series star Bryan Cranston. ‘This is the last time we’ll be up here, unless you create the category of newly departed show.”
Thanking HBO — which claimed four prizes, the most of any network — was the theme of the night. “Everyone’s thanking HBO, so thank you, HBO,” added Cranston. “Early on, you turned us down. That’s OK, I’ll be working for you soon.” The adaptation of his hit Broadway play, “All the Way,” was just picked up by HBO Films.
The cable net also won for “True Detective,” which grabbed trophies for miniseries (the TCA doesn’t follow Emmy category rules) and individual achievement in drama for Matthew McConaughey.
“Veep” executive producer Armando Iannucci, whose series won best comedy (sharing the prize with FX’s “Louie”), may have had the night’s funniest speech, recounting a crew member’s misguided attempt to swear in front of him. “To swear properly you need fantastic writers and a fantastic cast who can do it with aplomb, and thankfully I have both,” he said.
Even the executive producer of FX’s “Louie,” threw in an HBO mention in his acceptance speech, thanking them for canceling “Lucky Louie.” “Otherwise, we wouldn’t be here,” said
“Saturday Night Live” head writer Colin Jost was on hand to accept the heritage award on behalf of the show, and credited Lorne Michaels with the show’s longevity. “Lorne’s never afraid to lose great performers,” he said, “and replace them with completely untested performers like myself.”
Legendary writer/producer James Burrows won the org’s career achievement award, getting a standing ovation. “I guess you’ve forgiven me for getting Sam and Diane together,” he deadpanned. “I know you guys write stuff I don’t always agree with, but I agree with this.”
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Terry Crews hosted the event, kicking it off with one of his trademark pec flexes. “I’m contractually obligated to do that.”
Miss Piggy then made a surprise guest appearance, joining Crews in a duet that honored the critics and name-checked many TV shows. A sample lyric: “I’m the ‘Veep’ of heartbreak, cancelled faster than ‘Rake.'”