FX Cleans Up at the TCA Awards
The 32nd annual Television Critics Association Awards Show was held at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday night. As expected, “American Crime Story: The People v O.J. Simpson” won three awards for its riveting presentation of the so-called “Trial of the Century.”
Show Me the Sobriety!
Cuba Gooding Jr., who is no stranger to the gossip columns, predictably hijacked the proceedings with booze and rants. Gooding’s behavior was anything but “good” and he kept it up during presentations, speeches and even his own award. During an introduction of Samantha Bee, Gooding went around the room handing out drinks. He even gave a drink to a presenter, before throwing the entire tray to the ground.
Not one to be silent during an award-winner’s speech either, his cell phone interrupted during a speech, which he did not apologize for.
Finally, when the FX miniseries claimed the top award, Gooding jerked the mic away from his co-stars for an expletive-filled rant. “Alright, you motherf—ers! I don’t read reviews!” he said. “You know why? Because I didn’t f—ing ask!”
Jamie Camil, who memorably portrays Rogelio-is-My-Brogelio on Jane the Virgin, had the honor of hosting the event. He presented his monologue in character, opening up by speaking Spanish before turning into a bilingual actor – rather than a bilingual sex symbol and soap star – to finish up his jokes. Predictably, Camil poked fun at Donald Trump, particularly CBS head honcho Les Moonves’ comments that Trump was “good for business.” The best joke was calling Trump’s presidential campaign “American Horror Story: Election.”
Blackish or Whitish?
Some attendees were surprised when a white producer stood up to accept the award for Blackish. “Look how far we’ve come as a people!” he cracked. Come to find out, Blackish co-creator Kenya Barris, like the rest of the cast, skipped the event at the last minute.
Jane Fonda made an appearance to surprise her old friend Lily Tomlin with the Career Achievement Award. Mary Tyler Moore accepted her Heritage Award by video, remarking that the name of the award meant she was old. “F Off,” she told the critics.
One Category to Rule Them All
The TCA’s did away with gendered categories, instead preferring to let everyone compete in the same category. This made for a much shorter, cleaner ceremony. Here are the results.
Individual Achievement in Drama: Sarah Paulson (THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY, FX)
Individual Achievement in Comedy: Rachel Bloom (CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, The CW)
Outstanding Achievement in News and Information: FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE (TBS)
Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming: MAKING A MURDERER (Netflix)
Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD (PBS)
Outstanding New Program: MR. ROBOT (USA)
Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials: THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY (FX)
Outstanding Achievement in Drama: THE AMERICANS (FX) – second consecutive year
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: BLACK-ISH (ABC)
Career Achievement Award: Lily Tomlin
Heritage Award: THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW (CBS)
Program of the Year: THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY (FX)
There were plenty of good news bites at the TCA as well!
Supergirl will have a character exploring their sexuality. Lex Luthor’s sister is also joining the show and she’s gay.
It was revealed that American Horror Story season 6’s teasers were full of misdirection! Only one was real. Buzz is pointing to the show being about Roanoke, the Lost Colony, though some suggest it may be about the Manson family.
Arrow has cast 80’s action star Dolph Lungren as a villain for its flashbacks, and the CW has announced an epic four-show crossover with Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Arrow. They’ve also hinted at there being singing on the Supergirl/Flash crossover!
Homeland had a renewal announced – yes, it’s still on – for seasons 7 and 8.
ABC renewed their Sunday night game shows, and also ordered a Kyra Sedgwick show, Ten Days in the Valley, to series. Demi Moore had previously turned down the role.