It looks like HBO’s Game of Thrones has been, well, dethroned. After the Television Critics Association Awards at the beginning of August, it was Breaking Bad who retained the bragging rights of being the show that critics actually liked. It’s a sweet sendoff for the unlikely AMC hit, especially as the series latest season is slated to be its last. But Breaking Bad wasn’t the only big winner and the fickle critics didn’t completely forget about Game of Thrones–find out which shows reigned supreme at the 2013 TCA awards.
The theme of the night seemed to be “tongue-in-cheek payback” as many of the stars accepting awards used their allotted speech time to remind critics that they scored the last laugh. While Louis C.K. joked about the quality of the statue, he did express gratitude for the critics’ help in spreading the word about his show–he won for Individual Achievement in Comedy. During his acceptance speech, Big Bang Theory creator and winner Chuck Lorre quipped “And the idea that Louis [C.K.] mentioned that critics can help a series when it’s struggling–they can also sneak into the nursery and kill the baby.”
Lorre had to share his award with another comedic bigwig–Big Bang Theory tied with Parks and Recreation for Best Comedy Series, according to Deadline. Other big winners of the night included Shark Tank for Best Reality Programming, The Americans for Outstanding New Program and Bunheads for Best Youth Program. There were also lifetime achievement awards given to Barbara Walters and Norman Lear’s All in the Family.
But the year’s real showdown came with heavy hitters like Game of Thrones, House of Cards and Breaking Bad, all battling it out for Best Drama Series and Program of the Year. Unfortunately, while nominated for four awards House of Cards was shut out completely–the award for Best Drama Series went to Game of Thrones, the series that took home the award for Program of the Year at the 2012 awards. But the baton could not have been passed to a more deserving series, giving Breaking Bad the critical acclaim it deserves as the show winds down.
While the TCA awards might not be as publicized as the Emmys and less hashtagged than the Teen Choice Awards, it’s still an important industry event. Stripped of the red carpet interviews and the designer gowns comes a meeting of the respected minds and opinions of TV. While it might not be as coveted as a Golden Globe, a TCA award proves that a series has gained the approval from notoriously hard-to-please critics. Breaking Bad won their approval and will enjoy a last season under the glow.
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