The Television Critics Association held the annual TCA Awards Saturday night, handing out prizes to a bunch of people and shows in a private Beverly Hills ceremony. Louis C.K. won the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy, while The Big Bang Theory and Parks and Recreation tied for the Outstanding Achievement in Comedy prize. All in the Family took home the Heritage Award, while Barbara Walters beat out sitcom vets James L. Brooks and James Burrows for the Career Achievement Award.
Check out the full list of comedy-related nominees and winners (in bold) below:
It's always great to see Jon Hamm flex his comedic chops. He hosted sports awards show The ESPYs last night, and here's his full opening monologue that's still plenty charming and funny even if you don't know anything about sports like most of us comedy people. The monologue makes a pretty good case for why Jon Hamm should be given the chance to host the Oscars or the Emmys one of these years.
In-demand awards show host Neil Patrick Harris will return to host the Emmys this fall. Harris, who's been hosting the Tony Awards for the past few years and has been doing so for the past several years, will be doubling up on awards hosting gigs this year, Deadline reports. This will be Harris's second time hosting the Emmys. His first was in 2009, the last time his How I Met Your Mother network CBS carried the awards show. NPH's Emmys will probably feature more musical numbers than last year's ceremony, hosted by non-song and dance man Jimmy Kimmel.
The Writers Guild of America Awards were held this weekend and a lot of critically-acclaimed, beloved comedies won prizes. The three person writing staff of Louie (Pamela Adlon, Vernon Chatman, and Louis C.K. himself) won the Comedy Series Awards, and C.K.'s doing the bulk of the work there anyway. Lena Dunham, Jenni Konner, and company won the WGA's New Series award, beating out Veep and The Mindy Project. Portlandia, The Simpsons, and Modern Family all received awards too. While most TV awards shows tend to heap prizes on much-derided series like Two and a Half Men and other Chuck Lorre fare, you have to admit the WGA Awards are [...]
GLAAD (or the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, for those of you who don't know your acronyms) just released its list of nominees today for the annual GLAAD Media Awards, recognizing TV shows, movies, music, news, and other forms of entertainment that positively portray LGBTers. The nominees for Outstanding Comedy Series were Happy Endings, Modern Family, Glee, and newcomers The New Normal and Go On. The New Normal is centered around a gay couple and a surrogate mother bearing their child, and Go On features a lesbian lawyer character who is a part of Matthew Perry's grief support group. The only other comedy shows to receive nominations this [...]