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TCA Awards Highlights: Louis C.K., Chuck Lorre Have Eyes on the Prize

Norman Lear, Rob Reiner bring Nixon to life

The running gag at Saturday’s TCA Awards was for the winners to weigh on on how crappy the actual trophy was, but regardless, it was a night to appreciate and be appreciated.

Louis C.K., receiving his individual comedy achievement award in person from the Television Critics Assn. after accepting the same prize on video a year ago, was the first to comment on the keepsake.

“My favorite part is when I open a diner, I can put the drink specials in this,” he said in all good humor. “It’s literally a plastic piece of shit with a paper stuck in it.”

Exec producer Chuck Lorre, of comedy series co-winner “The Big Bang Theory,” agreed – “Yeah, it’s shitty”– but co-winner Michael Schur of “Parks and Recreation” kindly offered, “I think it’s fine.”

While thanking the TCA, Lorre also had counterpoints for C.K., who thanked members for their role in keeping shows alive, and to exec producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields of new program honorees “The Americans,” who described how they stayed up into the wee hours reading every word blogged and tweeted about their show after each episode.

“If I had followed all the tweets, I would have hung myself years ago,” Lorre said, before turning to C.K. “They can also sneak into the nursery and kill the baby. Your write a show and it’s called putrid, it sticks with you. The word lingers.”

A capper on the night was when Norman Lear and Rob Reiner, receiving the TCA Heritage Award for “All in the Family,” reenacted scenes from the recent documentary “Our Nixon” that included the late president’s fixation with the depiction of homosexuality on the famed 1970s comedy.

Things got off to a first-rate start with an hysterical opening sequence by hosts Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, in their “Key & Peele” guise as President Obama and his anger translator, Luther. At one point, the pair noted how much secret information Wikileaks had compiled, but “they couldn’t get them Netflix ratings, though.”

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