The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story won three awards, including Program of the Year, at the 2016 Television Critics Association Awards this evening.
Other winners included The Americans, Mr. Robot, black-ish, Making a Murderer and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Lily Tomlin was honored with the TCA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show received this year’s Heritage Award.
With the proliferation of television programming it seems like a good time to split my annual list of favorite shows in three. Let’s face it, most network television works within some pretty specific limitations while cable gets to ignore most of them the result being two different types of programming that probably should no longer be compared by the same criteria (other than whether they’re good enough – that will always apply). And then there’s genre – sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic book shows – to further complicate things.
It’s been a bumper year for television on both platforms and in all genres, so bear in mind that these are my favorites – your mileage may (and probably will) differ.
FX Networks has announced the Winter 2016 premiere dates for five series – It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Man Seeking Woman on FXX; Baskets, American Crime Story and The Americans on FX. Details follow the jump.
The Television Critics Association has released its nominations for the 2015 TCA Awards, celebrating the best in television programming over the last year. As usual, HBO led all networks – cable or broadcast – with seven noms.
FOX’s acclaimed and popular Empire and Amazon’s unique and groundbreaking Transparent lead the way with four nominations apiece. The final season of AMC’s Mad Men, FX’s brilliant The Americans and The CW’s terrific take on telenovelas, Jane the Virgin each grabbed three nominations.
The complete of nominations follows the jump. The 31st TCA Awards will be presented Saturday, August 8th.
The annual Critics’ Choice Awards were given out last night and there were a number of surprises like no nomination for Tatiana Maslany this year, and awards for FX shows that come a bit later than maybe they should have, just for two.
It was a light year for broadcast TV once again – only three awards to network shows, but basic cable did better than okay with eight. Online productions nabbed as many awards as broadcast. Hmmmm…
Follow the jump for the complete list of winners – with a brief commentary where it occurs to me.
The 74th George Foster Peabody Entertainment Awards were announced today.
Quality entertainment comes in all shapes and sizes and this year’s winners include Jane the Virgin, a unique telenovela from The CW; The Americans, a series about KGB spies in 1980’s America and Black Mirror, a British series that could be described as the dark side of The Twilight Zone.
Espionage and Soviet agents in a Reagan-era Washington, D.C. is the backdrop of the FX hit show The American’s. Star Matthew Rhys (Philip Jennings) took some time to chat about what might transpire in Season 3 between Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth’s (Keri Russell) complicated relationship as a married couple who happen to be KGB agents living in Washington, D.C.
Will they follow orders revealing their true identities to their teenage daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) in order to one day mold her into an agent? How does guest star Frank Langella factor into the Jennings future? You’ll have to watch to find out! Season 3 of The American’s premieres Wednesday at 10/9c on FX.
Triple Tony Award-winner Frank Langella is joining FX’s The Americans in a recurring role. He will play the former handler of Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, who comes out of retirement to play that role once more.
Season Three of The Americans is planned for January, 2015. For more, follow the jump.
Matthew Rhys plays a Russian spy on FX’s The Americans (Wednesdays, 10/9C) – a series that manages to persuade its audience to identify with (if not exactly cheer for) a married couple whose ultimate goal is absorption of the United States into communism. To further complicate matters, the two have two children – who very definitely have minds of their own and are as American as apple pie.
Over the show’s two seasons, the stakes have been raised on both the family and espionage fronts and, as the season finale approaches, Matthew Rhys spent some time chatting with a group of journalists/bloggers about his character and where the show is heading.