Homeland, Louie, Game of Thrones, Cheers (?) Win Big at 2012 TCA Awards

Homeland and Louie picked up two awards apiece and Game of Thrones took top honors at the 2012 TCA Awards, held Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills.

Homeland won for best new program and individual achievement in drama for leading lady Claire Danes, while Louie earned trophies for best comedy series and individual achievement in comedy for star Louis C.K.

Elsewhere, Breaking Bad scored the top drama series prize (its star, Bryan Cranston, served as the night’s host), So You Think You Can Dance won best reality series, Switched at Birth earned best youth series and Downton Abbey walked off with top movie/miniseries honors. The annual heritage award went to Cheers.

The trophies are handed annually by the Television Critics Association, of which TVLine’s Michael Ausiello and Matt Mitovich are members. A complete list of winners is below.

* Individual Achievement in Drama: Claire Danes (Homeland)
* Individual Achievement in Comedy: Louis C.K. (Louie)
* Outstanding Achievement in News and Information: 60 Minutes
* Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming: So You Think You Can Dance
* Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: Switched at Birth
* Outstanding New Program: Homeland
* Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials: Downton Abbey
* Outstanding Achievement in Drama: Breaking Bad
* Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: Louie
* Career Achievement Award: David Letterman
* Heritage Award: Cheers
* Program of the Year: Game of Thrones

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  1. Jacob says:

    Hey Networks! When the only network show to win at the TCAs is a dance reality show, then something is definitely broken.

    • Nick says:

      Hey 60 Minutes won. And Cheers was on a broadcast network. Too bad they had to go that far back to get a scripted show to win.

    • Keep Up says:

      Or critics are biased towards cable shows.

      • Jacob says:

        Biased for good reason.

        • Keep Up says:

          No, not really. They just perpetuate the TV snobbery that’s trying to take over but never will. There’s a reason why no one cares about the TCAs. I’m pretty sure CBS would rather make bank with its shows than win these types of “awards.”

          • godzilla's foil says:

            “trying to take over but never will”?? Now, you have some waking up to do, sir. It’s already here, done and you just can’t argue with that. Consider it snob, elitist or whatever, you’re just wasting your time and plenty of good time watching quality TV. Cable dramas are not only better these days, they are WAY, WAY ahead than network dramas. I mean, there’s not even any possible comparison, really. The awards in general, not just this one, are just making that clear.

          • KevyB says:

            Well said, godzilla’s foil. The truth is, the networks only have TWO dramas worth giving awards to. The first is The Good Wife, which had an up-and down season. The other is Downton Abbey, which DID win an award here (PBS is a free channel, so it’s STILL a broadcast network). Furthermore, there are more dramas ON cable than there are on network television. More than half the shows the broadcast networks air are either sitcoms, reality shows, news programs or football. Except the atrocious A Gifted Man, EVERY drama on CBS last season was based on the law, in one form or another. And how many awards should they get for miniseries and movies since PBS is the only one to do either regularly. Obviously they’re not trying to win drama awards, so why should anybody be whiny when they don’t win them? PS – Homeland is broadcast on Showtime, which is OWNED by CBS. Louie is broadcast on FX which is OWNED by Fox. Switched at Birth is broadcast on ABC Family, which is OWNED by Disney-ABC. So, you think the parent companies are whining about these three award-winning selections?

    • Amy says:

      I wouldn’t say broken. Critics and apparently Emmy voters think that the only award worthy shows are those on cable because they can push the envelope more than a network show can. That is really irritating for shows like Parks and Recreation, Community, The Good Wife, which are as brilliant of shows in their categories as their cable rivals. Granted, not every network show is great, but it is frustrating to have the brilliant ones overshadowed by cable shows.

      • Emily says:

        Being able to “push the envelope” on cable doesn’t mean they automatically do it well, and just because they can doesn’t mean they should. Besides, just because the best show on network TV was shut out of the best drama race this year doesn’t mean it’s out forever, and they were still amply recognized in acting. As for best comedy, it was split 50/50 between cable and network. What you’re really trying to say is the shows you think are brilliant were shut out. They just happen to be on network. There are some brilliant drama shows that I think were snubbed, and they happen to be on cable. We can’t always get what we want, but I wouldn’t say source material restrictions are primarily to blame on network TV’s failings. Not by a long shot.

  2. martina says:

    Can Louie take the Outstanding Comedy Series award away from Modern Family at the Emmys?

  3. Ella says:

    Very pleased and surprised about Switched at Birth winning! That show really is excellent.

  4. Britta Unfiltered says:

    Good choices, critics. I hope this improves Louis C.K.’s odds of getting an Emmy.

  5. TCA, why won’t you give broadcast series a half-glance? There are worthy shows on there. I think if this trend continues, the Emmy contract will be renegotiated and the networks will stop televising them. If it can be renegotiated, that is.

    “Hey TCA! When frakkin’ Louie wins 2 awards, then something is definitely broken.”


    • So if the Emmy voters won’t vote for sub-par network TV shows over cable shows then you and the networks are going to take your toys and go home? I agree the comedy nominations were bs, but the drama nominations were fine. I think it would look pretty bad to try to kick them off a network for not giving said network awards. Besides they make a ton of ad money off the show and I doubt they care. It’s about ad revenue and the lowest common denominator TV on the networks not awards.

      • Jake says:

        That’s exactly what happened with the daytime Emmys several years ago. If this becomes all cable shows, the Emmys will be broadcast on cable.

  6. godzilla's foil says:

    Awards are, by nature, stupid. But prizes awarded by critics are the only ones in which we can (more or less) trust. At least we get really meaningful, indisputable results from this and the Critics Choice. Now, talk about those held by the industry itself or “the people”, they’re complete bull***t.

    • dj says:

      The difference with this awards show though is that these are actually professional full time critics, whereas the critics choice awards are decided on by entertainment journalists.